Donald Trump has offered heaps of bombast on the subject of trade, laying out protectionist views at every opportunity. He has called for new and higher tariffs on imports, tough negotiation with foreign countries (whatever that means), and a magical return to American manufacturing hegemony. All this is drenched in a thick layer of nationalism. […]Read more "Donald Trump Represents “Buy Local” Run Amok"
While Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson could be crowned TV’s libertarian king, there’s another fictional character who deserves more attention from libertarian audiences: Jeff Winger, the darling of Greendale Community College. And unlike Parks and Rec, which is in its final season, Community is coming back for another season on March 17. Over the course of Community’s five-year run, the […]Read more "The Education of Jeff Winger: Will a Degree Help You Do Your Job?"
Nobody knows how to make Thanksgiving dinner. Despite its ubiquity in homes across the country, no single individual could ever articulate all the know-how required to produce a Turkey Day meal. It is a miracle and a mystery. At first, this claim sounds improbable. Don’t lots of people know how to make Thanksgiving dinner? After […]Read more "I, Thanksgiving Dinner"
Few pillars of American society are regarded as highly as the right to vote. Yet, at the end of the day, voting does not advance liberty. Rather, it sanctions the status quo and encourages uncivilized behavior. It’s also a waste of time — time that could be spent actually advancing liberty. For starters, the numbers […]Read more "Voting Does Not Advance Liberty"
I live in a studio apartment, so my kitchen is my living room is my bedroom. The other day, I was staring out my sole window when something startled me. (And it wasn’t the subwoofer two floors up.) It was my coffee. While sipping from my mug, I glanced at the bag of beans. It […]Read more "My Tiny Cosmopolitan Apartment"
You hear a knock at your door. It’s your friend Steve. Although it’s physically impossible, Steve seems to bound through the door before you even open it. “Excited” is an understatement: he’s psyched, and you couldn’t reach his level even if you tried. Around two, you and Steve made plans to go out tonight. You spent […]Read more "In Search of the Perfect Night"
A few weeks ago, a friend and fellow classical music aficionado posted the following on Facebook: I’ve waited my whole life to come to realize, through some dawning revelation, why precisely I’m supposed to like the Symphonie Fantastique. Today, right now where I sit, I’m fully prepared to say what I’ve put off saying for as long as […]Read more "Hector Berlioz the Libertarian"