Author: Jason Kuznicki


The Parade of Horribles

I thought I should note how I predicted this story three days before it broke. “Parade of horribles,” indeed.


The End of Benign Ignorance

For many years, our government’s benign ignorance was a limiting factor in the growth of the carceral state. That may be ending. When it does, our law enforcement will look very different.


Rand Paul, the Confederacy, and Liberty

Here’s a thing I didn’t know until this morning: A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator’s 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate...


Why State Surveillance Is Worse

“The NSA isn’t doing anything that Google doesn’t already do,” runs the newly struck establishment line. “So you have nothing to worry about now that you didn’t already have.” As often happens, Richard Cohen...


Things to Hide

I have things to hide. No, I won’t tell you about them. I’m hiding them. Don’t worry. I’m not hurting. I don’t need professional help. It’s just some things about me are (1) unlikely...



“I demand freedom of thought!” “Okay.”


The IRS Scandal and How to Fix It. Forever.

The right says: “This is terrible, someone should pay!” The left says: “This is not really a scandal at all. It’s business as usual. All we really need is to put the right people...


Popular and Wrong

Bryan Caplan writes: Consider a world where 80% of people are Conformists, 10% of people are Righteous, and 10% are Reprobates. The Conformists are epistemically and morally neutral, so they believe and support whatever...


Just Not The Heritage Foundation’s Month.

When the Boy Scouts wanted to stand firm and keep out the gays, Heritage insisted it was a private matter, one about the freedom to associate as one sees fit. They should have the...


At My Real Job has picked up the second installment of my series on the socialist calculation debate. And this month’s Cato Unbound is on libertarian-conservative fusionism — in essence, the idea that libertarians fit most naturally...


This Is Why We Don’t Argue Tu Quoque

I’ve tried to explain what’s wrong with tu quoque in comments here and here. Sam quoted me in his recent post on tu quoque, but he didn’t quote what I think is the most...


What’s What.

An explanation that few will agree with, fewer will like, and fewer still will advocate.[1] First, naturalistic evolution is true. I’m sorry if that disturbs you, but I don’t even consider it controversial. No...


Charity, Nation-Sized

During our charity symposium, I argued that much of what we do for charity is really self-regarding, and we can know this because these acts are inefficient when evaluated for their help-giving power. For...

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