Living most of my life in New York, I witnessed plenty of nanny state laws. Later, I lived in D.C. for a bit and saw even more. I assumed when I got to Colorado, the Wild West, there would be a rejection of such intrusive legislation. I was wrong.
Most nanny-state initiatives begin on a local level.
I believe that the war on drugs is a tragically misplaced use of resources - an immoral venture that produces far more suffering than it alleviates.
You will notice that the Occupy Wall Street crowds - and the progressives who support them - focus on bringing the wealthy down to earth rather than lifting the 99 percent. They have a nearly religious belief that too much wealth is fundamentally immoral and unhealthy for society.
For Philistines like me, the mysteries of Washington can be both perplexing and wondrous.
We have little choice but to place a certain level of trust in scientists - even when it comes to the model-driven speculative discipline of climate change. And, need it be said, most scientists take great care in being honest, principled and precise.
Progressivism is the belief that we have too much freedom with which to make too many stupid choices.
When I was younger, I was drawn to Ayn Rand books and other works of fiction celebrating individualism.
If the library's rarest frequenters are the ones we'd like to see in them the most, then libraries are failing.
Are you sick and tired of these moralizing moralizers imposing their morality on the rest of us? I know I am.
We need a smaller, leaner Washington. It won't happen if we raise taxes without any coinciding reform and serious slashing of spending.
Let's be honest: nothing spoils 'The Walking Dead' quite like watching 'The Walking Dead.'
The Founding Fathers worried that 'some common impulse of passion' might lead many to subvert the rights of the few. It's a rational fear, one that is played out endlessly.
Few things trigger fear and misconception more than economic tribulation, and nothing prompts elected officials to react with more simplistic populism.
Times change. Every generation has a new set of problems. Human nature is unmoved.