The Gospel of Radicalism

Radicalism As I was writing A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I felt an overwhelming need to put everything I had into the book. (That’s the way you feel when you’re very serious about such things and you’re not sure you’ll ever write another book like it.) So, I included several essays that I cared a great deal about. Now, however, as I’m getting ready for a second edition of the book, …

What’s Your Slavery Percentage?

slaverypercentage Very few things in human life are truly all or nothing. Almost everything works on a sliding scale, even slavery. The problem is, very few people have ever studied slavery, leaving them with a few emotional slogans instead of actual knowledge. A Roman slave in a major city, for example, could start and run his own business, might be very rich, and might even become a major intellectual, like Epictetus. …

The Price of Freedom™

freedom Somehow, and I had no idea how, I found myself face to face with a man I first mistook as a mobile home salesman. But he wasn’t trying to sell me a double-wide; he was trying to sell me a gaudy package labeled Freedom™. He stood in front of me, smiling too much and waiting for me to comment on the beauty of his product. “Tell me about this Freedom …

The Suppression of Happiness

happiness One of the great errors of freedom people (myself included) is that we’ve sometimes based our arguments on less-than-optimal grounds. What I mean is that we argued for freedom on political or legal grounds. And while those arguments were generally accurate and valid, it was a relatively poor line of argument. Our arguments on economic grounds were somewhat better, but they still missed the largest and clearest areas of human …

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 …

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 …

You Don’t Have to Look Far to Find a Certain Kind of Freedom

pro-freedom-entertainment Liberty is important, not for its own sake, but because it’s the condition that allows life to flourish. So, you could call the list below “pro-life.” However, since we don’t want to confuse this with an abortion debate, let’s just call it “Pro-Freedom.” Two weeks ago, I published a list of important history books. Now, I’d like to start a list of pro-freedom entertainment: films, TV shows, and music that …

The Enforcers Just Watered the Seeds of Their Destruction

internet freedom The Silk Road marketplace was closed by the Feds on October 2nd. Its operator sits in a jail cell in New York. The users were scattered and victory was declared. But a funny thing happened while all the politicians, FBI agents, and assorted naysayers were congratulating themselves… The movement didn’t lay down and die. The people who comprise it did not run away like scared little sheep… like Fed victims …

Silk Road Died, Bitcoin Crashed. So why am I so happy?

silkroad You may have heard that Silk Road – the truly free online market – was taken down today, by the FBI. In response, the price of Bitcoin crashed 24%. Yet here I am – just a few hours later, feeling very optimistic. Why? Because the philosophy of freedom just showed itself to be massively stronger than statism and its “don’t think, just obey” philosophy. Here’s What Happened As I was …

Could You Have Answered This Question?

servitude Some years ago I found myself at dinner with a small group of people. We had a pleasant time, but soon enough, someone brought up my “weird” opinions. I explained that I was an advocate for freedom and opposed restrictions on it. A spirited debate followed, of course, and at one point I said something about disliking servitude. In response, one of the people at the table – a medical …

In the Land of Opportunity

land of opportunity [Today’s article comes to us from Michael Busler, Ph.D., a public policy analyst and an Associate Professor at Richard Stockton College. Courtesy of The Project to Restore America.] About 237 years ago the leaders of our country gathered to form a new government. This land would be governed by individuals who were freely elected by the majority of the people. This land would encourage freedom, democracy and fulfillment, by proclaiming …

Commerce: The Permanent Rebellion

commerce Commerce, by its very nature, is born free. And more than this, it forever fights to remain free. At almost every time and place, commerce evades regulations and controls; it serves its own will, not the wills of rulers. Markets spontaneously emerge at every opportunity, even when they are outlawed and punished. Commerce seems to have an existence of its own, like an independent organism. Even under the worst oppressions …

Trashing the Bill of Rights: Where America Stands Now

bill of rights I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. – Susan Ivanova, Babylon 5 Perhaps I have some Russian blood in me. Even though I’m not particularly a fan of the US Constitution (I would have come down on the side of the Anti-Federalists), I still say it’s time to take …

What is Liberty Exactly?

what is liberty More or less every modern politician talks about “freedom” or “liberty.” Actually, they don’t talk about it as much as they use it as a magic incantation. They go on at length about “our free country,” but if you could get them to define freedom, that definition would be something along the lines of “what we have.” Once we’re past such self-praising nonsense, we’re still left with the original question: …

Could an Inside Sneak Attack on Bitcoin Destroy It?

attack on bitcoin This is important. I’ve been warning about an outside attack on Bitcoin for some time, but the biggest threat may come from inside: from people who profess to love Bitcoin. The people I’m talking about don’t love Bitcoin itself, and they don’t love the freedom it brings, no matter what they say. Instead they love the money they hope to make by becoming the new techno-riche: successors to Zuckerberg, Gates …

Government: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

immigration Guest Editorial from Bobby Casey GlobalWealthProtection.com Xenophobic and discriminatory immigration polices further demonstrate the depths to which government will sink to spy into the lives of Americans. The latest immigration bill is 800 pages on how to worsen the immigration situation, while using immigration as a diversionary issue to institute yet another spy tool on the average citizen. I find it rather laughable that the thing that made America great …

Thomas Jefferson: “We Failed”

Thomas Jefferson failed Thomas Jefferson – one of my long-time heroes – was convinced that he and his friends blew the chance they had to establish true freedom in America. I know that a hundred thousand self-praising textbooks, speeches, pundits and songs claim that Jefferson and the rest established freedom, but that’s NOT what Jefferson thought, and that is NOT what he said. (You can choose who to believe for yourself.) Nearly fifty …

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 …