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It's kind of spooky when you know your co-bloggers so well that you recognize their writing style from semi-anonymous comments on various other blogs.

Ten bucks says the post at November 18, 2005 03:14 AM is a Scheuleism.

Kant Cant

In libertarian circles, I all too often find myself defending Kant's reputation from the misguided attacks of Randians[1] who've never read him. Full discosure: It's not like I'm willing to torture myself by making Critique of Pure Reason regular bedtime reading either, but at least I've read enough secondary material not written by Rand or Peikoff to know what the hell I'm talking about; namely, I know that, pace Rand, Kant is not the devil.

However. Kantianism is pretty absurd. And it's absurd for all the same reasons Randianism is absurd. Read more »

This Thanksgiving, Let\'s Close The Borders

This letter to the editor appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday, November 23, 2005.

Turn Mayflower around

As Thanksgiving nears, I've been thinking about some of the early immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life.

To my knowledge, the folks who landed at Plymouth Rock did not have permission to settle there from the majority Native American population that had existed for hundreds of years before the Mayflower arrived.

Libertarian Vote-a-thon!

Let's face it: Libertarians love to vote. Call it a civic duty, rooting for the home team, or misunderstanding the relationship between means and ends - whatever. We love to vote and we have the impressive poll numbers to prove it!

But instead of voting for your local libertarian dog catcher, why not vote your favorite Libertarian/Classical Liberal Academic Blog? Read more »

When The Facts Change, I Change My Mind – What Do You Do, Sir?

The left gets a good chuckle out of the "Intelligent Design" movement: fundamentalist Christians and fellow travelers who let their religious ideology cloud their scientific judgement. And rightly so. We should indeed have a good laugh at the expense of those who value ideology over science. As Keynes famously said, "When the facts change, I change my mind – what do you do, sir?" Read more »

People Are Weird

In the weeks following Katrina, gas stations in Atlanta remained open, but many were not selling gas. Those that were sold out removed the prices from their signs and put yellow tape over their pumps. Those few stations that were selling gas often only had premium available, and were charging upwards of $4/gallon, if not more.

None of this is surprising. The governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, quickly issued a statement condemning "price gouging" and promised to investigate and prosecute any incidents of this vicious crime. Read more »

Celebrity Wisdom, Really

Last week's issue of Time had a short Q&A with John Malkovich.

Why don't you vote?

I retired in 1992. Politics is not really my thing. One side says, "The tree is sick, and all it needs is proper water and food and it will get healthy." The other side says, "The tree is sick. Cut it down." If it's not my tree I have a tendency to butt out.

Politicians Reach A New Level Of Stupid

To paraphrase Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of lawmakers:

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue late Wednesday enacted a state law that prevents retailers from selling gas at an unreasonable or egregious price.

Breaking News

My sister's friend just told me that the highways are currently backed up with people rushing to gas stations in my area of Atlanta. She reported seeing long lines at gas stations, lines backed up to the highway, and fistfights breaking out among those waiting. Supposedly, there are rumors of an impending gas shortage and people are trying to fill up before it's all gone. After hearing this, I searched online to see if any of the news outlets have picked up on this story, and came across this MSNBC report: Read more »

Potent Quotable

I find it striking that Rand’s great protagonists were inventors and businessmen, yet her admirers tend to focus almost exclusively on rational evangelism. The most powerful model for collective action appropriate to individualists is business, yet business gets short shrift from libertarians as a means for curtailing the state - they tend to devote themselves instead to collective political movements.


Show Me The Money: Peak Oil and Hope vs. Belief

In the still ongoing peak oil thread, I wrote the following: Read more »

Name That Tune

Who would say something like this?

The free play of market forces is more likely to produce acceptable results in the long run than the best-intentioned plans of public officials.

Adam Smith? Milton Friedman? Ludwig Von Mises?

Nope. Justice John Paul Stevens. Too bad his understanding of Constitutional interpretation doesn't match his understanding of economics.

Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers To The Right

Gene Healy's response to Lindsay Beyerstein's anti-[amateur] mixed martial arts nannying: Read more »

Infidelity, Jealousy, And The Coase Theorem

Monogamy is a social norm. This norm is promoted as the ideal, and infidelity is discouraged.

The harmful consequences of violating this social norm are manifold. Those who cheat on their partners suffer from guilt and shame. If the partner finds out, the relationship may end in a break-up or divorce. The jilted lover experiences jealousy, inadequacy, and dishonor. Read more »

Leftward March

More evidence that the left is more interested in the universal justice of free trade than the right:

China, despite having almost a billion more mouths to feed now and being far more dependent on foreign resources, is frightening not because of the prospect of its economic failure, but because of its success. You could smell panic over China's offer to buy Unocal.