Category Archives: Liberty

Immigration and Reason

So we’re in for another day of craziness, of hysteria. Of a certain segment of society using every moniker, insult, and hyperbolic logical fallacy (read my post about that here, for it is important that we know how to use … Continue reading

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A Review of “Dreams of the Defeated”

Below is a new review of my first play, “Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts” “Joel D. Hirst fathers the genius creation titled Dreams of The Defeated, a two-act play that extends from the pages and into our … Continue reading

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On Student Debt, the Albatross and the Year of Jubilee

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung So goes a stanza from the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. The albatross, that grand … Continue reading

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The Wave Held

The children over the walls and the concertina wire are in school. The chattering of recess which belies the poverty, reminding we who live in Elysium that all people are the same; the same, equality – that wicked word, harsh … Continue reading

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What Causes Poverty? — (Hint, nothing)

What causes poverty? Nothing. Nothing causes poverty; poverty is the natural state of man. Naked and in the dark – that is how nature birthed us. But just as we figured out how to take the fibers from banana plant … Continue reading

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Our Coming Dystopia

It was probably a sunny day like today when Atlantis sank to the bottom of the sea. Was it an earthquake? A tsunami? Some kind of tribal violence which wiped away those who could run the reactors and the food … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s ALBA: A Reflection 7 Years On

Seven years ago, as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, I wrote my (and perhaps the…?) hallmark book on the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas: Hugo Chavez’s grand plan. At the time I received a lot of push-back, … Continue reading

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