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Archive for December, 2005

Is Tolerance the same as Acceptance?

Monday, December 5th, 2005

The words “tolerance” and “acceptance” are used interchangeably these days, but do they really mean the same thing?

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Think About This

Monday, December 5th, 2005

And take into consideration who wrote it. “The fact that people sort themselves out in many ways is not usually a big problem—except to those people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. Government programs to unsort people who have sorted themselves out have produced one social disaster after […]

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Rule of Law and Originalism

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

For roughly the first 150 years of the Republic judges in this country made legal rulings based on the intent and meaning of the Constitution as it was written. This concept, at the time, was not called Originalism. It was considered the norm for a country founded on the principle of the rule of law.

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Coming Soon

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

The Cato Institute will be launching their own blog, called Cato Unbound, on Monday, December 5. They will post a new essay, and reactions, every month. From their About page: Each month, Cato Unbound will present an essay on a big-picture topic by one of the world’s leading thinkers. The ideas in that essay will […]

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Driving ‘Round The Blogosphere

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

Light, and not so light, reading for a Saturday evening.

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I’m going to live forever

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

That cigar my father-in-law and I smoke at Christmas apparently puts us in the evil tobacco users club. Per WHO, one of us is going to die. Wooohoooo, that means one of us isn’t going to die. A cigar a year is a small price to pay for a 50% shot at not dying!

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The Big Tent

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

In a day and age where individualism is tossed in favor of collectivism, where inherent rights are infringed upon daily, where economic liberty is set aside in favor of egalitarian mediocrity, those of us who treasure liberty must make common cause with a lot of strange bedfellows.

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Parsley is a Crime

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

Pretending that something is a drug as a 10 year old’s prank is heinous, an absolutely unconscionable act. We can’t have these 10 year old girls running around doing this sort of thing. But it was just pretend marijuana, you protest? Yes, but we all know where that leads, don’t we?

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Justice Denied

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

I have a serious problem with the death penalty. I believe that it is just; and that it is neither cruel, nor unusual; but I just don’t trust the state with that much power. I don’t necessarily trust juries with that much power. But when it is absolutely clear that a man has ended the life of another without good cause; then it is justified that man be killed.

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Rights, Penumbras, and Emanations

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

No government gave me my rights, and no government can take them away. No man gave me my rights, and no man can take them away. They are mine, and I will excercise them, and I will defend them.

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The Politics of Liberty

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

I want to talk about what I believe in.

I’m a small “l” libertarian, but a lot of people don’t know what that means. In the header of this blog, I describe myself as a “disgruntled constructive anarchist”. Considering that anarchists (actually anarcho-socialists) are active and in the news today in my home town of Boston, I thought it might be an opportune time to explain what I mean by that.

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Show Us Your Papers

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

The quintessential image of totalitarian societies is that of the police officer with the ability to stop any citizen on a street corner, at any time, for any reason, and demand to see “their papers.” In the Soviet Union, that meant showing the passport you needed to carry with you at all times even if […]

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People Power Comes To Hong Kong

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

If the Chinese Communists thought that it would just be business as usual when they took over the former British colongy of Hong Kong in 1997, it appears that they may be sadly mistaken: Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Martin Lee said that citizens of the former British colony have no option but to use “people […]

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Driving ‘Round the Blogosphere

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Interesting reading to check out in your spare minute a day.

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The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Saga

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

There have been some interesting developments concerning our acting Secretary of State Al Ater. First of all, Al Ater announced yesterday that he would not seek election to the Secretary of State post in the fall of 2006. He cited as his reasons that the position should be appointed (which I agree with) and that […]

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Leftists, in their own words

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

I am certainly no fan of progressive political theory, but it is instructive to know what, specifically, its proponents advocate. Fortunately, Washington Monthly’s blog, Political Animal (Kevin Drum), features a series of articles called The New Progressivism. The introduction of which reads in part: forex trading systems Conservatives say they want to use choice (school […]

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