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Politicians aren't better than you

It seems it should be obvious to everyone by now: those who seek positions of political power can’t even run their own lives; they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to run yours. No one is less...

 

Liberty trumps rule of the majority

According to a recent poll, a majority of New Mexico voters approve of stiffer anti-gun legislation. This is why the U.S. Constitution exists, and why America was established as a republic, not a...

 

Decide what's most important to you

Do you only care about some things because you’ve been manipulated into caring? There are many things you can’t change about the world. Caring too much about those is going to make your life worse...

 

People have responsibility for actions

Is it my imagination, or do many people run from responsibility as fast as they can? If you cause harm to a person’s life, liberty, or property you need to take responsibility. Don’t wait for...

 

Government not worth trade-off

Do you believe you need to be governed? I mean you, as an individual. If you didn’t feel like government was watching over your shoulder all the time, would you steal, kidnap, or murder? I’m...

 

Government waging war against you

Have you realized yet that the U.S. federal government is waging a one-sided war against you? The IRS plans to hire around 87,000 new armed IRS employees -- the exact number is disputed; what they...

 

Cannabis not an excuse to kidnap

An American basketball player was recently arrested and imprisoned in Russia for possession of cannabis. Some people are outraged over this; others claim she deserved to be arrested because she broke...

 

Needs should be met by the people

People see me say I don’t want government doing something and often jump to the conclusion I don’t want that thing done at all. Sometimes they are right, as in the case of legislation...

 

Hoping future has more liberty wins

It feels like the future is being pulled in two directions at once. Things are getting better, while things also feel like they are getting worse. Both are probably true. I’m not so naive as to...

 

Libertarians aren't on right or left

No one really understands anyone else, so it’s no surprise that non-libertarians don’t understand libertarians. When I first started writing on the topic of libertarianism, I ran across a blog pos...

 

Politics depends on blind spots

Everyone has blind spots. Especially when it comes to politics. In fact, I’d say politics is made up of blind spots knitted together with wishful thinking, expressed through legislation designed to...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Preparation can ease your anxiety

If you are worried about the next few years, I can relate. Supply chain problems, inflation, the ongoing drought, and the possibility of political violence seem like they are closing in on us. An...

 

Court taking small correct steps

To those of you who are mad at the Supreme Court over two of its most recent rulings, let me agree with you. To a point. I also agree -- to a point -- with those who celebrate those rulings. I...

 

Poor choices can be entertaining

Do you ever get to the point where you feel like sitting back and watching the show while people suffer the consequences of their bad choices? I do, and I remember the biblical story about Jonah...

 

Government crushes individuality

Everyone has their own unique personal preferences. This is probably a good thing since it makes life interesting and keeps us from all fighting over the exact same stuff. Think how boring it would...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    June 8, 2022

People's rights are not negotiable

Politicians speak most passionately about things they understand the least, like guns. This is especially dangerous when they talk about what they believe your rights are. President Biden has...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    June 1, 2022

New laws won't solve problems

Senseless aggression toward innocent victims enrages me. No matter who is harmed or who commits the act. But to intentionally target children? Rage doesn’t begin to describe what I feel. Are you...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Censorship not the answer to evil

People like the murderer in the Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store will always find justification to be evil losers. He would have found some excuse even if no one had ever suspected that government is...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Disinformation board is Orwellian

The federal government’s hastily thrown together Disinformation Governance Board was a predictable reaction to the “threat” this government sees in freer speech on social media. Of course, free...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Neither side correct on court leak

The recent Supreme Court leak is all over the media. People on both sides feel compelled to speak out loudly and passionately for whichever side they support. There is no debate; just a fight. For...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Musk may help end liberal narrative

My Twitter account was shut down during the dark days of censorship, but I made a new account a month or so ago. Just in time to see all the fun and drama over Elon Musk’s buyout of the platform....

 

Be cure to government's disease

Joe Biden has done us a favor. One he didn’t intend to do and one his supporters probably haven’t noticed and wouldn’t like if they did. If America can survive Biden, in his mentally degraded...

 

Tolerance pushers most intolerant

Tolerance has a proper time and place, but this time and place isn’t all the time nor is it everywhere. Nor does everything have to be tolerated. Even the most tolerant person won’t tolerate every...

 

Liberty remains essential principle

Liberty, as a principle, will always prove true. Respecting liberty always works, violating it always hurts. The truth doesn’t care whether you like this or not. Government’s very existence violat...

 

Texas marijuana laws are failure

An excellent measure of whether a “law” is good or bad is to see if it prohibits something that isn’t prohibited elsewhere -- especially, right next door. If something is clearly bad enough for...

 

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