Used in classrooms, abused in chatrooms

My God, it’s the end of November. This blog was founded at the beginning of January in 2012. When I started this consortium I just wanted to band together libertarians who already blogged but who didn’t have a large following. I thought that maybe if I could band them together something would come about. I also thought that the San Francisco Bay Area had plenty of smaller voices in the libertarian movement, so I tried to invite people from that part of the world, in the hopes that NOL could be some kind of counterweight to Mises down south and Mercatus back east.

Both efforts obviously failed spectacularly, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Today, NOL is used in classrooms and abused in chatrooms.

I have been reading much more than writing lately. I have one child running around the flat and another on the way (due date is Jan 14th!). I have been making a rather rough sociocultural transition from city life to suburban/rural life. My wife is working towards her CPA license. I’m working a shitty job, writing for RealClearHistory, blogging here, and shoring up future articles for future academic publication. Some people are ready to write me off as a scholar, but that is foolish of them.

I’ve got something up my sleeve for NOL in 2019, too, but I’m keeping it close to my chest for now. It’s nothing crazy, so don’t go anywhere. Just know that NOL is committed to experimentation and evolution as much as it is to human freedom.

4 thoughts on “Used in classrooms, abused in chatrooms

  1. You’re doing a kick-ass job, and congrats on imminent rug-rat #2. Something similar happens to be true of Policy of Truth. I started it in the summer of 2014 as a purely personal platform to bitch about traffic problems and blather about my then-recent trip to Nicaragua, but then decided to give it a broader scope. Now it just functions as a classroom aid for lazy students who want Cliffs Notes on Shalom Schwartz’s theory of human values, Marx’s theory of the state, and Rousseau’s unwanted children (our top three blog posts for years running now).

    That said, I was going to use Delacroix’s series on immigration law for the next time I teach immigration enforcement. I’m actually teaching that right now, but the series came out in the middle of the semester, so I couldn’t backtrack to include it this semester. But next time for sure.

    • Delacroix, who is in Mexico currently, will be really, really happy to hear that. He pretends to be a hard ass, but stuff like this melts his heart.

      The phrase “Rousseau’s unwanted children” always makes me laugh…

  2. Concerning your statement: “I also thought that the San Francisco Bay Area had plenty of smaller voices in the libertarian movement, so I tried to invite people from that part of the world, in the hopes that NOL could be some kind of counterweight to Mises down south and Mercatus back east.”
    I would say that there are many libertarian voices in the San Francisco Bay Area however many of them are involved either directly with their own blogs, other blogs or on non-blog social media. And there is the constant problem of overload and not enough hours in the day. However I have just signed up to get the regular updates since I have found a couple of recent items interesting and look forward to more interesting items in the future.

    • Fred,

      I agree that the Bay Area has lots of great libertarian material. Heck, I almost miss living there!

      Glad you’ve got our updates. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

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