Favorite Posts

AS OF 07/25/2014

This list of favorite posts cuts across categories, and provides links to the best of Politics & Prosperity, Liberty Corner (the predecessor of Politics & Prosperity), and Americana, Etc. (a seldom-updated blog that is mainly about baseball, movies, nostalgia, and trivia). I have imported the contents of Liberty Corner and Americana, Etc. to Politics & Prosperity. But intra-blog links still open at the original blog, not here at Politics & Prosperity.

Links to favorite posts are in chronological order under the fourteen topics listed below. Clicking on an item in the list will take you directly to the posts that I have grouped under that heading. If you are looking for a post on a particular subject, begin at the bottom of a category (where you will find the most recent posts) and work your way backward in time, either by moving up the list or using the “related posts” links that are included in most of my posts.

Some later posts are improved versions of earlier ones that are still listed here. And some later posts conflict with earlier posts because some of my views have evolved. This is especially the case with respect to John Stuart Mill’s “harm principle,” which figures prominently in my early dissertations on libertarianism, but which I have come to see as shallow and lacking in prescriptive power.

For readings that cut across many categories, I suggest my “Not-So-Random Thoughts” series: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X (to date).



I. The Academy, Intellectuals, and the Left
Time to Regulate the Blogosphere?
Aargh, I Hate Being Right All the Time
A Different Perspective on the Ward Churchill Affair
What Is the Point of Academic Freedom?
How to Deal with Left-Wing Academic Blather
Here We Go Again
It’s Not Anti-Intellectualism, Stupid
The Case Against Campus Speech Codes
A Politically Incorrect Democrat
Lefty Profs
Too “Right” for a Leftist
Apropos Academic Freedom and Western Values
Why So Few Free-Market Economists?
The Shoe Is on the Other Foot
Affirmative Action for Conservatives and Libertarians?
Academic Bias
Intellectuals and Capitalism
“Intellectuals and Society”: A Review
The Left’s Agenda
The Left and Its Delusions
The Spoiled Children of Capitalism
Politics, Sophistry, and the Academy
Subsidizing the Enemies of Liberty
Are You in the Bubble?
Not-So-Random Thoughts
The Culture War

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II. Affirmative Action, Race, and Immigration
Diversity
Putting Hate Crimes in Perspective
The Cost of Affirmative Action
Why Not Just Use SAT Scores?
The Face of America
Is There Such a Thing as Legal Discrimination?
More on the Legality of Discrimination
Epstein’s Freedom
Epstein’s Freedom, Revisited
Race and Acceptance
Affirmative Action: A Modest Proposal
Race, Intelligence, and Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action: Two Views from the Academy
Lamm (Soft of) Lays It on the Line
Affirmative Action, One More Time
A Contrarian View of Segregation
Much Food for Thought
A Law Professor to Admire
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
After the Bell Curve
A Footnote . . .
Schelling and Segregation
A Black Bigot Speaks
More Anti-Black Bigotry from the Left
Societal Suicide
A “Taste” for Segregation
Don’t Tar My Nationalism with the Racism Brush
Black Terrorists and “White Flight”
An Immigration Roundup (a collection of 13 posts dated March 29 through September 22, 2006)
Illogic from the Pro-Immigration Camp
Positive Rights and Cosmic Justice: Part IV (with links to earlier parts of the series)
Timely Material
Affirmative Action: Two Views from the Academy, Revisited

It’s the Little Things That Count
A Footnote to a Footnote
Let Me Be Perfectly Clear…
Affirmative Action for Conservatives and Libertarians?
Racism among the Deracinated
“The War”: A Second Reaction
The “Southern Strategy”
Conspicuous Consumption and Race
An Honest Woman Speaks Out
Race and Reason: The Derbyshire Debacle
Race and Reason: The Victims of Affirmative Action
Not-So-Random Thoughts (III)
Race and Reason: The Achievement Gap — Causes and Implications
“Conversing” about Race
Evolution and Race
“Wading” into Race, Culture, and IQ

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III. Americana, Etc.: Movies, Music, Nature, Nostalgia, Sports, and Trivia
The Good Old Days
…”The 325 Greatest Movies of All Time”…
Speaking of Modern Art
Making Sense about Classical Music
An Addendum about Classical Music
Time Out for Beauty
A Precious Musical Mystery
Cars I Have Owned
Speaking of V-8s…
What’s a “Doozy”?
Time Out for Baseball
A Profile of the Past
Reveries
Thinking Back
More Blasts from the Past
My Views on Classical Music, Vindicated
But It’s Not Music
As Time Goes By
On Seeing Dumbo Again
Thoughts of Winter
A Hollywood Circle
A Quick Note about Music
Baseball Nostalgia
Movies
On a Lighter Note . . . (old comic strips)
Like a Fish in Water
Rich October Skies
Christmas Movies
The Next Winner of the World Series?
Ghosts of Thanksgivings Past
Mister Hockey
Red-Brick Buildings
Bare Ruined Choirs
My Old Sears Home
How Time Flies
Mortality
The Best Revenge
Baseball Realignment
Home Run Kings
Living in the Past
A Sentimental Journey
Century Plant Blogging
Baseball Managers: A Recyclable Commodity?
The Anti-Hall of Fame and Baseball “Immortals”
Can Money Buy Excellence in Baseball?
The Meaning of the World Series
Deer Blogging
Pennant Winner vs. Best Team
Roofs I Have Lived Under
Roofs I Have Worked Under
All That Jazz
Pride and Prejudice on Film
The Movies: (Not) Better Than Ever
Overcoming Adversity
September Songs
Are the Yankees in Meltdown?
Yankees vs. Red Sox: The End Games
Yankees vs. Red Sox: The End Games (2)
Testing for Steroids
As I Was Saying…
Now, It’s Over
Has Baseball Become More Competitive?
The Best and Worst of the American League
Baseball’s Losers
Do Better Teams Finish First?
World Series Contestants: Not the Best Teams
A Tale of Three Franchises
“The War”: An Initial Reaction
“The War”: A Second Reaction
“The War”: A Third Reaction
“The War”: Final Grade
At the Movies: The Best and Worst Years
My Year at the Movies (2007)
Hall of Famers?
Did Roger Do It?
D.C. Isn’t a Baseball Town
Baseball and Groundhog Day

An Eon Ago…
Mystery Solved
Some of My Favorite Cars
Post-Season Play: Another Look
American League Dynasties and Doormats
The Seven-Game World Series
Forgotten Stars
Presidential Heights
Baseball in the Nation’s Capital, Revisited
Explaining a Team’s W-L Record
The Quality of Films over the Decades
More about the Quality of Films
The American League’s Greatest Hitters
The American League’s Greatest Hitters: Part II
The Movies: Not Better than Ever (II)
Conducting, Baseball, and Longevity
The Longevity of Stars
So, Who Made You Laugh?
The Names, They Are A-Changin’
The Name Game
Who Shot JFK, and Why?
Speaking in Foreign Tongues
Facts about Presidents
Home-Field Advantage
2013: A Bad Year at the Movies
Not Over the Hill
A Guide to the Pronunciation of General American English
The Passing of Red Brick Schoolhouses and a Way of Life
Baseball: The King of Team Sports

