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@PlanetRockwell on Twitter asked me, in response to Raw Liberty number one, who decides how much force is acceptable to use in defense of yourself, under the non-aggression principle.

Great question! Thank you. (more…)

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The AP reports that a teen in Florida was jailed last week because he refused to go to school.

Did the truancy officer catch him? Did a vigilant neighbor inform on him? The NSA caught a lead from his cell phone mic? (more…)

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Critics of libertarianism frequently complain about a libertarian position on X or Y issue. But their criticisms frequently fall flat on their faces because they don’t understand libertarianism.

Republicans have, or used to have, a generally reliable and uniform position on any given issue: more slices of the pie for the big corporations, more law and order for the poor. And the Democrats can be counted on to always be for more laws and more government control of just about everything. (more…)

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Ukraine is in civil war. Russia is supporting the rebels with arms and troops. Some say that the United States government should send arms and troops to support the Ukrainian government against the Russian-backed rebels.

Well, I say no. (more…)

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Deutsche Welle ran an article this week about some guys who dressed up as Sharia police in the German city of Wuppertal and encouraged fellow Germans to abide by orthodox Islamic law. They told people not to gamble or consume alcohol.

This piqued my curiosity on several levels. First, I had no idea there were ethnic Germans who were converting to Islam. Can you imagine a future, Muslim, Germany that has returned to Nazi expansionism, but now it’s Muslim and Jihadist, too? (more…)

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Salon published an article this week about libertarianism’s seven strangest ideas.

Here’s the least strange libertarian idea you’ll ever hear. In fact, it’s the bedrock principle of our philosophy. (more…)