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Killing Ourselves
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Killing Ourselves

It has always been the practice of the state to try to undermine or eliminate other bodies and associations that rival it for affection and obedience, primarily the parish, guild, community, and family. The modern unified and ever-present state has

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A Cynic’s Dictionary: F-I


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flag, n.—A piece of cloth of no particular value or interest, that, when it comes to symbolize a nation, regardless of that body’s importance, significance, affluence, or influence, takes on uncommon and indeed unnecessary grandeur and symbolism;

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A Cynic’s Dictionary: D-E

cynic (’sin-ick) n.—One who no longer believes in the comforting illusions and protective half-truths that others use unreflectively to get through their lives.

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debt, n.—An ingenious device cooked up in the early days of capitalism to

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A Cynic’s Dictionary

cynic (’sin-ick) n.—One who no longer believes in the comforting illusions and protective half-truths that others use unreflectively to get through their lives.

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administration, n.—An abstract concept that disguises a concrete problem of government; an administration

The Rebirth of States’ Rights
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The Rebirth of States’ Rights

When John Randolph of Roanoke looked at the America of 1806, into Thomas Jefferson’s second and disastrous term as President, he could have been describing today: “Everything and everybody seem to be jumbled out of place, except a few men

Small Is Bountiful: The Secession Solution
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Small Is Bountiful: The Secession Solution

Aristotle declared that there is a limit to the size of states: “a limit, as there is to other things, plants, animals, implements; for none of these retain their natural power when they are too large or too small, but

Big Is Still Ahead
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Big Is Still Ahead

This odd little book has a point to make—the title says it all—but it is a point that was made 34 years ago in a book that sold millions of copies and became famous around the world.  Exactly why it

On Correctness and Collegiality
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On Correctness and Collegiality

It all began in February, when one disgruntled Vermonter started a blog to attack the Second Vermont Republic, the four-year-old secessionist organization in our state.  He was apparently prompted by hearing Rob Williams, then cochair of the SVR, attacking Abraham

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The Case for American Secession

There has always been talk about secession in this country by those variously disgruntled on both the right and left, but, since the last presidential election, which revealed deep-seated divisions in American society over a variety of fundamental issues, that