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Is Libertarianism a Gnostic or Utopian Political Movement?

This post is excerpted and adapted from the concluding chapter of my dissertation (so I suppose it might qualify as part of my college essays series), wherein I addressed two related objections to libertarianism in general and to my account of Aristotelian liberalism in particular: utopianism and gnosticism, the latter being sort of a theological version […] Read More

The Cycle of Decline of Regimes in Plato’s Republic

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources. The […] Read More

Ancient vs. Modern Political Thought

First installment in my new college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or […] Read More

College Essays Series

I wrote a ton of essays in college, both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. My degrees are in political science, philosophy, and history, after all. They range in length from one single-spaced page to five double-spaced pages and beyond. I’m going to start putting some of these online as part of a […] Read More

New Website, Blog, and Feed URLs

So I’ve gone and moved my website to a new domain name, from gaplauche.com to gaplauche.com. The new blog url is now, of course, gaplauche.com/blog/. No need for any ‘www’ prefix. I figure the new domain is more professional and SEO-friendly. I could have kept the same Feedburner url, but decided instead to make it […] Read More

The Randian Argument Against God

I found this brief restatement of what I take to be Ayn Rand’s epistemological argument against God in my files. I had jotted it down years ago  in college. Existents have identity.                                               […] Read More

Human, All Too Human: A Poem

I wrote this in a strong, rebellious Nietzsche phase in Nov. 1999: Human, All Too Human What beast is Man! Cruel and mean-spirited Conformity is the master plan Individuality has faded To be different is to be outcast Mindlessly follow the herd mentality The disease spreads fast Don’t deviate from the herd morality! No one […] Read More

Introducing Prometheus Unbound

Last week I launched a new website called Prometheus Unbound.  I aim for it to be a sort of online “magazine,” a libertarian review of fiction and literature. The site will feature reviews, news commentary, articles and editorials, and eventually (I hope) interviews, from a libertarian perspective. I’m entertaining the possibility of publishing original fiction […] Read More

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