Archives

Home » Archives by: The Libertarian Homeschooler

What are rights?

September 10th, 2016 (No Comments)

What are rights? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Editor’s Note: This was written to introduce the idea of rights to the Young Statesman. What are rights? There are two types or rights: Negative rights and positive rights. If you’ve ever heard the [...]

Education Theater

July 10th, 2016 (No Comments)

Education Theater This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. I think education is a natural system that can’t be centrally planned. And yet, that’s exactly what we try to do with curriculum-and-textbook-based learning. Scope, sequence, grading children by age, all of that is done [...]

What Makes Sense?

March 24th, 2016 (No Comments)

What Makes Sense? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Editors Note: If not for homeschooling, BA would most likely not get the individualized attention that he needs in a regular, public school. BA (9) is on a quest for full-on literacy: [...]

Do You Think for Yourself?

March 9th, 2016 (No Comments)

Do You Think for Yourself? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: What time did you wake up this morning? The Young Statesman (13): 5:30 Me: People are going to be interested in knowing what it is that causes a thirteen-year-old [...]

What Happens When Demand Increases?

February 4th, 2016 (No Comments)

What Happens When Demand Increases? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. How will I explain the phenomenon of rising prices after a disaster to my seven-year-old son? I’ll say something like this. You know there was a big storm in the Northeast. We [...]

The Philosophy of Liberty

January 1st, 2016 (No Comments)

The Philosophy of Liberty This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: What can you tell me about the philosophy of liberty? BA (10): You own your life. Other people own their lives. Me: Does any other person have a higher claim on your [...]

Santa?

December 14th, 2015 (No Comments)

Santa? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: Tell me about Santa. BA (10): People say he’s a fat guy who likes milk and cookies, defies physics and flies around on a sled with flying reindeer, goes around the world delivering presents to [...]

They Want Hate Between You

November 18th, 2015 (No Comments)

They Want Hate Between You This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. BA(10): I wish I knew why those terrorist did that. Me: Would it comfort you to know why? BA: It would help me if I understood why. Me: Well, they murdered those [...]

How do You Defeat Hydra?

November 17th, 2015 (No Comments)

How do You Defeat Hydra? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: YS, do you know what a Hydra is? BA (10): It’s a monster. Every time you chop off one of its heads, two grow in its place. Me: How do you [...]

Observations from Halloween

November 2nd, 2015 (No Comments)

Observations from Halloween This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. (Editor’s note: This is not a direct conversation with either the Young Statesman or the Baby Anarchist, but the timeliness and insight within are the reason for publishing) Questions Nobody Asks Who will plan [...]

The Internet Privacy Conversation

October 26th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Internet Privacy Conversation This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Baby Anarchist (BA) (10): I need to use my device upstairs because it has directions to my Lego project. Me: Can you print the directions? BA: It’s hundreds of pages long. Me: Do [...]

Respectability Politics and Discrimination

October 6th, 2015 (No Comments)

Respectability Politics and Discrimination This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: Tell me about Respectability Politics. Young Statesman (14): It’s basically making excuses for cultural prejudices. “If they were more respectable then this bad thing wouldn’t be happening.” Me: Who can Respectability Politics [...]

Where Do Our Rights Come From?

September 14th, 2015 (No Comments)

Where Do Our Rights Come From? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: What would you say to someone who said rights come from the government? Young Statesman (then 13): Well, it seems like we get our rights from government, and I think [...]

Libertarian Parenting

September 7th, 2015 (No Comments)

Libertarian Parenting This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: What are the rules of the house? BA (10): Do not encroach on the person or property of another. Do all you have agreed to do. [We took those rules directly from Richard Maybury.] [...]

You Can’t Force a Person to Learn Something

August 17th, 2015 (No Comments)

You Can’t Force a Person to Learn Something This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: Can I force you to learn something? The Young Statesman (then 12): No. You can not. Me: So, if I sat you down and did chemistry lessons with [...]

What Do You Think About the War on Drugs?

July 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

What Do You Think About the War on Drugs? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me (The Libertarian Homeschooler): What do you think about the war on drugs? YS (Young Statesman, 14): I think it’s none of the state’s business what we can [...]

Who Owns You?

July 6th, 2015 (No Comments)

Who Owns You? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Me: Who owns you? Baby Anarchist (10): Me. I own me. Me: Can someone else sell you? BA: No. Me: Why not? BA: A living person is his own property. Me: Can someone else [...]

Do We Homeschool?

June 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

Do We Homeschool? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. The Libertarian Homeschooler (Me): Do we do school at home? The Young Statesman (YS): No. Me: Do we homeschool? YS: No. Me: Do we unschool? YS: No. Me: What are we doing? YS: Not [...]