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Archive for January, 2006

The Reactions

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Earlier this month, I talked about CATO Unbound and their topic for this month: Internet Liberation: Alive or Dead?. In fact, I posted an entry titled Thoughts on Technology and Liberty just a day before CATO announced their topic, which I discussed in This Should Be Fun. Now the discussion is in full swing over at CATO.

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A Clear Victory

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

The new Roberts Court has handed down its first significant opinion of the term and it is a clear victory for federalism and individual rights, and a defeat for the Federal Government The Supreme Court delivered a rebuff to the Bush administration over physician-assisted suicide today, rejecting a Justice Department effort to bar doctors in […]

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Carnival of Liberty XXVIII

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Carnival of Liberty XXVIII is up over at Below the Beltway. Stop by and check it out!

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His Dream

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Martin Luther King, Jr. said: I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of […]

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The Alito hearings were worthless

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

I am deeply disappointed in the Senate this week after seeing the absolutely horrible confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito. The truly important issues of the day, property rights, privacy, and free speech, fell by the wayside in favor of abortion and executive power. It is no wonder we never got a useful answer from Samuel […]

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Legislative Lunacy

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

how to win back your ex An old friend of mine (Jon, who really Cialis by mail ought to start blogging) sent this little gem of a story to me via e-mail. A pro-pot group alleges that an Aurora police officer pulled over one of its members this week because he had a marijuana legalization […]

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More On Regulating Anonymous Internet Speech

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

I wrote yesterday , as did Chris in a post here, about a provision attached to the Violence Against Women Act which appears to outlaw anonymous “annoying” speech on the Internet. Not surprisingly, it has been the subject of much discussion today, and a little bit of second-guessing. At The Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr takes […]

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A Post-Kelo Test In Ohio

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in what is being called the first significant eminent domain case to be argued since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June in Kelo v. City of New London. As with the Kelo case, the case being argued this morning in Columbus involves a homeowner facing the […]

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Annoy, Abuse, Threaten or Harass

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Yes folks, congress has tried to make being anonymously annoying on the internet illegal. My god, how will usenet or blogs function when everyone is in prison?

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Internet Liberation and the Ingenue

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Even now, I look at the internet as a place in which I must step carefully – just as I am ever aware of my surroundings when I’m away from home (I never approach my car from a store without my keys in my hand) so I have learned to be diligent to watch for danger signs on the ‘net.

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Thought to Ponder

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Since we are talking about government power and police states, Solzhenitsyn seemed a good choice for a quote today. “The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918- ) Russian writer, Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 8 years for […]

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More Thinking on Government Power in the United States

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Rather than continue hijacking Brad’s post on Air Travel Security, I thought I’d move the discussion that developed there into its own post. And, I’m trying to consolidate the discussion on two different blogs into one. To see what I mean, look at this post on Eric’s Grumbles. There are some points that really ought […]

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This Should Be Fun

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Not long ago, CATO unveiled their blog: CATO Unbound. The premise is that they will have a primary essay every month, responses from other prominent bloggers and provide trackbacks and links so that the rest of the blogosphere can respond too. Because December was so insane, I didn’t get a chance to play with the CATO concept as they debuted with The Living Constitution.

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Rights of the Government to Impose Air Security Measures

Friday, January 6th, 2006

In response to my piece, Common Sense Offends ACLU, addressing the ACLU’s opposition towards the behavioral screening procedures imposed by the TSA in certain airports, commenter John Newman brought up some questions. John believes that federalizing aviation security matters is Unconstitutional. He advances two particular arguments. His first argument discusses the Constitution’s “fundamental right to […]

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Price Controls: Guaranteed Disaster

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Thomas DiLorenzo wrote an excellent article back in November on the consequences of government price controls. There’s an interesting underlying theme here. DiLorenzo catalogs more than 2500 years of government price controls and the disasters they brought about, all the way up to modern times and the energy crisis of California. And the thing that […]

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A Three Party System ?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

James Joyner at Outside The Beltway points to this post by Scott Elliott where he predicts the emergence of the Libertarian Party as a true third party within twenty years: Here’s the reason why: Many Americans are libertarian at heart – they just don’t recognize it…yet. These folks believe in less restrictions on behaviors (a […]

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Carnival of Liberty XXVII

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Carnival of Liberty XXVII is up and running at Louisiana Libertarian. Head on over and check out some good stuff related to Life, Liberty and Property!

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Thoughts on Technology and Liberty

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

I was chatting with Robert about technology. As I mentioned on my own blog, I got a couple of cool geek toys for Christmas. One is kind of passive, but awesome for audio/video geekery; a DVD recorder. Not only does it play DVD’s (and music and picture CD’s) very well, but it records just about […]

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