Category Archives: Libertarian Thought

Suggestions for Facebook

On the one hand, Ben Thompson writes, Facebook should increase requirements for authenticity from all advertisers, at least those that spend significant amounts of money or place a large number of ads. I do believe it is important to make … Continue reading

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A sermon that spoke to me

Particularly starting around 4-1/2 minutes in.

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My TLP Regrets

I have two regrets about The Three Languages of Politics, both of which concern the cover. 1. I am really jealous of the graphic for Andrew Sullivan’s piece in New York Magazine. It depicts three separate clusters of sheep, with … Continue reading

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Mulling the rule of law and legislation

What is the opposite of the rule of law? Maybe your first thought is “arbitrary dictates by the ruler.” But my first thought is violence and banditry. If you take my point of view, then in order to have rule … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Friedman’s best essay (so far)

One random excerpt: Citizen-technocracy is not only impossibly demanding; it is highly paradoxical. As a citizen-technocrat, I can participate in politics, whether by voting or through more persistent activism, only if I am first convinced that I know the truth … Continue reading

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TLP Watch?

A reader points me to an article on conservative support for lawyers for indigent defendants. Over the past decade, Republican lawmakers across the country have passed bills to reform public defender systems in Louisiana, Michigan and Utah; similar efforts are … Continue reading

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Journalism races to the bottom

Bret Stephens said, Fox News and other partisan networks have demonstrated that the quickest route to huge profitability is to serve up a steady diet of high-carb, low-protein populist pap. Reasoned disagreement of the kind that could serve democracy well … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan on tribalism

He writes, I mean two tribes whose mutual incomprehension and loathing can drown out their love of country, each of whom scans current events almost entirely to see if they advance not so much their country’s interests but their own. … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Friedman watch

His latest essay argues that Trump supporters are flag-waving nationalists, not sheet-donning racists. He winds up, Trumpism represents not a monstrous perversion of modern politics, but an expression of some of its most blandly familiar features. Mick Jagger sang, “He … Continue reading

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Politics as Religion

A commenter writes, “Politics as religion” is such a lazy argument because nobody has a definition of religion. It’s classic case of defining the obscure in terms of the more obscure. By any reasonable definition, a religion needs a transcendent … Continue reading

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