Harrington: Libertarians Should Be Excited by the Rand Candidacy

My opinion on Rand Paul’s presidential announcement is exactly as any follower of WAL would expect: excitement. It’s no secret that I am WAL’s biggest Rand Paul fan. I’m not just a supporter of his because I believe he supports ideas which I agree with, but also because the rest of America thinks that he […]

Eric Garner, Blue Privilege, and the Gritty Reality of the Nanny-state

In 2004, police in Kenosha, WI shot unarmed 21-year-old Michael Bell in front of 5 eyewitnesses, including his mother and sister, while his hands were cuffed behind his back and 10 years later the policeman involved is still on the force. Michael Bell was a white male. On July 5, 2011, three officers in the […]

Harrington: Gary Johnson & The Hill Libertarians Want to Die On

Gary Johnson told Newsmax on Monday that he would be running in 2016 to “provide a libertarian option.” In reference to Tuesday’s election, Johnson noted, “The whole election is a big yawn. Who cares who wins, because nothing’s really going to change? It’s like a debate between Coke and Pepsi. They’re debating over which one […]

Price Controls Don’t Work…Unless We Call Them “Living Wages”

In 1850, Frederic Bastiat — one of the greatest of the classical economists, wrote what is arguably one of the most powerful essays ever written, which describes the foolishness of government intervention in the free market. In the parable of the broken window he clearly explains that economic decision making can adequately be described as […]

Harrington: Greenwald Attacks are Not Surprising

It’s to be expected that status quo apologists would waste no time attacking the character of Greenwald because of his role in the NSA leak story. Of course, whether Greenwald was a saint, a demon, or just a typical American would make no difference in regards to the validity of the evidence leaked by Snowden. […]

Harrington: Patriotism and Edward Snowden

Wait! I know, I know — another NSA leak commentary. What could there possibly be left to comment on, right? Despite the rapid fire of coverage this story has received in the past few weeks and with the media’s emerging character assassination freight train moving ahead at full steam (and, worst of all, a disappointing 48% of Americans […]

Harrington: A Reason I Think Many “Leftists” are Just Plain ‘ol Smug

Forgive the rambling nature of this post, it became too long for Facebook. I assume a number of the readers of WAL have run into critiques of the free-market in their day, but one that I’ve run into a few times is one that just screams that it’s a cop-out; a stubborn refusal to assume […]

With Rand Paul’s Filibuster, Liberty Has Come Into Its Own

“Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I’m free to think and to speak.” Something special happened on Wednesday. Something that cuts through our transient worries and trivial day-to-day comings and goings; it […]

Harrington: Quick First Thoughts on Rand Paul’s Filibuster

Rand Paul did something today that is not often done in Washington and by this I don’t mean simply a filibuster that stays on topic throughout. He touched on something far deeper and far loftier than partisan rhetoric or strategic messaging. He brought upon the Senate a principle. The principle that, in America, the President […]

Harrington: Forget Data, this is Economics

Correct economics makes you look like a stubborn, ideologue whose opinions are independent of reality and objective observation.  It makes you sound like a dogmatist and, at times, act like one. In this article, my first in a long time, I hope to explain something Greg Lenz and I debated the other day.  It’s going […]