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Homeschooling's Grassroots

A reader points to this positively-biased and informative article on homeschooling from The Economist from late February. Although the initial driving force was Christian conservatives' disguist of secular public education, the movement now shows a broader demographic including libertarians, blacks, and non-Christian religious groups. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

Bear with Us

Catallarchy is undergoing a server move, and there may be some technical difficulties in the immediate future.

UPDATE: The server move is complete.

The Benefits of Incarceration

I rarely disagree with my now world-famous co-blogger Micha about policy matters. However, I must take issue with his latest post. The situation in under discussion deals with a few questions.

Should the prisoner be charged for "room and board"? Although Micha has concluded that this is clearly a benefit, I do not see it as that cut-and-dry. Let me start with some scenarios. Read more »


The reason why the approach taken by Andrew Sullivan et al to gay marriage is misguided can be summarized by one simple sentence written by Virginia Postrel:

"True liberation makes the personal apolitical."

The <i>Proper</i> Terms of the Debate

Looking back at last week's events in the blogopshere, I see more and more evidence of a promising trend. When Kevin Drum, Matthew Yglesias, Crooked Timber, Brad DeLong, and other sundry blogerati take time out to ridicule ideas about liberty, that is a good sign. Read more »

Yglesias Calls for Socialism

In a post embracing Keynesian policies, socialism, the Lump of Labor Fallacy, and the Broken Window Fallacy, Matt writes: Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

"They're trying to force us to leave them alone"

Eugene Volokh writes:

Forcing their religious opinions on us: I must have blogged about this a while ago, but this trope keeps bugging me. "Those fundamentalist Christians are trying to force their religious opinions on us," the argument goes. But that's what most lawmaking is -- trying to turn one's opinions on moral or pragmatic subjects into law.

On Utopia and Skepticism

The word 'utopian' has been used in the blogosphere quite a bit recently. Like Randy Barnett, I am surprised at the intensity of the reaction to the original Reason piece in most parts. From what I can tell, "utopian" has come to mean something akin to "that which lies outside the norm" or "an opinion that most people do not hold" or simply "that which I disagree with". The last meaning is pure intellectual laziness, a failure to explore and critically analyze ideas which appear strange. Read more »

Private Nukes

Henry Farrell asks:

Everyone?s favorite libertarian SF author, Vernor Vinge, makes the case for private ownership of nuclear weapons as an important bulwark of liberty in his short story, ?The Ungoverned? (it can be found in his recent Collected Stories). If you?re a serious anarcho-libertarian, do you agree that individuals should be able to have their very own nukes? If you disagree, on what grounds do you justify your disagreement? Discuss.

Fool Me Two Hundred Million Times

Is it better to believe soothing falsehoods or truths that make you uncomfortable?

The answer to this simple question lies at the heart of much of the human struggle. I choose the latter; many people do not. I would rather know what I am dealing with even if it puts me at unease. Even if it breaks my heart, shatters my faith, keeps me up at night, or ends my hopes and dreams. Better to know and move on to try to find a solution, look for other ways of doing things, a different answer. Reality is my stark preference. Read more »