State-formation & Violence After Medieval Times

Contra the Hobbesian theory of state coercion as the source of current-day peace, I analyze a variety of historical research offering a more complex view of state-formation and violence since the middle-ages.


A Review of the Cost of Bernie Sanders’ Healthcare Plan: Jacobin Magazine Criticized

According to Jacobin Magazine’s Matt Bruenig, even libertarian institutes grudgingly admit that a single-payer healthcare system would save trillions of dollars over a 10-year period. I contend that this is based on a severely faulty analysis of the working paper cited in his article, which actually presents the figure as an unrealistic lower-bound estimate subject to much criticism.

Dutch Pillarization and Local Sovereignty

The Dutch system of “Pillarization” divided the Netherlands according to belief system, but united all but the classical liberals in the belief that sovereignty belongs to one’s own circle rather than a centralized state. The philosophy on which pillarization is based illumminates a possibly preferable alternative to our current descent into centralization; (inter)nationalism, and grievance-based identity politics.