Dave is an advocate for international liberty and international animal welfare. His many other interests include leadership and entrepreneurship.

I Survived, Part VII of X: After

by David E. Shellenberger on December 24, 2017

“And a time to heal.”
     — Ecclesiastes 3:3

The night the police arrested the first two suspects was one of the best nights of my life. The day in Charlottesville, seeing justice done, was one of the best days.

Not every crime is solved. Not every criminal is caught. Not every prosecution is successful. And not every sentence is adequate.

The police, FBI, and prosecutors performed with excellence. I will always be grateful, and the community is safer with the criminals locked up. And the fact that the authorities stood together at the media conference and sent a message that violent crime will not be tolerated was a warning that should be heeded.


I remain a philosophical anarchist. My views have evolved over my lifetime, and they are firm.

Anarchy means “no ruler.” I believe no one is fit to rule us. I encourage a vision of liberty — freedom from government. The crime has cost me, but my principles are intact. [click to continue…]

I Survived, Part VI of X: Let Justice Be Done

by David E. Shellenberger on December 15, 2017

“[F]or whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
     — Galatians 6:7

I had my last day of the coaching training in Boston on Sunday, July 23rd. I got home that night about 9:00 p.m., happy to be with the cats. I had to leave the next afternoon for the trip to Charlottesville to speak at the sentencing hearings on Tuesday. I finalized my statement and printed out copies.

The trip entailed flying from Hartford to Philadelphia and then taking a separate flight to Charlottesville. The flight from Hartford was scheduled to depart at 6:00 p.m. In theory, the drive should take less than an hour and a half. I left at 2:30 p.m., allowing plenty of time. Plenty was not enough.

Route 84 is a car trap, a monument to the need for a free market in infrastructure. I got trapped. There apparently was an accident. The traffic crawled, stopped, and started as I approached Hartford.

It looked like I was not going to be able to catch the plane. I used my cell phone to try to research later flights, but it was not clear that there would be any that would get me to Charlottesville on time. [click to continue…]

I Survived, Part V of X: Home

December 14, 2017

“As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.”      — Proverbs 27:8 Shortly after I put the house on the market, I had a dream. I was with my parents. My father was driving us up Route 20, snaking northwest along the Westfield River toward […]

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I Survived, Part IV of X: Indictment

December 13, 2017

“Thou shalt not steal.”      — Seventh Commandment On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of six people in connection with the string of robberies in the crime spree. The crimes included five robberies of commercial establishments —pizza restaurants and a 7-Eleven — between June 9 and July 7, 2016. […]

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I Survived, Part III of X: Restoration

December 12, 2017

“[I]n detective stories virtue is always triumphant.”      — Dorothy Sayers I sat down in the living room. Within a minute, Eve came over to me from wherever she had hidden. I knew she would. She rubbed against my legs. I petted her and told her I loved her. My mission had been to […]

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I Survived, Part II of X: Blue Lights, Long Night

December 11, 2017

“The game is afoot.”        — Sherlock Holmes I had put the house on the market more than a year earlier. Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes of mourning the loss of friends: “It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of an oak.” […]

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I Survived, Part I of X: My Least Favorite Night

December 10, 2017

“Life is like stepping onto a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink.”        — Attributed to Shunryu Suzuki On the night of July 18, 2016, I was in my office on the second floor of my home in central Virginia, near Charlottesville. It was about a quarter past […]

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Haiku: Fourth of July, 2017

July 4, 2017

Fireworks like war, Smoke like the terror attack. The sky offers peace.

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Trump Is Not My President

January 21, 2017

Donald Trump is not my president. Nor is he your president, even if you voted for him. The position he now holds is chief executive of the U.S. government and head of state. The people are not the government, and the state is not the country. Consider some additional misconceptions that encourage submission to the […]

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Observations on the United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union

June 25, 2016

The United Kingdom’s rejection of continued membership in the European Union is a good outcome, but it is not a reason to celebrate populism. Populism means the defiance of principle and an appeal to the mob. Unfortunately, much of the support for the UK’s exit appears to have been based on opposition to immigration, including […]

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