I Say “Limited Government,” They Hear “Anti-Government”

I do not consider the libertarian or true conservative movement to be inherently anti-government. But according to a growing number of “progressives,” anyone who seeks to limit the federal government’s regulations and interventions is automatically “anti-government.” You’ll notice that any gridlock in Congress is considered an evil: Democrats will accuse Constitutionalists of “keeping the government from functioning.” I noticed this recently in an article on a biography of moneyed Read more […]

Obama’s Anti-Terror Strategy is to Keep Losing Like We Have Been

Obama’s commitment to continue the current American anti-terror strategy has managed to upset both sides of the argument. At this point, Obama doesn’t have much to lose. He has a dwindling number of final days in the Oval Office, and he has made it clear that he intends to pursue his own brand of policy initiatives to the bitter end. In case you missed Obama’s speech on December 6 (and believe me, you didn’t miss much new information), Obama doubled down on the current American anti-terror Read more […]

There Are No Half Measures That Can Fix Gun Violence

The main problem with all of the proposed fixes for gun violence in the US is that only extreme measures will make any difference, and extreme measures aren’t going to fly in centrist central DC. Let’s look at the polar extreme fixes that might work: 1) Absolute totalitarianism Now hold on before you get all bent out of shape. Nazi Germany did a very good job of creating a basically stable low-crime society largely free of unplanned gun violence. Sure, everyone and everything was documented, Read more […]

Keep Telling Yourself You Live in a Free Country

“Land of the free, home of the brave” doesn’t apply to the US anymore, but don’t tell that to the brainwashed sheeple still singing it at the top of their lungs. The flat fact is that we’re not brave, no matter which side of the aisle we’re cowering in. As a country, we are motivated almost entirely by fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of conspiracy, fear of conspiracy theorists, fear of global warming, fear of declining industry, fear of job loss, fear of socialism, fear of capitalism, fear Read more […]

Pundits Quick to Blame Snowden for Paris Attacks

If the aftermath of 9/11 taught us anything, it is that centralized governments slouching toward totalitarianism never let a crisis go to waste. And, in a corollary, citizens are far more credulous and trusting when they have just experienced a trauma. So, in the wake of the Paris attacks, it doesn’t surprise me at all that the intelligence community is calling for ever more lenient restrictions on their data collection and powers. And people are giving it to them. In fact, the intelligence Read more […]

The Centralization of Power is Responsible for the Death of Political Discourse

Are you curious why politics has become so polarized? I believe it is because politics have become so centralized. It’s not hard to understand the dynamics. When politics is decentralized, political discourse has less at stake. And it is easier to facilitate communication among a small community than over a vast nation. If all you had to do was convince your neighbors of a local policy change, you would have time to discuss things with some nuance and you would all know better the actual impact Read more […]

Did the TSA Strip Search a 90-Year-Old Grandmother?

We have conflicting stories surrounding this incident. The 90-year-old’s son claims that when TSA screeners spotted an anomaly in his mother’s bra, they had her come to a secondary screening room where they instructed her to take off her shirt and bra. Afterwards, according to the son, his mother was left shaken. The anomaly they had picked up on was a hidden pocket sewn in her bra that served as a hidden compartment for extra cash in case her wallet was lost or stolen. Of course, the TSA Read more […]

Airbnb Responds to SF Hotel Tax with Snarky Ad Campaign

Airbnb is quite upset about being forced to pay hotel taxes by the city of San Francisco. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Airbnb is an online platform people can use to rent out rooms from their own homes to other people who wouldn’t mind lodging with a stranger. It’s a cool concept. It’s currently less regulated (and was less taxed) than hotels, so hotels didn’t like it much. Airbnb’s troubles are similar to all the hot water Über has gotten into. Airbnb claims it is not Read more […]

Social Security Will Not Get Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016

People on Social Security “benefits” will not see a cost-of-living increase in 2016. This is only the third time since 1975 that this has happened, and Social Security recipients are not happy about it for obvious reasons: The annual cost of living adjustment, or COLA, is based on the government’s measure of inflation. This year’s lack of COLA has Social Security beneficiaries worried. “It’s terrible the way they’re doing old people that have worked all their lives and are barely getting Read more […]

Are You a Hypocrite for Supporting Gun Rights and Opposing Abortion?

Lots of leftists love to point out the “blatant hypocrisy” of supporting gun rights (or the death penalty, on a different topic) while opposing abortion. Recently, the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah commented: Imagine if we could bring some of that pro-life passion into being more, well, pro-life. But right now, [pro-lifers are] more like comic book collectors. Human life only matters until you take it out of the package, and then it’s worth nothing. Take that, pro-lifers. You bunch of dirty Read more […]

New Study Calls “Homophobia” a Mental Disorder

“Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.” – Arthur Schopenhauer Many years ago, homosexuality—rather, homosexual activity—was illegal in many western societies. The most immediate example that comes to mind is England. In “The Imitation Game,” Benedict Cumberbatch brilliantly portrays one of the Read more […]