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Do you ever wonder what people who type “u” instead of “you” do with all their free time?
Well, that’s the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night. And so in an effort to get better sleep I started writing on medium to get it all out of my system.
I guess there’s a bit more to it than that…
Hi! I am practically brand new to medium as I write this in early February of 2021. …
“Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon.”
— Walter Lippman
Once in a while, you will come across an insight that, in a single moment, seems to make sense of nearly everything. I had that experience when I was 18 years old.
I always had a passion for learning. But I hated school — especially my public high school. My high school had 4500 students packed onto a campus built for about one thousand. The buildings had to be about 60 years old and had not…
One month ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbot announced that he was lifting all COVID-19 restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate. He was widely condemned and even President Biden referred to the action as a product of “neanderthal thinking.”
Now that there has been plenty of time to test the results of Abbot’s policy change, the results are clear. Texas is handling the virus just as effectively, if not more effectively, than other states. Below is a graph of the case rate for the last 30 days.
Imagine you are the contestant on a game show. There are three doors that you can choose from. Behind two of them are goats. Behind one is a new car.
Setting aside the possibility that some people prefer goats to new cars (what you do in your private life is none of my business) the goal is to pick the right door — the one with the car. You choose door number one and Monty Hall, the game show host, opens a door. But instead of opening door #1, he opens #2. It’s a goat.
Now you must choose again…
There is a well-known argument against theism that goes something like this:
Originally it was believed that the supernatural realm was responsible for everything — the rain, earthquakes, natural disasters, mental illness, and of course biological complexity. Yet, as science advanced it became clear that most of the things presumed to be supernaturally caused were, in fact, fully explicable by natural means.
And so if this trend continues it is likely that the existence of God will be rendered less and less probable until his existence will be completely disproven.
This is one of those arguments that does seem convincing…
“In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”
– Matthew Desmond, NY Times 1619 Project
“Fundamentally, there are only two ways of co-ordinating the economic activities of millions. One is central direction involving the use of coercion — the technique of the army and of the modern totalitarian state. The other is voluntary co-operation of individuals — the technique of the market place.”
– Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom
We all know the story. In 1776, Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, published On the Wealth of Nations where he articulated…
“In May 2006 another couple lost their three-year-old son to the budget-starved medical system…
When Mr. and Mrs. B.’s son suffered from diarrhea and had been vomiting for almost two days, they took him to the emergency room at the nearby university hospital…When he arrived, the nurses had no time for him. Mr. and Mrs. B. repeatedly called on the medical staff to ask why nobody was coming to give their son the intravenous fluids he so desperately needed. Every time they got the same answer: nobody has time. They have too many patients and too little staff. …
In early March of 2021, I wrote a 6 min. read of a post entitled, Why I am a Libertarian: And why you might be one too if you really think about it. It’s tough to deal with objections to a post like that without making it really long. So thankfully, I found a detractor and the two of us debated. I think he brought up some pretty common objections and misconceptions, so I put the debate into a new post.
My responses are in normal type and his are quoted in blocks.
If you’d like to join the debate…
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
― John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife
Truth be told, I hate labels.
As someone who prides himself on thinking independently, I shy away from identifying with political parties or even designations like liberal or conservative.
But it’s pretty hard to describe my overall political outlook without facing facts: I am a libertarian.
I’m not a libertarian in the sense that I have a strict list of things the government must never do.
I am a libertarian in…
“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”
I’ll never forget my first driving test behind the wheel. I was 18 years old and the only thing that stood between me and the ultimate symbol of adult independence was the signature of a disgruntled government employee. We’ll call him Dave.
I was already nervous when I got into my mom and dad’s white Astro Van…