Gun Rights in America

by Jacob McCartney on 2018-02-22

In lieu of the recent school shooting in Florida, I felt it would be appropriate to publish a piece about gun rights, gun violence, and solutions to the issue. Scrolling through my feed for the last few days, I have seen, from both the left and the right, copious amounts of FUD, ad hominem attacks, and in general just poor use of reasoning.

Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

by Jacob McCartney on 2018-01-25

In 1995, a group of British researchers published a study showing that individuals who had received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had an increased chance of bowel disease. Among them was Dr. Andrew Wakefield, MD, who later, in 1998, along with others, published a study in The Lancet claiming that they found evidence of the measles virus in the digestive systems of children who were on the autism spectrum. This paper suggested a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Crypto is (partly) a Bubble

by Jacob McCartney on 2018-01-23

When it comes to cryptocurrency, I am a true believer. I believe in the use of decentralized payments, currency, and banking. I believe in the use of the blockchain to improve so many different areas of technology.

Analysis of the Republican Tax Plan

by Jacob McCartney on 2018-01-09

As a libertarian, of course I applaud cutting taxes. I advocate for the abolition of the income tax, as well as several other taxes. However, as a pragmatist, I cannot look at this issue as simply as just a reduction in taxes. At face value, I love the plan. It cuts taxes for the poor, middle class, and rich, and it slices corporate taxes, which are among the highest corporate tax rates in the world.

Bitcoin Reaches $10,000

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-11-29

Today, Bitcoin hit a record price of $10,000 and shows no signs of slowing down. This marks a milestone that shows us that Bitcoin has a real future. Nothing will stop the growth of Bitcoin. Soon, it will reach $15k. $20k. $50k. $100k. It will continue to grow.

Response to Jamie Dimon on Bitcoin

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-13

Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, recently called Bitcoin “a fraud.” He said it was a fad that cannot possibly last, even joking that his daughter had bought into it. “Currencies have legal support,” he said. “It will blow up.” He predicted that “eventually it will be closed,” because “currencies have legal support.”

The Media Needs To Start Taking Its Job Seriously

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-09

Tomi Lahren. Arianna Huffington. Jon Stewart. Bill O’Reilly. Rachel Maddow. Glenn Beck. Samantha Bee.

How Modern Music is Declining

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-08

A few days ago, as I sat watching a video of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour performing “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” live at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002 (check out the video here), I was taken by how amazing of a song it was. I prefer classic songs more than I do today’s popular music, and while a lot of this has to do with personal preference, I feel that there had to be something about this song that made it an objectively superior song to Despacito. So I looked into it.

The Flaws of the US Social Security System and Possible Alternatives

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-07

As a libertarian, I obviously oppose expensive government programs and meddling in the economy in favor of free markets. Social Security is one of those systems heavily praised by both the left and the right as a system that tremendously helps the elderly and the needy. It was created by FDR, a god amongst modern progressives, who is heralded for ending the Great Depression. That is an entirely different topic. I will be making the case that Social Security is a poor system and should be replaced with a free market system.

Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-06

Everyone has heard of Hurricane Harvey by now. Last month, a hurricane formed in the Gulf of Mexico as a category 4 hurricane and hit Texas as a tropical storm. Over the course of several days, the storm delivered 50 inches of rainfall in a short amount of time, and most of Houston, one of the largest cities in the United States, was devastated by several feet of flooding.

The Gas Shortage is Fake, and Panic Makes It Worse

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-05

Following Hurricane Harvey and hearing about the shutdown of Port Arthur oil refinery and Exxon Mobil closing its Beaumont refinery, I began to hear stories of long lines to get gas, prices rising, and gas stations running low on gas. I even went to the nearest gas station a few days ago and found a limit of $10 a purchase for gas which was $2.99 a gallon. Intrigued, I decided to look deeper into this.

Thoughts on the Labor Movement

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-04

Today is Labor Day, so I thought I would give my thoughts on the labor movement in the United States from the libertarian point of view.

What is the Solution to Obesity: A Response to James Fell

by Espencer Carlos Shiplé on 2017-09-04

This article is a direct response to a single James Fell article. I am not claiming to have the solution to obesity nor is this an attack on James Fell. This article is simply a response to his, nothing more.

What I Learned From Six Weeks of Travel

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-03

Because I am the type of person to take something very simple and straightforward and dig deep into its complexities, I have decided to write a piece on what I learned from traveling around the continent of Europe for a month and a half.

A Case for Abolishing the Federal Reserve

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-02

Signed into law by Woodrow Wilson on December 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States. After the Panic of 1907, which led to a bank run, bankers such as JP Morgan lobbied for the government to establish a central bank to try to stabilize the money supply of the country.

Why I Support Austin Petersen for Senate

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-09-01

I make my libertarian views very clear, and I have also made my views on the Libertarian Party fairly clear. In the 2016 presidential election, I supported Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, and I would have liked to see that campaign succeed. That election opened my eyes to the deeper workings of the LP, its flaws, and the challenges it faces, and I now have moved back to a more independent point of view.

Is Climate Change a Myth?

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-06-13

Climate change is an extraordinarily important issue today. It affects everyone — or it will in the coming years. It is in turn worrisome just how many people believe this phenomenon is a myth. Despite all the evidence in favor of this happening, many people refuse to believe it is happening, or if they admit it, they deny that it is manmade. I intend to lay out the evidence and put to rest the idea that climate change is a myth.

