Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Snowbound Day of Science Fiction



With winds blowing, drifting two-foot mounds of snow outside our house, we thought it more prudent to remain inside on Monday rather than brave the Montana highways. In doing so, we decided to revisit three sci-fi movies that showed tremendous promise, but ultimately disappointed for one reason or another in initial viewing. Spoilers abound, so though these are all at least a few years old, be sure before you read these that you’ve really seen them.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Thoughts on Rights vs. Privileges



Writing for me isn’t like riding a bike. It is a habit more than a skill, one that if I don’t engage in it regularly, I struggle to step up to the plate when time affords. So when I solicited writing topics a short time ago on Facebook, I hoped to prod myself into action.

Well, here it is a month later and the only piece I’ve published is about Star Wars. But one of those topics offered a month ago did intrigue me. A libertarian friend asked the question “What Are Rights?”, and followed by posting his own thread soliciting opinions. Unfortunately, that thread quickly reached 100 comments, and I’ll admit to having read none. Instead I’ll offer my own opinion.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Beloved Franchise Goes Rogue



Twelve months ago, I entered a movie theater with anxious, but cautious, anticipation for the first installment in a new era of Star Wars films. JJ Abrams rewarded this anticipation with an exceptional piece of entertainment that also just so happens to be an excellent Star Wars flick.

Fast forward to this week, when I sat down for the first foray into a new realm of Star Wars entertainment, one the diverges from the episodic format of all the prior films, though still telling a story familiar to anyone who knows the universe even remotely. Reports of reshoots heightened the similarly cautious optimism that I felt and made me worry this may not live up to the example set the year before.

Was I wrong to worry?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Moving Forward in Montana



We lost. Badly.

We had more in our sights than just winning an election: electoral votes, debate participation, public funding. We missed every. single. target.

I am still trying to process just how all of the momentum that we had coming into this campaign was squandered, but I would rather not focus on that. There was a lot to be learned – about campaigning, candidates, the electorate – and the Libertarian party needs to move forward. Here in Montana, there are a few things we need to look at closely to make any kind of impact in future elections.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Forum on Cognitive Dissonance



As a libertarian, I have a responsibility to court both sides of the political spectrum to look for allies and help people see a different perspective, while also broadening and better informing my own. A while back, I attended a local Republican committee meeting on the Common Core with that in mind, and last night I attended a forum hosted by The Center for Western Priorities on public lands management. While the topics were markedly different, the sentiment was mostly the same at both: the other side is wrong - dead wrong - and we must not allow them any medium for their message.