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A Comparison of ISIS and Mahdist Sudan, 1885-1899

A frightening Islamic militant organization sweeps across a vast swathe of contested territory, participating in widespread violence and atrocities; and considered a reaction to Western intervention and appeared insults to their religion. Despite the shocking portrayals in the press, they are quickly and utterly defeated by vastly superior military technology. This story would be just […]

The Folly of Libertarianism, pt. VIII: The Non-Aggression Principle Justifies A Lot of Aggression

Note: This is Part Eight, Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven may be found here. A cornerstone of the Libertarian ideology is the so-called “Non-Aggression Principle” (NAP). Stating, nobly enough, that any form of violence, aggression, or coercion is inherently immoral; aggression being defined as an affront to property or to “self-ownership” […]