I am a huge fan of the website Bleeding Heart Libertarians. It’s one of the few blogs I read that is genuinely intelligent and intellectual, and while that’s probably because I don’t read too many philosophy blogs, it also makes it one of the most enjoyable. Unfortunately, every so often you get a dud. And, [...]
I went off on a rant about humanism and individual sovereignty.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
You know I’d rather read political philosophy than a Daenerys chapter in Game of Thrones.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]