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IV. The Constitution and the Rule of Law
The Erosion of the Constitutional Contract
Unintended Irony from a Few Framers
A Timeless Indictment
When Must the Executive Enforce the Law?
More on the Debate about Judicial Supremacy
A Very Politically Incorrect Labor Day Post
Another Look at Judicial Supremacy
Freedom of Contract and the Rise of Judicial Tyranny
Judicial Interpretation
Social Security Is Unconstitutional
The Case for Devolved Government
Delicious Thoughts about Federalism
Is Nullification the Answer to Judicial Supremacy?
The Alternative to Nullification
No Way Out?
Can the Town Take Your Home?
Unlimited Government
Free Speech and Limited Government
The Constitution in Exile
The Legitimacy of the Constitution
The Wrong Case for Judicial Review
Raich and the Rule of Law
The Last Straw?
An Agenda for the Supreme Court
Judge Roberts and the Defense of America
What Is the Living Constitution?
Treasonous Speech?
Senator Specter Abuses the Constitution
Liberals and the Rule of Law
A Challenge to My Senators
The Supreme Court: Our Last, Best Hope for a Semblance of Liberty
The FEC and Bloggers: Stay Tuned
The Legality of Teaching Intelligent Design
The Legality of Teaching Intelligent Design: Part II
Tom DeLay and James Madison
The Case of the (Happily) Missing Supreme Court Nominee(s)
Kelo, Federalism, and Libertarianism
States’ Rights and Skunks
A Useful Precedent
Speaking of States’ Rights and Judge McConnell
“Equal Protection” and Homosexual Marriage
Law, Liberty, and Abortion
An Answer to Judicial Supremacy?
Oh, *That* Privacy Right
Don’t Just Take My Word for It
The Original Meaning of the Ninth Amendment
Substantive Due Process, Liberty of Contract, and States’ “Police Power”
Privacy, Autonomy, and Responsibility
Amend the Constitution or Amend the Supreme Court?
The Solomon Amendment
Great Minds and the Constitution
The Constitution and Warrantless “Eavesdropping”
NSA “Eavesdropping”: The Last Word (from Me)
Final (?) Words about Preemption and the Constitution
Recommended Reading about NSA’s Surveillance Program
More Final (?) Words about Preemption and the Constitution
Liberty and Federalism
A Footnote about “Eavesdropping
Where’s Substantive Due Process When You Need It?
True Federalism
Substantive Due Process Redux?
International Law vs. Homeschooling
Hudson v. Michigan and the Constitution
Those UN Gun Grabbers and the Second Amendment
Certain Unalienable Rights . . .
A New Constitution: Revised Again
Advantage: The Constitution
The Bad News about Wal-Mart’s Victory in Maryland
Consent of the Governed
Kelo, Revisited
The Constitution: Who Has the Last Word?
Com-Patriotism and Anti-Patriotic Acts
What Is the American Constitution?
Who Are the Parties to the Constitutional Contract?
What the Fourth of July Means to Me
Blame It on the Commerce Clause
The Slippery Slope of Constitutional Revisionism
The Ruinous Despotism of Democracy
A First Amendment Right to Anonymity?
The Bill of Rights and Kelo v. City of New London
A First Amendment Right to Anonymity?
How to Think about Secession
The Real Constitution: I
Religious Discrimination or Free Exercise?
In Search of Consistency
The “Thin” Constitution
Substantive Due Process, Liberty of Contract, and the States’ Police Power
Secession
A New, New Constitution
Secession Redux
A New Cold War or Secession?
The Real Constitution and Civil Disobedience
The Census of 2010: Bring It On
A Declaration of Independence
First Principles
Zones of Liberty
The Constitution: Original Meaning, Corruption, and Restoration
A Conversation with Uncle Sam
The Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate
Does the Power to Tax Give Congress Unlimited Power?
Does Congress Have the Power to Regulate Inactivity?
Is the Constitution True?
Is the Constitution True? An Addendum
Re-Forming the United States
Substantive Due Process and the Limits of Privacy
The Southern Secession Reconsidered
A Declaration of Civil Disobedience
Questioning the National Debt
Rethinking the Constitution: “Freedom of Speech, and of the Press”
A Balanced-Budget Amendment and the Constitution
The Repealer
Abortion and the Fourteenth Amendment
Obamacare: Neither Necessary nor Proper
Privacy Is Not Sacred
The Contemporary Meaning of the Bill of Rights: First Amendment
The Contemporary Meaning of the Bill of Rights: Second Amendment
Our Perfect, Perfect Constitution
Not-So-Random Thoughts
Constitutional Confusion
Reclaiming Liberty throughout the Land
Secession, Anyone?
Obamacare, Slopes, Ratchets, and the Death-Spiral of Liberty
Another Thought or Two about the Obamacare Decision
Obamacare and Zones of Liberty
Secession for All Seasons
A New Constitution for a New Republic
Restoring Constitutional Government: The Way Ahead
Secession Made Easy
More about “Secession Made Easy”
“We the People” and Big Government
How Libertarians Ought to Think about the Constitution
An Agenda for the GOP
Wrong for the Wrong Reasons
The Court in Retrospect and Prospect (II)

