Category: Current events

Restoring Freedom?

Apparently we are supposed to be grateful for the “restored” freedom of unlocking our cellphones recently bestowed upon us by the very people that took it in the first place. The state is nothing if not confirmation of Harry Browne’s aphorism ““[The State] is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, “See, if it weren’t for the [state], you wouldn’t be able to walk.”

August 05 / 2014

Poison Pill

Obamacare’s poison pill provision has backfired. The bill’s authors used plain language in order to permit the pill’s targets no wiggle room, but now that same language is biting them in the posterior as they attempt to disown its original intent. Their poison pill has turned into a self-destruct hot-potato that like a long lost love-child, no one wants to take responsibility for.

July 28 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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Invisible Borders

Borders are a fiction. Borders are about power. A lack of borders is inimical to those who derive their power from democracy. The only principled position on borders and immigration is 100% open borders with no restrictions whatsoever. As long as one does not trespass on private property then no rights violation can occur.

July 22 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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Tootsie Pop Justice

An example of how the irresponsibility of a few drives the state to implement ever more impediments in our lives. The pursuit of happiness found at the center of the Tootsie Pop that is life requires ever more licks, but at some point we’ll just have to bite down to circumvent the busybodies trying to protect us from ourselves.

July 14 / 2014

Order at the Border

This past week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in Riley v. California that dares to uphold the remains of a much abused 4th Amendment. The court ruled that the police may not search the cellphone of someone placed under arrest (often for offenses as trivial as “disobeying a lawful […]

June 30 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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Student Loan Bubble & Moral Hazard

The insurance industry is unique in that its product tends to incentivize the very behavior people seek to protect themselves from. This is called “moral hazard.” For example, all things being equal, someone with collision insurance will tend to drive more recklessly than someone with no coverage. Someone with flood insurance will deliberately build their […]

June 25 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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June 17 / 2014

Not Neutrality

“Net neutrality” certainly sounds appealing, doesn’t it? Who could possibly be against “neutrality” given its ability to evoke an emotional tie to equality, fairness, impartiality and egalitarianism? Only someone who is sufficiently ethically consistent that they will aver the use of aggression in all situations, rather than merely when popular opinion provides a safe harbor […]

May 19 / 2014
Author Greg Morin
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Farming Fascism

The inherently self-contradictory justification for the state is that it reserves to itself the right to engage in those actions that its very existence is predicated on proscribing. The state is a paradoxical philosopher’s stone; believed by the masses to create only good, it in fact transmutes all that it touches into its polar opposite. […]

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