In the early 2000s, I occasionally essayed on the Web at the site Instead of a Blog. A few of those pieces will find their way here. Please stand by.
- Of Dueling Civilizations
- American Terrorism: Where’s the War Against That?
- Ayn Rand: An Unsympathetic Introduction
- Some of My Best Friends Are Objectivists
- Spencer’s Relative Grasp on the Absolute
Before these Instead of a Blog quasi-blogging days, I wrote for a little magazine for which I started out as Assistant Editor and reached apogee with the title Executive Editor (unfortunately, I was not empowered to execute editors). It was called Liberty. I have placed a few of my essays and reviews up, online, under the banner @Liberty.
In 1999, I achieved escape velocity, leaving Liberty’s service to work in Seattle, during the last gasps of the 1990s dot com bubble. Yeah, my sense of timing could have been better.
So, why the strange “Instead of a Blog” moniker? I am getting to that. Some time back, Laissez Faire Books produced a line of e-book revivals of individualist classics (2014–2016), for its book club. Most are still available on iBooks and/or Amazon’s Kindle. I wrote forewords to a few of them. I might as well list them here:
- Instead of a Book (1897), by Benjamin R. Tucker
- Of the Social Contract (1748), by David Hume
- Democracy in America, volumes I (1835) and II, by Alexis de Tocqueville
- On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass
- On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
- Power Corrupts: Essays on Freedom and History, by Lord Acton
- Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, by Auberon Herbert
- The Tyranny of Socialism (1885)and Socialist Fallacies (1908; 1910), by Yves Guyot
- The Outcome of Individualism (1897), by J. H. Levy
- Men vs. The Man (1910), by H. L. Mencken
- Erewhon: or, Over the Range, by Samuel Butler
- Social Classes and The Sociology of Imperialisms, by Joseph A. Schumpeter
Some of these LFB.org “reprints” dealt with economic theory and history:
- An Essay on Economic Theory, by Richard Cantillon
- Money and Trade, by David Hume
- Fiat Money Inflation in France, by Andrew Dickinson White
- Economic Harmonies and The Seen and the Unseen (includes Economic Sophisms, 1845; 1850), by Frédéric Bastiat
- A Socialist Empire: The Incas of Peru, by Louis Baudin
- Banking and the Business Cycle, by T. F. McManus, C. A. Phillips and R. W. Nelson
- I, Pencil, by Leonard Read