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V. Economics: Principles and Issues
On the Other Hand, Let’s Kill All the Economists
Why It Makes Sense to Privatize Social Security
P.S. on Privatizing Social Security
Labor Unions
Why Outsourcing Is Good: A Simple Lesson for Liberal Yuppies
Fear of the Free Market — Part I
Fear of the Free Market — Part II
Fear of the Free Market — Part III
Curing Debt Hysteria in One Easy Lesson
Trade Deficit Hysteria
Social Injustice
On the One Hand…
The Sentinel: A Tragic Parable of Economic Reality
Let’s Just Say He’s a Bit Evasive
Why We Deserve What We Earn
Who Decides Who’s Deserving?
The Rationality Fallacy
Brains Sans Borders
The Main Causes of Prosperity
A Good Reason to Favor the “Ownership Society”
Why Class Warfare Is Bad for Everyone
Fighting Myths with Facts
That Mythical, Magical Social Security Trust Fund
The Consequences of Drug Reimportation
Straight Thinking about Business Cycles
Debunking More Myths of Income Inequality
Free-Market Healthcare
The Real Social Security Issue
Social Security, Myth and Reality
Nonsense and Sense about Social Security
More about Social Security
A Century of Progress?
Social Security Privatization and the Stock Market
Understanding Economic Growth
The Problem with Voluntary Personal Accounts
Oh, That Mythical Trust Fund!
The Real Meaning of the National Debt
Socialist Calculation and the Turing Test
Social Security: The Permanent Solution
The Population Mystery
The Bankruptcy Bill in Perspective
The Social Welfare Function
Funding the Welfare State
Apropos Bankruptcy Reform
A Mathematician’s Insight
Redefining Altruism
Social Security Transition Costs, in a Nutshell
Libertarian Paternalism
Traffic-Congestion Hysteria
The Economy Works, in Spite of Zany Economists
A Libertarian Paternalist’s Dream World
What Economics Isn’t
Talk Is Cheap
Giving Back to the Community
Computer Technology Will Replace Concrete
The Short Answer to Libertarian Paternalism
Second-Guessing, Paternalism, Parentalism, and Choice
A Non-Paradox for Libertarians
Another Thought about Libertarian Paternalism
Judge Roberts and Women
Katrina’s Aftermath: Who’s to Blame?
“The Private Sector Isn’t Perfect
A Modest Proposal for Disaster Preparedness
No Mention of Opportunity Costs
Whose Incompetence Do You Trust
Enough of Amateur Critics
Debt Hysteria, Revisited
Why Government Spending Is Inherently Inflationary
Thoughts That Liberals Should Be Thinking
More Thoughts That Liberals Should Be Thinking
The Economics of Corporate Fitness Programs
Understanding Outsourcing
Much Ado about Donning
Joe Stiglitz, Ig-Nobelist
How to End the Postal Monopoly
Red vs. Blue Charity
Taxes, Charitable Giving, and Republicanism
Where’s the Outrage?
A Simple Fallacy
Ten Commandments of Economics
Professor Buchanan Makes a Slight Mistake
A Little Putdown of Politically Correct Shopping
More Commandments of Economics
Three Truths for Central Planners
Bits of Economic Wisdom
Productivity Growth and Tax Cuts
Zero-Sum Thinking
Capitalism, Liberty, and Christianity
Risk and Regulation
Back-Door Paternalism
Wal-Mart and Jobs
Economist, Heal Thyself
Liberty, General Welfare, and the State
Legalism vs. Liberty
Time on the Cross, Re-revisited
Do Future Generations Pay for Deficits?
Another Voice Against the New Paternalism
Starving the Beast, Updated
Monopoly and the General Welfare
On Income Inequality
Trade, Government Spending, and Economic Growth
Sprawl
There’s No Such Thing as a Business Tax
The Causes of Economic Growth
Charles Murray’s Grand Plan
Slippery Paternalists
Hillary’s Latest Brainstorm
The Romney Plan
The Importance of Deficits
It’s the Spending, Stupid!
There’s More to Income than Money
The Romney Plan: Part II
Science, Axioms, and Economics
Krugman and Monopoly
Republicanism, Economic Freedom, and Charitable Giving
A Market Solution to the Social Security Mess?
How the Great Depression Ended
Mathematical Economics
The Last(?) Word about Income Inequality
Why “Net Neutrality” Is a Bad Idea
The Feds and “Libertarian Paternalism”
The Anti-Phillips Curve
Democrats: The Anti-People People
You Bet Your Life
Status, Spite, Envy, and Income Redistribution
Economics: The Dismal (Non) Science
A Further Note about “Libertarian” Paternalism
Median Household Income and Bad Government
The Dow and the Stock Market
Apropos Paternalism
Where’s My Nobel?
Why So Few Free-Market Economists?
An Immigration Roundup (a collection of 13 posts dated March 29 through September 22, 2006)
Toward a Capital Theory of Value
Things to Come
Illogic from the Pro-Immigration Camp
Prof. Mankiw’s “D”
The (Relatively) Rich Get Richer
Students, Beware!
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences for 2007
The Laffer Curve, “Fiscal Responsibility,” and Economic Growth
The Way to Look at Inflation
Whither the Stock Market?
How to Manage
Is Inflation Inevitable?
Stability Isn’t Everything
How Attractive Is Your State?
Income and Diminishing Marginal Utility
What Happened to Personal Responsibility?
Politicizing Economic Growth
The Causes of Economic Growth
In the Long Run We Are All Poorer
Mr. Greenspan Doth Protest Too Much
Economic Growth since WWII
A Short Course in Economics
Addendum to a Short Course in Economics
The Price of Government
Monopoly: Private Is Better than Public
The “Big Five” and Economic Performance
Gains from Trade
Does the Minimum Wage Increase Unemployment?
The Price of Government Redux
Trade
The Mega-Depression
As Goes Greece
Ricardian Equivalence Reconsidered
The Real Burden of Government
Toward a Risk-Free Economy
Enough of “Social Welfare”
A True Flat Tax
The Case of the Purblind Economist
How the Great Depression Ended
Youthful Wisdom
Why Outsourcing Is Good: A Simple Lesson for “Liberal” Yuppies
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
The Population Mystery
The Illusion of Prosperity and Stability
The Deficit Commission’s Deficit of Understanding
Are You an Austrian?
The Bowles-Simpson Report
The Bowles-Simpson Band-Aid
Build It and They Will Pay
Competition Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word
Subjective Value: A Proof by Example
The Stagnation Thesis
Taxing the Rich
More about Taxing the Rich
Voluntary Taxation
Money, Credit, and Economic Fluctuations
A Keynesian Fantasy Land
“Tax Expenditures” Are Not Expenditures
The Keynesian Fallacy and Regime Uncertainty
The Social Security Trust Fund Is Not a “Get out of Jail Free Card”
Does “Pent Up” Demand Explain the Post-War Recovery?
Creative Destruction, Reification, and Social Welfare
So, What Now?
The Great Recession Is Not Over
What Free-Rider Problem?
Why the “Stimulus” Failed to Stimulate
The Arrogance of (Some) Economists
The “Jobs Speech” That Obama Should Have Given
Say’s Law, Government, and Unemployment
Unemployment and Economic Growth
Regime Uncertainty and the Great Recession
Regulation as Wishful Thinking
The Real Multiplier
Don’t Just Stand There, “Do Something”
The Commandeered Economy
Extreme Economism
Stocks for the Long Run?
We Owe It to Ourselves
Stocks for the Long Run? (Part II)
In Defense of the 1%
Denseness about Density
Bonds for the Long Run?
The Real Multiplier (II)
Lay My (Regulatory) Burden Down
Irrational Rationality
Not-So-Random Thoughts
The Burden of Government
Economic Growth Since World War II
Not-So-Random Thoughts (III)
Whose Principle Is It, Anyway?
The Rationing Fallacy
The Economy Slogs Along
The Stock Market as a Leading Indicator of GDP
Government in Macroeconomic Perspective
Where We Are, Economically
Keynesianism: Upside-Down Economics in the Collectivist Cause
Economists and Voting
The Economic Outlook in Brief
How High Should Taxes Be?
The Value of Experience
Much Ado about the Price-Earnings Ratio
The 80-20 Rule, Illustrated
Economic Horror Stories: The Great “Demancipation” and Economic Stagnation
Baseball Statistics and the Consumer Price Index
Economics: A Survey (also here)
Why Are Interest Rates So Low?
Vulgar Keynesianism and Capitalism
Estimating the Rahn Curve: Or, How Government Spending Inhibits Economic Growth
America’s Financial Crisis Is Now
“Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement”: A Review
Do Managers Make a Difference?
Progressive Taxation Is Alive and Well in the U.S. of A.
“Social Insurance” Isn’t Insurance — Nor Is Obamacare
The Keynesian Multiplier: Phony Math
The True Multiplier
Discounting in the Public Sector
Some Inconvenient Facts about Income Inequality
Mass (Economic) Hysteria: Income Inequality and Related Themes
More Lessons from Baseball
Unsurprising News
Obamanomics: A Report Card
The Obama Effect: Disguised Unemployment
Social Accounting: A Tool of Social Engineering
Alienation
Playing the Social Security Trust Fund Shell Game

