Interesting discoveries in “God is Not Great”

I am in the middle of Chapter Eight of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to it before. It’s actually a superb book, in that Hitchens is just a great writer, and his British tone is absolutely delightful to read. Chapter Six, on [...]

My pithy statement on Manning

I am in full favor of morphologial freedom. I support everyone’s right to self-ownership, which includes the power to change one’s gender. I do not take issue with transgendered or transsexual Americans. I am not a conservative, and do not buy conservative arguments that one cannot change that. If we are to respect people as [...]

.@pzmyers smears Michael Shermer, and I have a hunch why

It appears that PZ Myers, long a bomb-throwing, shit-stirring sort of atheist, has decided to just smear Michael Shermer with allegations that Mr. Shermer is a rapist. As the above video explains quite well (and within the first three minutes) the entire story just smacks of falsehood. And even if it is true, why is [...]

Libertarian Populism and Basic Income

UPDATE: Welcome, reason readers! Make sure to follow me on Twitter at @jdkolassa! There’s been a new trend in political writing over the past few months: the notion of “libertarian populism.” After doing the autopsy on the Republican Party’s downright pathetic 2012 presidential campaign–something that the GOP should have won handily, but instead lost miserably–many [...]

Social Media Vacay

Everyone tells me I need to be on social media if I want my stuff promoted. I gotta be on there to be heard, to be seen, to get things done. If I’ve learned anything in the past few years, though, it’s that that may not be necessarily true. Indeed, social media has some serious [...]

Something I’ve learned from “The Heat”

Yesterday, I went and saw the new movie The Heat with friends. I hadn’t even heard of it before I went (sue me, I don’t watch TV commercials, or all that much of TV, honestly), but I had a free comp ticket so I decided to use it. (I got the comp ticket from the last [...]

Nanoarchism / Nanarchism Bookmark

I am not writing a political post. (I am not writing a political post. I am not writing…) I am merely bookmarking something for later reference here where I can easily find it. But since it is interesting, I also want to share it. http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/what-is-left-libertarianism/#comment-720115697 martinbrock   I broadly identify with the “left-wing market anarchist” view [...]

Abortion Is Not Murder – Why I Am Pro-Choice

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I was planning on publishing this post earlier, but of course all of the stories about the DC scandals broke. So I’m just going to publish this now. My intention is to make this the last political post on this website for a time, and then switch gears to writing more stuff on, [...]

The Brazen Arrogance of Conservatives

Earlier this month, I wrote an essay for Cato Unbound regarding the topic of fusionism, which is a theory of sorts that libertarianism works best when slaved to conservatism. A blogger, by the name of Neal Dewing, took umbrage at this and wrote a response. Now, normally I am perfectly fine with this. But, in [...]