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“Well I think that progress is not possible without deviation. And I think that it’s important that people be aware of some of the creative ways in which some of their fellow men are deviating from the norm, because in some instances they might find these deviations inspiring and might suggest further deviations which might cause progress, you never know.”
Frank Zappa • 1940–1993

“Socialism, in so far as it pos­tulates State control, is Conservative in thought.”
Oliver Brett • 1881–1963


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I was never one “Mr. Rogers kids” for the simple reason I was 14 when he did his first show. So, to be quite honest I was rather uninformed about the nature of the show. I’d seen excerpts, but that is pretty much my total experience with the show.

Nor long ago I watched the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” What particularly fascinated me was a small section at the end where they discuss some of the utter contempt thrown at the show by conservatives.

The documentary didn’t mention the critics were conservatives but I recognized the names. What…


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The stirring words of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence said that all men are endowed with certain inalienable rights. To Jefferson these rights existed before the founding of government and the function of government is “to secure these rights.” But he himself said that his ringing words did not express a new idea: “This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so…


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“Government spending on business only aggravates the problem. Too many business have successfully lobbied for special favors and treatment by seeking mandates for their products, subsidies (in the form of cash payments from the government), and regulations and tariffs to keep more efficient competitors at bay. Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want.”
Charles Koch • 1935-

“When people were committed to the idea that in the field of religion only one…


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I am a libertarian, but not a Libertarian. That means I ascribe to a libertarian view of the world but I am not associated with the Libertarian Party. One reason is the nonsense spewed by LP officials with too much regularity and the party’s apparent inability to keep the racists, white supremacists, and homophobes from being candidates.

I am aware that is not entirely under party control but the reality is, as far as I know, the LP has never tried to expel these people from party either.

Three time, but now former, LP chairman Nicholas Sarwark recently suggested, in…


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Andrew Exum, in The Atlantic, observes, “There is a certain kind of conservative politician here in Texas who spends a sizable part of his day obsessing about the state of California. Such politicians have spent much of the past few years mercilessly teasing the progressive leadership of California for the failures of the state’s power grid.”

This is true of today’s conservatives in general not just those that slither around the Texas oilfields.

I constantly see an obsessive anti-California hysteria griping conservatives who are prone to exaggerate real problems, or simply invent fake ones for the state. They frequently go…


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“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature — it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist — to sympathise with a friend’s success.”
Oscar Wilde • 1854–1900

“Competition, free enterprise, and an open market were never meant to be symbolic fig leaves for corporate socialism and monopolistic capitalism.”
Ralph Nader • 1934-


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It was March, 1996 and I was sitting in a television studio at the South African Broadcasting Studio in the Johannesburg suburb of Auckland Park. I was there because of my testimony before Parliament defending freedom of the press. Max du Preez was the host, and the plan was for me to debate a porn-sniffer named Horace van Rensburg.

Horace was a dyed-in-the-wool prude, a Nanny-stater from the Religious Right of South African politics who liked to pretend he was a liberal of the classical bent. …


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There is a war on housing — a series of regulations meant to restrict and reduce the supply of decent housing for people. The intent is to raise the value of properties by reducing the supply, a move benefitting the well off at the expense of the poor.

Back in San Francisco one of my friends was Scott O’Hara (1961–1998). I first met him when he showed up at a talk I was giving and we became friends. …


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"Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”
Hannah Arendt • 1906–1975

“Custom may suffice as the basis of law, but is inadequate as the basis of justice. Tyranny, not liberty, has been the custom in the past; and so Libertarians reject custom as a guiding principle, just as they reject power or might. They know that justice is not something that was, or is, but that is to be.”
Charles T. Sprading • 1871–1959

“That’s the…

James Peron

James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, was the founding editor of Esteem a LGBT publication in South Africa under apartheid.

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