NAP, Pacifism, Apples, and Oranges

I recently gave a speech regarding my decision to conscientiously object to further military service.  A good friend posted a transcript of the speech, and I caved in to read the comments.  One reader mentioned that my pacifist position was well-intentioned, but naive.  This comment caught my attention, because I had never mentioned pacifism in…

Society, Government, and Association

Thomas Paine wrote that “some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them, whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.”  He goes on to say that “society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary…