This is not Sarah, at least as far as I know.

My article on why people shouldn’t donate to the Salvation Army gets conservatives into a real tizzy. In the latest love letter from some woman (Sarah) I never heard of I’m called a “liberal fundamentalist” because I’m “automatically offended by a conservative viewpoint.”

Now, the fact that I’m a libertarian doesn’t sink through this woman’s skull at all. Nor are my views automatic responses, they are long thought out response and I’ve periodically changed my mind. If the viewpoint is truly conservative, then based on history and reason I am opposed to it. Offended isn’t exactly the right word. Bigotry…


For sometime now conservatives, especially the fascist Right glorifying Trump, have been lying about crime in America. I admit it’s hard to call it a lie because these are people so disconnected from basic reality they tend to believe the nonsense they spew. They never verify their claims, they don’t think it necessary. God and his only Son, Donald, reveal “facts” to them and that’s good enough. But, putting your faith in a pathological liar such as Trump is a dangerous thing.

Authoritarians, such as Trump and Bernie Sanders, intentionally exaggerate bad news, even if they differ as to which…


“Opium and morphine are certainly dangerous, habit-forming drugs. But once the principle is admitted that it is the duty of the government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments … Is not the harm a man can inflict on his mind and soul even more disastrous than any bodily evils? Why not prevent him from reading bad books and bad plays, from looking at bad paintings and statues and from hearing bad music? The mischief done by bad ideologies, surely, is much more pernicious both for the individual and for…


The Washington Post recently ran an opinion piece by Colbert I. King about immigrants to America and the remittances they send back to family and friends in their home country. Mr. King’s column challenges a fundamental belief widely held, which I think is in error, though I suspect Mr. King didn’t mean to do so.

He wrote:

Dry sounding “workers’ remittances” represent money that migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador send back home to their families and communities. By any measure, remittances have more transformative economic power in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala than all U.S. …


I am shocked at how clueless some people can be. The late Steve Horwitz once posted what follows and the responses were shockingly ignorant and myopic.

“Quiz time. What’s wrong with the argument below and how can it help explain the problems libertarians face in expanding our numbers? (The irony is that it’s in an appeal to help this organization find more libertarians!)

‘My favorite period in U.S. history is the latter part of the 1800s. It wasn’t a pure, 100-percent libertarian society by any means, but it is the closest that mankind has ever come. Imagine: No income tax…


I sometimes feel that talking about Murray Rothbard is like the old jokes comedians told:

“My wife/husband is so awful!”

The audience screams, “How awful is he” and then some punchline follows.

Let me tell about how awful Rothbard was?

“How awful is he.”

Well, he’s so awful he went out and explained why he thought “paleos” such as himself and Lew Rockwell, needed to address race. Let me quote what he wrote and then discuss it a bit:

“If, then, the Race Question is really a problem for statists and not for paleos, why should we talk about the…


In 2019 conservative Garry Wills wrote a column The Libertarian by which he meant Barry Goldwater. I do think Goldwater was more libertarian than most conservatives but that doesn’t mean I thought he didn’t miss the boat in various places. Compared to today’s Trumpian authoritarians he’s practically a radical anarchist.

Barry’s granddaughter, CC Goldwater described her grandfather:

“A constitutionalist, Goldwater would have opposed Trump’s reliance on governing by executive order. As someone who believed in self-reliance, not the crowd, he would have opposed today’s Republican litmus test, which seems to hold that loyalty to Trump is what matters over loyalty…


Our series “Memes are for Morons” is meant to explain how memes are a very bad way of learning facts and that if you are trying educate yourself, and facts actually matter to you, then avoid memes. The reality of most situations is more complex than can ever be expressed in a meme which is why some people, who are notorious at lying to further their ideological agenda, use them with some regularity

Sadly this is done by all ideologies. Of course, if we expose a right-wing meme people on the left tend to applaud us, but then turn around…


Just two days ago I posted a piece on mandated waste and exclusionary zoning and its negative impacts on housing supplies and economic growth. One day after posting it I received information about a new report by the OECD — Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development — on the same topic. It looks at housing regulations in the 37 OECD states and comes to conclusions compatible with my own and with mainstream market-oriented economic theory.

The new report Brick by Brick : Building Better Housing Policies reports on the results wrought by the regulatory state. …


It was back in the early 80s that I gave a talk to conference entitled “Mandated Waste.” The purpose was to expose how exclusionary zoning regulations were meant to force people to waste resources in the name of some higher good.

If someone wanted to buy a small house on 2 acres but was forced, by legal regulations, to buy a large house on 10 acres, than all the difference between the two is waste as far as the values of the buyer goes. I said:

Waste will mean the use of any resource, in any amount, forced on the…

James Peron

James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, was the founding editor of Esteem a LGBT publication in South Africa under apartheid.

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