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Archive for July, 2006

So Be It

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

“It’s clear that in the Middle East, no one is sick of the fighting. They have centuries of grudges to resolve, and will continue fighting until they can get over them. And considering that they obviously have no interest in “getting over them,” we’re stuck with a war that will not end in any forseable […]

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Carnival Of Liberty LIV

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

The 54th edition of the Carnival Of Liberty is up at Ogre’s Politics And Views. It was apparently up this morning, but server problems at mu.nu kept it from the world. But, you can’t keep freedom down for too long ! Go check it out. Next week’s Carnival of Liberty will be hosted at Indian […]

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Zoning Laws And Religious Freedom

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Last week, I wrote about a Fairfax County, Virginia zoning ordinance that was forcing a family to accept trees that they didn’t want on their property, today’s Washington Post, though, has an article showing how zoning and land use laws can interfere with more than just property rights. McLean Bible Church, a Tysons Corner megachurch, […]

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The 2006 Arab-Israeli War

Monday, July 17th, 2006

So, the latest Arab-Israeli War has begun. Israel is under attack on two fronts and Israel is responding with artillery fire and air raids, many of the air raids though are killing civilians. The world is asking itself, what can it do to end this crisis? Before we can decide on a solution, we need […]

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Patrick Henry on the Constitution

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

I was talking recently about Patrick Henry. When I was looking into some of his history, I found this speech. Patrick Henry was an anti-Federalist, against the Constitution and a centralized consolidated Government. Perhaps this excerpt will explain why: You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to […]

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Zoning Laws And Property Rights

Friday, July 14th, 2006

This morning’s Washington Post carries a story that stands as yet another example of the ways that zoning laws and other land-use regulations interfere with our property rights. Their seven-bedroom, $2.2 million dream home is in spotless, move-in condition. It’s an elegant hideaway on 1.6 acres in Oakton, set back from a winding, tree-lined road […]

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Libertarianism: The Problem of Children

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Over a year ago, when I was still a new blogger, I posted this entry at The Unrepentant Individual. And I still don’t have an answer for it. Can anyone help me out? —————————————————————– My adherence to libertarianism, as much as an “Unrepentant Individual” adheres to any set political party or philosophy, is based upon […]

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Who Wants to Vote In Georgia?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

We’ve got some primary elections coming up here in Georgia, including the only incumbent Republican congressman in the state that’s even facing a battle. In what might be a serious fight, it’s come time to enlist help from all sides. Thanks to Judge Harold Murphy, Georgia can now enlist the help of people who may […]

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The Danger Of Constitutional Conventions

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

The Massachusettes legislature is currently holding a Constitutional Convention for the ostensible purpose of drafting and approving a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage which would then be voted on by the voters. That’s not all that’s on the agenda, though. Here’s a look at a few other things they’ll be considering: HEALTH CARE — The […]

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The Nanny State vs. The Family

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

A case currently making its way through the Virginia Court system illustrates fairly starkly the extent to which the nanny state can intrude on even the most private decisions. RICHMOND, Va. — A teen cancer patient fighting to use alternative medical treatment for his illness said he told a juvenile court judge in a two-day, […]

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Carnival Of Liberty LIII

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

The 53rd edition of the Carnival of Liberty is up at Homeland Stupidity. This week’s carnival includes several reflections on Independence Day as well as a look at many other issues affecting freedom here and abroad. Go check it out. And, if you’re interested in hosting the Carnival of Liberty in your own blog, let […]

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Interrupting Serious Blogging

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

I don’t care about Italy winning the World Cup or the latest Pirates of the Carribean movie setting a new Hollywood record. Serious, liberty-minded blogging will now resume.

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Government Regulation And The Housing Market

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

The Washington Post has interesting article today about the almost complete lack of smaller-sized homes being bult for the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia market. There are several reasons that this is probably occurring. Land values are so high that it makes more sense for developers to build one large homes rather than two or three smaller homes. […]

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Defending Marriage

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Thought it was a good time to put in my 2 cents. Especially since I’d already written about this issue a couple months ago. I’m one of those people who don’t believe in gay marriage, but who does believe in civil unions. My reasoning is simple. Marriage is at its evolutionary root about altricial infants, […]

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Marriage: A Thought Experiment

Friday, July 7th, 2006

In Doug’s post below, he talks about the difference between the meaning of civil and religious marriage: Kellie and I were married in the Roman Catholic Church, which has requirements for marriage that exceed, and are different from, those of civil marriage. That wedding ceremony is what made the marriage official in the eyes of […]

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Getting Government Out Of The Marriage Business

Friday, July 7th, 2006

That’s what one New York Assemblywoman is proposing in the wake of yesterday’s Court of Appeals decision: Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-125th District, who announced her plan to run for re-election a few hours after the court decision was made public, said this about the court ruling: “Let’s get government out of the wedding business and […]

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A Vision For A Libertarian Future

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Over at Hit and Run, David Weigel writes about the outcome of the recent Libertarian Party convention. Not surprisingly, it seems that, once again, the efforts of those seeking to turn the LP in to something other than a fringe party have come to naught: Specifically, David laments the failure of a group calling itself […]

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The Start of Privatized Roads?

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

A good way to beat traffic: Lease major toll roads If you traveled by road over the Fourth of July, you might have found yourself in a parking lot mistakenly labeled as a highway. That was not the goal 50 years ago as the nation embarked on one of the most successful government programs ever: […]

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The Founding Fathers

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

A frequent commenter here and at The Unrepentant Individual asked me the below question. Given that today we celebrate the official acceptance of the Declaration of Independence, I thought it might be a good day to explain. I am curious to find out what you think of Benjamin Franklin. I live in Philadelphia and so […]

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Carnival Of Liberty LII

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Brad Warbiany hosted the very first Carnival of Liberty on July 4, 2005, so it is only fitting that he be the host of Carnival of Liberty 52. Its been one year since the first Carnival of Liberty, and one year since the founding of the Life, Liberty & Property Community. As Brad notes, we’ve […]

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