Archive | July 13, 2009

Bash Back

A letter I just sent:

Dear members of the LP National and/or Platform Committees:

Liberty betrayedI’m writing to express my concern over reported comments by LP Platform Committee member Rick Randall to the effect that free-market anarchists are not genuine Libertarians and should be ousted from the Party: “Every time they surface, the mainstream (true) Libertarians quickly recognize them for what they are (people more interested in promoting in-fighting and, well … anarchy, than liberty) and oust them.”

I’m frankly worried about the ability of Mr. Randall to carry out his duties fairly and objectively, given how poorly informed, and evidently prejudiced, he appears to be relative to the Party’s longtime anarchist contingent.

I urge the Committees to demand an apology from Mr. Randall; and I urge Mr. Randall himself to acquaint himself more thoroughly both with the basics of anarchist theory and with the history of the party he claims to represent.

Flourish in liberty,

Roderick T. Long
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Auburn University
President, Molinari Institute
Region 3 Representative, Libertarian Party of Alabama

Irish Bull

Dermot Ahern, Ireland’s Minister for Justice (sic), is calling for a law whereby anyone who intentionally utters or publishes material “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion,” would be penalised by a “fine not exceeding €100,000.”

In the event that the law passes, I look forward to seeing Ahern prosecuted under his own law, which is clearly insulting to the libertarian beliefs of the Universal Life Church.


Speaking in Ghana, President Obama recently called for the abolition of the American form of government:

AnarchobamaNo country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers.

No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.

That is not democracy, that is tyranny, even if occasionally you sprinkle an election in there, and now is the time for that style of governance to end.

Oh, wait. Sorry, I’ve just been informed that the president intended his remarks to apply solely to Africa ….

On Marvellous Things Heard

The other night on tv I heard Chuck Hagel expressing his hope that US/Russia arms talks would be the first step toward a “nuclear-free universe.” (Good luck convincing the Vl’hurgs.)

I also heard a Senator or Rep, whose name I didn’t catch, insisting that health care policy should focus on “wellness prevention.”

ParALLax View

What the Alliance of the Libertarian Left looks like to right-libertarians:

rioters burning stuff

What the Alliance of the Libertarian Left looks like to social anarchists:

capitalist exploiters

What the Alliance of the Libertarian Left looks like to pan-secessionists:

Sweet Transvestite

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