I’ve often written about seemingly small things that really matter in people’s lives, things like faucets, lawnmowers, movies, showers, soap, smartphones, food, and other things we live with day to day. Most of the big lessons are best taught through small examples that people can understand – examples that I can understand. I used to be shy about how seemingly trivial my subject matter really is. But at some point I just thought: To heck with it; I’m just going to be myself. Plus, I’m pretty sure that readers connect better with things they live and experience themselves.
I write mostly so that I will stop obsessing about a topic. Something confronts me as a puzzle, and I try to figure it out in light of what I know. It is typical for me to become possessed by the problem or idea for a matter of days, though it can be just hours. I’m bugged by it until I can write about it. Then I sit down and get it out of my system to leave room for new thoughts.
.. I argue that the state is not only about coercion and compulsion; it is also about fundamental errors in thought. We can replicate those in our lives and make a real mess of things, whether in our careers, families or people we manage. The state fundamentally misunderstands the nature of the world. I try to ferret out those misunderstandings and delineate them as a means to a better understanding of how to think like a free person.
.. Anarchy is all around us. Without it, our world would fall apart. All progress is due to it. All order extends from it. All blessed things that rise above the state of nature are owed to it. The human race thrives only because of the lack of control, not because of it. I’m saying that we need ever more absence of control to make the world a more beautiful place. It is a paradox that we must forever explain.