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The Socialist Phenomenon

The Socialist Phenomenon, by Igor Shafarevich Igor Shafarevich has written this book as an examination of socialism, from antiquity to the present age.  Who is Igor Shafarevich? Igor Rostislavovich Shafarevich (3 June 1923 – 19 February 2017) was a Russian mathematician who contributed to algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry. He wrote books and articles that criticize […]

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Charlottesville

A review was conducted of the recent events in Charlottesville: Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia (PDF).  The review was led by Hunton & Williams, a law firm founded in Richmond but with offices now around the world. The report examines three events in the city during 2017; I will focus only on the […]

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Borders and Property

I thank Jacob Hornberger for making my case regarding borders and property – and, therefore, immigration. Wedding Cakes Have Nothing to Do With Free Speech.  In this piece, Hornberger makes an exemplary argument – perfectly libertarian – on this issue of baking wedding cakes for gay couples, etc.  It isn’t a free speech issue – which is […]

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When Tradition Is Forcibly Overturned

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society, edited by John C. Rao. What happens when tradition is forcibly overturned, when competing governance structures are eliminated, when the source of law is monopolized in a single physical sovereign?  We are offered a real-world examination of these questions in […]

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War, Imperialism, and Statism

I have long wondered about the “why” regarding the differences between American Football and what the rest of the world calls football (i.e. soccer).  American football: so completely regimented and precise; fútbol: very free-flowing and quite uncontrolled. This in contrast to what appears on the surface the opposite regarding the political and bureaucratic regimes.  The United States: […]

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Left-Libertarians

As a follow-up to my post on the left-libertarian non-libertarian critique of Jordan Peterson and his interpretation of postmodernism, I was sent an email by a somewhat regular commenter at this site with a couple of PDF attachments.  These captured a Facebook dialogue on this topic. Before I get to a couple of specific comments from the dialogue…. What […]

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Left-Libertarians Flip Out

Of course, I understand that the two need not be mutually exclusive.  Yet, when one reads an appeal to libertarians, it seems reasonable to expect that the issues presented have something to do with libertarianism. Recently a friend of mine sent me something written by an outspoken and reasonably well-known libertarian; I think it is fair […]

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A Libertarian Vision

The Libertarian Forum, edited by Murray N. Rothbard; May 15, 1969. The recent secessionist referendum in Catalunya brought some strong negative reactions from several corners of the libertarian community.  The reasons to be against such a referendum varied, from the idea that any group action is, inherently, not libertarian to the idea that secession is only to […]

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Rise of the Modern State

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society, edited by John C. Rao. I must begin this post as I do each post in the series of examining this book: I am not interested in the theological debate.  I am interested in what happens to peace, governance, and […]

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Steve Martin’s King Tut

This post has been sitting on the back burner for over three months. I will sometimes have an idea for a post but am not sure if I want to do something with it or what I want to do with it.  Well…the time has arrived for this post – and the reason will become clear […]

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Explaining Postmodernism

In listening to Jordan Peterson over the last few months, he has often commented on the destructive philosophy of post-modernism, a philosophy that – in his view – is the force behind the cultural destruction underway in the west. Prior to hearing this from him, my knowledge on the matter went to the cultural Marxists […]

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The End Is Near

The storyline began with Weinstein and moved, as sure as day follows night, to Clinton. And now this: Bill Clinton Faces Sexual Assault Accusations From Four More Women …the women allege the former president assaulted them in the early 2000s, when Clinton was working with playboy billionaire investor Ron Burkle. They say there is no evidence that Burkle knew […]

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Love the Reformation

I hate self-deluded experts who won’t make an effort…. I offer the following exchange, with some additional color thrown in by yours truly: a ware November 17, 2017 at 3:31 PM I resisted commenting but here goes. You should have stuck to your first instinct. I admire your writing and mostly agree with your analysis, […]

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The Clintons’ Day of Reckoning

Day of Reckoning: the time when one is called to account for one’s actions, to pay one’s debts, or to fulfill one’s promises or obligations. When the Harvey Weinstein story broke about a month ago, I offered that the reason for such a story to break now – after decades of such behavior – might have something […]

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My, How Times Have Changed

The Libertarian Forum, edited by Murray N. Rothbard; May 1, 1969. All through the land, this wondrous month of April, the student revolution has spread to campus after campus, even to the most conservative and most apathetic. …the student rebellion has reached a crescendo this spring which few of us have ever dreamed could be possible. […]

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Reformation and State

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society, edited by John C. Rao. NB (and it will be really tough in this post): in my review of this book, I am presenting the case as Catholics see it; I say nothing of my views on theology.  My intent is […]

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The US Syria Obsession

“As you know, Archie, we’re much concerned about what’s going on in Syria – especially the way the Communists and the nationalists appear to be ganging up for some kind of action there…I’d like you to fly out to Damascus right away, talk to our ambassador, and see…what can be done about it.” –        Secretary of […]

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Dangerous Territory

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society, edited by John C. Rao This will be interesting…. With this post, I begin my exploration of this book edited by Rao.  The title is self-explanatory. My intent is not to get into the theology, but to examine the impact on […]

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The CIA vs Iran

America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, by Hugh Wilford. For a century and a half before [Archie Roosevelt’s] arrival there, Iran had been a playing field in the Great Game.  Its location, adjoining Afghanistan (the classic arena of Anglo-Russian rivalry), British India, and Russia itself, ensured this. […]

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Compelled Speech

The west is turning more soviet every day, it seems.  This post is based on a recent Jordan Peterson video: A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals. Professional licensing organizations are sold to the public as entities designed to ensure high-quality standards.  They are nothing of the sort.  They are gatekeepers, agents that work to limit supply such […]

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