Entries by Neland Nobel

Making Crime Into Political Violence While Ignoring Crime That Is

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

Not too long ago, The Prickly Pear ran a piece, “Don’t Take the Bait”.  It suggested that the press and the Democrats were deliberately baiting conservatives to take action that would result in violence, so it could be to discredit conservatism.  It went on to recommend that conservatives swear off any kind of violent response […]

The New Threat to Democracy: The Shadow Candidate

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

The recent debate performance of Senatorial candidate John Fetterman in Pennsylvania was revelatory. The man clearly has serious cognitive issues that would make him unable to serve. Yet President Biden said Fetterman’s wife would make a great Senator. This remark seemed to imply that party officials understand Fetterman is not able to effectively serve but […]

The Promise of Libertarianism

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

We have been hard on our libertarian friends this election cycle. We have made our case that we cannot blow the chance to change the balance of power in the Senate for the satisfaction of a protest vote. The Prickly Pear is not alone in this. That is likely why Senator Rand Paul, about as […]

A Board Game to Steal an Election? Can you Win?

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Once in a while, something comes along that cheers our progress toward liberty. In this age of cultural discouragement, it is good to see a product that not only entertains but educates about how elections may be stolen, manipulated, or purchased… you pick the term that suits your sensibilities. Unlike watching a movie, or listening […]

Yes, Things ARE as Bad as You Think They Are. Here is What You Can Do.

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

One of the cardinal questions in politics for voters to answer is: are you better off today than you were before? Has the party in power made your life better or worse, easier or more difficult, safer or more dangerous?  Are you freer, or less free than before? We think an objective answer to this […]

SPOILER ALERT! Marc Victor, Libertarian Spoiler for the 2022 Arizona U.S. Senate Race

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

The first thing we would like to make clear is we have great sympathy, even affection, for many libertarian ideas. That is more than just a gratuitous statement. Readers know that over the past few years we have published many articles from libertarian-oriented think tanks and publications. Theoretical ideas and the governing mechanics of politics, are […]

The US Dollar Hits a 35 Year High

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

The US dollar has been on a tear rarely if ever seen before. This has been helped by soaring interest rates. For example, we began the year with the bellwether 10-year Treasury bond at 1.6% while last week’s auction saw rates above 4%. While the nominal change does not seem that large, the percentage change […]

Are The Bond Vigilantes Looking for a Hanging?

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

Prior to 2000, it was common in the economic and investment literature to read about “bond vigilantes.”Credit for the term is generally given to investment guru Edward Yardeni. James Carville, the snake-headed political advisor to the Clinton campaign in 1994, remarked that if there were such a thing as reincarnation, he would like come back […]

Drag Queens Are the New Black Face

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

It is easy to find on YouTube numerous videos of parents dragging their own children to drag queen shows where the children are encouraged to touch the genital areas of the performers or stuff dollar bills into the same geography. Or they will haul their children to a place of learning, usually a library or […]