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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.



Archive for the ‘Free speech’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Being a freelance writer is sometimes a wonderful pain in the butt

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Been feeling distracted and tired lately. Concerned about money. Not “OMG, how will I keep the lights on?” money issues. More like “How do I juggle all this?” It’s temporary (vehicle repairs, taxes) and I’m not asking anything from anybody. Everything is fine. Just know that right now I feel muzzy-headed, unclear on many of life’s little details, as if I want to crawl back in bed by 9:00 a.m., and for some reason also ravenous for protein. Preferably protein saturated in honey and brown sugar (so it’s a good thing I made beef jerky the other day, yes?)

Anyhow, I don’t have much for you right now, so I thought I’d just share a little email exchange from the weekend. It’s the kind of communication that should make you glad you didn’t opt for a career as a freelance writer.

Background: I wrote a S.W.A.T. magazine article asking, “Do we have a right to rebellion?” The article isn’t online, but basically I was answering that statist eejit Paul Begala’s multi-idiocy remarks from earlier this year. Then some “expert” answered me.

Before I get to the exchange itself, I’ll acknowledge that, yes, I’m well aware that some readers here deny that any such things as rights exist. Consider your point to be noted in advance. We have a right to differ. :-) But my position in the article was that we damn well do have a right to rebellion, Mr. Begala to the contrary.

For the rest of you who consider discussions of the nature of rights meaningful, on to the exchange.

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Claire Wolfe

Monday miscellany

Monday, April 13th, 2015
  • Ban the trebuchet! (And while you’re at it, tell that writer that 1895 wasn’t “medieval.”) H/T MJR
  • Princeton opts for insensitivity discursive rape hurting people’s itty-bitty widdle feewings free speech and free thought. And does it for the right reasons.
  • Seattle. Cops. Humanity. Hm. We’ll see how this works out
  • I used to know a fair bit about the pre-WWII history of aviation. I could have bored you silly with tales of how Henri Coanda almost invented a jet plane in 1910 and how Jacqueline Cochran won the Bendix Race. But I never knew this.
  • It’s touching that after all they put him through that original whistleblower cop Frank Serpico still has such hope for justice. (And it certainly is a good sign that the worst gangsters are finally starting to be fired and charged with felonies rather than being rewarded with paid vacations and excuses.)
  • Beaten up by thugs. Then clobbered again by insurance companies and bad federal law.
Claire Wolfe

Mea culpa

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The other day I posted at TZP about the dangers of mainstreaming bigotry and the folly of modern leftists thinking that their bigotry is somehow superior to the bigotry of others.

I was stunned when about half the reader response implied that I was opposing freedom of association.

Thanks to a comment by PB, I went back and realized I’d written this phrase in the final paragraph of the article: “discrimination is wrong.”

That’s simply a dumb statement. Discrimination is not wrong, certainly not categorically wrong. It’s obviously something people do every day and something a free society would just cope with, no need for laws and regulations about it. Discrimination is wrong only when governments or government-sponsored enterprises practice it; but then that’s not news, since most everything governments do is wrong.

I now kick myself for those three hastily chosen, dead wrong, words.

I remain chagrined that three careless words obliterated everything else I was trying to say and thought I had said. But that is simply the Way of the ‘Net. I know that. It was my fault and I walked into it with eyes that should have been wide open.

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
  • Ilana Mercer on freedom of association. And dialoging with a Neo-Nazi.
  • Related: Kevin D. Williamson on the war on the private mind.
  • Back in the day, science fiction was a realm where freedom of ideas prevailed. Prevailed by definition, I assumed, because how can you speculate about alternate futures and realities without the freedom to think unbound thoughts? I’m still having trouble understanding how political correctness has consumed SF.
  • Self control in a world that promotes self indulgence. This is about primal eating, but has implications way beyond that. (H/T PT)
  • Chris Christie has pardoned Shaneen Allen. (Updated to direct to Nicki Kenyon’s new post at The Zelman Partisans.)
Claire Wolfe

“Disappearing” David Codrea

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Now it’s not only Mike Vanderboegh who is persona non grata at KABA. David Codrea gets sent down the Memory Hole.

Remains to be seen whether all things Codrea will be “disappeared” or just that one news item.

As David notes, KABA is Gottlieb’s property. He can ban anybody he wants from it. But perhaps somebody should send Mr. G a copy of The Commissar Vanishes and a certain Orwellian book or two

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

On cowardly violence, courageous non-violence, dumb comments, and other facts of weblife

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Over at TZP, I Make An Official Statement then muse on assassinations, revolutions and other generally bad ideas.

Don’t miss the latest by Nicki Kenyon (on the most recent hoplophobic idiocy out of New York) and Y.B. ben Avraham (on the revival of a sadly stubborn European tradition) while you’re there.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Friday, February 13th, 2015
  • Australia’s oldest man, aged 109, still … um knits sweaters for penguins. (H/T jed)
  • In your face: The Inaugural Muhammed Art Exhibit and Contest. Big prizes. Great poster illustration. :-)
  • Charles Manson deserves this. He deserves much, much, much more than this of course. But he deserves this.
  • The double lives of Hasidic atheists.
  • Violence against Jews doesn’t exist in the strange crevasses of Obama’s mind.
  • First thought (quickly suppressed): If only it were true. Wouldn’t want it to come to that pass. But am glad to see politicians fearing it.
  • So which country in the world demands the most data on everybody? Russia? Venezuela? China? North Korea? Go ahead. Guess. I’ll wait.
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tab clearing

Monday, January 12th, 2015
  • What is time? It rules our lives, but who can define it? Here are 10 mind-blowing attempts at explaining time. (H/T ML)
  • Dear Boston: Please say hell no to hosting the Olympics.
  • Oh my. Such a problem to have! Washington state pot growers and retailers face a glut of legal product. (Tip o’ hat to jed.)
  • Albuquerque cops finally facing murder charges for one of their most horrible caught-on-camera moments.
  • In the rage over Islamist attacks on the west and western values, let us not forget that the worst and most helpless victims are Muslims and those who live in Muslim countries.
  • Lovely, starkly designed cabins from around the world But who lives in these things and how do they get by without bathrooms?
  • Thanks, terrorists. From now on no more Mr. Wiseguy. :-)
  • Three more hopeful looks at Western-Islamic relations: An imam says Muslims must reject violence and governments must change course; Glenn Harlan Reynolds points out that Muslim leaders are finally realizing that their “brand” is tarnished by the acceptance of intolerance; author Irshad Manji is optimistic about the future between Islam and the West.
Claire Wolfe

“I am not Charlie Hebdo” (part II)

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

(Part I here)

Again, this is the opinion of a friend who wishes to remain anonymous. The following is not by me.

—–begin anon message, part II—–

I am not Charlie Hebdo, because I know that free speech is a lie. The Constitution is a dead letter, and I am a coward.

Charlie Hebdo published offensive speech that was found by a court of law to be worthy of protection. The speakers were killed.

Anwar al-Awlaki published offensive speech, and was killed. He was denied a day in court, and simply murdered.

I don’t want to be killed. I want to work for peace, but I’m not going to stick my head up and invite extremely well-armed people to shoot at me, no matter what costume they wear.

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