The Ethics and Efficacy of Libertarianism

The Ethics and Efficacy of Libertarianism

As a great painting has many colors, a great democracy has many viewpoints. Libertarianism helps to make our democracy great by reminding us that individual liberties are essential to a free and well-ordered society. However, so much of the Libertarian position depends on the free market to ensure the good faith of the actors in the marketplace that if you take away the “protection” of the free market, the door is open wide for a huge number of really terrible outcomes on a social, environmental, nationalistic, and economic perspective.

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The Force – A celebratory haiku

The Force – A celebratory haiku

sidewalk – folding chair

only Chewbacca is warm
The Force Awakens

Brett Noneman

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Chasing the Sun – Part 2: The Shortcut

Chasing the Sun – Part 2: The Shortcut

This is part 2 of a 3 part short story. If you haven’t read it, please start with Part 1: The Bet

 

Part 2: The Shortcut

The bet made, Gus jumped on his bike and pedaled away, not waiting for Billy to catch up. The sun was sinking faster than it had ever done, and Gus was not going to lose his new slingshot.
Gus had begged for that slingshot for nearly a year. And for the same year, his mom had insisted that he wasn’t old enough. Even as responsible as he was, she said, she was sure no good would come of it.
Then, just last week, on his eleventh birthday she had finally relented. As he opened his gift, she made him promise that he wouldn’t make her regret her decision by breaking the neighbors windows or shooting the cat.
And now Gus had gone and gotten himself into it by betting that very slingshot. If he lost it to Billy, she might very well shoot out the neighbors’ windows, though Gus guessed that would mean shooting out her own windows, so she would probably have some explaining of her own to do.
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Wish Fish – A limerick

Wish Fish – A limerick

There once was a man caught a fish
That would grant him his every last wish.
He wished for a fire
So that he could fry ‘er,
And boy was that wish fish delish!

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Cheese House – A limerick

Cheese House – A limerick

“Cheese House” – a limerick by Brett Noneman

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Excerpt: The Forever War

Excerpt: The Forever War

The Forever War is a tremendous book, and definitely a worthy read. That being said, most of the language in this book is fairly direct and simple, which matches the tone of the book well. The main character is a very grounded person who tends to think and talk in simple, concrete terms.

The Forever War is a classic work of science fiction about a war that (due to the nature of relativity) is fought over the span of centuries, Earth time. The story follows the main character throughout his military career, and gives us a first hand look at what it’s like to be a cog in the war machine.

The Forever War Cover We were being ignored by the ship’s two doctors, who stood in bright light at operating tables, absorbed in blood rituals. I watched them for a long time. Squinting into the bright light, the blood on their green tunics could have been grease, the swathed bodies, odd soft machines that they were fixing. But the machines would cry out in their sleep, and the mechanics muttered reassurances while they plied their greasy tools.
– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War

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Chasing the Sun – Part 1: The Bet

Chasing the Sun – Part 1: The Bet

Part 1 of the short story “Chasing the Sun” by Brett Noneman

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