Brexit: Principle over Pragmatism

This article first appeared over at Students for Liberty, click here to see the original.  What makes the Brexit referendum significantly more interesting than most other current political issues is that public opinion, for once, does not fall neatly into party lines. In fact, most opinions seem more personal than usual, albeit still hugely misinformed.…

Should You Be Allowed to Smoke in Your Home?

For the majority of my four years at university, I shared a house with multiple housemates, all of who smoked. While we always tried to enforce rules on ourselves to limit smoking to outside, as we all agreed that the smell of smoke lingering in the common areas wasn’t exactly pleasant, we hardly ever managed…

How is Violence the Default?

As someone who loves to debate and can never turn away from an argument (even if I generally should), I can say I’ve engaged in hundreds of discussions in my life with all sorts of people. Some of them are with those who are as interested in political and economic issues as myself, and while…

The Right to Enslave

Nowadays, the idea that people have a ‘right’ to a job, a ‘right’ to an education, and a ‘right’ to all sorts of other things is so widespread and accepted that hardly anyone seems to give it any thought. It has become one of those self-evident truths that no one bothers having an actual justification…

Human, Not Ant

From the day we are born, society teaches us to think like ants. That making sacrifices for the ‘greater good’ is noble. Just like ants, which are willing to sacrifice their very lives to preserve the colony, we are taught that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and that society’s well-being is…

Democracy and Secession

This article is part of a series. I strongly recommend you also read part 1 and part 3 as they are meant to be read together. I want to make it clear that from this point forward I’m not making any judgments. By now you’ve probably understood what I think of most government programs, but…

Double Standards

This article is part of a series. I strongly recommend you read part 2 and part 3 afterwards as they are meant to be read together. Like most people, I always intuitively understood that violence was wrong, and should only be used in extreme circumstances. Like most educated people, I also used to be very…