Let’s clear up the liberal mess

It appears there are as many liberalisms as there are liberals. To name just a few: libertarianism, classical liberalism, bleeding heart liberalism, economic liberalism, political liberalism, social liberalism, high liberalism, minarchism, objectivism, anarcho-capitalism, neoliberalism. And in international relations theory there is for example neoliberal institutionalism, liberal internationalism or embedded liberalism. Clearly this all amounts to … Continue reading Let’s clear up the liberal mess

From the Comments: Russia Resurgent and a Libertarian Strategy

I am working on a speculative piece about the recent assassination of liberal (i.e. libertarian, a.k.a. internationalist) politician Boris Nemtsov in front of the Kremlin. In the mean time, here is an old comment of mine on Russia’s new grand strategy: Thanks Dr A, I still think this is all a part of Russia’s symbolic … Continue reading From the Comments: Russia Resurgent and a Libertarian Strategy

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France must avoid repeating American errors The internationalism of the American Civil War; shockingly incomplete (almost dishonestly so), but a good starting point The false piety of the Hebdo hoodlums Sri Lanka’s surprise political transition From Martin Anderson to Charlie Hebdo and back

Nationality, Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and the Importance of Citizenship for the Individual

Judging by some of the fruitful dialogues that have gone on here in the distant past and just the other day, I’d say that there is still a lot of work to do regarding a few concepts that seem to have meaning to them but are not really well-defined or well-understood. I am writing about … Continue reading Nationality, Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and the Importance of Citizenship for the Individual

I’m a “Centrist Anarchist Non-Interventionist Humanist Libertine”

Both Rick and Warren have introduced us to the World’s Smallest Political Quiz here at NOL, but now there’s an even better one: The 5 Dimensional Political Compass! It’ll score you from 100% to -100% on five dimensions (duh): Collectivism, Authoritarianism, Internationalism, Tribalism, and Liberalism Here are my percentages: Collectivism score: 0% (Centrist) Authoritarianism score: … Continue reading I’m a “Centrist Anarchist Non-Interventionist Humanist Libertine”

Libertarians and World Government, Part 3

I have briefly blogged about the problem libertarians face when confronted with world government and the inherent internationalism of their creed before (here and here), but none of those musings were as deep as I’d have liked them to be. I think I have a better understanding of this puzzle now, and therefore you’re gonna … Continue reading Libertarians and World Government, Part 3

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As Bad As ObamaCare Is, Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act Was Worse From our own Dr Shikida in the Cato Journal: “Why Some States Fail: The Role of Culture” [pdf] Stop Blaming Professors: Study finds students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more radical in college The World Cup and “soccer” in general: Nationalism versus internationalism The … Continue reading Around the Web

The Power of Propaganda and the Japanese Empire

Economist Kurt Schuler has a fascinating post on the various currencies that were used in mainland East Asia during World War II over at the Free Banking group blog. Unfortunately, there are three paragraphs in the post that attempt to take libertarians to task for daring to challenge both the narrative of the state and … Continue reading The Power of Propaganda and the Japanese Empire

Has Nobel Laureate Gary Becker been reading NOL?

I would think so, especially after reading this: The movement toward free trade agreements and globalization during the past 60 years has enormously reduced the economic advantages of having a larger domestic market to sell goods ands services. Small countries can sell their goods to other countries, both large and small, almost as easily as … Continue reading Has Nobel Laureate Gary Becker been reading NOL?

Weekend Question: What to do about the violence in South Sudan?

As many of you may know, the recently-minted country of South Sudan has descended into civil war. I’m going to show you how this violence was actually predictable, but first I want to point out a couple of things. Why did South Sudan get international recognition and not Somaliland, which has been a functioning democracy … Continue reading Weekend Question: What to do about the violence in South Sudan?

Is the European Union “socialist”?

The short answer is ‘no’, but first, Justin Raimondo writes: The EU is a failed socialist experiment that exists to fund a huge (and hugely arrogant) bureaucracy and impose a bloodless ideological abstraction over and above the authentic nationalisms it seems to subsume. It is deeply authoritarian in that it provides no mechanism for member states to withdraw, … Continue reading Is the European Union “socialist”?

From the Comments: Secession and Nationalism in the Middle East

My dear, brave friend Siamak took the time to craft a very insightful rebuttal to my argument on supporting decentralization in the Middle East. He writes: Brandon, First of all thanks a lot for your attention to my comment… You know that I have problems in English and maybe that’s the cause of some mis-understandings… … Continue reading From the Comments: Secession and Nationalism in the Middle East

From the Comments: Federalism, Small States and Central Banks

Rick Searle asks the following question after reading my argument with George Ayittey on secession in Africa: Brandon, how do you respond to the geopolitical and macro-economic arguments in favor of strong federalism rather than small-state nationalism? The experience of Central Europe after the First World War seems to offer a telling example of what … Continue reading From the Comments: Federalism, Small States and Central Banks

Karl Marx and Special Interests

[Note: this is an old musing of mine written back in May of 2011. I hope it is still as fresh today as it was back then.] Karl Marx’s economic theories have long been disproved (theoretically as soon as they came out, and practically with the fall of the Berlin Wall), and tens, if not … Continue reading Karl Marx and Special Interests