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VI. Humor, Satire, and Wry Commentary
Political Parlance
Some Management Tips
Ten-Plus Commandments of Liberalism, er, Progressivism
To Pay or Not to Pay
The Ghost of Impeachments Past Presents “The Trials of William Jefferson Whatsit”
Getting It Perfect
His Life As a Victim
Psychoanalyzing Peace Protestors
Bah, Humbug!
Who Looks Like a Republican?
PC Madness
Why Not Marry Your Pet?
The Seven Faces of Blogging
DWI
An Insensitive Proposal, or Two
How “24” Should Have Ended
Life’s Lessons
Wordplay
Trans-Gendered Names
More Names
The U.S. Postal “Service”: Inaction
Punctuation
Stuff White (Liberal Yuppie) People Like
What, No Cattle Futures?
Driving and Politics
“Men’s Health”
Too Much Protection for the President?
“Hopefully” Arrives
Hopefully, This Post Will Be Widely Read
Why Prescriptivism?
I’ve Got a LIttle List
Driving and Politics (2)
A Sideways Glance at Military Strategy
A Sideways Glance at the Cabinet
A Sideways Glance at Politicians’ Memoirs

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VII. Infamous Thinkers and Political Correctness
Sunstein at the Volokh Conspiracy
More from Sunstein
Call Me a Constitutional Lawyer
(Sen)seless Economics
Cass Sunstein’s Truly Dangerous Mind
An (Imaginary) Interview with Cass Sunstein
Krugman and DeLong, a Prevaricating Pair
Aha!
The Social(ist) Contract
Refuting Rousseau and His Progeny
Professor Krugman Flunks Economics
Paul Krugman, an Inspiration to Us All
That’s It, Exactly
Peter Singer’s Fallacy
Killing Free Speech in Order to Save It
Slippery Sunstein
I Dare Call It Treason
Brian Leiter Is an Idiot
Nicholas Kristof Is an Idiot
Through the Looking Glass with Leiter
The Illogical Left, via Leiter
An Open Letter to Michael Moore
Like a Fish in Water
Joe Stiglitz, Ig-Nobelist
Peter Singer’s Agenda
A Dissonant Vision
Brian Leiter, Exposed
Time on the Cross, Re-revisited
Anarch0-Authoritarianism
Sunstein and Executive Power
Two Heroes and a Blackguard
Krugman and Monopoly
Nock Reconsidered
Conspiracy Theorists’ Cousins
Singer Said It
Religion as Beneficial Evolutionary Adaptation
Sobran’s Intellectual Decline and Fall
Joseph Sobran: Final Verdict
Giving Back
Toward a Constitutional “Monarchy”
The Texas Marriage Canard
The Land of Sunshine: A Parable
Illegal Immigration: A Note to Libertarian Purists
How to Combat Beauty-ism
Defining Treasonous Speech
Memories of a Catholic Youth
Sexist Nonsense
Is Obama a Racist?
Down with “We”Cornered by Gender?
Enough of Krugman
The Firing of Juan Williams
The Politically Correct Cancer: Another Weapon in the War on Straight White Males
Asymmetrical (Ideological) Warfare
“Buy Local”
“Net Neutrality”
Intelligence, Personality, Politics, and Happiness
Giving Back, Again
Is the Anger Gone?
A Not-So-Fine Whine
Affirmative Action for Conservatives and Libertarians?
Social Justice
Texas, The New York Times, and Teen Pregnancy
Peter Presumes to Preach
Soros the Bootlegger
More Social Justice
Luck-Egalitarianism and Moral Luck
Empathy Is Overrated
Union-Busting
In Defense of Wal-Mart
What Do Women (Politicians) Want?
An Economist’s Special Pleading: Affirmative Action for the Ugly
Union Thuggery
Elizabeth Warren Is All Wet
Another Entry in the Sunstein Saga
Not-So-Random Thoughts (III)
Obesity and Statism (Richard Posner)
Barack Channels Princess SummerFall WinterSpring
Obama’s Big Lie
The Sunstein Effect Is Alive and Well in the White House
Political Correctness vs. Civility
IQ, Political Correctness, and America’s Present Condition
Sorkin’s Left-Wing Propaganda Machine
Baseball or Soccer? David Brooks Misunderstands Life

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VIII. Intelligence and Psychology
Conservatism, Libertarianism, and “The Authoritarian Personality”
Psychological Profiling
The Psychology of Extremism
Corroboration of a Sort
The F Scale, Revisited
Drinking and Voting
The Psychologist Who Played God (updated 02/12/14, as noted)
Intelligence, Personality, Politics, and Happiness
Intelligence as a Dirty Word
Race and Reason: The Achievement Gap — Causes and Implications
Nonsense about Presidents, IQ, and War
“Going Viral” in the 1500s
IQ, Political Correctness, and America’s Present Condition
Alienation

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IX. Justice
I’ll Never Understand the Insanity Defense
Does Capital Punishment Deter Homicide?
No One Should Be above the Law — Not Even a Reporter
Libertarian Twaddle about the Death Penalty
A Crime Is a Crime
Crime and Punishment
Abortion and Crime
Alter’s Ego
Saving the Innocent?
Saving the Innocent?: Part II
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Further Erosion of the Employment Relationship
A Useful Precedent
Oh, *That* Privacy Right
More on Abortion and Crime
More Punishment Means Less Crime
More About Crime and Punishment
More Punishment Means Less Crime: A Footnote
Clear Thinking about the Death Penalty
Office Romance
Something to Ponder
Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
Cell Phones and Driving: Liberty vs. Life
Moussaoui and “White Guilt”
A Precedent for the Demise of the Insanity Defense?
Another Argument for the Death Penalty
Less Punishment Means More Crime
The “Jewell Effect” and Larry Craig
Crime, Explained
Why Legal Ethics Is an Oxymoron (II)
9/11 Plotters and the Death Penalty
Clear Thinking about the Death Penalty
What Is Justice?
Myopic Moaning about the War on Drugs
Saving the Innocent
Why Stop at the Death Penalty?
A Case for Perpetual Copyrights and Patents
Lock ‘Em Up
Legislating Morality
Legislating Morality (II)
Free Will, Crime, and Punishment
Hispanics and Crime
Left-Libertarians, Obama, and the Zimmerman Case
Stop, Frisk, and Save Lives

