Author Archives: Trevor

60s German Pedagogy: We Can Build Better People by Sexualizing Children

The foundational question in political theory is, “what is the nature of man?” Without a concept of human nature–implicit or explicit–it is impossible to create a theory of how people should be organized politically. Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate is … Continue reading

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Government + Business + Backrooms = A Dangerous Situation

Below is a letter to the editor I submitted to the Washington Post: On Sunday, Chris Cillizza joined in criticizing Rep. Joe Blanton’s description of the Obama administration-BP deal as a “shakedown.” Although Blanton’s language and timing may have been … Continue reading

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Psychopathy and Finding Your Bliss

Theodore Dalrymple, one of my all-time favorite essayists (I highly suggest Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass), has a fascinating op-ed on psychopathy over at the Wall Street Journal. Accurately pointing to Hitchcock’s “Psycho” as the … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck is Prepared to Give us a “Jack Bauer” Lesson in Political Theory

As I begin my first days here at the Cato Institute, I’ve had a few conversations about the philosophers who have most influenced my thinking. Aside from the standard classical liberals who stand out, I also always mention John Rawls. … Continue reading

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Greece – Slowly Losing Its Country and Its Mind – Steps up to Toe the Line: “Capitalism is the Problem, A ‘Green’ Economy is the Solution”

Much ink has been spilled on the Greek crisis, deservedly so. Libertarians are quick to point out where our predicted demons have come home to roost. And, like so many others, I fear we’re only seeing the beginning of the … Continue reading

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“The Plaintiff Clearly Brought this Suit Without Reading the Fucking Bill of Rights”: The Onion Makes a Statement about Free Speech That I’d Like to See Come from the Real Supreme Court.

In the latest Onion send up of the Supreme Court (I’m particularly fond of Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty is ‘Totally Badass’), they’ve managed to strike a resounding kernel of truth. In Supreme Court Upholds Freedom of Speech in Obscenity-Filled Ruling, … Continue reading

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UK’s Endangered Page 3 Girls: Some Governments Make-Work and Some Destroy an Honest Living

The UK paper the Sun, home of the famous NSFW Page 3 girls, has asked its readers to save the Page 3 girls from the dole queue. As they write (NSFW link at the bottom): Page 3 Girls in all … Continue reading

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