This week the Ludwig von Mises Institute is holding its annual Mises University. For any who are unfamiliar, the Ludwig von Mises Institute is the heart of the Austrian Economic tradition. Each year they hold Mises U for a select group of student applicants. The week of learning is funded by donations and sponsorships. Thankfully, the Institute allows us all to benefit from the lectures by posting them for free, to the Mises Institute website. I highly recommend you hop over to Mises.org and check out the Mises U lectures that are posted and will continue to be posted throughout the week. Beyond that, check out all of the other invaluable resources available – lectures, videos, free books (often available in ebook formats), classes and so much more. Unless otherwise expressly stated, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Based on a work at http://www.considerliberty.com.Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Oh boy… Matt Zwolinski, founder of “Bleeding Heart Libertarians” (google it if you’d like – I can’t bring myself to benefit them with a link), recently wrote an article posted to libertarianism.org presenting “the libertarian case for a basic income”. This idea is so absurdly un-libertarian that at first I wasn’t sure it even warranted the time necessary to expose what should be obvious. I decided that it was worth the time because as someone who identifies as libertarian, I’m none too pleased to see the word used in association with this ridiculous concept. For those unfamiliar, the idea of a guaranteed basic income goes like this: each month the government writes a check to all citizens. This check is the same amount regardless of other income, wealth, or any other conditions. It is issued without regard to any requirements or stipulations – it is unconditional. Zwolinski argues that this is a justifiable program for libertarians to support because he claims it would, 1. be better than the current welfare system, 2. serve as approximate reparations for past injustices, and 3. it would meet the basic needs of the poor. If you’ve read anything about the “thick vs. thin” libertarian […]
Tuesday night, June 10th, 2014 residents of Virginia’s 7th district made history by voting out Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary election. Cantor, a career politician and neo-conservative was ousted in favor of newcomer David Brat, a local university economics professor. Brat is being hailed as a “tea party” candidate, and while his views seem to align well with those generally held by tea party affiliates he actually received no backing from the major tea party organizations, due to the evidently misled belief that Cantor was untouchable. Brat’s win truly is a history making event, and one that sends a shock wave through the GOP establishment. Late night’s victory marks the first time in US history that a House Majority Leader has been unseated in a primary election. The implications of this win are far reaching. Cantor has been a vocal supporter of amnesty measures for so-called illegal immigrants – an issue that has been coming to a head recently with immigrant children currently flooding over the US-Mexico border as an unforeseen ramification of President Obama’s recent declaration that children would not be deported. Mr. Brat was able to use this to his full advantage to […]
It’s funny how life works. The daily interactions and experiences we have seem trivial at the time but can have profound ramification on our futures. Here I sit, trying to strategize how best to proceed with the writing of this post, the future of this site, my reading list, my son’s education, financial planning, dinner tonight… It’s an unceasing string of seemingly random thoughts that are all interconnected, at least for me. Everything fits into a web and has varying degrees of influence on the other nodes of the web. It was this web that brought me to the political opinions I hold now, which in turn changed my views, or at the least enlightened my views on many other topics. My political journey so far is what I’d like to talk about in this post. I was brought up in a conservative, Republican household. I don’t recall the issue-specific positions my parents took on most things. It was the typical Republican platform, patriotic, lower taxes, anti-gay marriage, pro-life… While I took on many of those view as a child and teenager something about them – something I can’t pinpoint – didn’t agree with me. I missed the age cutoff […]
The protests and ultimate governmental overthrow in Ukraine has been in the headlines for a few weeks now. In the last few days the situation has been heating up and a good time is being had by all in politics and media. You see, as it’s being reported by the mainstream, Russian President Vladimir Putin is aggressively invading the destabilized Ukraine – particularly the Crimean Peninsula. Politicians and talking heads are making this sound like a global catastrophe in the making perpetrated by a belligerent leader in an attempt to establish the dominance of his country on the world stage. The United Nations is holding an emergency meeting of its Security Council in the coming days to assess the situation. The United States is threatening consequences for Russia if she doesn’t back down. Lots of dogs are barking and many sabers are rattling. At it’s face, it sounds like Putin is overstepping, and perhaps he is. As with every story, there is another side. To get a better grip on the situation we need a little prospective from the history books. First of all, Crimea itself can be divided into two parts. The first being the Autonomous Republic of Crimea […]
