Brian’s Column: RINOs and DINOs and Trolls, Oh My! (Part 1)

Noteworthy barnacles on the butt of the modern liberty movement
Part 1: RINOs and DINOs

Left, Right, Prospects for LibertyIn my long career as a libertarian activist—and I use the term libertarian (rather than turning the noun liberty into an adjective) for a reason[1]—I’ve encountered virtually every dilatory and unconstructive ‘methodology’ or political practice that’s come around. Indeed, I’ve been a vocal proponent of more than one… in my testosterone-alcohol-and-ego-fueled youth, mostly. Now I feel I’ve reached a stage of consciousness that enables me to see through three key particularly unhelpful ideologies afflicting our cause today, the better, I hope, to let go of them. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Panarchy Papers, Pt. 2

Elements of a new Declaration of Independence
by Brian Wright

Link to Panarchy Part 1

In my first Panarchy column, thanks to my discovery of the panarchy concept—i.e., freedom of choice of governments—I feel I finally assembled all the pieces to solve the Big Universal Problem (BUP). The BUP is essentially “tyranny”—the political domination of one group of men over another to the point of enslavement and destruction. My solution has a universal component applying to all humankind and a specific component re: my particular relationship to the American state… which is probably quite a common relationship. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: “…destructive of these ends…”

What’s the threshold for ‘Independence Redo?’
by Brian Wright

Redeclaration of IndependenceIn the Declaration of Independence of 1776, Jefferson wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government… Continue reading