Read my review of Tooley's The Beautiful Tree over at The Freeman. If ever there were a living argument for greater educational freedom, it's made by the actions of real people in the developing world.
In this post, I wax a tad populist defending the tea party movement:
Okay. Keep your traditional views and values close to your bosom as a soldier would a photo of his kids. But get out there and fight like hell--without the kid gloves, if necessary. To "true" conservatives everywhere, I say: Throw your powdered wig on the flame of liberty. Lay your teabag across the lofty bridge of the stodge's nose. Throw up your coattails and expose your rosy bumcheeks to the elites who toss our tax-dollars carelessly into the gullet of Leviathan. And for goodness sake 'rouse the rabble. We've got a lot more to lose right now than our sense of decorum.
I don't know how well I do populism, but I don't like seeing (mostly) normal people with legitimate concerns get pissed on from both the left and right.
Here's Part One of a two-parter defending libertarianism from Slate and Newsweek. A sliver:
It was Weisberg's Nietzsche moment. In other words, even if you're an atheist (as I am), you might feel a bit funny yelling "God is dead" from your rooftop while a mega-church is being built a block away. Likewise, whether or not you agree with free exchange among consenting adults, it might be a tad premature to stick a fork in libertarianism mere months before Hayek's Road to Serfdom hits sales records. Of course, Weisberg couldn't have anticipated the popular tea party movement. And in fairness, he wasn't arguing libertarianism "the movement" was dead. Just the concepts. He wanted to claim that the financial meltdown of 2008 proved laissez-faire economics was intellectually "bankrupt" and its precepts had somehow brought the nation to its knees.