Showing posts from January, 2013

Embracing the Moment

My latest column , it starts: I have recently discovered a major weakness of mine. I have heretofore been aware of it, but justified it on the grounds that I wasn't doing anything wrong. I can no longer lie complacent to this sin and allow my family to suffer its consequences. Mine is the sin of distraction .

The Subjectivity of Good, Evil, and Morality

I tackle the ideas of good, evil, and morality in my latest column . It begins: I think an often overlooked concept in ethics (at least to my admittedly limited knowledge on the subject) is the subjective nature of "good" and "evil." Along with that, the idea of "objective morality" seems to me to be an oxymoron. What is considered evil by one person may be considered good by another. Likewise, what is considered an immoral act by one may be moral to another. Can good, evil, and morality be objectively defined? I think so, but only in the broader context of subjectivity, or, only relative to the ends being sought by human action.

Coming and Going

I missed this last week, but here's my New Year column for "One Improved Unit". It starts: What would a column about my personal growth and improvement be without an analysis of the coming year? As cliche as making New Year resolutions is, I have a lot to work on and work towards. Since 2003, I can identify clearly each year the major milestones I made as far as personal ideology and commitments were concerned. I evolved from an agnostic progressive to a theistic voluntaryist in 10 years; from a not-so-eligible bachelor to a husband and father. I suppose I should take some time to look back at 2012, and then look forward to 2013.

LPL - December 2012 Update

As of the end of December 2012, 133 libertarian and economics books have been made available in large print at . LPL ended the month of November 2012 with 124 offerings. Through the end of December, 458 books sold in the US, Europe, and Great Britain. Murray Rothbard's  For a New Liberty   sold the most at 83 copies; followed by Albert Jay Nock's  Our Enemy, the State  at 44 copies, and Carl Menger's Principles of Economics  at 22 copies. Of the 458 books that have sold, 392 copies went to the US (dollars), 44 copies went to Great Britain (pounds), and 22 copies went to mainland Europe (euros). By 100 books, my best month to date. My progress on the Journal of Libertarian Studies continues. I've made available 9 volumes in large print. I will not be making available regular print as per the agreement with my printer.

Which Shall We Treat, the Problem, or Symptoms?

My latest column is now up at It begins: Voluntaryists are not pacifists, though they do encourage strategic pacifism on many fronts. In regards to the private ownership of weapons (from clubs to firearms), it is the perspective of this voluntaryist that such a "right," that is, the right to self-defense by any advantageous means possible, precedes all state constitutions, their amendments, and ultimately the state itself. Likewise, the right to say anything one wants to say, be it friendly, libelous, slanderous, or seditious, so long as one has permission of the owner on whose property they are standing when they say it (or write it), precedes the state. Having said that, what's all this talk about gun control and deporting Piers Morgan?