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Archive for July, 2006

Is Retreat an Option?

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Today in the Washington Post, Sebastian Mallaby pens a screed called The Wisdom of Retreat. He suggests that while retreating from our hawkish stance supporting Israel may not be a good option, it just might be the least bad: If its diplomacy fails, the Bush administration will have to face the dilemma that it’s now [...]

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Norwood v. Horney: A Crushing Blow To Kelo

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Duncan Currie writes in The Weekly Standard about Wednesday’s decision by the Ohio Supreme Court in Norwood v. Horney, which he calls a crushing blow to the rationale behind the infamous Kelo decision. Currie identifies three areas in which the Norwood decision undermines the rationale behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City [...]

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Republicans Being Democrats… Again

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

House GOP pressing vote on minimum wage House Republican leaders, giving in to political reality, plan a vote to raise the $5.15 minimum wage before leaving Washington this weekend for a five-week recess. “Whether people like it or not, we need to go ahead with it,” said Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., who supports the idea. [...]

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What’s A Libertarian To Do ?

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

These are not good times to be a politically active libertarian. The Libertarian Party, recent platform changes notwithstanding, is unlikely to ever become a force with any real political power in the United States and has done an abysmal job at promoting libertarian ideas among the general public. The Republican Party has pretty much abandoned [...]

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A Victory For Property Rights In Ohio

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

In January, I wrote about a case being argued before the Ohio Supreme Court that was, without question the first major test of local government eminent doman powers since the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision. The case involved the city of Norwood, near Cincinnati, and its attempt to use eminent domain to take the propety of [...]

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Atlanta Prefers Government Control to Results

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Achieve Academy could be shut down But Achieve Academy may close, a move that would force Zicuria and the school’s 170 or so other students from grades five through seven back to the traditional public schools they left. Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall is recommending against approving Achieve Academy’s charter, citing a weak curriculum, a history [...]

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The Seen And The Unseen

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

More that 150 years ago, Fredrich Bastiat wrote a seminal treatise on economics discussing the seen and unseen costs of market regulation. Despite the passage of time, it’s clear that we have not learned Bastiat’s lesson. Government regulates the economy without any regard to what impact it is truly having on the market. Nonetheless, there [...]

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Are We Too Nice To Win ?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

John Podhoretz has an excellent column in today’s New York Post that consists entirely of questions. He doesn’t give any answers, but I’m not sure there are any. WHAT if liberal democracies have now evolved to a point where they can no longer wage war effectively because they have achieved a level of humanitarian concern [...]

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Carnival Of Liberty LV

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

The 55th edition of the Carnival of Liberty is up at Indian Cowboy. Get over there and check out some great writing from around the LLP Community. If you’re interested in hosting the Carnival yourself, I’ve got dates open through the end of September. Let me know when you’d be available.

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“Fair Flat Tax” is Neither

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Oregon Senator Wants to Take On the Burden of Fixing the Tax Code Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has made it his mission to force Congress to rewrite the entire tax code. If he succeeds, every interest in town would take one side or the other in what would be the biggest legislative battle in years. [...]

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The Daily Roundup

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Keith who? Democrats are on their latest election platform for 2006. They’ll come with yet another one next week sometime. I don’t know what’s worse, the GOP’s “American Values Agenda”, which doesn’t even deal with serious issues, or the Democrats’s lack of an agenda. World trade talks collapse. (more on this later) Space tourists can [...]

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Stem Cells and Liberty

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

The recent vote by Congress and veto by President Bush of legislation that would have allowed Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research has brought stem cell research and government funding of it back to the front pages of the news. There have been some liberty-minded people have expressed outrage at Bush’s decision. However, I [...]

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Why Israel is Losing

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Israel is not winning its war against Hezbollah, according to retired Colonel Ralph Peters in the New York Post. He has some bullet points that review the situation: * By trying to spare Israeli lives through the use of airpower and long-range artillery fire instead of ground troops, the IDF played into Hezbollah’s hands. The [...]

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Of Course We’re Taking Sides

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

The days of American foreign policy in the Middle East being based on the absurd idea that we should be a “honest broker” between the Israelis and Arab terrorists intent on destroying them are over, the Bush Administration is clearly taking sides in the Israeli-Hezbollah War: WASHINGTON, July 21 — The Bush administration is rushing [...]

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The Nanny State vs. The Family Part II

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Last week, I wrote about Abraham Cherrix, a 16 year-old boy in Accomack County, Virginia in the middle of a custody battle between his parents and the Accomack County Social Services Department. The issue at hand, of course, was Abraham’s cancer treatments. Abraham and his parents made the choice to discontinue his chemotherapy and try [...]

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World War IV

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Late in 2004, I posted this piece at The Unrepentant Individual. Reading a story in the Washington Post today called The Guns of July, it drew a parallel between today’s fighting in Lebanon and the beginnings of World War I. It’s been hinted widely that the war against Radical Islam is a lot wider than [...]

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Maryland’s Wal-Mart Law Struck Down

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

A Federal Judge has struck down the law passed by the Maryland legislature earlier this year which would have required Wal-Mart to provide health care for all its employees. BALTIMORE — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a Maryland law that would have required Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to spend more on employee health care, arguing [...]

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War on Drugs is a War on Freedom

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I was listening to Boortz today, and he made the (not original, he admitted) point at the end of his show that we’re not really fighting a “War on Terror”. Terror is a tactic. That would be like saying we’re fighting a “War on Blitzkrieg” or a “War on Mutually Assured Destruction”. It makes no [...]

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The Only Way Out

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

In this morning’s Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer outlines what may be the only sensible way to end the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. Krauthammer argues that this war has created a unique situation; the Arab world, and most of the rest of the world, seems united in the opinion that Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria have gone [...]

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How to Fix the Middle East

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

I think I’ll declare today The Liberty Papers’ “Middle East Day”. Now, on to business. I think that an overwhelming majority of the Israelis want nothing more than to live in peace and prosperity. At the same time, most of the “Palestinians” want nothing more than to live in peace and prosperity. So let’s see [...]

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