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+ Sometimes crisis alone, without any preparatory training, is sufficient to make a man forget to be his customary self and become, for the time being, something quite different. Thus the most unlikely people will, under the influence of disaster, temporarily turn into heroes, martyrs, selfless labourers for the good of their fellows. Very often,…

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Zero Dark Thirty & The Triumph of Violence in the U.S.

In many ways, Osama bin Laden has won his war, even though he is dead. His stated goal for many years was to engage the U.S. in so many wars in the MidEast that our economy fails (he understands economics and that there is no such thing as war-is-stimulus better than most tenured economists in…

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Legalize Prostitution, Said the Catholics

As Lysander Spooner explained, vices are not crimes. The best way to have a moral populous is not to demand morality by fiat – the morality itself that was chosen to enshrine in law may be wrongheaded; the punishment may not fit the crime; who has the right to tell others how to act(?); etc.…

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The Tyranny of Anecdote – Worthy of an Entire Book

YES! I have been searching for a thoughtful explanation like this such that I might wrap my head around this idea. For a very long time, I have believed that legislators act irrationally quite often in passing laws or executive decision based not on general rules that you and I might be able to figure…

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  + “Revenge is a common passion that enslaves man’s mind and clouds his vision. To the savage it is a noble aspiration that makes him even with his enemies. In a civilized society that is seeking peace and harmony it is a destructive force which law seeks to suppress. But when the law itself…

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