They We Just Don’t Get It

chess I got an email from a reader a few days ago, asking about something we’ve all faced. Here’s a snip: It gets a little lonely sometimes. At times I feel a little resentful, sometimes just plain angry that so few people know or care to know about economics and/or philosophy when they are so important. I’m sympathetic, of course, having felt similarly more than once. But, as I often say, perspective is key. We’ve all complained ...

Yes, the Iraq War Was All for Nothing

Iraq As stories circulated of Iraqi cities falling to Sunni militia groups, I was struck by the words of Former Marine Staff Sgt. Keith Widaman, who spent a tour in Iraq: “When I left in April 2009, I said, ‘In five years there’ll be a civil war.’” Mr. Widaman was right, as we’ve all seen over the past few days, and the “high officials” were wrong. The result – and I say this with sympathy for the dead, injured, and traumatized ...

The War Drums Are Beating

war in syria Last year, lots of powerful groups tried to get a war going in Syria. It seemed to me that the necessary ground work hadn’t been done and that they might not be able to pull it off. Thankfully, that’s how it happened. And by “necessary ground work,” I’m not referring to the military operators the US government had in Syria for a year or two prior; I’m talking about making the American populace eager for a new war. That’s ...

The Insane Dream

insanity wars peace Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein (attributed) The insane dream has streamed endlessly through my lifetime. I saw it as a boy, and I see it still. It has never really produced any results, and it certainly shows no promise of doing so in the near future. In fact, by all historical accounts, the dream is nearly 100% false – the results are opposite to the hopes and prayers of ...

The End of the Great American Fantasy

American Fantasy Through all of my life there has been an odd and persistent bias on the part of otherwise honest Americans: What America does overseas is always good and right. We do not speak against it. The protests against the Vietnam War were an exception to this, of course, but that break from tradition involved less than half the country. Those people were quickly brought back into the mainstream, And they have supported more or less all subsequent US wars. This ...

Destroying the Myth That Military Power Equals Freedom

military power equals freedom As I was finishing up my liberty entertainment article a few weeks ago, I checked lists that other people had made, just to see if I had forgotten something. As I did, I was dismayed to find that in most of these lists, pro-liberty really meant pro-military. So I think it’s time to take a quick look at the myth that military power gives us liberty. The Fantasy of the Foreign Oppressor There is a plot that lies behind this “military power equals ...

6 Groups that Will Win Big From a War with Syria

war-win It has to be obvious to almost everyone that the US war machine is trying desperately to get another war going… and – at least for the moment – failing miserably. Now, it’s entirely possible that they’ll get their war going before this article even reaches you, but still, it’s quite another question whether they can sustain it. War is a wild beast, of course, and you can never tell what it’ll do once it’s released ...

Don’t Fear The Collapse: The Future Will Be Better

The Future Will Be Better Yes, we’ve all seen scary post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max, or TV shows like Jericho. A real collapse, however, will be quite different from such dramas. And beyond that, there’s a good chance the future will be better. From where I now live, you could draw a 25 mile arc which would include competent people of almost any imaginable specialty: The guys who know how to build and repair refrigerators, machines of all types, cars and roads ...

Christianity and War: Do they go together?

christianity and war Yes, I know that there are some churches and individual Christians who don’t approve of war, but a huge wing of Christianity in the US has put itself in service to a warfare state. Listening to them, you’d think that Christianity and war were natural bedfellows. If you’ve spent time in Red State America, you know what I mean. Please understand that I am not endorsing the Blue State line of crap either (I reject both wings of the ...

Does Religion Cause War?

Does Religion Cause War? There’s an opinion among some people that “all wars are caused by religious belief.” But is that actually true? Does religion cause war? Very seldom. Wars are about control and ownership of physical territory. The winner gets to impose his or her laws, steal what is easy to steal, and to reap the taxes of the populace. Sometimes the conqueror will go further, using their power to require new behaviors of the conquered populace. ...

Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?

Freedom Fighter or Terrorist? - Freeman's Perspective Is one man’s terrorist another man’s freedom fighter? Maybe so, but one of the two is a really stupid man! Are all uses of violence equal? Are we really to believe that we can’t tell the difference between a suicide  bomber and a man who defends his children from a kidnapper-killer? Someone who kills people he never met, not because they ever did anything to him, but because it will generate fear and attention – that man or ...