Showing posts from March, 2014

When Children Reach Adulthood

Many, if not most, of my fellow Americans would disagree with mine and my wife's latest decision on what to do with our children when they turn 18. Let me first explain what I was thinking and why, and then I'll probably shock you with our new course of action.Read the rest at EVC.

Against Sovereign Immunity

Statists are quick to defend the state on the grounds that it's nothing more than collective decision-making, akin to a group of castaways deciding on the rules for their new home. If that's what the state was, I would not be opposed to statism. In fact, I would be a full-fledged participant. But the truth of the matter is that the state was not born of cooperation, but of conquest, and continues that conquest through the violent enforcement of the doctrine known as "sovereign immunity."Read the rest at EVC.

Religion and Voluntaryism

What is the relationship between voluntaryism, the philosophy based on the voluntary principle, that all human relations should happen voluntarily, or not at all, and religion? Are they ships simply passing one another in the night? Well, that depends on a few things, like the nature of the religion in question, and how that religion is disseminated. Let me explain.Read the rest at EVC.

Receiving God's Law

The following was posted in a Mormon-based Facebook group to spur discussion:

according to mormon doctrine (still looking for the scriptural reference, so bear with me, and the following does not depend on this being the case) we are only accountable to the law (of god) that we have "received. that begs the question, what does it mean to "receive" the law? does simply hearing someone say it, like a preacher, qualify? must it be read in scripture? must it be heard over and over and over again, a certain number of times over a certain number of day/years? or, must it be communicated to us explicitly by God himself (or an agent that can objectively show their agency from God)?

since I've read non-Mormon scriptures and heard non-Mormon preachers, if anything but the latter, than I must be accountable to disparate laws of god. that seems like an irrational requirement, and simply put, i'm not interested in existing in an irrational world/universe. (or, if our unive…

Vigilantism and Voluntaryism

When you think of Batman, Spiderman, and Green Arrow, think "vigilante". What is that? It's Spanish for "watchman" and rose to use in America in the mid-19th century as "a member of a vigilance committee." Vigilance is "wakefulness, watchfulness". In other words, a vigilante is one who acts as a watchman for those who would disturb the peace and otherwise engage in crime. Here are my thoughts on vigilantism as it relates to voluntaryism.Read the rest at EVC.

Freedom of Association

If you are not free from violent retribution to associate with whomever you want, in whatever way you want, so long as its mutually agreeable, then your body, your life, is not really yours. Freedom of association, as it is popularly called, if not absolute, amounts to the enslavement of mankind.Read the rest at EVC.

LPL - February 2014 Update

In February 2014, LPL sold 435 books across North America and Europe. Here are the top 5:
77 copies, For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard40 copies, Fascism vs. Capitalism - Lew Rockwell19 copies, Principles of Economics - Carl Menger16 copies, Economics for Real People - Gene Callahan16 copies, The Mystery of Banking - Murray N. Rothbard LPL's all time top 5 bestsellers are:
736 copies, For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard498 copies, Our Enemy, the State - Albert Jay Nock377 copies, Principles of Economics - Carl Menger237 copies, Fascism vs. Capitalism - Lew Rockwell216 copies, Economics for Real People - Gene Callahan