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A Question for Techies, Engineers and the Libertarian-Leaning

Reading an old “office war story” by Wardsmith over the weekend, it struck me that most of the libertarian leaning people I know in my fleshbot life work as engineers, programmers, or in some other kind of “techie” capacity.  Also, in my experience those industries have a far higher population percentage of people who describe…

Otters, dogs, & liberaltarians

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Megan McArdle and Peter Suderman are off to get hitched. Congratulations to them both! The good news doesn’t end there, however. Guest-blogging at McArdle’s digs while the newlyweds honeymoon we have: Katherine Mangu-Ward of Reason magazine. Cato research fellow and friend of The League, Will Wilkinson.…

Modernity, Christianity and Islam

I linked to this earlier, but amateur history buffs will find Cato Unbound’s discussion on the origins of modernity pretty fascinating. The central point of contention is the so-called “first cause” of modernity – did the West develop because of spontaneous social change, secularism, the rise of “engineering culture,” or competition between European states? I’m…

You can go your own way

Many readers are undoubtedly suspicious of self-indulgent exercises in libertarian wankery, but this excellent dialogue from Reason raises some interesting questions about the nature of governance, freedom and culture. As someone who grew up in a pretty liberal milieu, I instinctively found myself nodding along to Kerry Howley’s comprehensive vision of cultural libertarianism. But I’m…