Since Donald Trump's ill-considered attack on Bashar Assad's forces in Syria, many of those who hoped his presidency would be different from previous ones, ardent and luke-warm supporters alike, have come out in opposition to the sudden change of course in Trump's foreign policy. They cite legitimate concerns over the seeming lack of U.S. national … Continue reading No Daniel in Trump’s Inner-Circle
It has become quite a popular position amongst the Alt-Right that fault for the loss of identity and in-group loyalty and even the self-sabotage of Western societies is the result (the inevitable result, as some would even have it) of Christianity. Some of those who hold this viewpoint even go so far as to attempt to resurrect or at least extract certain elements of the pre-Christian religions of Europe. However, I find this view to be mistaken and is based upon an historical horizon that stretches scarcely more than a single century into the past.
I am not often in disagreement with Dr. Sean Gabb. We can certainly agree that the American empire, which grew up in the decades following the Second World War, has had many detrimental effects on Western Civilization and on the world at large. What benefits it did bring with it came decades ago and dried … Continue reading An American’s Thoughts on an Englishman’s View of the U.S. Election
Watching the third presidential debate last night was painful. I have never been one to yell at the TV, but last night was an exception. I have never seen such bold-faced lies and outright hypocrisy in my life than what I heard from Hillary Clinton. Even after all the Wikileaks revelations and the O'Keefe documentary, … Continue reading The Bulls*** and the Bear
Watching the presidential debate last night, as always, was a difficult thing to stomach. Preparing for and watching these things is like going in for a colonoscopy. You know you should probably do it from time to time for good measure, but at the end of the day, whether a colonoscopy or a presidential debate, it's a … Continue reading Observations on Last Night’s Presidential Debate
A recent post by Sean Gabb about the crossroads at which the UK now finds herself and his assessment of what will likely happen next got me thinking about the decision now confronting my own country and the likely results of that decision, whichever the choice we ultimately make. These are my thoughts on this matter.
Quite frequently in conversation with other libertarians I encounter a certain perception of the State, which I believe is misconceived. This view holds the State to be a more or less unitary entity, unalloyed in its composition and inflexible in its cohesiveness. The implications of this misconception are most apparent in a popular libertarian myth, which offers an attractive, but unlikely solution to the exercise of State power. I refer to this as the 'Frodo Myth' for its similarity to the role of Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. As libertarians, I believe we would do well to dispense both with the myth and the false premise upon which it rests.
Keir Martland's recent post on integrating parts of Catholic distributism into libertarianism is an important one. It addresses certain concerns about the present course of the libertarian movement that require attention. If this work is followed through, it would be to the substantial benefit of our cause. These are my thoughts on why.