October 2023
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Your vote doesn’t count, but it does matter.

Under their current political system, the American chattel have a “civic duty” to voice their opinion about who they want as a representative. Every 4 years potential presidents spend billions on campaigns to excite the plebeians to “get out and vote!” to “make their voice heard!”. That money would certainly have more impact if spent […]

Notes: Market Failure: An argument both for and against government (David Friedman)

I just attended the Young American’s for Liberty state convention yesterday in order to hear the venerable David Friedman speak. Below are my notes highlighting the main points of the talk. You may recognize some examples and positions if you’ve been following his work.

Economists studying market failure make legitimate arguments against laisse-faire, but those […]

Notes: Problems with Libertarianism

David Friedman gave a talk Problems with Libertarianism: Hard Problems (and how to avoid them).

What rights do you have against a criminal? If your only right is to re-claim the stolen property, then at-worst the thief breaks even. To what extent can we meter out determent punishment. What’s the factor of retribution, why 2x? […]

Notes: Copyright

I once participated in a debate about copyright issues, taking the position that copyright is an illegitimate concept. I prepared the following notes prior to the debate.

Opening Points Historically founded on governmental systems of control Enforcement requires the interference in an otherwise free market Utilitarian arguments supporting copyright need to meet a burden of […]

Notes: International Students for Liberty Conference, Matt Zwolinski, How to Talk About Liberty Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Matt runs the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog. He started off with An Argument:

premise: Libertarianism is True observation: most people don’t belive that. conclude: They are either wrong and evil, or they have never heard of it. given people have heard of it. conclude: Most people are wrong. They either don’t know (stupid) or don’t […]

Notes: International Students for Liberty Conference, David Friedman, Problem of National Defense

Defense without Government ————— – government bad at doing things, esp complex things (ex: legal systems) am willing to accept government solution when alternative is worse – court and police aren’t complicated enough to require government – define National Defense as invasion defense from a neighbor nation – define Public Good as that where […]

The Absence of Libertarian Countries

Salon has a rousing piece of claptrap provokingly titled The question libertarians just can’t answer. Fortunately, without building up any suspense (which would in this case be correlated with reader annoyance), the author, Michael Lind, comes right out with it:

Why are there no libertarian countries?

Associated with this question, which must be […]

Distributed Defense

Recently there has been much brouhaha about 3D printed weapons. Mostly these reactions have been media-generated. Cody Wilson, an enterprising young lad has, for the past year, been perfecting the technical artistry behind the manufacture of a working gun printed out of ABS plastic. Before take-down by the bureaucratic late-comer U.S. Department of State, Cody […]