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Thomas L. Knapp is publisher of Rational Review.


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Columns by Thomas L. Knapp

Putting Some There, There
Thomas L. Knapp 2005-05-30 16:00
What, precisely, is freedom? Is it a state of being with quantifiable characteristics? Or is it just an absence ' the absence of coercion, the absence of arbitrary, external controls and so forth? This may seem like a trick or trite question, but it's not intended to be. The answer to it sets the parameters of, creates the context for, and determines the focus of, the struggles to which...
You Can Write It Down...
Thomas L. Knapp 2005-04-24 16:00
. . . but why bother? Like any religion, American government has its holy books: We call them the Constitution and the Federalist Papers instead of Torah and Talmud or Bible or Q'uran. And, as with any religion, various schools of thought ' Sadducee, Pharisee, Essene; Sunni, Sufi, Shiite, Wahabbe; Catholic, Protestant; Original Intent, Strict Construction, 'Constitution in Exile' -- purport to...
The Anarchist Inside
Thomas L. Knapp 2005-03-16 17:00
It's often observed that the state, having established its monopoly on public life, moved on to the personal ' and that, having conquered the personal in general, now seems resolved to conquer it in detail. From 'public' roads and rules for using them to drivers' licenses to mandatory seatbelt laws requiring airbags and regulating the miles per gallon a car must have before it can be sold to...
Grasping the Nettle
Thomas L. Knapp 2003-06-29 16:00
Certainty and choice
A Bastardy Proceeding
Thomas L. Knapp 2003-03-02 17:00
The anarchist does not differentiate between 'legitimate' and 'illegitimate' states since he, by definition, places all states in the latter category. Nonetheless there may be, among the potential revolutionary mass, those who think that such a distinction is possible, even important. It is to those readers that I here address myself.
So Smash the State, Already!
Thomas L. Knapp 2003-02-23 17:00
Let me get right to the point: I am not an 'anarcho-capitalist,' nor am I an 'individualist anarchist' or a 'philosophical anarchist' or even, in the way the term tends to be understood, a 'rational anarchist' (although I am both rational and an anarchist). I'm not a 'socialist anarchist' or 'communist anarchist' or an 'anarcho-syndicalist' (although I am both an anarchist and, in some respects,...