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Marcel Votlucka
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 Marcel Votlucka writes from Brooklyn NY.  His work focuses on the connections between psychology, culture, and anti-politics.  Visit his new website at


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Columns by Marcel Votlucka

"Illegal" Immigration Is a Phantom Problem
Marcel Votlucka 2006-03-28 15:00
"Illegal" Immigration Is a Phantom Problem by Marcel VotluckaI Exclusive to STR Last year I attended a sociology lecture which began with the professor citing attacks upon minorities in the context of their struggle for equal dignity in our society. He cited Native Americans, Blacks, women, gays and lesbians, and Arabs and Muslims as examples. Seizing the moment, I raised my hand and...
Why the State Cannot Offer a "Moral Economy"
Marcel Votlucka 2006-03-16 16:00
Exclusive to STR In the latest issue of The Nation, sociologist Fred Block offers a compelling look into how we can restore a "moral economy". At least, it would be compelling if it didn't rely on the tired old economically-ignorant propaganda the left and right have used since time forgotten. In other words, Block attacks the free market, incoherently and inconsistently, and he doesn...
Taxation Is Extortion
Marcel Votlucka 2006-03-01 16:00
I sometimes wonder which is worse: the government or the Mafia. Oh wait; they may as well be the same thing. If you're wondering how the logic of this admittedly brash remark works itself out, try the following. It's simple; just publicly refuse to pay your taxes. The government will come for you and the police will try to throw you in jail. If you resist, you will be shot. Pay up, or get a...
The Free Market Did Not Kill New Orleans
Marcel Votlucka 2006-02-27 16:00
What is the free market? Economist Murray N. Rothbard explains, "Society rests upon a network of voluntary exchanges . . . these exchanges imply a division of labor in society, in which producers of [goods and services] exchange their goods for the goods of others. At each step of the way, every participant in exchange benefits immeasurably, for if everyone were forced to be self-...
Would You Hurt Me If I Said No to Your Politics?
Marcel Votlucka 2010-01-04 03:00
  Exclusive to STR   “Put down the gun, then we’ll talk.” This is the core morality of both libertarianism and civilization.” ~ Stefan Molyneux     Would you hurt me if I said "no" to your favored politics or policies?   “Of course not!” you say. “I’d never dream of it, this is a democratic country!” But I...
A Silver Lining Shines Within the Odious Debt
Marcel Votlucka 2011-02-22 03:00
Column by Marcel Votlucka. Exclusive to STR Co-winner (with Mark Davis) of the 2011 Strike the Root "Odious Debt" essay contest   Fourteen trillion, one hundred twenty-three billion, five hundred eighty-nine million, three hundred-seven thousand, one hundred ninety dollars and fifty-three cents.   That’s the total US national debt as of February 17, 2011. I figured I...