Ian Underwood

Best, or Least Worst?

Recently, I sat listening to a speaker talk about how both Massachusetts and New Hampshire are among the best states in terms of student achievement as measured by the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) test. The thing is, although it’s difficult to attach any particular meaning to a NAEP score, it’s clear that every …

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The Voluntary Exclusion Party

  In a previous post, I considered the question:   How can people who prefer safety to freedom coexist with people who prefer freedom to safety? I discussed a way in which a political party could directly provide single-payer services to the people who want them, instead of focusing on gaining control of government in order to …

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The Single-Payer Party

In a previous post, I considered the question:  How can people who prefer safety to freedom coexist with people who prefer freedom to safety?  The former are always going to be tempted to accomplish their goals by gaining control of the levers of government, in order to force the latter to go along with their …

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The J’s have it

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a couple of things that John F. Kennedy said.  The first is: Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. I’m reminded of this whenever people (increasingly) talk about the possibility of, and even the ‘need for’, some kind of civil war in the United …

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F-Corporations

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and now that the Democrats are casting (some might say flailing) around for ways to make society ‘more fair’, it might be the perfect time for someone to try to introduce the appropriate legislation.

What is a constitution for?

If you’re looking for a single image that sums up what a constitution is for, and why it’s important to follow one, a good candidate is Ulysses passing the Island of Sirens.