Stories written by Tim Nerenz
Business executive, Libertarian writer and speaker, published academic, and former LP candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. "Dr Tim" writes a weekly blog called "Moment of Clarity" at timnerenz.com.

Liberty’s Virtues

In a perfect world, none of this would matter. In a perfect world, any of it would work – communism, socialism, feudalism, capitalism, fascism, monarchy, theocracy, oligarchy, utopianism, corporatism, unionism, democracy, and even anarchy. But this is not a perfect world. And in this decidedly imperfect world, history teaches that one thing works much better […]

December 17, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

Republocrat Spoiler

Thick skin is a blessing. My Libertarian friends lose their minds whenever I say something nice about a Republican, and my Republican friends lose their minds whenever I say something nice about a Libertarian. My Democrat friends do not need a reason. I never tell people what to think; I merely try to give them […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

Conservatarian: The Hybrid That Wins Elections

Here is the difference: a political party is a label you wear on the outside, and a political philosophy is a label you wear on the inside. One is what you join, and one is who you are. Democrats suffer from some peculiar form of self-loathing which prevents them from describing themselves as “liberals,” even […]

August 8, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

Socially Neutral

The wisdom of libertarian neutrality on social issues was demonstrated again recently when one man’s opinion on marriage provoked chicken bans in major cities and a cancer fatwa from the nation’s least-qualified marriage expert. Libertarians are often described as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, but many of us prefer the term “neutral”, especially when liberals […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

If You Built It, He Will Come

It took President Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build it” speech to finally stimulate something in the economy; unfortunately for him that something was a week of blistering ridicule from producers. The blowback was predictable – if the symphony conductor can’t read music, the folks playing the instruments take umbrage when he credits the gym teacher […]

July 23, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

The Penalties For Success And The Rewards Of Failure

Is it a bird or a falcon? Is it P Diddy or Puff Daddy? Is it grey or gray? Is it a tax or a penalty? The answer is…yes. A tax is a penalty; that is the only thing that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court got right in his decision to uphold the […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

Reclaim Your Independence

Every American knows we will be celebrating the 4th of July on Wednesday; not enough of us remember why. Few of us truly grasp the profound significance of the separation between the American people and our government. We are a nation of self-sovereign individuals, and as the term implies, our government has no authority over […]

July 3, 2012 | Posted in House Blends,National | Read More »

A Post-Constitutional National Demography

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the 2,700 page monstrosity of a law commonly called “ObamaCare,” reminding us all that the third branch of government is still government. To those of us unimpaired by a law degree, it did not seem like a difficult question: where, precisely, does the Constitution empower the federal government to mandate […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

Limit Government, Not Liberty

We used to recognize them by their entrenched contradictions; Republicans were the party of free enterprise and regulated morality while Democrats were the party of civil liberties and economic confiscation. Libertarians were also easy to identify – we took the best from each to form the party of free enterprise AND civil liberties.  Think of […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Tim Nerenz | Read More »

Epic Fail For Elite Liberal Establishment

To paraphrase: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was a waste of time. Well, perhaps not a total waste of time; we did get to learn what democracy looks like with your eyes closed. The effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ended with a dull thud last night, […]

June 6, 2012 | Posted in House Blends,National | Read More »

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