Working toward a post-Soviet world

One of my daily stops in this journey is Kent McManigal’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog. He has a way of cutting through the smoke and mirrors and pointing out exactly what The Powers That Be are attempting to do to us. The other day he recommended a book by Gregory V. Diehl called Everyone Is anContinue reading “Working toward a post-Soviet world”

Our scary science-fiction present-day

Do androids dream of electric sheep, as Philip K. Dick asked? Do smartphones dream at all? How do they know what we’ve been talking about so they can show us relevant ads? Oh, we know the answer to that, but we don’t face the implications. We’re entertained by the pretty FBI agents on TV stalkingContinue reading “Our scary science-fiction present-day”

The most baffling, stupid and insane human activity

The human body is a remarkable instrument, as you surely know if you ever pay any attention to yours. Sometimes I sit and consider my heart, which has been beating regularly nonstop for close to 69 years, and my lungs, which inflate and deflate more or less automatically, and the whole system that reprocesses theContinue reading “The most baffling, stupid and insane human activity”

What should have been

In an alternate universe, March 2020. “No.” “I beg your pardon?” “No. I’m opening my restaurant tomorrow morning, same as always, and I’m coming to work and serving whoever shows up to buy a cup of coffee, two eggs, bacon and hash browns or whatever.” “But the bug —“ “If we all catch the bugContinue reading “What should have been”

The state and the individual

Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatestContinue reading “The state and the individual”