Popular Culture

Politics is downstream from culture, as Andrew Breitbart used to say. Think what you want of the outfit that now bears his name, which has morphed greatly from what he had left behind before his death, but Andrew Breitbart was very astute in understanding that if you change the cultural narrative you can alter the political landscape as a consequence.

This phrase confirms another sentiment expressed by many libertarians over the years regarding the nature of a democratic government: politicians need to get re-elected. They will tend not to act upon something that is unpopular or if it is not accepted within their culture. Therefore an ideology must have already achieved critical mass in the hearts of the people before legislation can be passed to set it in stone. Continue reading “Popular Culture”

The Privatization of Roads & Highways

…or as it’s better known “MUH ROADS!

Oh my goodness! If I have to hear “but who will build the roads?” one more time I will drive my car off the cliff – where there are no roads! Although I guess that will be counterproductive to my long-term goal of education here at Books of Liberty, so on second thoughts maybe I’ll just write a short blog post about it. Continue reading “The Privatization of Roads & Highways”

Administrative law

We like to think we live in a just society. We like to think the political system is a transparent one. For all their faults, we like to think that we elect legislators who enact laws strictly in line with their published party platform, predictably and benevolently. And due to the separation of powers, the executive only acts within the limits set by these laws.

Well, let me clue you into a little-known fact… that ain’t the way it works, buddy! Continue reading “Administrative law”

The Lucifer Effect

Have you ever wondered why otherwise good people end up doing bad things? I’m not talking about telling white lies or eating grapes out of the bag in the grocery store. I’m talking about whole nations swept up in a Nazi stupor. I’m talking about Guantánamo Bay, Abu Graib, and drone bombing of wedding parties and hospitals. On home ground, I’m talking about police brutality. And, to a lesser extent, I’m also talking about college kids who mentally and physically abuse their peers in psychological experiments or, more commonly, in hazing rituals. Regardless of the degree, I’m talking about acts of evil.

There is an easy answer that comes to those who have not taken the time to contemplate this issue or to those who would rather not find out what human nature is actually like. Continue reading “The Lucifer Effect”

Getting Things Done

There’s the old inflation/money printing joke about Bernanke going into a pizza parlor and ordering a pizza. The guy behind the counter asks “How many slices should I cut the pizza into – six or eight?” to which Bernanke responds “I’m hungry today, better make that eight!”

I have a different question: what would you do with the extra hour if we had a 25-hour day? I’m not trying to redefine how long an hour is, I’m genuinely asking you if you had an extra hour a day, what would you spend it on? Continue reading “Getting Things Done”