Back in May, I participated in a discussion with Dave Smith (representing the pro-life argument), Walter Block (representing the evictionism argument) and me (representing the pro-choice argument) on abortion on Lions of Liberty. I forgot about this, but meant to … Continue reading A Lovely Libertarian Conversation on Abortion
This was mostly something I did on Facebook, and will likely not post as a separate blog entry. But since there are 3 posts I wanted to put them in one place.
This is all regarding #metoo, and sexual harassment and assault. Continue reading “The #MeToo Posts”
“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, … Continue reading Childhood & Self-Ownership: Is There A Libertarian Way to Parent?
“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, … Continue reading Mandatory Minimum Bill Gains Opposition from Surprising Source
“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 … Continue reading University of Chicago Deemed “Safe Space” for Disagreement
Marc Clair & I discussed my upbringing by libertarian parents, my frustrations with libertarian contrarianism, and more. Links can be found on Lions of Liberty, but I’m including the podcast YouTube video (just audio) here: Continue reading What’s It Like to Grow Up Libertarian? Avens O’Brien on Lions of Liberty!
“I found this case particularly clear cut as a libertarian — this was an obvious case of over-regulation, which caused more than half of the clinics in Texas to close. If any other industry faced this sort of punitive regulation, conservatives would have been up in arms, but since it was the abortion industry, many were perfectly fine with the law.” Read more at The Libertarian Republic. Continue reading Why Libertarians Should Applaud the SCOTUS Ruling Against Texas Abortion Regulations