Home » Posts tagged with » Liberarian

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: Seems Like Old Times

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: Seems Like Old Times

By L. Neil Smith Operating my trusty laptop last week was like piloting a time machine. My tolerance for the sub-humanity offered to the American public as Presidential timber had sunk to an all-time low. I couldn’t imagine what candidates for lesser offices were like. I was thinking of Caligula. When he appointed his war-steed […]

“Somehow This Has Become Routine”

“Somehow This Has Become Routine”

. . By Thomas L. Knapp That’s what president Barack Obama said after a gunman killed ten before police shot him to death at Umpqua Community College in Rosebud, Oregon on October 1. Obama said a mouthful there; more than he knew. “Mass shootings” — gun homicides with four or more victims — are indeed […]

Private Prisons: Bernie Sanders is Right

Private Prisons: Bernie Sanders is Right

By Thomas L. Knapp US Senator Bernie Sanders (allegedly a Vermont Independent, but running for president as a Democrat) and US Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced bills in Congress last week aiming to “ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas for the number of […]

Welcome to Shutdown Theater, 2015 Edition

Welcome to Shutdown Theater, 2015 Edition

    By Thomas Knapp Well, here we go again. Sample annual headline: “Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown.” This year’s excuse: A feud over whether or not to continue writing an annual $500 million corporate welfare check to Planned Parenthood. With bated breath, the mainstream media informs us that the usual suspects on Capitol Hill are […]

Pwnd Again: Don’t Trust These Jokers With Your Information

Pwnd Again: Don’t Trust These Jokers With Your Information

    By Thomas L. Knapp There’s an old television trope — I’m not sure where it originated — in which a shady-looking character walks up to a group, flashes open his trenchcoat to reveal a bunch of cheap (and presumably stolen) timepieces, and asks “anyone wanna buy a watch?” That image springs to mind […]

Religion and Politics and Presidential Qualifications

Religion and Politics and Presidential Qualifications

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Religious belief as a qualification or disqualification for the presidency of the United States is an old can of worms. Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon running near the front of the pack for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, cracked that can open and invited the body politic to […]

They Want to Talk About Israel. OK, Let’s Talk About Israel

They Want to Talk About Israel. OK, Let’s Talk About Israel

.   By Thomas L. Knapp In The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam quotes US president Lyndon Baines Johnson on his desired qualities in an assistant: “I want loyalty! I want him to kiss my a– in Macy’s window at high noon and tell me it smells like roses.” Nearly every “major party” presidential […]

In Praise of Polarization

In Praise of Polarization

  . By Thomas L. Knapp Wikipedia defines political “polarization” as “the divergence of political attitudes to ideological extremes,” asserting that “when polarization occurs in a two-party system, like the United States, moderate voices often lose power and influence.” According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, American politics is currently extremely polarized in the […]