The Big One Cometh

We are currently experiencing the worst fundraising drive we have ever conducted. I am frankly appalled at the dearth of contributions, because if we continue at the present rate we are going to have to start winding down, and – yes – even close up shop. It’s as simple as that. This couldn’t have … Continue reading “The Big One Cometh”

The FBI vs.

The phone rang. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and it was my day off. Sitting in my rather neglected garden, as the late afternoon light sparkled golden on the tops of the plum trees, I put down my book – the 1995 edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois – … Continue reading “The FBI vs.”

Can ‘Space Aliens’ Save Us?

Why is the United States constantly at war? If we look at the last half century or so, there is hardly a time when we haven’t been engaged in some major conflict with a purportedly global threat to our very existence. The first such threat was Germany (on two occasions), and its Japanese fascist ally, … Continue reading “Can ‘Space Aliens’ Save Us?”

The Reinvention of Historical Memory

As Americans take to the roads for a long Memorial Day weekend, eager to get out of the cities and out of their routines — and more than ready for a little rest and relaxation — the origins and meaning of this holiday are lost – or, at least, hardly anyone thinks of them anymore. … Continue reading “The Reinvention of Historical Memory”

The Brilliance of Randolph Bourne

Randolph Bourne was an American intellectual journalist who flourished for a few years in the second decade of the 20th century—in the Teens, the decade that ran from 1910 to 1920. Bourne wrote mostly for magazines during this period. His byline was particularly familiar to readers of The New Republic—until his radically antiwar views on … Continue reading “The Brilliance of Randolph Bourne”

The Fight to Save

For the first time since World War II, America’s bipartisan foreign policy is being seriously questioned by both conservatives and liberals, Republicans as well as Democrats – and the War Party is on the run. has been a big part of that: for 15 years we have been plugging away, not only debunking the … Continue reading “The Fight to Save”

Notes of a Traveling Agitator

By the time you read this, I’ll be somewhere between Danbury, Connecticut, and Boston, probably on an Amtrak train wondering if I’ve missed my stop. I’m not a good traveler, as you might imagine: like all writers, I much prefer being in my study, researching my next project, or perhaps hanging out in my garden … Continue reading “Notes of a Traveling Agitator”

The Information War

It’s almost funny – if your sense of humor runs to the dark side – to watch the Washington power elite go bonkers over the WikiLeaks revelations. We have Pentagon officials stamping their feet and demanding that WikiLeaks “return” the “stolen” documents it has posted online, and refrain from posting any more – as if … Continue reading “The Information War”

An Antiwar Credo

Our motives have often been questioned, but there’s really no mystery why we anti-interventionists continue to make our case under President Obama as we did during the Bush years. As libertarians, we oppose the expansion and expression of State power in all its manifestations, but particularly when it comes to war. This is the ultimate … Continue reading “An Antiwar Credo”