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 …

Myth: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. – General Douglas MacArthur Engage brain. You’re alone in a field. A large, snarling man is running at you with a long, steel sword raised above his head, and he’s getting close; are you feeling confident with only that Bic Quad-color pen in your hand? “Okay,” you say, “the pen isn’t mightier in that situation. But …

Are Taxes the Price of Civilization?

Are Taxes The Price of Civilization? Just about every time some trouble-maker like myself wants to question the practice of taxation, someone will ask: But aren’t taxes the price of civilization? This is how people hope to get rid of us with a single shot. Usually, they do it in some sort of cocktail-party setting, where they can throw out their line, then move away before a proper response is made. (And while the other “right-thinking” …

Personal and Online Privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care?

Personal and Online Privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care? We’ve all heard the insulting, tyrannical cliché about privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care? The comeback, if not that it would fall on deaf ears, should be this: Because I value myself. The real value of privacy is not because it allows us to hide things, it’s that privacy allows us to develop independently – according to our own natures. In other words, privacy is …

Myth: President (Whomever) Was Better for the Economy

Myth: President (Whomever) Was Better For The Economy Presidents usually end up as symbols. That’s rather silly, but that is what has generally happened. Presidents are human beings; they have certain abilities and lack others. They are, like all of us, complex beings, not monochrome symbols. And they are most certainly not super-heroes or demons. They are just other humans doing a very unusual job. Hopefully they are of a good character and high ability, but this is …

Political Slogan: It’s Time for Change!

Political Slogan: It’s Time For Change! It’s Time for Change! Can there be a more classic political slogan? I imagine it has served almost every political movement at some point or another. Until the world gets a lot better than it is now, it will always be time for change. Does that mean that the politician’s “new plan” is the right thing to do? Not hardly! After all, setting up a socialist dictatorship would be change …

Freedom in America: Real or Not?

Freedom in America You’ve probably heard the phrase: “It’s a free country”. But does freedom in America actually exist? If you believe so, you need a better definition of free. Mind you, I’m not jumping on the America is Evil bandwagon. That’s just as brainless and possibly more destructive. Nonetheless, the truth is the truth, and “a free country” is not a terribly accurate way to describe the United States. “More free than …

Capitalism and Greed: Do they go together?

Capitalism and Greed: Do they go together? - Freeman's Perspective Capitalism and greed: Do they really go together? Absolutely not! Capitalism rewards ideas that make people’s lives better. In fact, that’s the ONLY thing it can do. Get this: Under capitalism, no one is required to do anything that they don’t want to do! Isn’t that a good thing? Under capitalism, if you want someone to buy your product, you have to convince them that it’s in their best interest …

We Do NOT Have a Federal Government

us federal government What was “Federal”? Nearly all of us use the word federal to refer to the United States national government, as distinct from the state governments. This has been an error on our part. Federal was a description, not a name. It would be fair to use federative in its place. It described a type of government, not a particular organization. For example, when we say “my friend has a fast …