If housepets could whine like human beings….

June 15, 2013

A good friend of mine posted the following cartoon to facebook, with instructions: “If house pets were libertarians. (And someone, please sketch the opposite…)”

If housepets were libertarians.

If housepets were libertarians.

The middle panel begs the question, in the logical sense. Of course, we humans have outside knowledge that the filter is absolutely necessary for the survival of the fish. The necessity of myriad government boondoggles however, is not so well established. The other two panels are reasonable to the extent that libertarians say these sorts of things.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for January 3, 2010: Deregulation? D.E.A.? Bulliion? Pinkwashing?

January 2, 2011
  • One of my favorite speaker/authors.

    Tom Woods hints at debunking. It’s a tough point to get unless you know all the details. I must admit that I do not, but I’d like to learn. See also the comments on Tom Woods’s facebook page.

  • Like many of the cables made public in recent weeks, those describing the drug war do not offer large disclosures. Rather, it is the details that add up to a clearer picture of the corrupting influence of big traffickers, the tricky game of figuring out which foreign officials are actually controlled by drug lords, and the story of how an entrepreneurial agency operating in the shadows of the F.B.I. has become something more than a drug agency.

    Read: “the corrupting influence of drug prohibition.” Read the rest of this entry »


  • Links for June 14, 2010: Christopher Hitchens on disagreeing with the Left, Study alleges progressives are poor at basic economics, others….

    June 13, 2010
    1. I would never make a political disagreement the cause of a quarrel with a friend. I think it’s silly to do that. But there is a tendency on the left—and I bet there are people here who know what I’m talking about—to think that if someone in any way disagrees with the left, it must be for the lowest possible reason, and that if you’ve found the lowest possible motive, you’ve found the right one. There’s this whole culture of: no one would leave us or quarrel with us if they weren’t a sellout. It’s actually a very sick mentality, and very widespread, and people who think like that or feel like that can dump me if they want, but that’s almost to as much as to say that they weren’t much of a friend.

      Yes, I know what he’s talking about. Speaking of sell-outs, Christopher Hitchens will be speaking to a sold-out crowd tomorrow, June 15, at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

    2. This study purports to find that self-identified progressives and liberals are less “economically enlightened” as compared to conservatives and Libertarians. I believe the result is essentially correct because every day I read articles from progressives who advocate feel-good policy proposals without examining economic consequences or responding adequately to economic concerns. I regularly comment on this very phenomenon here on this blog. Unfortunately, this study is so biased and flawed that it will not convince anybody.  The condescending title of this article alone will rightfully repel the very people who should receive the message most.  See a rebuttal here and a forum discussion here. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for 2010-02-18: Frontline Episode on Digital Distractions, Sponsors Pull Ads from Glenn Beck’s Show, others….

    February 19, 2010
    1. PBS | FRONTLINE: Digital Nation

      Why I rarely brought my laptop to class. The irony is that this documentary is now the main thing distracting me from my bar study. Inspired by the story of the Lower Merion student who sued the school district for spying on him at home via webcam.

    2. Examiner.com | Glenn Beck's show now running without commercials in United Kingdom due to boycott

      Would I advertise on this show? I don't know. I'd have to be a businessman. I remember hearing him cream himself on the radio after the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Iraq. I thought he was fairly nutty then. As with many conservative commentators, he is fairly astute on many economic issues, which is ostensibly why Goldline remains a sponsor. I'm not sure about the history of the "Obama is a racist" comment. If he had a good-faith reason for believing that, and showed us his evidence on the show, then it would not be a deal-breaker for me. A fact is a fact. But if he simply went around calling people racists because he didn't like them, then yes, I probably would pull my ads.

    3. Business and Media Institute | 'Glenn Beck' Sponsors Attacked by Left, Pull Ads from Fox News Show

      Rather than describing the method of attack, the article spends much time identifying The Obama Administration's Van Jones as a founder of the group alleged to be doing the attacking. Pure ad hominem. Read the rest of this entry »