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April 19, 2012

Laissez Faire Books


Laissez Faire Books (LFB) is a seminal libertarian institution that dates back to 1972, six years before I was born. In its heyday, it played a central role in the libertarian movement as the largest libertarian bookseller, a publisher of libertarian books, and an old-school social network, hosting social gatherings and other events. This was before my time.


I’d never bought a book from LFB until yesterday (the 19th). By the time I became a libertarian in my undergraduate years at Louisiana St...

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Published on April 19, 2012 22:51 • 121 views

March 15, 2012

For years now, since moving away from Baton Rouge and LSU's library, I've been trying to get my hands on the English translation of De Rege et Regis Institutione (The King and the Education of the King) by the Spanish Scholastic Juan de Mariana.

The book is available for free on Google Books in its original Latin, but my Latin is rather rusty. The English translation by George Albert Moore, however, is much harder to come by, being out of print due to copyright, the perverse academic...

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Published on March 15, 2012 16:58 • 51 views

February 23, 2012

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources. In this one, I threw my Voegelinian professor Ellis Sandoz a few bones. :) I no longer have the original exam questions to which I responded below, so bear with me through the beginning of...

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Published on February 23, 2012 05:30 • 38 views

June 14, 2011

Atoms form bonds of varying strengths with other atoms to form molecules. The bonds they form naturally are generally stable, whereas the ones that are forced by men decay rapidly — and give you cancer.

(Embrace it! Own it! :o )

[Cross-posted at The Libertarian Standard; HT fellow TLS blogger Robert Wicks for suggesting the second sentence.]



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Published on June 14, 2011 16:39 • 43 views

June 11, 2011

I just had an article published in Libertarian Papers:


Immanent Politics, Participatory Democracy, and the Pursuit of Eudaimonia,” Libertarian Papers 3, 16 (2011).


Here’s the abstract:


This paper builds on the burgeoning tradition of Aristotelian liberalism. It identifies and critiques a fundamental inequality inherent in the nature of the state and, in particular, the liberal representative-democratic state: namely, an institutionalized inequality in authority. The analysis draws on and synthe...

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Published on June 11, 2011 13:18 • 35 views

I just had an article published in Libertarian Papers:

"Immanent Politics, Participatory Democracy, and the Pursuit of Eudaimonia," Libertarian Papers 3, 16 (2011).

Here's the abstract:

This paper builds on the burgeoning tradition of Aristotelian liberalism. It identifies and critiques a fundamental inequality inherent in the nature of the state and, in particular, the liberal representative-democratic state: namely, an institutionalized inequality in authority. The analysis draws on and...

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Published on June 11, 2011 13:18 • 41 views

May 27, 2011

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources.

In this essay I will address how the American framers conceived of liberty as well as how the Constitution they designed was supposed to secure it and whether it has in fact done so...

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Published on May 27, 2011 15:37 • 47 views

May 4, 2011

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources.

Some scholars, particularly postmoderns, argue that hermeneutical interpretation is essential to "the so-called social sciences of human beings." Hermeneutical interpretation originated...

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Published on May 04, 2011 23:14 • 45 views

May 1, 2011

Ingredients

2 tb EVOO (or canola oil)

2 tsp cumin

1 large onion, chopped coarsely

2-4 jalapenos, seeded and chopped coarsely

6 medium garlic cloves, chopped coarsely

2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef chuck

2 cups red wine (e.g., shiraz, merlot, malbec)

3 tb chili powder (preferably Penzey’s Hot Chili, Chili 3000, or Chili 9000 powder)

1/2 7oz can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

2 cups finely diced carrots

2 cups beef stock (preferably low-sodium or unsalted)

2 16oz cans of diced, unsalted tomatoes

3 16...

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Published on May 01, 2011 08:23 • 39 views

Ingredients

2 tb EVOO (or canola oil)
2 tsp cumin
1 large onion, chopped coarsely
2-4 jalapenos, seeded and chopped coarsely
6 medium garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef chuck
2 cups red wine (e.g., shiraz, merlot, malbec)
3 tb chili powder (preferably Penzey's Hot Chili, Chili 3000, or Chili 9000 powder)
1/2 7oz can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
2 cups finely diced carrots
2 cups beef stock (preferably low-sodium or unsalted)
2 16oz cans of diced, unsalted t...

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Published on May 01, 2011 08:23 • 32 views