What’s the worst government statistic, based on whether it distracts from sound thinking and encourages bad policy? Well, I definitely think gross domestic income is a better measure than gross domestic product if we want insights on growth, so I’m not a big fan of GDP data. I’m even less enthused about the Gini Coefficient […]
I posted once before on Ireland and their anarchy that lasted for more than a thousand years:
This most remarkable historical example of a society of libertarian law and courts first came to my attention while reading Murray Rothbard’s For a New Liberty. This was a society where not only the courts and the law were largely libertarian, but they were basically anarcho-capitalist in the modern sense of the phrase. This Celtic society was not some primitive society or tribe but rather it was a highly complex society. Ireland for centuries was the most advanced, most scholarly, and most civilized society in all of Western Europe. And all without a government!
Murray Rothbard documented the Irish Anarchy in his book “For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto“ were he wrote in part:
The most remarkable historical example of a society of libertarian law and courts, however, has been…
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I have not published in a long time. It has been hard to write truth in the face of lies. It has been hard to espouse consistent principles while watching the liars try to mold reality as though it were clay, mud, dough.
It has been easier for me to read novels, short stories, and nonfiction, to copy edit scientific manuscripts when they come, to watch entertaining series on DVD. The slow-motion car wreck will not end. The best and most faithful are, not crucified, but smeared with excrement and shunted aside. The truth sits like a diamond in the middle of an intersection full of shattered glass.
Yet, when I turn away from mass media, including online networks, I realize: The change is here. It is more profound than the posturing pompous pricks in power or the women caricaturing themselves in cuddly cunt costumes can even imagine! Every human in the entire world is waking up to the reality of individual agency and setting aside the collective fantasy of authority. Poverty is subsiding; population growth is slowing; warfare is guttering out like a flame whose fuel is exhausted.
The years ahead will truthfully see enlightenment in full flower.
The Tipping-point of Revolt
In 2016, a furious political tempest ravaged the democratic world. Popular politicians – presidents and prime ministers – were toppled from on high and hurled into oblivion. Exotic creatures, originating far from the old mainstream, were raised to prominence and power. Seemingly permanent structures, like the European Union, began to crack apart. The two great institutions that hedge our lives, modern government and the nation-state, under the hard rain of events were shown to be increasingly helpless, dysfunctional, and disorganized – and not only in the bloody Middle East.
None of this was new. The storm didn’t begin in 2016. The crisis of the institutions was the theme of The Revolt of the Public, published in 2014. A grinding subterranean struggle was already evident, then, between a networked public and the elites who control the great…
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I have been asked repeatedly what my favorite news sources are so I thought I’d dash off my top ten pending further refinement (or expansion!) Please keep in mind that I am listing news sources I think offer original insights and aim for the truth but I don’t agree with or even vouch for every one of them in their entirety. One, for example, seems legit but then has a contributor who most definitely sold out along the way; some are mixed bags containing some truth but some disinfo as well; others have politics with which I don’t agree. I think these sources are worthwhile, however, either because they offer a different perspective, a deep insight or hard to find information. (For a quick scan of today’s headlines from across the web, scroll down the right column of this page.)
In no particular order other than top ten top-of-mind:
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Someone called her a witch, but that’s an insult to witches.
How about loathsome, deformed, toadlike churlish ogre?
Vile, filthy, contemptible bilious hag?
Repulsive, bawling, corpulent odoriferous harpy!
I walk out the door past the dandelions which are there every day.
Bud, flower, and white-down seeded blossom side by side.
Like botanical drawings: leaf, flower fruit.
Here at the equator, the lion’s tooth never dies back under snow,
As back home the yellows of August whiten and blow away with breath.
My father used to gather them with me and we would wait
Until the very moment to exhale showed that the summer was over.
They would fly away on the breeze. Trying to catch them
Was my first lesson in letting go when the time comes.
I let go of him when he blew his head off with the shotgun
An act which my mind forever conflates with the white seeds
Of a dandelion floating away in the Fall, unknown aim, unknown
Fertility of sand, stone, soil, who knows where they will fall?
I know the dandelions here will keep blooming and blowing
Long after I am gone. This is the center of the world.