Hanlon’s Razor (glossary entry)

From Wikipedia: Hanlon’s razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways including “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” or “Don’t assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding.” It recommends a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for a phenomenon (a philosophical razor). To me, Hanlon’s razor is a deliberate misdirection. I (more…)

Freedom Carcass (new glossary entry)

Once Obamacare is “Repealed & Replaced” – i.e. once the GOP ensures that we have socialized medicine against our will, the last hope, the Freedom Caucus and all that that implies (the Tea Party, the Liberty Movement, etc.) will die…that will be the Freedom Carcass.

Financial Fascism (glossary term)

I just published Semantic Infiltration as a glossary term and I nearly fell for it myself recently. I am an anarcho-capitalist and refuse to relinquish the word capitalism as if it means corporatism or cronyism, but there is an insidious plan afoot that has converted so much of the world’s production into financial wealth amassed (more…)

Semantic Infiltration (glossary entry)

Semantic infiltration is the “systematic distortion of meaning of certain words to confuse or mislead”.[1][2][3] According to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, it “is the process whereby we come to adopt the language of our adversaries in describing political reality”.[2][4] Eventually, “we pay for small concessions at the level of language with large setbacks at the (more…)

Potlatch Culture (new glossary entry)

Potlatch Culture A potlatch was a ceremonial feast among tribes of the Pacific Northwest who were so rich in resources that they demonstrated their wealth at big celebrations by wasting it, for example, by preparing mountains of fish and dumping them back in the ocean. I see alarming hints of this mentality in today’s consumer (more…)

Political Shooter (new glossary entry)

I can’t take credit for coining this one and I must admit, though I saw the PsyOp brewing for over a year, I didn’t see it ending in real violence–and that is only beginning, I suspect. In today’s Journal, Daniel Henninger coins a couple of phrases, Political Disorder Syndrome and Political Shooter, the latter in (more…)

Emotionally Correct (new glossary entry)

I walked past a bakery recently and saw some outrageously priced coffee with some heavy marketing elements that said something to the effect that it was grown by desperately poor farmers who sacrifice their children’s food to give you organic, environmentally-friendly coffee (they left out “to fuel your hyper-productive, obscenely materialistic lifestyle,” but that would (more…)

Put an Ob on You (glossary entry)

My sister Booie passed on to me my love of words and has added a few colorful phrases to my vocabulary (e.g., she taught me the meaning of “grok” and coined “ethical glass ceiling“). She and her husband Bill also contributed the expression “put an ob on you” to my lexicon–and now to my glossary! (more…)

Welfare-Warfare Superstructure (new glossary entry)

In debating a fellow libertarian who was disappointed that I’m not an advocate for unconditional open borders (to read why not, see my comprehensive article on the subject: The Libertarian Immigration Conundrum), I told him that one-off libertarian solutions are sometimes a trap when employed in the context of the Welfare-Warfare Superstructure. As a matter (more…)

Dolores Loop

One of my favorite lines from King of the Hill, one of my favorite shows, was uttered by Cotton’s beleaguered young wife who asked for some “me time” to do the laundry. I have done the same. That was my only Mother’s Day request the year I had three kids in diapers (I had three (more…)