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X. Libertarianism and Other Political Philosophies
First Principles
The Inevitability of the Communitarian State, or, What’s a Libertarian to Do?
The Roots of Statism in the United States
Libertarian-Conservatives Are from the Earth, Liberals Are from the Moon
The Worriers
More about the Worrying Classes
Modern Utilitarianism
First Principles, for the Second Time
Things a Libertarian Can Believe In
More Things a Libertarian Can Believe In
Libertarian Conservative or Conservative Libertarian?
The Party of the “Little People”
Why I’m Not a Democrat or a Liberal
What Kind of Libertarian Am I?
Does the Libertarian-Conservative Fusion Have a Future?
A Word or Two for Ideological Purists
Too Pure for My Taste
The Origin of Rights
Left, Right, What’s the Difference?
Hobbesian Libertarianism
The Liberal Mindset
Flooding the Moral Low Ground
Libertarian Name-Calling
The Greatest Good of the Greatest Number?
Libertarianism Is Evil…
What’s a Libertarian to Do?
The State of Nature
Libertarianism and Conservatism
Rights and Obligations
Judeo-Christian Values and Liberty
Treasonous Blogging?
More about the Origin of Rights
Liberty, Democrarcy, and Voting Rights
Absolutism
More about Democracy and Liberty
Yet Another Look at Democracy
Redefining Altruism
A Footnote to My Theory of Rights
Where Conservatism and (Sensible) Libertarianism Come Together
Getting Neolibertarianism Wrong
Fundamentalist Libertarians, Anarcho-Capitalists, and Self-Defense
Conservatism, Libertarianism, and Public Morality
Another Thought about Anarchy
Where Do You Draw the Line?
The State, a Creature of Love or Fear?
Anarcho-Capitalism vs. the State
Rights and the State
Free Markets, Free People, and Utter Disgust with Government
The Essential Case for Consequentialist Libertarianism
The Principle of Actionable Harm
Three Axioms
Case Dismissed
Moral Issues
A Paradox for Libertarians
Conservatism, Libertarianism, Socialism, and Democracy
The Consequences and Causes of Abstinence
Shall We All Hang Separately?
Foxhole Rats
A Non-Paradox for Libertarians
Another Thought about Libertarian Paternalism
Judge Roberts and Women
Foxhole Rats, Redux
What Is the Living Constitution?
Religion and Liberty
A Values-Free Government?
Science, Evolution, Religion, and Liberty
Katrina’s Aftermath: Who’s to Blame?
“The Private Sector Isn’t Perfect”
Common Ground for Conservatives and Libertarians?
Know Thine Enemy
Whose Incompetence Do You Trust?
Enough of Amateur Critics
Enough of Altruism
The Supreme Court: Our Last, Best Hope for a Semblance of Liberty
Thoughts That Liberals Should Be Thinking
More Thoughts That Liberals Should Be Thinking
Liberty or Self-Indulgence?
Barking Up the Wrong Libertarian
Kelo, Federalism, and Libertarianism
States’ Rights and Skunks
The Corporation and The State
Killing Conservatism in Order to Save It
Speaking of States’ Rights and Judge McConnell
Conservatism and Capitalism
Some Thoughts about Liberty
Libertarianism and Preemptive War: Part II
A False Dichotomy
The Media’s Measurable Bias
Anarchy: An Empty Concept
The Pathology of Academic Leftism
Ethics and the Socialist Agenda
Capitalism, Liberty, and Christianity
The Paradox of Libertarianism
Privacy, Security, and Electronic Surveillance
A Dissonant Vision
Privacy: Variations on the Theme of Liberty
Back-Door Paternalism
The Fatal Naïveté of Anarcho-Libertarianism
Anarcho-Libertarian “Stretching”
Liberty and “Fairness”
Liberty, General Welfare, and the State
Legalism vs. Liberty
Government’s Role in Social Decline
Anarcho-Authoritarianism
QandO Saved Me the Trouble
Another Voice Against the New Paternalism
Something to Ponder
Anti-Western Values in the West
Liberty as a Social Construct
Thoughts for the Day
This Is Objectivism?
K-K-Katrina
Social Norms and Liberty
Whiners — Left and Libertarian
A Footnote about Liberty and the Social Compact
The Adolescent Rebellion Syndrome
Liberty and Federalism
Calling a Nazi a Nazi
A Political Compass
Finding Liberty
More Communitarians
Charles Murray’s Grand Plan
Slippery Paternalists
Cell Phones and Driving: Liberty vs. Life
Nock Reconsidered
The Harm Principle
Footnotes to “The Harm Principle”
The Harm Principle, Again
Actionable Harm and the Role of the State
Rights and Cosmic Justice
A Flawed Defense of Anarcho-Capitalism
Thoughts for Father’s Day
The Prospects for Liberty and Happiness
Mises on Liberty and the State
Post-Americans and Their Progeny
Varieties of Libertarianism
Liberty, Human Nature, and the State
What to Do about Liberal Error
Idiotarian Libertarians and the Non-Aggression Principle
Consent of the Governed
An Ideal World
Diagnosing the Left
Kelo, Revisited
Slopes, Ratchets, and the Death Spiral of Liberty
Wisdom from Roger Scruton
Com-Patriotism and Anti-Patriotic Acts
Two Views of Liberty
If Liberty Depends on Democracy, We’re Doomed to Slavery
The Feds and “Libertarian Paternalism”
What Is the American Constitution?
Utopian Schemes
Is Exit Unrealistic?
The Source of Rights
A Trichotomy of American Conservatism
The Nexus of Conservatism and Libertarianism
A Further Note about “Libertarian” Paternalism
Postive Rights and Cosmic Justice: Part I
Apropos Paternalism
Positive Rights and Cosmic Justice: Part II
Liberal Claptrap
Consent of the Governed, Revisited
Mindsets
The Case against Genetic Engineering
Metaethical Moral Relativism: Is It Valid?
Positive Rights and Cosmic Justice: Part III
A Critique of Extreme Libertarianism
Libertarian Whining about Cell Phones and Driving
The Golden Rule, for Libertarians
Positive Rights and Cosmic Justice: Part IV (with links to earlier parts)
The Upside-Down World of Liberalism
Democracy and the Irrational Voter
Anarchistic Balderdash
Corroboration of a Sort
Social Norms, State Action, and Liberty
“Liberalism,” as Seen by Liberals
Students, Beware!
The Shoe Is on the Other Foot
Compare and Contrast
Irrationality, Suboptimality, and Voting
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong
The Political Case for Traditional Morality
Compare and Contrast, Again
FDR and Fascism
The Ruinous Despotism of Democracy
Pascal’s Wager, Morality, and the State
Anarchy, Minarchy, and Liberty
Psychology and Libertarianism
Parents and the State
The Fallacy of Particularism
A Political Compass: Locating the United States
The Fear of Consequentialism
A First Amendment Right to Anonymity?
Paleocons and the Legacy of Sam Francis
The Season of Our Discontent
The Economic Divide on the Right: Distributists vs. Capitalists
Rights and Liberty
An Exercise in Futility
Optimality, Liberty, and the Golden Rule
The F Scale, Revisited
The Future of Tradition
Cell Phones and Driving, Once More
Political Correctness
The People’s Romance
Fascism
On Prejudice
It Depends on Where You Stand
Political Correctness (II)
In Search of Consistency
Objectivism: Tautologies in Search of Reality
“Isms”
What Happened to Personal Responsibility?
Morality and Consequentialism
Missing the Point
Why I Am/Am Not a Liberal
On Liberty
Greed, Cosmic Justice, and Social Welfare
Positive Rights and Cosmic Justice
Liberalism and Sovereignty
Fascism with a “Friendly” Face
Penalizing “Thought Crimes”
Democracy and Liberty
The Interest-Group Paradox
Parsing Political Philosophy
Is Statism Inevitable?
Inventing “Liberalism”
Civil Society and Homosexual “Marriage”
What Is Conservatism?
Utilitarianism, “Liberalism,” and Omniscience
Utilitarianism vs. Liberty
The Principles of Actionable Harm
Fascism and the Future of America
The Indivisibility of Economic and Social Liberty
Beware of Libertarian Paternalists
Law and Liberty
Negative Rights
Negative Rights, Social Norms, and the Constitution
The Devolution of American Politics from Wisdom to Opportunism
Goodbye, Mr. Pitts
Rights, Liberty, the Golden Rule, and the Legitimate State
The Texas Marriage Canard
The Near-Victory of Communism
Tocqueville’s Prescience
Discounting and Libertarian Paternalism
The Mind of a Paternalist
Not Conservative Enough
Accountants of the Soul
Invoking Hitler
The Unreality of Objectivism
The Psychologist Who Played God (updated 02/12/14, as noted)
“Natural Rights” and Consequentialism
Rawls Meets Bentham
Is Liberty Possible?
The Left
More about Consequentialism
Special Interests, Good and Bad
Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Due Process, and Equal Protection
Rationalism, Social Norms, and Same-Sex “Marriage”
Line-Drawing and Liberty
The Divine Right of the Majority
An Encounter with a Marxist
Our Enemy, the State
Pseudo-Libertarian Sophistry vs. True Libertarianism
Positivism, “Natural Rights,” and Libertarianism
What Are “Natural Rights”?
The Golden Rule and the State
Libertarian Conservative or Conservative Libertarian?
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Part I
Bounded Liberty: A Thought Experiment
Evolution, Human Nature, and “Natural Rights”
More Pseudo-Libertarianism
The Free State Project
More about Conservative Governance
The Meaning of Liberty
Positive Liberty vs. Liberty
On Self-Ownership and Desert
In Defense of Marriage
Understanding Hayek
Corporations, Union, and the State
The Golden Rule as Beneficial Learning
Why I Am Not an Extreme Libertarian
Facets of Liberty
Burkean Libertarianism
Rights: Source, Applicability, How Held
Blackmail, Anyone?
What Is Libertarianism?
Nature Is Unfair
True Libertarianism, One More Time
Human Nature, Liberty, and Rationalism
Utilitarianism and Psychopathy
“Occupy Wall Street” and Religion
A Declaration and Defense of My Prejudices about Governance
The Libertarian-Conservative Fusion Is Alive and Well
Libertarianism and Morality
Libertarianism and Morality: A Footnote
Merit Goods, Positive Rights, and Cosmic Justice
More about Merit Goods
What Is Bleeding-Heart Libertarianism?
The Morality of Occupying Private Property
Prohibition, Abortion, and “Progressivism”
Liberty, Negative Rights, and Bleeding Hearts
Cato, the Kochs, and a Fluke
Conservatives vs. “Liberals”
Not-So-Random Thoughts
Why Conservatism Works
The Pool of Liberty and “Me” Libertarianism
A Man for No Seasons
Bleeding-Heart Libertarians = Left-Statists
Enough with the Bleeding Hearts, Already
Not Guilty of Libertarian Purism
Liberty and Society
Tolerance on the Left
The Eclipse of “Old America”
Genetic Kinship and Society
Liberty as a Social Construct: Moral Relativism?
Defending Liberty against (Pseudo) Libertarians
The Fallacy of the Reverse-Mussolini Fallacy
Fighting Modernity
Defining Liberty
Conservatism as Right-Minarchism
Getting It Almost Right
The Social Animal and the “Social Contract”
The Futile Search for “Natural Rights”
The Pseudo-Libertarian Temperament
Parsing Political Philosophy (II)
Modern Liberalism as Wishful Thinking
How Libertarians Ought to Think about the Constitution
Getting Liberty Wrong
Romanticizing the State
Governmental Perversity
Unsurprising News
Libertarianism and the State
“Liberalism” and Personal Responsibility
Has America Always Been Leftist?
Let’s Make a Deal

