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the cruelty of quarantine
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

The Cruelty of Quarantine: A Response to Tim Challies

Tim Challies is a reformed pastor and longtime blogger based in Canada. He recently published an article lamenting the cruelty of quarantine restrictions there. Challies has every reason in the world to lament. Their young son passed away a few weeks ago with no medical explanations. I speak for everyone at LCI when I say we grieve with the Challies family over the loss of their son, and we share in his lament. In his lament, Challies remarks that,

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doublespeak black lives libertarian
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

The Doublespeak of Black Lives Matter and a Libertarian Response

The murder of George Floyd has proven to be a tipping point in America. Not only are various politicians looking at criminal justice reform, but some police officers are abandoning their posts as they’ve done in Seattle, Minneapolis, and now Atlanta. This doesn’t seem to be your usual (and temporary) social outrage. But what is it that we’re tipping towards? What began with peaceful protests against excessive use of force by the police, has culminated with President Trump threatening to deploy

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Avoiding idolatry difficult times
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

Avoiding Idolatry In Difficult Times

“There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship … If you worship money and things, … then you will never have enough … worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need even more power over others to numb you to your own fear …. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is … they’re unconscious. They

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Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

A “woman’s right to choose” is a devastating euphemism

When actress Michelle Williams gave her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, everyone knew what she was talking about. Sometime in Williams’ past, she had an abortion. But she never actually mentioned the word ‘abortion’. Instead, she referenced a common euphemism, ‘a woman’s right to choose’. We all know what she meant by that. Williams conveyed gratitude for her award because she felt it symbolically affirmed her choices, including her choice to have an abortion. Conservative pro-lifers have been quick

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Philosophy

Monopoly vs Monopolization

There is a great deal of confusion over monopolies; what they are and how they are caused. A cornerstone tenet of high school U.S. History is that the federal government saved the freed market from itself through anti-trust laws. Given that monopoly is undesirable, many Americans believe anti-trust laws to be a good thing. Introductory economics courses further cement in our minds the idea that we need protection from a completely unregulated market; like when

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praxeology
Culture

What is Praxeology?

What is Praxeology? Praxeology comes from the Greek; it means the study of deed, or action. It’s actually a broad discipline where human action is understood deductively. This leads to conclusions that are a priori, or self-evident. Today, praxeology is most often associated with Austrian economics, and for good reason. But it didn’t begin with Austrian economics. The term praxeology was first used by a German philosopher, physicist, and theologian name Clemens Timpler. Timpler identified

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black market economics
Culture

The Problem with Black Market Economics

The term ‘black market’ has a negative connotation to it. It’s often associated with transactions relating to illicit drug use, firearms sales, and prostitution. However, the negative implication of the black market isn’t due to its being “unregulated’ by the government. It exists outside the law and therefore it must be the law that has the black market unsafe safe, right? Not quite. While it’s true that government regulation of the market influences the operation

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Philosophy

Problems with the Political Spectrum

Common Conception of Political Spectrum Golden Mean: Communism to Fascism The political spectrum is both well-known and misunderstood. In fact, this will be my third (and hopefully final) attempt to explain it. It’s well-known because the most basic terms are used in common speech all the time. Even the least politically astute people understand that left and right have something to do with politics. Left is blue, liberal, progressive, and that it has regard for

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Culture

Should a business owner be able to refuse service?

Does a lingerie store have the right to tell a breast-feeding mother to leave. Does a fashion designer have the right to make clothes that only fit “beautiful” people? Does a wedding photographer have the right to refuse to photograph a gay wedding ceremony? Does an ordained minister have the right to refuse to marry two people? These are all examples of real business owners refusing service to real people for what some may think

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