A Utilitarian Case for Incompetent Traffic Cops

“Speed checked by detection devices” If you’ve driven through Georgia, you’ve probably seen these signs. Fortunately, it turns out that they *don’t* actually mean that the roads have embedded smart detection devices monitoring drivers’ speed, or all of us Atlanta drivers would be in […]

Radicalism Without Revolution

“Radical” is a scary word, but radicals are (fundamentally) just very consistent people. If they believe in a principle, they believe that it applies to the very root (“radix” – a Latin term) of things. If they believe in non-aggression as a […]

Snow vs. Bureaucracy

I live in the bright, sunny South, so when the skies dump snow on us, it’s kind a big deal. Children (and adults) build snowmen, cityscapes become more beautiful, and people slow down. But what I love most is snow’s way […]

How Imprecise Language Empowers Nationalists

Nationalism seems to follow predictable cycles. A culture becomes infatuated with its nation-state and that state’s dominance in the world. The nation-state does something really horrible and/or gets humbled. The nation-state’s surrounding culture withdraws approval from the state, and the […]

Liberty and Security Are Not Opposites

In every discussion of government agencies, militarism, privacy, surveillance, torture, or transportation restrictions, we hear an oft-repeated phrase from American founder and generally overrated person Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, […]