American Empire

America still has colonies.  We hear about them most frequently when something unusual happens.  North Korea threatens Guam.  Puerto Rico votes to be a state.  Japanese strike Pearl Harbor.  Seward buys Alaska.  The logic of Manifest Destiny was always pretty tenuous but at least U.S. expansion across the North American continent made some sort of […]

Socialism’s of the Left and Right

Socialism is defined as “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole” or that’s what it says if you Google it.  That definition allows for a pretty wide range of processes and policies and […]

Government Without the State?

In my last post, I discussed secession and its place in the modern world.  Today I will take the idea of secession to its logical extreme and discuss why it is a critical part of any just theory of government.  Before I do, I will once again attempt to separate the idea of government from […]

Demographics, Democracy and the future of Liberty

Ron Paul always likes to say that liberty is popular.  Well, perhaps it is in theory.  Then again, so is peace, equality and generosity.  The devil, as always, is in the details.  And, when it comes to the details, most people part ways with those of us in the liberty movement.  They may love liberty […]

The Department of Offense?

We Americans have, by and large, been a very fortunate lot.  We inhabit a continent rich in natural resources and arable land.  We have benefited from a restrained and stable government.  But perhaps most importantly, we have found ourselves largely insulated from the scourge of war on our soil.  Since the (not so) Civil War, […]

The Real Heroes

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear of someone who risked it all or paid the ultimate price to help someone else in need. Soldiers, police and firemen are commonly cited for their heroism but sometimes it is just the common man or woman who went above and beyond.  And then there are […]