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Kids Need Freedom

If anyone is interested in casting parts for a libertarian family sitcom, look no further than d and Tom and their two wonderful children. And you don't even need to hire script writers.

Here are a few episode ideas:


Color Me Unconvinced

I'm part of the small audience David Bernstein is trying to convince to go to George Mason University law school: I have the test scores and grades to get into a higher-ranked program, but GMU has interesting faculty, is in a prime location for the kinds of stuff I'd like to be doing over the next few years, and has a strong law and economics program. Read more »


The Component Theory of Value

When I was in the fourth grade, during lunch in the elementary school cafeteria, I had a discussion with one of my friends about how much it would cost to build a Nintendo Gameboy from all of its component parts. We both somehow concluded that the parts necessary to build a Gameboy wouldn't cost more than $10 if purchased separately, yet Nintendo charged us $100 for the final product. What a rip! Read more »


Skills-Based Immigration and Centralized Planning

Frank McGahon of Internet Commentator has an outstanding post up quoting The Economist on the problems with skills-based immigration restrictions. Writes The Economist [subscription only],


Pervasive Private Porn

My radical feminism and pornography post generated a lot of commentary, some critical, some adulatory. But one of the frequent criticisms I received is partially my own fault, for not being clear about my argument and the argument made by radical feminists. Read more »


The N-Word

A number of readers have taken me to task for quoting Chris Rock below, specifically criticizing his use of the word "nigger" and my apparent endorsement of this use. Read more »


Is The Libertarian Party Bad For libertarianism?

Randy Barnett thinks so:

In hindsight, I think that the creation of the Libertarian Party has been very detrimental to the political influence of libertarians. Some voters (not many lately) and, more importantly, those libertarians who are interested in engaging in political activism (which does not include me) have been drained from both political parties, rendering both parties less libertarian at the margin...


Why I Support School Choice

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a think tank that "supports private enterprise, limited government and personal responsibility," offers the following policy analysis:

The Children’s Education Foundation (CEF) was started in August of 1992 with a gift of $1 million from a successful Atlanta businessman who wanted to provide a choice of educational opportunities to low-income families. Because of limited finances, these families had no choice in where their children went to school.

Two Random Things I Didn\'t Know

"A single leech can suck up 10 cubic centimeters of blood from a severed penis"
[via Tom Bell]

Human asexuality: never feeling sexually attracted to anyone at all
[via Charles Johnson]

If it's true that you learn something new every day, I'm a day ahead. And by reading this, so are you.


Whaddya want? A cookie?

Will offers a quick and dirty analysis of the problems with modern liberalism and why its lack of vision endangers us all.

My diagnosis of the malaise of American statist liberalism is that it has failed to accept that many of the ideals of FDR and LBJ are best realized by decentralized means. Clinton represented the best in the possibilities of liberalism in welfare reform and his advocacy of free trade...


Deep Throat Rape and Radical Feminism

Catherine MacKinnon, an influential radical feminist law professor, sparked an uproar during a panel discussion of the documentary Inside Deep Throat: Read more »


You Heard It Here Twelfth

If I wasn't so lazy, I would have transcribed it by hand. Luckily, someone else went to the trouble of uploading the classic Daily Show clip from last week, in which Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- or should I say Ted Hitler -- take on bloggers, mainstream journalists, and the Gannon/Guckert scandal. So funny that even the generally sober Stewart can't keep a straight face. Pure comedy gold. Read more »


Turtles and Lizards and Snakes, Oh My!

Willy Wonka, the acquaintance I mentioned previously with the wonderful Super-God quote, gives another example of the turtles-all-the-way-down fallacy. Cat in the Hat, take note.

Skinner: Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.

Lisa: But isn’t that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we’re overrun by lizards?


Ideological Defense Systems

Julian Sanchez notices how bloggers can be just as susceptible to self-reinforcing memes as Freudians and Marxists.

The blogosphere's self-congratulatory atmosphere threatens to become as toxic as it is intoxicating, shutting down the very openness to criticism that is its chief strength.

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