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Myth and Violence

My column at EVC is now live. It begins:
Non-libertarians are quick to deride libertarians as blaming all of society's ills on government. Many a libertarian do give knee-jerk reactions blaming the state for problems like terrorism, poverty, sickness, cancer, aliens, et cetera. While this can get really annoying, they usually aren't wrong. That they sound like a broken record is unfortunate, but the state, as an institution founded on and held up by violence and the dissemination of myth, really can't do anything good. The ends can't justify the means. While the state is to blame for many societal ills, the state is just a tool. The real fault lies at the feet of those who would use lies or violence to satisfy their greed, envy, and bigotry.

What Would I Do?

My column is now live. It begins:
What would I do, if I lived in a free society, and my neighbor decided to operate a meth lab? What would I do, if I lived in a free society, and my neighbor had kidnapped several women and held them as sex slaves? What would I do, if I lived in a free society, and my neighbor started building a nuclear weapon in his basement? What would I do, if I lived in a free society, and my neighbors wanted to form a government? Ah, the joys of being grilled by statists.

Self-Ownership as Self-Determination

In my latest column, I analyze a few arguments against self-ownership. It begins:
That "self-ownership" is axiomatic or the bedrock of many a libertarian theory cannot be denied. However, there are many libertarians who believe that "self-ownership" as a concept is "bollocks." George Donnelly of Arm Your Mind for Liberty (AYMFL.com) is one such libertarian. In a recent podcast he attempts to lay down the libertarian arguments against self-ownership, but he's left me unconvinced. Here's why.

My Shifting Vistas

My latest column is now live. It begins:
One's worldview as it concerns the political landscape shapes one's angle of skepticism. Claims by governments and political leaders are prejudged for their honesty, intent, and meaning. Likewise, one's homeview (if I may create a word) shapes one's angle of skepticism towards their child's needs and motives. As both my worldview and homeview have changed considerably over the years, I thought I would recount their evolution.

LPL - June 2013 Update

A better June than May. LPL sold 321 books across North America and Europe. Here are the top 5:
53 copies, Our Enemy, the State - Albert Jay Nock35 copies, The Politics of Obedience - Etienne de la Boetie22 copies, The Case for Legalizing Capitalism - Kel Kelly22 copies, For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard13 copies, Economics for Real People - Gene Callahan LPL's all time top 5 bestsellers are:
496 copies, For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard302 copies, Our Enemy, the State - Albert Jay Nock183 copies, Principles of Economics - Carl Menger112 copies, Great Wars and Great Leaders - Ralph Raico91 copies, Organized Crime - Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Violence-Born Independence Day

My latest column is sure to ruffle some feathers. It begins:
As a voluntaryist, my primary modus operandi, even in the case of self-defense, is nonviolence. As such, I have a hard time finding justification for the violence of others, now and in the past. In a few days, the United States will be celebrating it's independence from Great Britain, which occurred in 1776, followed by eight years of violent warfare. That Great Britain used violence to govern the American colonies is indisputable, as all states govern with violence, but was the violence-based revolution by the colonists justified on libertarian grounds?