I talk a lot about politics. I have a blog that focuses largely on politics (thanks for reading it). I read a lot about politics. Well, I also tried to break into politics and I’m considering giving it a second go. Unfortunately, it’s left me ill at ease and struggling with what I view as a moral dilemma. In 2012 I ran for my local Republican committee. I was seeking election to the position of Committeeman. This is basically the lowest level of elected political office. The role is that of “vote-getter”. Responsibilities include voter registration, staffing the polls on election day, signature collection to get candidates on the ballot, “get out the vote” efforts, door-to-door canvasing and placing all of those political signs that appear everywhere before an election. At the time when I ran for the position it was vacant, and had been for over a year. I contacted my county GOP and expressed interest in fulling the vacancy, which can be accomplished by appointment by the GOP county executives. I had a meeting with the GOP executive responsible for my part of the county which I thought had gone well. My appointment to the post never came […]
Tuesday evening President Obama addressed the nation for his State of the Union speech. As usual, this was a horse and pony show with little in the way of substance and less in the way of honesty. As usual, the president intends to correct the nations problems with more of the same – more government. The nation is crumbling beneath weight of a Leviathan government, and the president’s solution is to feed Leviathan more. The president threw out a lot of cherry-picked statistics and funny figures. One of them was a claim that unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 5 years. While this is technically true based upon the politically convenient method used to measure it, the figure forgets the millions of individuals who are no longer looking for work. The people who have given up on the job market aren’t counted toward the official unemployment numbers. He goes on to talk about how “if you work hard and take responsibility you can get ahead in America”. This is a very interesting remark considering the source. This president has made it his mission not only to discourage hard work, but also to demonize those who are the most successful. […]
I received an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday. It’s a wonderful update for my old Kindle Keyboard. While I was busy loading it up with free books from Mises.org I stumbled across an option to subscribe to Mises Daily articles on my Kindle. The cost is $.99 per month, but each day the new articles are delivered wirelessly and are ready for me whenever I choose to read them. I’ve found this to be immensely convenient and as a result I’ve read the Mises Daily articles much more regularly since this discovery. As it turns out, anyone can submit a blog to Kindle. So I submitted Consider Liberty. If you happen to be interested in reading my articles on your Kindle, go ahead and subscribe! For the sake of full disclosure, I do earn a percentage (30% I believe) from the $.99 subscription fee. I’d rather offer this for free, but I can’t as Amazon dictates the $.99 fee. Unless otherwise expressly stated, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Based on a work at http://www.considerliberty.com.Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
I’m really not sure what took so long for me to get around to addressing this… When I started this site I had lazily thrown “© Consider Liberty – All Rights Reserved” in the footer of the site and never gave it another thought. Well, that’s not so much in keeping with the freedom and ideas I want to be promoting here. As of today, that’s been fixed. All content, past and future is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (unless specifically stated otherwise). As stated on the Creative Commons website, this means: You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Under the following terms: Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that […]
Welcome back for Part 2! I know, it’s been a long time coming. If you haven’t already, check out part 1 of this series before continuing. All of the disclaimers given at the start of part 1 remain in full force. Without further ado… Internet Security Use Firefox for web browsing – Mozilla has no direct connection to any company taking part of PRISM (unlike Internet Explorer and Chrome). Use Firefox Extensions to add security – NoScript is a great little add-on that blocks scripts from running, thus helping to prevent script based attacks. HTTPS Finder and similar add-ons detect when a webpage has HTTPS (encrypted HTTP) and uses it when available. This encrypts the connection between the site and your computer. Note that many sites have HTTPS but that the HTTPS version of the site may not be intended for public use so formatting issues, loading problems and errors are common. Use “private mode” in your web browser, particularly if using a public computer – it will leave no trace of your activity and will block any tracking cookies. Consider an alternate “private” search engine such as DuckDuckGo which claims not to keep any search records. Now, the above tips help to secure and […]