The Lucky Libertarian

THE PASSIONATE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM

Tarnell is an economist, entrepreneur and social observer. When he is not being a Lucky Libertarian, he is likely plotting to take over the world (and leave you alone) and singing romantic ballads to absolutely no one.

In the wake of certain points of view I have expressed on social media regarding the Rittenhouse verdict, I have received a certain amount of blowback from some of my more pro-Black friends and associates. I can’t say that it’s surprising, although it is disappointing; much of my work has analyzed socioeconomic and political inequities that negatively impact minorities and immigrants. Moral and ethical consistency is something that I actively strive for. Do I always hit the mark? Of course…

The finer details of individual liberty can, at times, be ugly. A very stark truth is that, in protecting the rights of the individual from the vagaries of the omnipotent state and its unwieldy exercise of its monopoly on what is considered legitimate force, we who are dedicated to a free society often find that we must tolerate things from others that we would rather do without. The finer points of what should be considered tolerable can at times be…

Left-wing market anarchists sure can be an interesting bunch, with their focus on egalitarianism as the raison d’être for the free market, and their general contempt for real property. To wit, the mutualist/agorist crowd holds that whole free market operations allow for the unlimited accrual of personal property, private property is a breach of the common ownership of natural resources. In their view, mixing one’s labor with extant natural resources bestows no special privileges on the industrious, who have simply…

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. -Amendment IV, Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) In American civil society, it is largely assumed that citizens are protected from the government…

This long winter of our most definite discontent is finally over. Votes have been counted, chads have been…chadded…and Donald J. Trump is the next President of the United States as of January. The House is firmly in the hands of the GOP, while the Senate also rests within the control of the Republicans.  For the Libertarian Party, it has been a strange and interesting year, filled with peaks and valleys. (The rest of the intro to be written after returns…

Brexit Rising: Why the U.K. Needed to Bid the EU Goodbye Brexit is all the rage, and despite some mixed feelings on my part, I gotta admit, Brexit had to happen. Even as the market cries bloody murder, pounding the British pound (‘tis my blog; I shall pun as I please), the supposed cognoscenti prophesy post-Brexit doom, and Scotland behaves in a decidedly Scotland manner about the whole thing, Brexit was the right move for the United Kingdom. Let me…

The Grand Old Party as the modern day American Worker’s Party? Donald Trump is at it again, singlehandedly seeking to redefine what it means to be a Republican (or, in my humble view, even what it means to have common sense. But, that is a matter for another day). In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Greene, the Donald has promised an ostensibly weary labor base a GOP that is “a worker’s party. A party of people that haven’t had…

Live Free…The Motto of All Lucky Libertarians Live free. This is the natural state of human affairs. Increasingly, we reside in a world where it is becoming ever more difficult to live free. I don’t know about you, but that fact bothers me. Whether you are a religious individual that believes in some version of the Dominion Mandate, or a humanist that believes that Man’s ability to reason gives him primacy over his own life, the exponential expansion of government…