Healthcare and the State

Recently, the Supreme Court interpreted certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as being lawful by ignoring its documented plain language, and by applying consequentialist rationale with respect to what a Congress meant that no longer sits. Be that as it may, this ruling should have come as no surprise as the Court already […]

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A Response to CNN’s Anti-Gun Rhetoric

CNN opinion writer, E. J. Dionne, Jr., Wednesday wrote a broad declaration on “How America Can Free Itself from Guns.” The title itself suggests that guns are an albatross around America’s neck, an assertion I vehemently disagree with, but that propaganda is not my real issue with the editorial. The real issue is that Dionne […]

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Homicide Is a Human Characteristic, Not a Uniquely American One

President Obama commonly asserts that the United States is the only advanced country in the world that commonly experiences mass murder1 as a talking point to justify pursuit of greater gun control measures. Notwithstanding how one defines “common” to fit one’s agenda or cherry-picking how, when, and where said murders are carried out, nonetheless considerable […]

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Initial Thoughts on the South Carolina Church Shooting

Last night, Dylann Storm Roof allegedly walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and proceeded to shoot and kill nine people, while wounding others. My immediate prediction last night, beyond anticipating the obvious anti-gun rhetoric that everyone must have known would follow, was that the young man would be linked […]

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A Discussion of Global Warming

Politicians, media pundits, general talking heads, celebrities, corporate moguls, and now even the pope are all weighing in on the growing geopolitical issue of anthropogenic (that is, man-made) global warming. It is certainly true that ignorant people exist on the “denial/skeptic” side of this “debate,” but it is also true that ignorant people exist on […]

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Paul Ryan Channels His Best Nancy Pelosi

Referencing the much reported secrecy and public uncertainty surrounding the ongoing development of so-called “Obamatrade” legislation (otherwise broadly known as Trade Promotion Authority), Congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) Wednesday testified in committee that the trade deal will be “declassified and made public once it’s agreed to.”   One may of course […]

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Libertarianism, Christianity, and Combating Bad Ideas with Good Ideas

When endeavoring to exchange information, it is best to fight bad ideas with good ones. Violence, intimidation, bullying, shaming, etc. may be effective ways of asserting one’s position to be sure, but these methods do nothing to substantively address the real issue(s) in question, nor are they logical exercises of intellect. Critically analyzing, thinking over, […]

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