Morality, Ethics and Liberty

It seems that not a week passes these days without reports of some sort of reprehensible human behavior.  Most recently we heard of a bunch of kids laughing and jeering a man as he was drowning.  We might be inclined to blame violent films or video games for “teaching” people to take pleasure in the […]

The Danger of Irrational Politics

We live in tumultuous times.  The social, economic and political upheavals that have happened over the past few decades have left a lot of people frustrated and angry.  There is the (usually midguided) sentiment that we have simply lost our way and things were better in the past.  This is not a sentiment unique to […]

Celebrities in Politics

These are some strange days indeed.  If having the “You’re fired!” guy as President wasn’t enough, we now hear that Kid Rock may be running for US Senate and The Rock is considering a “fast and furious” bid for the White House.  And that’s not all.  Oprah and Kanye might join them on the campaign […]

Celebrating Bastille Day

Today, July 14th, marks the French national holiday, Bastille Day.  It celebrates a pivotal event in the outbreak of the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille.  The Bastille was a notorious prison in Paris, home of political prisoners and many others unjustly imprisoned.  It also held numerous stores of ammunition and was seen as […]

The Need for Synthetic Libertarians 

No, I don’t mean to create a race of highly intelligent super robots who will take over the world and then leave you alone.   (Though if I had the resources and the skills, it does sound like a delightful way to become an evil villain.  I could even have an evil cat as my […]

Why Congress Sucks

Congress is consistently ranked among the least trusted institutions in society.  The most recent Gallup surveys put the number of people with a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress in single digits.  By comparison, television news doubled that number and banks tripled it.  And those are not exactly popular institutions.  The […]