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Misusing the Social Contract

There is a certain kind of libertarian who says that they see no reason to abide by XYZ laws/ pay taxes because they didn’t sign any social contract. Hell, I don’t even have to...

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Romney Logic

Mitt Romney believes that he lost the presidential election because many voters (as many as 47%, maybe more!) who benefit from government programs were incapable of basing their votes on anything other than their interest in maintaining...

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When You Can’t Score an Autism Diagnosis

This is part of a series I’m writing on being the parent of a child with severe multiple disabilities at Blinded Trials. A couple of months ago, a mother of a child with the...

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Election 2012 Wasn’t Close. Here’s Why It Matters.

Note: Here’s a post that I began some time ago and that is increasingly losing relevancy as post-election developments multiply. But it ended up being rather long and, frankly, the idea of having spent...

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Ain’t Love Grand? (a Tony Comstock guest post)

I am on the Hampton Jitney, west-bound. There’s just been a little to do, a dust up if you will, at the Amaganett stop. “What happened?” you ask. Well it seems that a fellow...

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Ibra!

I know most of you all around here find soccer unwatchable and soccer posts around here tend to result in a giant yawn from the commentariat.  But I submit that if you do not...

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Thermomixed Up Strikes Back! (The Work and Dignity Edition)

S/V INTEMPERANCE, November 2009, somewhere between Montauk Point and Bermuda “You can’t throw bull with the ocean, she won’t listen.” — Harold “Dynamite” Payson, Build the New Instant Boats (Previously, Parts 1,  2,  3 , 4,  5, 6, 7 and 8) In...

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The Meaning of Human Sexuality: A Philosophical Query

I don’t suppose I’ll be courting much controversy by saying that human sexuality has historical meaning. The sexual revolution would have made no sense had sex meant nothing to anyone. It was a reaction...

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On “Free” Markets

by James Hanley Part II: Dedicated to all the quiet folks who read part I. I’m still astounded that despite my repeated disavowals some folks were certain that I was arguing that that modern...

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Let’s Deal the Cards!

by Mike Schilling The Monty Hall Problem is a great piece of recreational mathematics, because it’s very simple to state, doesn’t require any advanced mathematical tools to analyze, and has a solution that’s both...

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Disruption Junction, What’s Your Function? Part 2

From The California Public Utilities Commission: Lyft, SideCar, and Uber were cited $20,000 each for violations of state law, including operating as passenger carriers without evidence of public liability and property damage insurance coverage...

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On Twitter Avatars

A recent twitter exchange with James Bennet, combined with a recent change to my twitter avatar causes me to gather up some thoughts about the way we use photographs as a part of our...

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After This, More Ketchup. I Swear.

Here’s some deep in the woods philosophical stuff. It may only be of interest to libertarians, and maybe not even to them.

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The Tragedy of the Commons

by M.A. The concepts of a “Free Market” and the idea of an unregulated market producing whatever gains an advocate is looking for, or advancing a policy that liberals or conservatives (depending on the...

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Grand Old Podcast (Errr, Leaguecast)

At around 9pm EST, several of us will be doing a podcast tonight devoted to the election results and the ramifications of said results on the GOP going forward. The voices included will primarily...