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Locke's Loopy Libertarians

Robert Locke's recent article on libertarians is one big hit piece. That's not too surprising out of TAC but it's a useful forensic exercise to sort out the nuggets of truth that Locke uses to make the lies go down...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 9, 2005 11:37 AM

Letter to the Paper XXXVIII

Jonathan Gewirtz graciously posts about one of my previous items something entitled Libertarian Clueless III wherein I take to task the go for broke all or nothing libertarians who seem so dominant in the LP today. While reading through the...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 8, 2005 10:12 PM

Libertarian Clueless III

QandO blog has a great post on practical libertarianism and takes apart libertarian extremists who cry out libertarian utopia now. It really is a great read. The essence of the problem is the outright hostility of all too many self...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 4, 2005 06:58 PM

Practical Libertarianism: Connecting Private Solutions to Libertarian Political Action

In a multi-post symposium over the future of libertarianism (Id link but there is no search box) comes this gem Secondly, and lastly, the commenter asks me how I can find the federal government too incompetent to deliver the mail,...
Posted in Flit(tm) on November 18, 2004 01:08 PM

Moving From Forced to Voluntary Charity

If I have any quibble with doctrinaire libertarians it is in their common lack of emphasis on creating practical roadmaps of how we get from where we are today as a society to the libertarian end goals of radically reduced...
Posted in Flit(tm) on October 12, 2004 02:36 PM

The Libertarian Gap

The Gap, or more formally the Non-Integrating Gap, is a concept at the core of Dr. Barnett's The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. But what is the Gap? This question comes to me every time...
Posted in Flit(tm) on October 4, 2004 02:29 PM

Neolibertarians?

Jon Henke of QandO reports that he is a neolibertarian. He sounds suspiciously like me in my beliefs though I've adopted the practical libertarian, or more exact practical minarchist than the neolibertarian label because I thing that this provides more...
Posted in Flit(tm) on May 13, 2004 04:47 PM

Explaining Libertarianism II

I had a sneaking suspicion that it would be a good idea to start with the roman numberals on this one and Michael Williams provides an urgent need for a followup. The genesis of my earlier article was my sense...
Posted in Flit(tm) on May 12, 2004 03:19 PM

Practical Libertarianism: Broadcast

An occasional series on what I'd love to see the Libertarian Party adopt instead of their half-baked impractical radicalism Dear Mr. Libertarian: What would you do about the problem of the public airwaves and the problem of broadcast immorality? I'm...
Posted in Flit(tm) on April 9, 2004 03:19 PM

Right on Law, Wrong on Policy

Steven Den Beste just put up a conventional analysis of the relevant legal issues facing California's courts on the upcoming gay marriage cases. We deeply disagree on policy (and I won't go over that again) but he's got it mostly...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 13, 2004 11:23 PM

More Sprawl Please

I've been noticing that more and more of my intellectual output consists of unlikely paired blog postings. By maintaining an eclectic reading list (which will not be my blog roll else you could do the same thing yourselves) I get...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 8, 2004 10:25 AM

Practical Libertarianism

Clayton Cramer has a good primer on why libertarian ideas are not that popular. Unfortunately, the title stinks a bit. I think that libertarian ideas are tremendously popular and fit in with a wide variety of people. The trouble is...
Posted in Flit(tm) on February 18, 2004 10:26 AM

Practical Libertarian Drug Policy: Industrial Hemp

It makes absolutely no sense in the world to regulate a plant with a long history as a legal agricultural crop that is not psychoactive as a schedule I drug. But with industrial hemp that's exactly the current situation. Industrial...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 19, 2004 01:25 AM

Practical Libertarian Drug Policy: Overview

In crafting a societal drug policy, it's useful to start from the ground up because so many false steps and missteps are out there confusing the basic issues. Society, in the collective, has an interest in respect for the law,...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 18, 2004 06:44 PM

Comments Transcripts

I seem to be spending a great deal of time in comments today so I thought I'd transcribe some of it for my own audience. City Comforts Blog has a rather discouraging article on The Nature Conservancy's recent run in...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 17, 2004 01:58 PM

Hothouse Libertarians

Politically, I fall into the broad family of Libertarianism. As there is no particularly libertarian major party in existence right now in the US, this provides people like me with some practical electoral difficulties. They break down to the choices...
Posted in Flit(tm) on December 8, 2003 12:16 PM

The right to be unhumane

The City Comforts Blog links back to my observations about conservative/libertarian urban planning. Unfortunately, there's a little gotcha in his response. He writes "I would be delighted to hear practical, conservative alternatives which do not deny the goal of humane...
Posted in Flit(tm) on August 24, 2003 05:33 PM
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