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Gratitude of Opportunity

So I'm all about the voluntary principle, right? I refrain from using coercion as best I can. I still sin in this regard from time to time, mostly social coercion, but I'm getting better and discovering more tools to keep me on the straight and narrow, as it were. What I thought I'd explore this Thanksgiving is how grateful I am for the opportunity to earn the love and respect of - and to keep association with - my beautiful wife and children.Read the rest at EVC.

Whence Cometh Moral Outrage?

Everyone seems to have their own definition of morality. Why is that? If morality is "the proper behavior for a person in society", which I think it is, then why is there such disagreement on what constitutes immoral behavior? Or put another way, what causes people to feel "moral outrage" toward certain behaviors and not toward others, and why do some feel it toward a given behavior while another does not? Why the seemingly subjective nature of moral outrage, but not of morality? Got your shovel? Good. Let's dig!Read the rest at EVC.

Jury Nullification and Voluntaryism

A tax cheat on trial for lying on his tax return. A music pirate on trial for illegally downloading music. A pothead on trial for dealing in marijuana. A car thief on trial for boosting cars. A rapist on trial for attacking women. A murderer on trial for killing bums. What do all of these "perps" have in common besides being charged by the state for a crime? Their trials are worthy targets of jury nullification. Yes, even the latter three, and here's why.Read the rest at EVC.

Anarchism, not Anomism

"If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." "I don't believe in anarchy, because it will ultimately amount to the power of the bully, with weapons." "There is no greater evil than anarchy." "We have only one alternative: either to build a functioning industrial society or see freedom itself disappear in anarchy and tyranny." Such are the kinds of confused things people say about anarchy. Let me explain.Read the rest at EVC.

Voluntaryist Class Analysis

Class analysis is a useful tool toward the stratification of society in order to understand different perspectives on political or economic conflict. What does voluntaryism have to offer? Let me first review a couple of class analyses, Marxist and Austrian, and then I'll offer a voluntaryist expansion on the latter.Read the rest at EVC.

LPL - October 2014 Update

In October 2014, LPL sold 560 books across North America and Europe. Here are the top 5:
102 copies, For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard32 copies, Principles of Economics - Carl Menger32 copies, The Mystery of Banking - Murray N. Rothbard21 copies, Our Enemy, the State- Alberty Jay Nock19 copies, Economics for Real People - Gene Callahan LPL's all time top 5 bestsellers are:
For a New Liberty - Murray N. RothbardOur Enemy, the State - Albert Jay NockPrinciples of Economics - Carl MengerThe Mystery of Banking - Murray N. RothbardFascism vs. Capitalism - Lew Rockwell