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Tag: statism
  • Universal service on the ‘national agenda’?

    Last month in the Wall Street Journal, Gen. McChrystal blessed us with a proposal in which he declared that what the United States really needed right now was “universal national service.” (A free copy can be found here.) That’s right.  In a time of never before seen debt levels and frustratingly important scandals that include Orwellian surveillance revelations, Americans …

  • Statist and Proud!

    Ok, not really. I’m ironically wearing my statist pen on my blue blazer today. I really like to wear it because it inevitably leads to a conversation where someone ask me what it means and I get to go on an unbearably long rant about libertarianism that leaves my victim wishing they had never encountered me. Not …

  • A New Conception of Statism

    The Importance of Language “Political chaos is connected with the decay of language,” said George Orwell. He was right, of course. Language is the tool the mind uses to understand its interactions with the physical world. With an effective language, one identifies things for what they are. As politics relies heavily on mass deception, an …

  • What Will Replace Statism?

    In Walter E. William’s autobiography, Up From The Projects, the economist recalls a lecture he gave in South Africa around the time apartheid was coming to an end. Williams told South Africans their problem “wasn’t ending apartheid but figuring out what was going to replace it.” After reading Albert Jay Nock’s Memoirs of a Superfluous …

  • The Minimum Wage — the Triple Sin of Statism

    Like so many other “Progressive” governmental economic policies, the federal minimum wage can be traced back to FDR and the New Deal, certainly one of the most expansive government programs in the history of the United States. Wildly popular amongst the left and supported by the Republican Party for political points, the minimum wage was …

  • Delaware DOT Keeps Kids Safe from Basketball

    Sounds a bit like an Onion headline, doesn’t it? Every now and again there are instances of an overly intrusive government that defy logic and demand greater context. This video below is an interview with a resident of a Delaware town concerning the removal of basketball hoops in his neighborhood. Why the Delaware Department of …

  • The Libertarian Allegory of TRON Legacy

    I recently viewed Tron Legacy and was enamored with the message of freedom, individualism, and anti-statism. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch  it now. !POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT! We can see this clearly through character analysis: C.L.U.: the Statist and molder of systems and individuals FLYNN SR.: the libertarian individualist (and Taoist) Let’s expound …

  • The Statist Answer to the Tea Party Is ‘One [OPPRESSED] Nation’

    On Saturday, October 2, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., tens of thousands of like-minded altruists who think that more goverment control, programs, and spending is the answer to every problem imaginable, came together from all over the nation to be in one place and celebrate the epic failures  of such idealogies like marxism, …

  • What do Tetris and Communism have in common? Everything. Kind of.

    I recently stumbled across one of the greatest pieces of creative genius on YouTube that I’ve ever seen. Ever. The British Artists Dan Woods and Donald Newholm, “Pig With The Face of a Boy” are collectively known as “the world’s best neo-post-post-music hall anti-folk band.” And by George, they are.  These men are the geniuses behind A …

  • Science, Art, and the Free Market vs. The State

    Click the image for a larger version.  Credit to Whakahekeheke.