Fractional Reserve Banking

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-06-08

Under our current banking system, it is possible to create money out of thin air.

A Case for Eliminating the Income Tax

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-06-06

In February of 1913, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed, giving Congress the power to levy an income tax. Since then, Americans have been paying money, taken from their hard earned income, to the IRS to fund government functions. Is it a good thing, though? Should the income tax exist? I intend to present the case that the income tax is unnecessary, economically detrimental, and morally wrong.

Emmanuel Macron Wins French Presidency

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-05-07

I made a prediction yesterday that Le Pen would win the election in France. Today I have been proven wrong.

Why Le Pen Will Win

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-05-06

Marine Le Pen, candidate for president of France, will crush Emmanuel Macron tomorrow in the election.

Analysis: Trump's First 100 Days

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-05-05

We have officially passed the 100 day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency. It has certainly been an interesting time, sparking even more emotions than did the actual election. Shortly after he won, he put out a plan for his first 100 days. Has he accomplished his plans? And what else has he accomplished?

Why The United States Should Not Have Tuition Free College

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-05-04

I hear about free college a lot in current political discourse. The price of a college degree is rising higher and higher every year, while wages are remaining more or less stagnant. Many offer a solution to this in the form of guaranteed free college. Under their ideal system, the government would offer payment of tuition for students. Examining the facts of this situation, however, show a very different solution.

How Free Speech in the US is Under Attack

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-04-28

We’ve all heard what is happening in Berkeley. After right-wing activists and speakers Milo Yiannopolous and Ann Coulter were scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, groups of left-leaning protesters stormed the campus to protest “hate speech” being allowed on campus. Right-wing groups, such as the alt-right, the Proud Boys, the Oathkeepers, and Trump supporters in general, have joined in the activities, taking a stand against the protesters, which included mostly Anti-Fascst Action and By Any Means Necessary. For weeks, violent riots and fights have ensued between the two sides. A lot of fighting has even left the campus and has been taken to the streets, and each demonstration have come to be known as the “Battles of Berkeley.”

Capitalism, Socialism, and the US Economy: What Do We Have?

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-04-27

Across the roughly 206 countries in the world, there are economies. Every economy subscribes to a certain economic system.

Why The United States Should Not Have Single Payer Healthcare

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-04-26

Imagine going to the doctor and not paying a cent. This is an idea becoming more and more popular. Single payer healthcare is an extremely favorable idea on the political stage today. Many politicians advocate for it. Bernie Sanders almost won on ideas like it.

Debate Challenge to Tomi Lahren

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-03-08

I, Jacob McCartney, formally challenge Tomi Lahren to a live broadcasted, one-on-one debate.

Freedom, Entitlements, Life, and the Like

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-03-01

The issue of defining what it means to be a free human does not yield clear results. But once it is defined, it and its implications can be used to determine aspects of entitlements, life, and everything that goes with them. To have true freedom is to be able to act according to one’s choices while being clear of coercion.

Is The USA The Next Rome?

by Jacob McCartney on 2017-02-02

I have had a keen interest lately in the realm of connecting mathematics and sociology. I have been studying concepts such as the social cycle theory, Piagetian Theory, the Tytler Cycle, the Olduvai Theory, and plenty of other theories relating to how societies work. Applying the laws of physics to the behaviors of the human race is not a practice which is common. This is mostly because people do not even know that it is possible. However, it is very possible, and I intend to use it to make some predictions about the future.

What Does The Libertarian Party Need To Do To Win An Election?

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-11-29

The Libertarian Party is a party of strong principle that is strongly lacking in everything it needs to win an election. It has no unity, no organization, and no drive to win.

Donald Trump Wins Presidency

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-11-09

Last night, Donald Trump won the presidency. With 306 electoral votes, he won by a huge margin. He will be the 45th President of the United States.

Election Night

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-11-08

It has certainly been an interesting election, but the time has finally come. Tonight is election night. My prediction from months ago still stands. I believe Donald Trump will win the presidency tonight.

A Case For Bitcoin

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-10-20

Many may not have heard about Bitcoin. Bitcoin is an internet-based cryptocurrency that uses peer-to-peer technology called the blockchain to issue coins, manage transactions, and make counterfeiting impossible. The current price of Bitcoin sits at around $630, the highest it has been since July. Why Bitcoin has a value in the first place puzzles many economists and financial analysts, but there is a reason behind this value. It is best known for being used by the criminal underworks for making untraceable transactions, but I believe there is much more potential for Bitcoin in the future. I will make a case for Bitcoin as a legitimate currency.

My Take on the Minimum Wage

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-10-10

A heavily debated topic in current economic discourse is over a government-imposed wage floor. Is minimum wage good for the economy, or does it do harm? Many economists will agree that does in fact harm the economy, but there are a few who would advocate for it. I intend to prove that the minimum wage does harm to the economy, and that raising it would have a negative effect on supply and demand, as well as unemployment, prices, and other factors.

Donald Trump Will Be The Next President of the United States

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-09-07

Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America.

Why Libertarians Should Vote for Gary Johnson in 2016

by Jacob McCartney on 2016-07-16

Gary Johnson is not a true Libertarian.