Childhood & Self-Ownership: Is There A Libertarian Way to Parent?

“I don’t want to say that there’s One True Libertarian parenting style. I’m not even a parent, so plenty of people think I’m disqualified from having an opinion, despite the fact that I have been a child and well aware of my own mind, desires, and agency. I’ve also been a nanny to an incredibly self-possessed child I am honored to still influence as she grows.

But I am a libertarian, and I do think that the way I was raised makes my understanding of the principles of self-ownership and non-aggression tremendously engrained in how I reflect on the world, and how I advocate for liberty. How I advocate for myself. How I advocate for others.

I ask anyone who is parenting, or considering parenting, to look at the ways they pressure children or force children. Look at the ways they tell children that they do not own themselves, that they are not responsible for their own bodies, and they are not the best judge of what is okay for them.

How many people take this concept into adulthood? That they are not fit to determine their own lives? That they cannot? That they must rely on their parent, or, when they’ve left the nest, their government?

Self-ownership begins at home.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

Mandatory Minimum Bill Gains Opposition from Surprising Source

“In August, the state legislature of California passed a bill to approve imposing mandatory minimums in sexual assault cases. This bill came about after the surprisingly short six-month sentence of Brock Turner for three counts of felony sexual assault (he was let out after three months for good behavior).

The bill is now awaiting California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature to become law – but there has been a considerable amount of backlash from a group one would generally expect to see in favor of harsher penalties: feminists.

A coalition of 25 feminist organizations have submitted a letter to Governor Brown, urging a veto.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

To Grammy…

“My last living grandparent died a year ago, on August 28, 2015. My father’s mother.

Constance Jacqueline Bouchard Erickson. We called her “Grammy”.She was 83. I don’t have a happy memory to share, really.

I last saw my Grammy when I was about eight or nine years old. I don’t remember much except the smell of cigarettes and particular sensations, like the feeling of the upholstery of her couch and the way her voice touched my ears.”

Read more at Taste it Twice.

University of Chicago Deemed “Safe Space” for Disagreement

Trigger Warning: This piece includes mention of free speech, disagreement, controversy and common sense.

Forgive the snarky opening complete with a trigger warning, but this week, the University of Chicago said something that has been on a lot of people’s minds: that higher education should be a place to meet ideas and perspectives at odds with one’s own, not a place to be coddled from them.

This week, John Ellison, Dean of Students at the University of Chicago, sent a welcome letter to the incoming Class of 2020 to inform them that of their commitment to academic freedom.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

Terminally Ill Woman Throws Party Before Assisted Suicide

“The right to end one’s life is a profound and intimate consideration. There are some solid arguments in favor of making sure that those opting to end their lives are doing so for the “right reasons” and that they haven’t been pressured into ending things due to growing medical bills or “not wanting to be a burden” on family or community.

However, there are many individuals enduring immense suffering and excruciating pain, for whom things will not be getting better, and for whom death is a welcome end. For those, the right to painlessly end their suffering, to be under a doctor’s care and to plan out their goodbyes, assisted suicide laws are an act of compassion.”

Read the rest at The Libertarian Republic.