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XI. Politics, Politicians, and the Consequences of Government
Ranking the Presidents
Rating Books, Movies, and Presidents
Polls, Party Preferences, and Polarization
Starving the Beast
A Bigger Beast
It Is the Economy — And a Few Other Things
Those Who Can, Do…
The True Cost of Government
Presidential Values
Respect for Presidents
The Party of Ideas
The Lesser of Two Evils?
School Vouchers and Teachers’ Unions
Whining about Teachers’ Pay: Another Lesson about the Evils of Public Education
I Used to Be Too Smart to Understand This
The Tricks Time Plays on Us
It’s Worth Saying Again
How to Fight Crime
The Great Divide Is a Great Thing
The Young Mr. Lincoln
More Old Presidents
My Advice to the LP
Let ‘Em Secede
The True Cost of Government: An Addendum
Ain’t Quasi-Federalism Wonderful?
What Realignment?
An Emerging Left-Right Consensus?
Great Minds Agree, More or Less
Lincoln, the Poet President
Support Homeschooling
Base Closure: A Model for Entitlement Reform?
Rich Voter, Poor Voter, and Academic Liberalism
Tolerance and Poverty
The Threat of Anti-Theocracy
Illusory Progress

Class in America
An Alternative to Death and Taxes
Three More Cheers for the Great Political Divide
Judge Roberts and Women
Katrina’s Aftermath: Who’s to Blame?
Will Congress Buy It?
A Challenge to My U.S. Representative
A Challenge to My Senators
A Concession, of Sorts
The FEC and Bloggers: Stay Tuned
The UN and the Internet
Ages of Presidents
Torture and Morality
A Little Putdown of Politically Correct Shopping
A 32-Year Error
The Media’s Measurable Bias
More “McCarthyism”
Time on the Cross, Re-revisited
Riots, Culture, and the Final Showdown
Government’s Role in Social Decline
Starving the Beast, Updated
Rating the Presidents, Again
K-K-Katrina
The Adolescent Rebellion Syndrome
Calling a Nazi a Nazi
The Heart of the Matter
Sprawl
The State of the Union . . .
E Pluribus Unum?
“Dangerous Dan” McCain
Don’t Tar My Nationalism with the Racism Brush
International Law vs. Homeschooling
Good Advice for the Libertarian Party
In Defense of Ann Coulter
Free Market Environmentalism? Not This Time
Starving the Beast: Readings
Parsing the Vote on the “Flag Burning Amendment”
The First Roosevelt
Slopes, Ratchets, and the Death Spiral of Liberty
The Feds and “Libertarian” Paternalism
An Opportunity for Libertarian Relevance
What Is the American Constitution?
Democrats: The Anti-People People
You Bet Your Life
Status, Spite, Envy, and Income Redistribution
Is Exit Unrealistic?
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
A Further Note about “Libertarian” Paternalism
Presidential Legacies
The (Relatively) Rich Get Richer
Democracy and the Irrational Voter
What a Fine Quandary This Is — for the Left
Not Enough Boots: The Why of It
The Rational Voter?
FDR and Fascism
The Ruinous Despotism of Democracy
Rich Voter, Poor Voter: Revisited
GIGO
Throw the Rascals In
Political Calculus
Election 2008: Second Forecast
The “Southern Strategy”
Mike Huckabee and the View from Planet Rockwell
John Warner’s Exit Strategy
Election 2008: Third Forecast
Ron Paul Roundup
An FDR Reader
A Superficially Sensible Proposal
An Exercise in Futility
Ron Paul, Continued
The “Southern Strategy”: A Postscript
The Modern Presidency: A Tour of American History
An FDR Reader
Drinking and Voting
Political Correctness
The People’s Romance
Politics and Experience
What, No Cattle Futures?
Politicizing Economic Growth
Religion in Public Schools: The Wrong and Right of It
The End of Slavery in the United States
Saving Social Security
Rationing and Health Care
The Fed and Business Cycles
The Kennedy Legacy
The Perils of Nannyism: The Case of Obamacare
More about the Perils of Obamacare
Health-Care Reform: The Short of It
The Shape of the Supreme Court
Abortion and Crime
Presidential Chutzpah
The State of the Union: 2010
The Shape of Things to Come
Does the CPI Understate Inflation?
A Moral Dilemma
Our Miss Brooks
Society and the State
I Want My Country Back
The “Forthcoming Financial Collapse”
Experts and the Economy
We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help You
What Happened to the Permanent Democrat Majority?
More about the Permanent Democrat Majority
Undermining the Free Society
(Jared) Lee Harvey Loughner?
Government vs. Community
Government Failure: An Example
Bootleggers, Baptists, and Pornography
The Public-School Swindle
The Evil That Is Done with Good Intentions
Osama, Obama, and 2012
PolitiFact Whiffs on Social Security
The Destruction of Society in the Name of “Society”
America, Love It or Leave It?
About Democracy
Externalities and Statism
Taxes: Theft or Duty?
Society and the State
Not-So-Random Thoughts (II)
Rush to Judgment
David Brooks, Useful Idiot for the Left
Don’t Use the “S” Word When the “F” Word Will Do
The Capitalist Paradox Meets the Interest-Group Paradox
How Not to Cope with Government Failure
Riots, Culture, and the Final Showdown (revisited)
Obama’ Economic Record in Perspective
Making a Worse “Mess”
“Redness,” Unemployment, and the Election
Is Taxation Slavery?
A Contrarian View of Universal Suffrage
Well-Founded Pessimism
The Hidden Tragedy of the Assassination of Lincoln
America: Past, Present, and Future
IQ, Political Correctness, and America’s Present Condition
The Barbarians Within and the State of the Union
Why Are Interest Rates So Low?
Vulgar Keynesianism and Capitalism
Estimating the Rahn Curve: Or, How Government Spending Inhibits Economic Growth
America’s Financial Crisis Is Now
The World Turned Upside Down
“We the People” and Big Government: Part I
“We the People” and Big Government: Part I (continued)
“We the People” and Big Government: Part 2 (first installment)
Government Failure Comes as a Shock to Liberals
The View from Here
Progressive Taxation Is Alive and Well in the U.S. of A.
Another Obama Lie, and a Rant
“Social Insurance” Isn’t Insurance — Nor Is Obamacare
“We the People” and Big Government
The Culture War
The Fall and Rise of American Empire
O Tempora O Mores!
Presidential Treason
“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”
A Home of One’s Own
The Criminality and Psychopathy of Statism
The Most Disgusting Thing I’ve Read Today
Surrender? Hell No!
Romanticizing the State
Governmental Perversity
Unsurprising News
Libertarianism and the State
Obamanomics: A Report Card
The Obama Effect: Disguised Unemployment
Social Accounting: A Tool of Social Engineering
Playing the Social Security Trust Fund Shell Game
Has America Always Been Leftist?
Let’s Make a Deal
Jerks and Demagogues
Decline
Two-Percent Tyranny

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XII. Science, Religion, and Philosophy
About Economic Forecasting
Is Economics a Science?
Economics as Science
Maybe Economics Is a Science
Hemibel Thinking
Climatology
Physics Envy
Global Warming: Realities and Benefits
Words of Caution for the Cautious
Scientists in a Snit
Another Blow to Climatology?
A Telling Truth
Proof That “Smart” Economists Can Be Stupid
Bad News for Politically Correct Science
Another Blow to Chicken-Little Science
Time to Retire the Fair Model
Same Old Story, Same Old Song and Dance
Bad News for Enviro-nuts
Going Too Far with the First Amendment
Atheism, Religion, and Science
The Limits of Science
Three Perspectives on Life: A Parable
Beware of Irrational Atheism
The Hockey Stick Is Broken
Talk about Brainwaves!
The Creation Model
The Thing about Science
Religion and Personal Responsibility
Free Will: A Proof by Example?
Science in Politics, Politics in Science
Baseball and the Constants of the Universe
A Theory of Everything, Occam’s Razor, and Baseball
Global Warming and Life
Evolution and Religion
Speaking of Religion…
Words of Caution for Scientific Dogmatists
Science, Evolution, Religion, and Liberty
Hurricanes and Global Warming
The Legality of Teaching Intelligent Design
Global Warming and the Liberal Agenda
Schelling and Segregation
What’s Wrong with Game Theory
Science, Logic, and God
Ockham’s Razor in the Age of Statistics
The Pathology of Academic Leftism
Capitalism, Liberty, and Christianity
Is “Nothing” Possible?
A Dissonant Vision
Debunking “Scientific Objectivity”
Back-Door Paternalism
Pseudo-Science in the Service of Political Correctness
Hurricanes and Glaciers
What Is Time?
Weather Wisdom
Remember the “Little Ice Age”?
Science’s Anti-Scientific Bent
Flow
Science, Axioms, and Economics
Is Freakonomics Hard Up for Topics?
Today’s Climate Report
Global Warming in Perspective
Mathematical Economics
The Purpose-Driven Life
You Bet Your Life
Economics: The Dismal (Non) Science
The Tenth Dimension
The Big Bang and Atheism
More Bad News for Global Warming Zealots

The Universe . . . Four Possibilities
Einstein, Science, and God
Atheism, Religion, and Science Redux
Religion as Beneficial Evolutionary Adaptation
Warming, Anyone?
“Warmism”: The Myth of Anthropogenic Global Warming
A Reminder
Sets: A Physical Perspective
Re: Climate “Science”
More Evidence against Anthropogenic Global Warming
Yet More Evidence against Anthropogenic Global Warming
Pascal’s Wager, Morality, and the State
Achilles and the Tortoise: A False Paradox
The Ultimatum Game and Genes
A Non-Believer Defends Religion
The Fallacy of Particularism
Evolution as God?
The Greatest Mystery
The F Scale, Revisited
Modeling Is Not Science
Freedom of Will and Political Action
Fooled by Non-Randomness
Randomness Is Over-Rated
Anthropogenic Global Warming Is Dead, Just Not Buried Yet
Beware the Rare Event
Landsburg Is Half-Right
Physics Envy
What Is Truth?
The Improbability of Us
Take Landsburg’s Money
Wrong Again
More Thoughts about Evolutionary Teleology
A Digression about Probability and Existence
Evolution and the Golden Rule
A Digression about Special Relativity
More about Probability and Existence
Existence and Creation
We, the Children of the Enlightenment
Probability, Existence, and Creation
Temporal and Spatial Agreement
In Defense of Subjectivism
The Atheism of the Gaps
The Ideal as a False and Dangerous Standard
The State of Morality
Demystifying Science
Religion on the Left
Analysis for Government Decision-Making: Hemi-Science, Hemi-Demi-Science, and Sophistry
Scientism, Evolution, and the Meaning of Life
Luck and Baseball, One More Time
The Least Evil Option
Are the Natural Numbers Supernatural?
Conducting, Baseball, and Longevity
Not-So-Random Thoughts (II)
The Candle Problem: Balderdash Masquerading as Science
Mysteries: Sacred and Profane
More about Luck and Baseball
Combinatorial Play
Something from Nothing?
Not-So-Random Thoughts (III)
Pseudoscience, “Moneyball,” and Luck
Something or Nothing
Understanding the Monty Hall Problem
My Metaphysical Cosmology
Further Thoughts about Metaphysical Cosmology
The Fallacy of Human Progress
Nothingness
The Glory of the Human Mind
Pinker Commits Scientism
Spooky Numbers, Evolution, and Intelligent Design
AGW: The Death Knell
Mind, Cosmos, and Consciousness
Values and Geography
The Limits of Science (II)
Not Over the Hill
The Pretence of Knowledge
“The Science Is Settled”
The Compleat Monty Hall Problem
“Settled Science” and the Monty Hall Problem
Verbal Regression Analysis, the “End of History,” and Think-Tanks
The Limits of Science, Illustrated by Scientists

