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Claire Wolfe

Claire Wolfe is a libertarian author and columnist. Some of Wolfe's favored topics are gulching or homesteading, firearms, homeschooling, open source technology, and opposition to national ID and the surveillance state or nanny state.

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System D in Action

IT ought to be considered a natural law: “People will buy whatever they want, and other people will sell it to them.” Governments have worked for centuries to profit from this fact by taxing, regulating or outright banning transactions. By inserting themselves between buyers and sellers, governments have created...

Government’s Botched Disaster Relief

The philosopher Hegel observed with brilliant cynicism, “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” I can really understand why we don’t learn from ancient history. Take the Romans of empire days. You have to look closely to see the dreadful...

A Plague Of Snitches

Last spring, one small corner of the political world burst into blood-red turmoil. Well, you might think, there’s nothing new about that. Turmoil pretty much defines politics, especially on its fringes where this disaster struck. But this was unusual: A young libertarian activist was revealed to be a police informant. By the time her...

Their Government Your Preparedness

A few months ago, a rumor swept the preparedness corners of the Internet: Federal officials had gone to a Mormon cannery in Tennessee and demanded its customer lists. The manager of the cannery heroically refused (helped along by the fact that most customers conducted business in nice, anonymous cash). Mormon canneries, as you may know, specialize...

Two Lessons Of April 19th

In James Clavell’s classic novel Shogun, two characters are arguing a point of politics. The Japanese Lord Toranaga states, “There are no ‘mitigating circumstances’ when it comes to rebellion against a sovereign lord.” The Englishman Blackthorn retorts, “Unless you win.” On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War between Great Britain...

Vile VIPRs

Will our children and grandchildren ever watch old World War II movies? And if they do, what will they think when they see Nazis in scary uniforms, fierce dogs at their sides, patrolling trains, bus stations and highways and randomly demanding, “Your papers, please”? Will they think, “What’s the big deal? That’s just what governments...

Why Big Government Doesn’t Work

We’re told from the time we’re children that government is not only necessary, but good. Without government, our lives would be chaos. We’d be at the mercy of the strongest thugs. Nothing could defend us from them. We could never be sure of holding on to our own possessions. There’d be rampant fraud and mismanagement....

Rule of Law or Law of Rules?

You’ve heard people say it. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. “Well, he broke the law. He deserves what he gets. The law is the law.” It’s a common viewpoint. If you break the law, you should live in fear of the law. If you don’t, you have nothing to fear. In fact, the...

Putting A “Kill Switch” On The Internet

If Sen. Joe Lieberman has his way, President Obama will soon have the power to put a “kill switch” on the Internet. That is, in the event of a “national cyber emergency,” Obama and anyone who follows him into office will have the authority to shut down all or part of the Internet, to...

Warning From a Junkie

On the night of Sunday, 21 March 2010—as so many addicts do—I relapsed. Years ago, I swore I was done with the stuff forever. I even wrote books to help fellow addicts get control of their lives. I thought I was strong, healthy, beyond temptation. But there I was that night, craving it. Aching...