I Endorse Vermin Supreme

I was angry that they would make the Libertarian Party less respected by the establishment. The joke was on me though: they helped me realize that the establishment never would respect we heretics who stray outside of the two-party system. I was worried that my friends wouldn’t even consider voting for Vermin. The joke was on me though: many of my friends take the idea of Trump v. Biden far less seriously than they do Vermin’s candidacy. Most of all though, I was scared that Vermin and Spike didn’t actually stand for anything, that they were just here for the laughs and good times. The joke was on me though: these two fantastic men have built a campaign fueled by empathy, love, generosity, and goodwill. Now I’m proud to say that I and Heretic are in on the joke. Continue reading I Endorse Vermin Supreme

The Problem of Using the USSR to Condemn Socialism

Unfortunately, I believe that at the time of the Russian Revolution, there were (and still are) very few ideologies that didn’t see violence as an acceptable means to an end. That includes most of the 18/1900s socialist revolutionaries. I think there were a lot of those socialists who viewed violence as an acceptable means of revolution (unlike thinkers such as Tolstoy and Orwell) but who did not see intentional, ongoing systemic violence to maintain said revolution as a good thing (unlike statists such as Lenin, Stalin, et al.). Continue reading The Problem of Using the USSR to Condemn Socialism

It is Time to Give Up the War for Liberty and Take Up the Love for Liberty

Mark my words; the liberty movement will never get enough people to outgun, outnumber, or outmaneuver the government. But we will still defeat it. Because, one day, we will stop trying to kill our oppressors and start trying to love them. Don’t twist my words, it is philosophically sound to fight back violently against people that hurt you. But I contend that we’ll have better … Continue reading It is Time to Give Up the War for Liberty and Take Up the Love for Liberty

Bringing in the Bernie Bros

Let me get this out of the way: I can’t stand Bernie Sanders. He’s inauthentic about his wealth, he didn’t apologize to the women sexually assaulted during his campaign until he decided he wanted to run for president again, and he’s frequently supported expanding government at the expense of American lives, freedom, and rights. That being said, it’s time to recruit his followers for liberty. … Continue reading Bringing in the Bernie Bros

Rising Czar: The Inevitability of Emperor Putin

By almost any measure, it’s difficult to think of a more illiberal allegedly-democratic head-of-state than Putin. Vladimir Putin was first appointed as Prime Minister by Boris Yeltsin in 1999. When Yeltsin infamously left office, Putin became the acting president of Russia until he was officially elected in 2000. He won reelection in 2004 but was constitutionally barred from a third consecutive term in 2008. In an unprecedented move, the new president named his predecessor as Prime Minister, a position that Putin filled for four years. Then, also unprecedentedly, in 2012 Putin began his third presidential term and was reelected in 2018 (his fourth term is scheduled to end in 2024). Continue reading Rising Czar: The Inevitability of Emperor Putin

“What Happened”, 2 1/2 Years Later

For whatever reason, I only recently decided to listen to the audiobook version of Hillary Clinton’s 2.5 year-old post-mortem of her own 2016 presidential campaign, What Happened. I had just finished the much newer book A Very A Stable Genius by a pair of Washington Post reporters and saw that What Happened was available for free as an audio book from my local library. So I figured “Why not?”, and took the plunge. Continue reading “What Happened”, 2 1/2 Years Later