Artsy Fartsy

I’ve spent quite a bit of time at Area 23 lately. Last Sunday I attended a free women’s self-defense course, led by a Free State Project early mover who also happens to be a black belt and tae kwon do instructor. He brought along two coworkers and a lot of protective gear, and let all the students have at it with hands, feet and knees.  Fun! Immediately afterwards, the Manchester Community Grange held its bi-weekly Continue Reading →

Informal U

Many liberty lovers dislike the public (i.e. government run) school system, for a gazillion reasons. It’s coercively funded, takes a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching, attendance is compulsory, specific subjects are compulsory… I could go on, but I think you get my point (also, the onslaught of unpleasant “c” words in this paragraph is bumming me out). So, what would a free market approach to a school be like? Well, pretty much the opposite of a Continue Reading →

New Horizons

A common criticism of libertarianism is that it’s uncompassionate, because it would leave people who utilize social services like food stamps high and dry.  This drives me crazy. There seems to be this false idea that, without government programs such as food stamps, domestically abused women, children and your grandma would drop dead in the streets of starvation.  Nevermind the fact that food stamps were only *invented* in 1961, and somehow Americans weren’t dropping like Continue Reading →