Category Archives: Nathan’s Rants

Death Penalty in America and Elsewhere

By Nathan Barton Death Penalty? Tranzis, liberals, and even a few libertarians constantly harp on how barbaric the Fifty States are as we still have the death penalty, and still allow people to defend themselves with lethal force – that … Continue reading

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United No More?

by Susan Callaway and Nathan Barton This week, on Thursday the 18th, up to 4.3 of 5.3 million Scots subjects of Her Majesty will vote on whether or not to secede from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern … Continue reading

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Politics and Engineering, Part 2

By Nathan Barton In the first installment, I compared politicians and engineers, explaining why I believe that few engineers are involved in politics – at least in elective politics. To help non-engineers understand engineers better, and how we view politics, … Continue reading

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The War of 1812 and the Ravages of War – Lessons NOT Learned

By Nathan Barton This year we note the 200th Anniversary of the Battles of Baltimore and Fort McHenry, and of Washington, all part of the British invasion of the States in the War of 1812. Although there were legitimate reasons … Continue reading

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The Caliphate and the Fuehrer

By Nathan Barton On Wednesday night, interfering (supposedly) with the Wednesday night Bible class or prayer meeting of millions of Americans, the Fuehrer gave a grand speech about fighting the Caliphate (which he insists on calling ISIL – which is … Continue reading

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Politics and Engineering

By Nathan Barton ​I am an engineer, and I am involved, oddly enough, in politics.  This is, in both American and world history, a fairly rare situation.  Look at the rosters of Congress and of State legislatures, and you will … Continue reading

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Problem solving: Responding to tyranny in 2014

by Nathan Barton Daily I read of more obvious, more common tyranny and oppression around the world, and of how people agonize over how to end it: how to respond.  Many offer answers.  Will they work? They have not, so … Continue reading

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Is it time yet?

by Nathan Barton One of our better known libertarian authors has been asked this question often, starting with her 1996 book (my oh my, 18 years ago now!): “America is at that awkward stage; it’s too late to work within the … Continue reading

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The Rio Grande Frontier (Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33D)

By Nathan Barton While there is a lot going on in Missouri, California, and of course Ukraine, Syria, Mesopotamia, Nigeria, Liberia, and Canaan (Gaza), we should not forget that bad things are continuing to happen other places, and some good … Continue reading

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Missouri Misery (Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33C)

by Nathan Barton Good morning: thoughts on the situation in Missouri.  During and before the War between the States, 150 years ago, the State of Missouri had its own civil war (together with and spilling over into Bleeding Kansas).  In … Continue reading

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