The False Choice of “Do the Ends Justify the Means”

If the ends ever justify the means is perhaps the most acute of the philosophical questions. Unlike “are things holy because the gods love them, or do the gods love…

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There Are No “Anarchist Systems” without Anarchist Fundamentals

Discussions about anarchy and anarchism too often jump right into talking points about competing ways to organize economic or political structures. This doesn’t seem to happen only when skeptics and…

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Different Kinds and Degrees of Private Censorship Matter

Freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and speech can be controlled and regulated by private forces in certain ways. In a previous piece, I presented some thoughts on that, and how…

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Some Thoughts on Private Censorship, Power, and Control of Speech

As far as speech is concerned, the rule-of-thumb view we should adopt is that any individual or private group has the right to determine who is allowed in their space, and…

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Some Social Challenges That Won’t Magically Go Away With a Biden Presidency

2020 will be remembered for a lot, and one of the obvious low points is the start of a global pandemic. However, for many this will be offset (at least…

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Live and Let Die

A wise person once told me that evolution is not the story of life but of death. The vast, overwhelming majority of species are extinct. The dominant theme of evolution…

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Every Crime Is Punishable by Death

The creation of new laws is often treated like it’s the safe option to protect society. But it is not perfectly safe. We risk exposing our fellow citizens to state…

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The Beauty of Nationalism

We all have biases, and for many people nationalism (even the smallest degree of it) is one of them. However, if your goal is to understand the world, nationalist sentiments…

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Anti-Gun? Check Your Privelege

Those against firearm ownership often lead their objections with a distaste for over-enthusiastic attitudes about guns that they say verges on cult-like worship. The claim is also made that these…

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The Tricky Business of Violence

The tricky business of violence against the state (or other systems of power) is really defined by two questions: When is violence acceptable and justifiable on principle, and when is…

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