On Libertarianism, Part II

Editor’s note: this is the second post in a three-part series on the basics of libertarianism and why it appeals to me. Part I is here. WHY LIBERTARIANISM? Aaron Ross Powell of Libertarianism.org identifies three major types of libertarians: deontological (rule/natural law based), consequentialist/utilitarian (outcome based), and virtue-ethicist (circumstance based). Of the three, I’m a […]

On Libertarianism, Part 1

Editor’s note: The following is the first installment of a three-part series about the author’s political theory of choice. Part 1 will explore the previous schools of thought considered and provide a definition of libertarianism. Part 2 will explore some practical and policy arguments for libertarianism. Part 3 will delve into the author’s moral and […]

Stop Worshipping Presidents

Having inherited a society that thrives from information democracy and bottom-up control mechanisms, Millenials have an understandable dislike for authority. They pray less. They admire inventors more than CEOs. And yet they share their predecessors’ tendency to worship presidents. We watch ESPN to see what the president’s March Madness bracket looks like. We eagerly await […]

Is the House Dysfunctional?

Politico’s June 20th article titled “The Dysfunctional House” led with the following: Someone in House leadership screwed up again. The defeat of the farm bill — after both parties were privately bullish it would pass with large margins — shows, once again, how massively dysfunctional the House and its leadership has become. Essentially, the argument […]

Neil Ruddock on Education Reform

The following was originally posted on March 1st. Editor’s note: Education reform has received a great deal of attention from politicians, business leaders, and celebrities. To learn more about the topic, we spoke with Neil Ruddock, a State Advocacy Director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. (Full disclosure: Ruddock is blog creator Brian’s brother.) Neil’s […]