So what can you find here?
In my first introductory post, I addressed key areas that I intend to pursue in this blog: politics, economics, finances and history, and not necessarily in that order of importance.
No, I’m not going to be the political commentator who rambles about the rigged elections or uses the blog to voice my personal frustrations with the political process and/or our political “leaders.” (Well, perhaps I should offer myself an out with this one and clarify: that will not be my usual purpose.) Namely, this will not be a soap box.
Rather, it will be my attempt to shed much-needed light on topics that desperately need to be understood in the context of today’s world and current events. As a school teacher by profession, my angle will be educational, writing posts that build on each other, drawing on sources and people who are experts in the areas discussed and attempting to relay and explain these topics with clarity.
- Why is understanding human nature so important to understanding the topics addressed in this blog?
- How can we break out of the “left” vs. “right” paradigm?
- What is libertarianism (classical liberalism) and why do I agree with its principles? How can it be compatible with Christianity? Isn’t libertarianism all about promoting prostitution and marijuana? (Answer: far from it, though much of current mainstream party activists would make you believe otherwise.)
- Did you know two of our key Founders wrote the fundamental doctrine of Nullification—the idea that states are the ultimate authority on the constitutionality of federal laws? In light of that, should the Supreme Court really be the final say on the Constitution?
- What in the world is the Austrian school of economics? Did you actually know that it espouses the only viable theory for business cycles and the reason behind the 2008 financial crisis? And that this is the only theory on the business cycle (don’t worry; I’ll clarify this too!) that won one of its founders a Nobel Prize? Did you also know that Keynesian economics has dictated economic policy in much of the world since the 1930s?
- Is it really worth holding some of your wealth in gold or silver? Dave Ramsey says to never invest in it! So why would you consider buying it?
Start to see the range of topics? I will be as broad as the theories of a liberty-based society and sometimes as detailed as providing the numbers of the unfunded liabilities of Social Security.
Recall: I feel a deep obligation to relay truth, not a recitation of the evening news. As Thomas E. Woods Jr., an indispensable voice for liberty (and a source I will frequently reference), often says, I intend to challenge “Fashionable Opinion” where it has gone awry. And awry it has gone! I’ve certainly got my work cut out for me.
(Next blog post: Human Nature is Like Water)