The Mero Moment: The Fantasy of Neutral Corners. July 9, 2015

I’ve often wondered how freedom-loving people hold freedom-destroying ideas. Those familiar with my commentaries know I hold progressivism in disdain, both kinds of progressivism – the liberal left kind and the libertarian right kind. As long as I can remember in my profession I have tried to explain the problems with progressivism and how they get freedom all wrong. Perhaps the best explanation I’ve read in a long time comes from a new book titled, Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy. Surprisingly, the author, Michael Sandel, is…

Straw men, insults, and “libertarian losers”

Jeff Bezos has no doubt been having a lot of fun hiring columnists with highly divergent views and letting them duke it out on the editorial pages of The Washington Post. It’s a model that’s also been working very well at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Everyone loves a good Internet fight, and I remember participating in more than my share many years ago when the BlogHive was still a thing. With this in mind, I have no reservation about taking Harry Caines to task for his poorly-reasoned flamebait from…

Libertarian losers

“As a general rule, things don’t end well if the sentence starts with, ‘Let me tell you something about the Negro.’ You don’t really need to know the rest of it, just a tip for you.” —President Barack Obama, referring to Cliven Bundy.   Every time a new poll shows Rand Paul as a solid front runner for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election, Democratic operatives become as giddy as Veruca Salt being gifted a battalion of Oompa-Loompa servants. Rand Paul? Why?!?! No organized group in the history…