J. Neil Schulman


Posts by J. Neil Schulman

Why Jeff Bezos is a Billionaire and I’m Broke

May 12, 2017 - 4:18 pm

Posted in An Author on Literature | No comments

Evidently nobody remembers Xerox PARC and how the lack of IP protection made Bill Gates rich. So nobody got the joke in my title, which said “Bill Gates” instead of “Jeff Bezos.” Do I think I have ownership in an idea? Nope. I’ve already written endlessly that “Ideas can’t be owned.” But, damn. My idea [...]

JNeilCare

May 6, 2017 - 7:08 pm

Posted in Economics | 3 comments

Repeal and replace ObamaCare? Like this is hard to figure out? Look. I’m an anarchist-libertarian but I also take notice of politics. The libertarian position is getting the State completely out of the business of health, healthcare, healthcare insurance, and medicine, whether at the federal, state, or local level. No drug laws. No Drug War. [...]

Violon Chinois

May 4, 2017 - 7:33 pm

Posted in Personal | No comments

Back in 1999 when I spent a couple of days at Epcot/Disney World I saw a performance of an ethnic Mongolian group performing on traditional Chinese musical instruments. One of the traditional musical instruments was the Mongolian “horsehead fiddle.” This is an instrument sized in between a viola and a cello, placed between the knees [...]

War with the North

April 25, 2017 - 4:53 pm

Posted in Agorist Studies | 6 comments

The forests in Canada are owned by the government of Canada. The forests in the United States are in some kind of marketplace, no matter how compromised. Therefore, subsidized Canadian lumber can be sold cheaper than American lumber. This is especially true when it comes to very useful soft wood. Predictably, Trump is already accused [...]

Yes, Bill Maher, There Is A Planet B

April 22, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Posted in Wisdom | No comments

Today, Earth Day 2017, thousands of people without a clue about what the scientific method is are “Marching for Science!” with picket signs reading, “THERE IS NO PLANET B.” The Washington Post Health and Science: Why people are marching for science: ‘There is no Planet B’ It’s a clever pun on “Plan B” — a [...]

Con Air — Treating Commercial Airline Passengers As Criminals

April 12, 2017 - 4:48 pm

Posted in Analysis | 1 comment

Remember 1997′s movie Con Air, about a prisoner-transport flight? A few years later after 9/11 all commercial airlines became prisoner transport flights. I once was offered a free travel voucher for a future flight to give up my confirmed seat. I pocketed the voucher and took my existing ticket to another airline and was in [...]

The Paranoid Thriller

April 11, 2017 - 7:32 pm

Posted in An Author on Literature, Analysis | 2 comments

This article is adapted from an Amazon reader’s review I wrote in June 2010 of Glenn Beck’s novel The Overton Window. A lot of people who are not Beck fans likely didn’t read it so I’ve decided to publish it as a stand-alone essay. — JNS It’s probably no surprise to anyone who’s read my [...]

Armed and Deadly Mouse

April 3, 2017 - 6:58 am

Posted in Analysis | 1 comment

Betty Shelby is a Tulsa, OK, police officer about to be tried on manslaughter charges for shooting a passive, unarmed man named Terence Crutcher. Shelby is a middle-aged white female. Crutcher was a middle-aged black male. Of course every talking head on TV is talking about this case through the lens of race. I don’t [...]

National Healthcare is the Health of the State

March 25, 2017 - 7:35 pm

Posted in Analysis | 6 comments

Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it’s a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a [...]

Rational Security

March 9, 2017 - 9:10 pm

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Two of my favorite authors – Robert A Heinlein and Ayn Rand – favored a limited government that would provide an effective national defense against foreign invaders and foreign spies. Rand died March 6, 1982; Heinlein on May 8, 1988 – both of them well before domestic terrorism by foreign nationals or immigrants was a [...]