On Banned Books Week

On Banned Books Week

by Carla Gericke Censorship has always fascinated me–who gets to decide what someone else can read? Why? By what authority can one person tell another what they are “permitted” to know? I reject the legitimacy of censorship out of hand. No one has such authority, and history proves those who wish to control what others […]

My Big Fat Liberty Family

Issue #? – Sunday, July 5, 2015 by Sandy Pierre May 26th marked the ten-year anniversary of my moving to New Hampshire as a participant in the Free State Project.  I’m a bit abashed to admit that, aside from a short Facebook post on the subject, I haven’t yet marked the occasion in any particular […]

The Contraband Fatty French Meat Caper

Issue #38 – Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Sandy Pierre I checked out of my hotel in the morning, skipping breakfast, as I only had a few Canadian dollars left and needed to save a few to tip the parking garage valet. On my way out of Montreal, I stopped at a grocery store, one […]

Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Issue #37 – Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Dale Everett After writing several blog posts about how we live in a slave society, sometimes I wonder if I’d be personally better off if I could somehow return to that blissful ignorance of the inherent violence of statism. Maybe this struggle for freedom is a losing […]

Libertarians Should Hang Out!

Issue #36 – Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Richard Masta Last week I was ready to throw my phone into the woods and run like an Indian down the animal trail. Barefoot and exhausted — fight or flight — I was meat for the wolves. I needed protein, sleep, and companionship. And quiet. Sometimes it’s […]

Rein in the Police, Not Protesters

Issue #35 – Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Scott McPherson Cops, not protesters, have created an atmosphere of violence. My brother once quipped, “The great thing about being a Leftist is never having to say you’re sorry.” He was talking about the propensity of those who erroneously describe themselves as “liberals” to endlessly pat themselves […]

Sticks and Stones

Issue #34 – Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Sandy Pierre Sticks and stones may break my bones But words will never hurt me American kids learn this rhyme early on. (Do other cultures have a comparable nursery rhyme? I’d be interested to find out.)  I just looked up Sticks and Stones on Wikipedia. Interestingly, it […]

Principles vs Pragmatism

Issue #33 – Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Dale Everett I was recently accused of hiding behind my principles. The implication was that I was making a poor decision pragmatically speaking in order to adhere to some lofty and impractical principle. But principles are pragmatic. At least they ought to be. Otherwise what good are […]

My Speeding Ticket

Issue #32 – Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Richard Masta Like every other driver in the world under the age of eighty, I was flowing with the traffic. I rounded a corner and saw the cop before he saw me. I tapped my brakes — not because I saw a cop, but because I was […]

What Will They Think of Next?

Issue #31 – Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Scott McPherson Perhaps it’s better not to ask. A couple of years ago a man in Ohio was sentenced to 30 days in jail for hurting a little girl’s feelings. That wasn’t the charge. It was “disorderly conduct” and “aggravated menacing” – for making fun of a […]