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The Practicality of Libertarianism

People sometimes accuse libertarians of being impractical. That befuddles me because libertarianism is the only practical philosophy there is. Why is that? Because libertarianism works. The only philosophies don’t. Consider immigration. People say: “You libertarians are so impractical with your call for open borders.” Yet, what could be more practical than a policy that brings about peace, prosperity, and harmony? Look at ...

The Perpetual Crises of the Welfare-Warfare State

It’s fascinating to see people get all bent out of shape over the latest immigration crisis. I mean, what planet have they been living on? It’s as though they’re shocked — just shocked — that another immigration crisis would befall our nation. And then they go into extreme fits of anger, anxiety, angst, and depression over the crisis. I don’t ...

The Libertarian Solution to Campaign-Finance Corruption

A recent article in the New York Times goes a long way in explaining the reason for big money in federal elections. While the article detailed fundraising woes by longtime New York congressman Charlie Rangel, it indirectly explained what libertarians have long been saying what really needs to be done to address big-money corruption in congressional and presidential ...

Libertarianism and the Child Immigrant Crisis

Last week I received an interesting email from an irate woman who said: “Well you have your open border now. It remains to be seen how it will work out.” She was obviously referring to the child immigrant crisis in which tens of thousands of immigrant children are illegally crossing into the United States, where they are being arrested by ...

Drug War, Intervention, and Immigrant Children

As tens of thousands of immigrant children continue flooding into the United States, we should not ignore the role that U.S. statist policy has played in this phenomenal event. Consider the drug war, one of the longtime favorite statist programs. It has turned Latin America into a hellhole of violence, bringing into existence violent drug gangs, gang wars, turf battles, ...

Peace, Prosperity, Harmony, and Fun

I went to a baseball game last night in Baltimore. The Orioles were playing the Washington Nationals. I couldn’t help but notice what a good time everyone was having, and in spite of the fact that the home team was losing the entire game. I thought to myself: This is what life is all about. Notwithstanding the heartaches in life ...

Chronic Minimum-Wage Ignorance

I find it absolutely amazing that there are still people who support the concept of a government-established minimum wage. There are plenty of statist programs and policies that are faulty and destructive, but minimum-wage laws rank near the top of statist programs whose fallaciousness and harm are easiest to see. It’s just fascinating that there are still people in life ...

Conservatives Are a Disaster on the Cuban Embargo

A classic example of what a disaster conservatives are when it comes to the U.S. embargo against Cuba is found in an article entitled “Lift the Embargo – But Liberate Cuba First” by Jeff Jacoby, which is posted on Townhall.com, a premier conservative website. Like most other conservatives, Jacoby supports the continuation of the U.S. embargo against Cuba so ...

A Perfect Racket

As the continuing debate about the NSA’s massive surveillance scheme continues, let’s not forget the justification that the NSA relies on to justify its scheme. The NSA says that its scheme is necessary to protect the United States from “terrorists.” Why is it important that we keep that in mind? Because it’s the U.S. government that is the cause of the ...

Libertarians Are the Real Fourth of July Patriots

Today, Independence Day, we will be treated to all sorts of paeans to the military, the CIA, and other parts of the U.S. national-security state. We will especially be exhorted to praise and thank the troops for defending our rights and freedoms in foreign countries thousands of miles away. All this devotion to big government, militarism, standing armies, empire, ...

Needed: A U.S. Truth Commission on Horman and Teruggi

For the past several years, the Chilean and Argentine people have been confronting their dark pasts under military dictatorships during the 1970s. They have been conducting official investigations into the dirty wars the dictatorships waged under the guise of a “war on communism” and a “war on terrorism,” including disappearances, kidnappings, incarcerations, torture, rapes, executions, secret prisons, and assassinations. Among ...
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