Category Archives: Nathan’s Rants

Human Basics: Liberty in Action (was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-04D)

By Nathan Barton Good morning.  Let us look at two basics of human life today, to start.  Marriage and health care. Judge Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court is back in the news, telling his governor and legislature that … Continue reading

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When Civics isn’t Civil

By Nathan Barton Arizona and North Dakota just passed laws requiring that candidates for high school diplomas pass a “civics” examination based on the citizenship test required of immigrants seeking to become US citizens.  These laws are being pushed in … Continue reading

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Duke University and the New Normal – Action and Reaction

By Nathan Barton Huh? Duke University will broadcast Muslim call to prayer across campus. That was Thursday’s headline, but Friday’s was different: Duke drops Chapel Muslim call to prayer. What does NOT make sense is the Daily Beast’s claim that … Continue reading

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The evils of natural gas

By Nathan Barton You have a nice warm house.  That is a luxury that very few people had for millennia, at least if they didn’t live in the tropics or have servants. Used to be that people EXPECTED the interior … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo and the Exposure of Hypocrisy

By Nathan Barton Whatever else the Paris Massacre of the staff of Charlie Hebdo and the related killings at a kosher supermarket in Paris has done, it has again exposed the total hypocrisy of a whole lot of people. Consider … Continue reading

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I am NOT Charlie

By Nathan Barton “I am NOT ‘Charlie’” Really.  Within hours of the cold-blooded murder of a dozen people in the totally unarmed and virtually undefended offices of an “in your face” comic magazine in Paris, the signs started appearing: at … Continue reading

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Energy Thoughts – Bureaucrats and Innovation

By Nathan Barton Government bureaucracies are “conservative” in the sense that they want nothing to change, except for a very limited number of things which give them more power and wealth.  We see this in particular in high-tech, such as … Continue reading

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WalMart the Welfare Queen?

By Nathan Barton Does WalMart collect $2.6 billion a year in corporate welfare from the government?  Well, according to Freedom Force, the mega-corp does. That is, IF you buy the logic of Michael Snyder, who calculates how full-time employees of … Continue reading

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Christmas is for Sharing.

By Nathan Barton Merry Christmas. Although I do not celebrate this day as a religious holiday, but simply a family event (yes, there are many people who are followers of the Christ who do NOT celebrate Christmas as the birthday … Continue reading

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Texas: Recent News Reveals Why Texas Is the Poster Child for Failed Democracy

By Nathan Barton I have a bit of a long-term relationship with Texas.  I had ancestors who lived in Texas two and a half centuries before it was named, others who came when it was still a Mexican state, others … Continue reading

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