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My Political Agnosticism: Part II: Monopoly on Violence

In Part I we discussed an interview when Obama told the Military Times editorial board that, "what essentially sets a nation-state apart (from the private sector), is a monopoly on violence." The phrase originates from German sociologist Max Weber's definition of government, “that entity which claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence in a given area.” Today we'll examine the question, If we know that a monopoly is economically undesirable, and we know that violence is morally und … [Read more...]

My political agnosticism: Part I: Origins

I was a precocious child raised by a liberal mother and a conservative father. I still recall the first time I was ever asked my political opinion in a second grade social studies class. We were conducting a mock election, and were told to choose a political affiliation. I was told that Republicans believe things should stay the same, and Democrats believe things should be changed. It is a biased over simplification, but I chose the Democrat Party because as bad as things were, any change seemed … [Read more...]