“Do Something” Is a Dangerous Demand to Make of Politicians

“Do Something” Is a Dangerous Demand to Make of Politicians By Jeffrey A. Tucker Do Something, goes the suddenly popular chant. In response to the wave of mass killings this year, it’s being shouted at any available political figure. Be careful what you ask for. It’s hard to imagine anything good can come of this slogan. To demand the state do something, anything, is short sighted and even dangerous. A politician is always willing to do something. Do the right thing is another matter entirely. Let me say, however, that…

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Imagine a Clock that Doesn’t Surveil You

Imagine a Clock that Doesn’t Surveil You By Jeffrey A. Tucker Warning: this article continues with my clock obsession. Our phones today are also clocks, plus dictionaries, health trackers, music devices, cameras, social tools, payment methods – and, apparently, the method by which we choose to be surveilled and politically manipulated. It’s all rather remarkable, but hardly the first time in history when device mania swept the population. It’s a luxury of being relatively rich, for every household or every person to acquire the things once limited to the elites.…

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No, This Shutdown Does Not Look Like Liberty

No, This Shutdown Does Not Look Like Liberty By Jeffrey A. Tucker Some people are suffering. Some people don’t care. But for the pundits following the government shutdown, it’s been an epic battle. The partisans of the president are cheering while the cabal of cheerleaders for big government is saying the shutdown shows how much we need and should love the state as we know it. They are both wrong. This shutdown is not showing us what freedom looks and feels like. It is not a libertarian experiment. It is…

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How To Secede From The Biology Wars

How To Secede From The Biology Wars Op-Ed by Jeffrey A. Tucker The government shutdown has put a fine point on what everyone now recognizes. The struggle for control of the institutions of the United States government has turned into a full tribal war. Us vs. Them. Pick a side, rally for your team, never believe anything the other team says, declare everything an emergency, pose as the victim when you don’t get your way, fantasize about the final defeat of your enemies, and dream of the spoils that will…

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What Self-Ownership Means and Why It Matters

What Self-Ownership Means and Why It Matters By Jeffrey A. Tucker I’ve been thinking about this idea of self-ownership, a concept almost universally assumed to be a foundation for human rights and the civilized life. At the same, this idea is constantly threatened by political ideologies that presume it not to be true. Here is what got me thinking. In the final episode of season two of The Americans, Elizabeth Jennings, a Soviet spy in America during the Cold War, is given a message from her Moscow-based handlers. The KGB…

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