At the moment, it looks like I won't be finishing any of my currently unfinished posts until tomorrow, at the earliest, so I decided to write a little note about posts coming soon, and ones to expect afterward.
Right now I have three posts I am completing:
1. There ought to be a Law: Examining the many ways to determine whether a law is valid or invalid.
2. The Consequences of Bad Laws: Looking, for once, at the non-economic consequences of bad laws
3. Accepting Misfortune: A look at how our unwillingness to accept that bad things happen ruined our government and courts, as well as distorting our outlook on life in general
In writing those posts, and a few previous ones, topics arose which have inspired me to write "I need to write about this more". And so, in the interest of getting all those topics in one place, here is a list of the more recent such topics:
1. Immigration - I need to really think this through. For several years I have promised to look at the topic (eg. "The Limits Of Immigration Reform"), but never have, at least beyond giving a generic vote of support for open borders. Still, that avoids a lot of procedural questions, as well as how we will work our way from the present state to the ideal, so there is a lot to cover.
2. Administrative law - How civil procedure, admin law and the rest will work in my ideal government, as the "force, theft and fraud" mantra doesn't answer that one so well
3. Indian Reservations - A really thorny question, mainly due to how it has been handled from our founding onward, how will reservations be handled under my ideal state (and what we did wrong all along the way that brought us here)
4. The UN- A comprehensive look at the UN, and international law as a whole, incorporating my earlier thoughts on Geneva ( "Goodbye Geneva", "Why Nuremberg?", "Last Thought on the Topic", "I Was Right", "Civilian Casualties","Guilty Until Proven Guilty", "Somehow The Media Missed This", "Questions Raised by Boumedine", "Confirmation, If It Is True", "A Very Quick Thought", "Not Geneva Again!", "Notes on a Future Post")
5. Intellectual property- All sides of the debate on copyright and patent, as it is a complex issue and one for which I don't claim to yet have an easy answer (see "Some Thoughts on Copyright, IP and the Law")
6. Sales Tax - My thoughts on this popular topic, though I won't limit myself to the Fair Tax specifically. A look at why I find sales tax a questionable source of revenues. It will include some of my criticisms of the FairTax, obviously. ("An Interesting Analogy, "Why
I Dislike the FairTax
Best Argument Against the FairTax
", "The FairTax's Liberal Assumptions")
7. Taxes - Since I am knocking sales taxes, what I think are valid taxes, or sources of revenue in general, incorporating my earlier thoughts on corporate and other taxes ( "The Foolishness of Corporate Taxes", "What we need", "Making Taxes Hurt", "The Benefits of Federalism", "A True Conservative Platform", "Reframing the Debate", "One Sided History", "Minimal Reforms")
8. As mentioned in my recent post "A Brief Thought on Poverty", I need to go back and look, in a comprehensive manner, at the differences between being lower class and being poor. In the US we have a lower class, by definition any nation which does not have absolute income equality will, but we lack what is traditionally considered poverty, at least for the most part. It is an important distinction, and looking at the efforts to blur these lines to keep alive the "War on Poverty" -- along with silly things such as the old "Rural Electrification" laws (which long outlived their usefulness) and other laws aimed at "rural America" (most dating from the 1930's) -- would make an interesting essay.
There may be more, but for now I think that is plenty of material to keep me busy for a few weeks at least.