A Noble Library

We love to go to Barnes & Noble.  It's one place everyone in the family enjoys.  There's WiFi and coffee for me and my wife, there are books and toys for the kids, and it's free! It's great to have a peaceful place full of books where you can go to read, think, browse and let the kids do the…


When it's Good to be a Failure

I'm a failure according to my own definition. The current me doesn't think I'm a failure - I'm pretty happy about where I'm at in life and feel I'm doing what I love at the moment. It's one of the versions of me from the past that thinks I'm a failure. There was a time (I shudder to recall) when I…


Don't Let Words Own You

I had a recent discussion with some passionate people who were frustrated by various public figures describing themselves as libertarian.  They felt it imperative to police the use of this word and go on the offensive, making sure to publicly demonstrate how wrong it was for people to use the word…


Don't Let Your Success Define You

My good friend and blogger over at Tough Minded Optimism, T.K. Coleman, just wrote the blog post I intended to write today. This should not come as a surprise, as we have talked at length on this topic and most of my ideas on it come from him. I'll quote him at length, because he nails it: "Every…


The Only Place is Out

I saw a man on a corner street Yelling out a name He told me, “Vote for this guy” I said, “They’re all the same” He yelled, “This one’s different He’ll give us what we need” “That’s what I’m afraid of” I said, and turned to leave The man yelled, “Wait! Stop! I still don’t understand” I said, “What…


Ten Reasons to Blog Regularly

1. Self Discipline – Like all disciplines, it makes you a better person; more in control of your schedule and habits.  It is empowering to do something on a regular basis. 2. Self Translation – You hold a set of beliefs and ideas about the world.  You may not even know exactly what they are, but…


Why Government Fails - Public Choice for Everyone

There are innumerable arguments about the legitimacy and morality of government and its proper scope, all of which are worth exploring.  Public Choice Theory examines an entirely different question than what government ought to do.  It asks what government actually does. Public Choice is the study…


Rational Choice Robots Are Real (and they are us)

One of my pet peeves is when characters in movies don't behave like real people.  I don't mean when people teleport, or fly, or grab onto the landing gear of a moving plane - I love sci-fi, action and fantasy.  These things don't make sense in our world, but can be perfectly consistent with the…


When to not Play the Game

Yesterday, I talked about seeing life as full of overlapping and complex games.  Doing what is socially acceptable in certain contexts is part of the game.  Playing it is fine, so long as it's not confused with real life.  Getting bitter at is is not usually productive.  But when is opting out a…


Life as a Game

The great storyteller C.S. Lewis says in one of his stories (though I can't remember which) that some of the most sinister things are those that look like or pretend to be something they are not.  I'd modify this slightly and say that the worst things are those that actually believe themselves to…