An open letter to alt-right, paleo-libertarian, “cultural Marxism”-hating, red-pill-popping dudes.

Hi. It’s come to my attention that you’re worried about the direction of this country. Specifically, you’re worried that America’s culture is shifting in ways you see as anathema to America’s values, by which you mean your values. The values of white men of a certain sort. And I hear you. You’re upset, and you’re […]

Mr. V: A Serial Occult Mystery — Part 3

An ongoing serialized novel about an ex-cop, a small town, and some very dark goings on. From the author of “The Hole.” All prior and future installments of Mr. V, as well as a quick introduction to the novel, can be found here: Feargus’s restaurant turns out to be a little Cuban joint next to a […]

Mr. V: A Serial Occult Mystery — Part 2

An ongoing serialized novel about an ex-cop, a small town, and some very dark goings on. From the author of “The Hole.” All prior and future installments of Mr. V, as well as a quick introduction to the novel, can be found here: Now on to Part 2. Ricky walks me out of the museum and […]

Mr. V: A Serialized Occult Mystery Novel

An ongoing serialized novel about an ex-cop, a small town, and some very dark goings on. From the author of “The Hole.” My first novel, The Hole, began life as an online serial. I published a little every week as I wrote. It worked well and lead to a publishing contract. For my next book, I’d […]

Mr. V: A Serial Occult Mystery — Part 1

Clinton Varne, ex-cop, meets a man he locked up years ago, and gets dragged into investigating more than few murders. My first novel, The Hole, began life as an online serial. I published a little every week as I wrote. It worked well and lead to a publishing contract. For my next book, I’d like to […]

What Kind of Libertarian Are You?

I was recently asked on Twitter whether my libertarianism is of the consequentialist or deontological variety. For those not hip to the terminology, the question is about what sort of moral theory underpins my political theory. Those two — consequentialism and deontology — are, for many, the default choices when it comes to libertarianism. You can believe in political […]

“Should Twitter Ban Donald Trump?” is Really a Question About Government Legitimacy

Donald Trump has, on more than one occasion, used his Twitter account to threaten violence on a scale the rest of us, not being presidents ourselves, can never hope to achieve. You and I don’t have a nuclear button on our desks — even a very small one. Even when he’s not telling North Korea how close […]

Addressing Criticisms of “The Last Jedi Betrays the Original Trilogy and its Heroes”

Many of the most common responses rather miss the point. My dashed off essay, “The Last Jedi Betrays the Original Trilogy and its Heroes,” has gotten, well, quite a lot of attention. It’s now the most read post I’ve ever written, and it continues to be shared like crazy on social media. While many people have […]

The Last Jedi Betrays the Original Trilogy and its Heroes

Through sheer storytelling laziness, it tells us that nothing that came before mattered. The Last Jedi is the most disappointing Star Wars movie since Attack of the Clones. I don’t believe I’m overstating that. It’s a movie that, through its plot developments and characterization, makes the whole of the Star Wars saga less interesting and […]