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

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Archive for the ‘War’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Friday Freedom Question: Why is it always about fighting?

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I’ve had a lot of time to think this week and one question runs through my mind: Why is freedom so closely and (for many) irretrievably associated with fighting?

Sure, we do periodically have to defend freedom against tyrants. And defend it more frequently against incremental encroachments and (if I may coin a term) the political encockroaches who so encroach.

But given that the main thing we do with freedom is enjoy it, given that it is, in most of our lives, as lovely and easy a thing as pure air, why the sticky association with strife, battle, bloodshed, anguish, and all things bad?

That doesn’t make freedom sound like much fun at all. Or like anything most people would want to have. Is it just because we’re hardwired to take freedom for granted when it’s not threatened? Is all this emphasis on fighting just because of the times we live in? What?

Why is freedom so closely and (for many) irretrievably associated with fighting? And for that matter, why are so many who claim to be ardent supporters of freedom the very sort of people you’d prefer not to have for your next-door neighbors in any would-be Libertopia?

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Claire Wolfe

Monday not links

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Various non-news, non-link musings follow

How other people see the ‘Net

So there I was last night, all set to prep a links post for today. And — boom! — down went Firefox, taking with it all my tabs.

Maybe the Intertubz is trying to tell me something, eh?

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Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
  • Jim Bovard on our fearmongering president.
  • Charles C.W. Cooke does it again. Our right to bear arms is not up for debate. (Heck, even that elitist, statist pig Alexander Hamilton knew that.)
  • Well. So much for all that oh-so-careful vetting.
  • Surprise, surprise. Iran lies and Obama just nods like a bobblehead doll.
  • Alas, the middle class is now a minority. The graph says it most vividly. You can feel the squeeze.
  • LOL! Glenn Harlan Reynolds on Donald Trump as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. (Or to put it another way, when leaders are fiddling while nations burn you don’t get John Galt flying to the rescue. You get Donald Trump … or Marine LePen … or worse.)
Claire Wolfe

After Paris

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Brendan O’Neill of Spiked writes of Paris one week after. About the lack of passion:

It’s the feeling you’d expect to see following a natural disaster, when tragedy is inflicted on people by forces beyond our control, rather than after a conscious, bloody, moralistic attack, on the citizens of Paris and the values of France. The flower-laying, the books of condolence, the exhortations not to give ISIS our hate because that is what it wants… this has all been good and decent and moving. But where’s the fire? The anger? …

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Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
  • For some reason, the NRA sat on its review of the notorious Armatrix iP1 “smart” gun and just recently released it. They probably didn’t mean it to be hilarious, but it is.
  • Ten ways to lessen your chances of being killed in a terrorist attack.
  • #BlackLivesMatter may get all the press, but Tommitrise Collins, college student and new mother, is a lot more impressive.
  • Wendy McElroy found this one first, but it should be spread far and wide: thanks to asset forfeiture, U.S. cops now steal more property than all the nation’s burglars combined.
  • What The Hunger Games movies say about feminism and war. I read this week that Jennifer Lawrence was initially frustrated with her character Katniss’ reluctance to fight and to lead, but eventually came to understand that it’s one of the character’s great strengths.
  • Newly discovered spider named after a Lord of the Rings character. No, not Shelob.
  • Well, I’m sure that’s one good reason to fire the head of the DEA. But somehow it hardly seems the biggest reason (to fire the head of the DEA, send all its agents off to work at McDonalds, burn the agency to the ground, and salt the land on which it stood).
  • And speaking of the progress on pot, good on you Canadians.
  • Hillary: She Who Must Not Be Mocked. (Here’s Nicki’s take on the mysterious phone call. And the video some Hillaryite objected to.)
  • Finally dogs painting poetically and dogs wet and dry.
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
  • The barebones truth about life in the trackless woods. (H/T MJR)
  • Well, that’s one reason to join ISIS.
  • Larry Pratt: time to make it clear that we will not comply.
  • Crybullies, crymobs, and the left’s whiny war on free speech. That last paragraph is a doozy. (Tip o’ hat to D.B.)
  • Court rules for husband (and contract) in frozen embryos case. (Having a baby — or not having one — is a lot more complicated than it used to be.)
  • The Che Cafe is in the red and fans want California taxpapers and university students to go on subsidizing it.
  • Upon request, the FBI has released its files on two of my publishers. :-) (H/T A.G. in comments)
  • The released FBI docs give the impression that they really weren’t much interested in Loompanics or Paladin. But as I wrote in this 1998 Wolfe’s Lodge “Sound Off,” I have a bit of evidence to the contrary. (Once again a big thank you to Bill St. Clair for keeping that ancient site alive in his archives. Thanks also to the anonymous designer; I was struck again by what a beautiful site it was for its era (and still). Even now it’s a wonderful place for a rainy-day visit.)
  • The latest specials from Backwoods Home: give up to 10 gift subscriptions at half price; buy a copy of Backwoods Home Cooking and get Ask Jackie Homestead Cooking free. NFI on my part. These offers are good through Sunday midnight.
Claire Wolfe

Resistance is (of course) not futile

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

David Codrea explains.

Amazing, though, how bloodthirsty the antis consistently are.

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, October 16th, 2015

When I found that last link over at Wendy and Brad’s place, I got a pleasant shock to see #4, which I hadn’t heard in years and never expected to turn up on such a list. So, smiling away, here it is again, courtesy of Velojym (who created the video):

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
  • The case against modern science. Fom the editor of one of the world’s most eminent medical journals. (H/T SC)
  • It’s the time of year for dragging up old commencement speeches. The best ever, of course, was from J.K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008. But two years ago, Joss Whedon gave one as only he could give it.
  • Senate panel gives the okay for medical marijuana for veterans. It’s a step. And at the fed level where steps are badly needed.
  • But oh! The horror! We’ll soon all be home-brewing heroin. The government! Must! DO SOMETHING! About this! (Tip o’ hat to SC)
  • The art of avoiding war. (I’m posting this not for the author’s conclusions about U.S. warmaking matters, but for the history and tactics described.)
  • Yep. Just gets creepier and creepier.
  • But enough of the serious stuff. Have some gods. And angels and such. Transported from classic paintings to now. (Via Never Yet Melted. Which also offers this.)
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
  • The Boy Scouts: doing their best to close the gender gap. (Yeah, don’t ask me how that became their mission.) By Eagle Scout Jim Bovard.
  • And don’t even get my friendly local Scout leaders started on the Michelle Obama-inspired (recently) new requirements for the cooking badge. Where’d the fun go? Any kid who had to learn cooking that way would probably avoid the kitchen for the rest of his life.
  • You want to be treated with dignity? Behave with dignity. (Via ML who, like me, doesn’t agree with all Ringer’s points but thinks the overall piece is spot on.)
  • Six months later, they still haven’t been able even to question the cop who slaughtered Tamir Rice.
  • Religion of peace. C’mon, moderate Muslims. Step up, please.
  • The loathsome Section 215 of the USA-UnPatriot Act is set to expire next month. (I love sunset provisions.) Congress actually seems to be in a reform mode — well, a reform-ish mode — about the surveillance state. Courts, too. But I’m picturing the heads of the Uber-Government (in the No Such Agency and other places) cackling wickedly and rubbing their bony hands together over their Black Mamba capes. Laws? Regulations? Courts? Constitutions? Bwaaahahaha! The little fools! Don’t they know they can’t stop us?
  • How to take over a small country. (The kind of humor that really isn’t funny.)
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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