Thursday, July 14, 2016

Words Poorly Used #75 -- Problem

" ... there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong."  -- H. L. Mencken

Why is this true?  Firstly, we have to recognize that this may not be true in all cases.  After all, it is a simple solution for explaining human error -- a persistent problem underlying other problems.  So, Mencken's observation may not be absolute, but it is a powerful demonstration of what is practically true.  Any one of us may live a lifetime without seeing a "neat, plausible, and correct" solution.  We also may never see a neat (standalone, uninvolved) problem.  Problems come in squadrons entangled in wires, webs, nets, tendrils, embedding goo.  A simple solution tends to render the rest of the mess more impenetrable.  Humans, particularly politicians, exploit problems -- even making them up when no real difficulty is at hand.  More on this elsewhere at EVC.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Tom Woods Show as a resource for your freedom education

A good while back, I shared what I thought were some excellent libertarian and voluntaryist podcasts. This time I will go further, writing about how The Tom Woods Show, and its web pages are a resource, of resources, for the ages.

Let's take a web tour --
  • Go to -- There you will find the motto, "YOUR DAILY SERVING OF LIBERTY EDUCATION" and that is the very least you will get!
  • Click on the phrase "CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST EPISODES!
    • You may need to click through an ad here, or view the product in another window or tab, if you like.
  • Click on an episode.  I'm clicking on "Ep. 694 After Brexit, American Secession?"  Directly on the caption.
  • On this page you see important information about the guest and the episode and links related to Tom's enterprises, and most critically, links to Internet information that are relevant to the content of the show.
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    • Free Resources! (I have no commercial interest in these endeavors.)
      1) Free eBook on how to start your blog or website. Click here to get it. Plus, check out my step-by-step video taking you from no blog to a blog in about five minutes!
      2) Free publicity for your blog. As a special thanks if you get your hosting through one of my affiliate links (this one for Bluehost, or this one for WP Engine), I’ll boost your blog. Click here for details.
      3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.
      4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through
Wow!  Just wow!  Not only is Tom Woods a prolific writer, a gifted teacher, and a prodigious podcaster, he is a treasure trove of connected resources for the new (and veteran) seeker of information about Libertarianism (big L), libertarianism (small l), voluntaryism, free market capitalism, and classical liberalism.  Enjoy.  There will soon be more than 700 episodes with similar breadth and depth for the lifelong learner.

NOTE:  Your mileage may vary because of your device of choice.  Please look for the target, if you don't see the launch sign.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

EVC: Free Will #2, Rothbard, Movie View: Escape Artist

EVC: Free Will #2, Rothbard, Movie View: Escape Artist

We can only see what we now see until we devise a way to see
something new. Cartesian physics gave way to Newtonian physics which
led to relativity and further to probabilistic ideas from quantum
physics. But we will never know if that which is now a mystery will
always be segmented into new knowledge and further mystery. I suspect
that mystery is less quantifiable and more expansive than the
theoretical universe.

-- Verbal Vol

Wednesday, March 4, 2015



Not mobs, not kings, not august-seeming bodies of solons.