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XIII. Self-Ownership (abortion, euthanasia, marriage, and other aspects of the human condition)
I Missed This One
I’ve Changed My Mind
Next Stop, Legal Genocide?
Here’s Something All Libertarians Can Agree On
It Can Happen Here: Eugenics, Abortion, Euthanasia, and Mental Screening
Here’s What a Real Nazi Does
Here’s Another Way to Skin the Cat
Creeping Euthanasia
PETA, NARAL, and Roe v. Wade
The Beginning of the End?
The Marriage Contract
Feminist Balderdash
Taking Exception
Protecting Your Civil Liberties
Libertarianism, Marriage, and the True Meaning of Family Values
The Consequences of Roe v. Wade
The Old Eugenics in a New Guise
The Left, Abortion, and Adolescence
Moral Luck
Consider the Children
Same-Sex Marriage
“Equal Protection” and Homosexual Marriage
Law, Liberty, and Abortion
Equal Time: The Sequel
Marriage and Children
Don’t Just Take My Word for It
Oh, *That* Slippery Slope
Metaphor du Jour
Abortion and the Slippery Slope
More on Abortion and Crime
The Cynics Debate While Babies Die
Privacy, Autonomy, and Responsibility
Peter Singer’s Agenda
Time on the Cross, Re-revisited
The Slippery Slope in Holland
The End of Women’s “Liberation” and the Return of Patriarchy?
The Slippery Slope in England
The Residue of Choice
Parenting, Religion, Culture, and Liberty
Thoughts for Father’s Day
The Slippery Slope in New Jersey
An Argument Against Abortion
The Purpose-Driven Life
Singer Said It
The Case against Genetic Engineering
A “Person” or a “Life”?
How Much Jail Time?
Psychology and Libertarianism
Ahead of His Time
A Wrong-Headed Take on Abortion
“Family Values,” Liberty, and the State
Is There Such a Thing as Society
Crimes against Humanity
Abortion and Logic
The Myth That Same-Sex “Marriage” Causes No Harm
Abortion, Doublethink, and Left-Wing Blather
Abortion, “Gay Rights,” and Liberty
Dan Quayle Was (Almost) Right
The Most Disgusting Thing I’ve Read Today
Surrender? Hell No!
Alienation

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XIV. War and Peace
9/11 and Pearl Harbor
A Colloquy on War and Terrorism
Never Relent: A Tale of Libertarian Dissent
Vietnam and Iraq as Metaphors
Getting It Wrong: Civil Libertarians and the War on Terror (A Case Study)
What Anonymous Really Meant to Say
P.S. to a Previous Post
More about War and Civil Liberties
Libertarian Nay-Saying on Foreign and Defense Policy
Wisdom about the War on Terrror
Libertarian Nay-Saying on Foreign and Defense Policy, Revisited
Libertarians and the Common Defense
An Aside about Libertarianism and the War
This Is a Test
Right On! For Libertarian Hawks Only
Patriotism and Taxes
Conservative Criticism of the War on Terror
Why Sovereignty?
Understanding Libertarian Hawks
More about Libertarian Hawks and Doves
Defense, Anarcho-Capitalist Style
The Illogic of Knee-Jerk Civil Liberties Advocates
War Can Be the Answer
Getting It All Wrong about the Risk of Terrorism
Conservative Revisionism, Conservative Backlash, or Conservative Righteousness?
Does the Constitution Allow This?
Why We Fight
Getting It Almost Right about Iraq
Philosophical Obtuseness
But Wouldn’t Warlords Take Over?
Sorting Out the Libertarian Hawks and Doves
Now, Let’s Talk About Something Else
Shall We All Hang Separately?
Foxhole Rats
Foxhole Rats, Redux
Know Thine Enemy
September 11: A Remembrance
September 11: A Postscript for “Peace Lovers”
The UN and the Internet
The Faces of Appeasement
Torture and Morality
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Non-Aggression?
We Have Met the Enemy . . .
Prof. Bainbridge Flunks
My View of Warlordism, Seconded
Whose Liberties Are We Fighting For?
Prof. Bainbridge and the War on Terror
The Constitution and Warrantless “Eavesdropping”
NSA “Eavesdropping”: The Last Word (from Me)
Privacy, Security, and Electronic Surveillance
Privacy: Variations on the Theme of Liberty
Words for the Unwise
More “McCarthyism”
More Foxhole Rats
The Fatal Naïveté of Anarcho-Libertarianism
Anarcho-Libertarian “Stretching
Recommended Reading about NSA’s Surveillance Program
Riots, Culture, and the Final Showdown
A Rant about Torture
QandO Saved Me the Trouble
Comrade Gorbachev, Sore Loser
What If We Lose?
A Footnote about “Eavesdropping
Thomas Woods and War
More than Enough Amateur Critics
Moussaoui and “White Guilt”
Jihad in Canada
In Defense of Ann Coulter
In Which I Reply to the Executive Editor of The New York Times
Post-Americans and Their Progeny
Parsing the Vote on the “Flag Burning Amendment”
“Peace for Our Time”
Anti-Bush or Pro-Treason?
“Proportionate Response” in Perspective
Parsing Peace
Com-Patriotism and Anti-Patriotic Acts
Taking on Torture
Conspiracy Theorists’ Cousins
Not Enough Boots
Defense as the Ultimate Social Service
I Have an Idea
September 11: Five Years On
How to View Defense Spending
Reaching the Limit?
The Best Defense . . .
A Skewed Perspective on Terrorism
Terrorists’ “Rights” and the Military Commissions Act of 2006
More Stupidity from Cato
The Military Commissions Act of 2006
A Critique of Extreme Libertarianism
And Your Point Is?
Anarchistic Balderdash
Not Enough Boots: The Why of It
Blood for Oil

Katie Couric: Post-American
It *Is* the Oil
“The War”: An Initial Reaction
Here We Go Again
“The War”: A Second Reaction
“The War”: A Third Reaction
“The War”: Final Grade
Christmas in Iran: Foreign Affairs According to Planet Rockwell
Torture, Revisited
Waterboarding, Torture, and Defense
9/11 Plotters and the Death Penalty
Liberalism and Sovereignty
Cato’s Usual Casuistry on Matters of War and Peace
The Media, the Left, and War
A Point of Agreement
Torture
September 11: A Remembrance
Getting It Wrong and Right about Iran
The McNamara Legacy: A Personal Perspective
Our Sacred Honor?
The Decision to Drop the Bomb
The “Predator War” and Self-Defense
The National Psyche and Foreign Wars
Delusions of Preparedness
Inside-Outside
A Moralist’s Moral Blindness
A Grand Strategy for the United States
A Modest (Passenger-Screening) Proposal
The Folly of Pacifism
Why We Should (and Should Not) Fight
Rating America’s Wars
Transnationalism and National Defense
The Next 9/11?
The Folly of Pacifism, Again
September 20, 2001: Hillary Clinton Signals the End of “Unity”
NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER FORGET, NEVER RELENT!
Patience as a Tool of Strategy
The War on Terror, As It Should Have Been Fought
The Cuban Missile Crisis, Revisited
Preemptive War
Preemptive War and Iran
Some Thoughts and Questions about Preemptive War
Defense as an Investment in Liberty and Prosperity
Mission Not Accomplished
The World Turned Upside Down
Utilitarianism and Torture
Defense Spending: One More Time