2016 a Wasted Opportunity for the Republic

Shortly after the delegates emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him what sort of government the convention had decided upon. Franklin’s prescient response: “A republic, if you can keep it.” While our government is often erroneously referred to as a democracy, it is in fact a democratic […]

On the Fourth, Celebrate Liberty

The timing of Independence Day this year is quite fortuitous. At the risk of sounding like Thomas Friedman: America, inasmuch as it has a “national mood”, desperately needs a chance for healing. Readers are too familiar with the past weeks’ negative headlines: terror attacks at home and abroad; fears of a global financial collapse because […]

The OC: Revisited (Part 1)

This past Friday night I was exhausted. Exhausted from a week of work; exhausted from seemingly endless vitriol about the Orlando shooting on Twitter and Facebook; exhausted from arguing with Warriors fans about LeBron James and Draymond Green. And yes, as a 30-year-old with two balky knees and approximately zero coordination, exhausted from seven days […]

FJM: “Pawternity” Edition

Editor’s note: Honoring the late, great blog “Fire Joe Morgan”, this post will examine some silly claims from an outside article. The entire post is copied below with my commentary; original quotes are in bold. Original article: “Pet owners deserve family leave, too” Before I begin, let me be clear: what I’m about to write about […]

Josh McCown and Rational Actors

A crucial part of intellectual maturation is recognizing that most decisions-even ones you disagree with-are, in fact, made as the result of a logical thought process. Our natural inclination when we hear about things we strongly disagree with is to say “That makes no sense!”. But as good as it may feel, howling at the […]

Book Commentary: “Liberty’s First Crisis”

Liberty’s First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech-Charles Slack (Amazon) The Alien and Sedition Acts are widely recognized as some of the worst laws ever enacted  by our government, synonymous with the Fugitive Slave Act and Executive Order 9066 (which imprisoned Japanese-Americans during World War II). Slack’s Liberty’s First Crisis attempts […]

Fight Against Terrorism, ctd.

In response to Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, I wrote a Facebook post that essentially said Republicans were lying to the American public about the actual danger of terrorism. (Full disclosure: I’m a libertarian, but forced to pick between a random Republican and Democrat, I’d take the Republican.) My sister texted me later that day asking […]