In Praise of Weird

At the Students for Liberty International Conference over the weekend I heard and overheard several jokes and comments about how many weird participants were there. It was mostly good-hearted self-deprecation, but there was often a hint of concern. There was perhaps a subtle but sincere belief…


Traveling with We and Me

Snow falls on a Southbound train Flakes enough to paint and stain All the world in their domain Stuck inside this stagnant crust On metal wheels and under-rust Feels more like pain than wander-lust Sitting still because of freight To see its fate we wait and wait The youngest stir, their voices…


Democracy is Not Our Savior

(Originally posted here, but I remain bewildered by the religious devotion to democracy, so I'm reposting.) Imagine if your local grocer used mass voting to determine what to stock on the shelves. Everyone in a 30-mile radius of the store would get a ballot every few years, and you could vote on…


Be a Philosopher

I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of very successful people.  Some have been successful in academia or art, but most have been successful in business of some kind.  No matter how diverse the industry or experiences or path, all of these successful people have one thing in common: they are…


Carnivals Just Aren't That Cool Anymore

We took the kids to a carnival of sorts last weekend.  It was nothing huge, but I thought it would be pretty exciting for them.  When we arrived, I was underwhelmed.  There was popcorn and hot dogs and a little cotton candy machine.  There was an inflatable slide and ski-ball.  There were a few…


I Write Because it Changes Me

In the movie Shadowlands, C.S. Lewis (played by Anthony Hopkins) is told by a friend that, despite the mockery of his atheist colleagues, his prayers for his sick wife are having an effect.  Lewis, however, is not concerned with whether or not prayer "works" in altering the universe: "I pray…


Homestead Your Interests

Homesteading is an age-old form of gaining common-law right to property.  A piece of land that is unowned or abandoned can become yours if you improve upon and maintain it for a period of time.  In the American West, pioneers would find a parcel of land they liked and stake it out as their own.  So…


Kiteboarders or Cops?

Last summer I had a conversation with a kiteboarder about his sport and the clan-like nature of his fellow athletes.  He told me that the local government body has entertained the idea of putting more rules and restrictions on kiteboarding but that, thus far, they've been stymied.  Every time they…


New Tides and Old Time

New tides pull the mind Leaving old ideas behind In the pools of time unkind Glasses full of red wine, Still we're powerless to climb The stormy seas of yours & mine So pull the thread of this rhyme Unfold the bundles we bind As mud on the eyes of the blind What's yours is mine & loving you…


The Law is Written on Our Hearts

(Originally posted here.  I've been thinking more on this topic and I felt the urge to re-post.) A great many people believe that changing the law is the solution to social problems. This is a fiction. If written law were some kind of unbreakable magic spell, the United States would not look as it…