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Archive for November, 2006

What Should Be Done About Drunk Driving ?

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Today, the New York Times writes about the increasing movement to require even first-time DUI offenders to have ignition-interlock systems installed on their cars that would require them to pass a breathalyzer test before they could start their cars: WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 — The threat of arrest and punishment, for decades the primary tactic against […]

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North American Union?

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Over at, one of their more conservative (i.e. less libertarian) bloggers, Larry Stanley, is railing against immigration, highlighting this quote by Tom Tancredo (R-CO) (emphasis added by Larry, which I will continue here): “People have to understand what we’re talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist. He is going […]

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Want Peace ? Support Free Trade. Want Protectionism ? Support War.

Monday, November 20th, 2006

So argues Donald Boudreaux, Chairman of the Economics Department at George Mason University in a column in today’s Christian Science Monitor: Back in 1748, Baron de Montesquieu observed that “Peace is the natural effect of trade. Two nations who differ with each other become reciprocally dependent; for if one has an interest in buying, the […]

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The Collectivist Party

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

November 19, 2006 will go down in American history as the date when America’s newest party, the Collectivist Party, replaced the old Democratic Party of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as the America’s major party. The only party that can somewhat challenge them is a regional party from the Deep South known as the Republican […]

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Religious Freedom vs. The War On Terror

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

There are few symbols of Islam that arose more controversy in the West than the burqa, a covering that some Islamic women wear, either by force or by choice, that completely covers their body and hides even their eyes from public view. In what may well be a sign of things to come in Europe, […]

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Prominent Democrat Wants To Reinstate The Draft

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Rep. Charles Rangel, who is set to become the Chairman of the House Ways And Means Committee (or, as I like to call it, the Ways-To-Be-Mean Committee), has called for the reinstatement of the military draft: WASHINGTON — Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming […]

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Oklahoma: Two Steps Forward, One (Potential) Step Back

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

UPDATE: My reading comprehension took a breather today. Replace Oklahoma with Arkansas for most of this post. I guess I had Oklahoma on the brain after the tattoo story. Suffice to say that I did have a point in that all states like to use taxation or outright bans of unpopular behavior or activities based […]

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Milton Friedman: Advocate For Liberty

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

David Boaz has an article up at TCS Daily about the legacy of Milton Friedman: Friedman was born in New York in 1912, at the end of a long period of peace and prosperity. The first half of his life witnessed a series of catastrophes for peace and freedom – World War I, the Bolshevik […]

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Milton Friedman Dies at 94

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

This news came across my inbox today. With sadness, I must pass it along: Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who advocated an unfettered free market and had the ear of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, died Thursday. He was 94. … In more than a dozen books and in his column in Newsweek magazine, […]

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What If Coffee Shops Were Run Like Public Schools ?

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Over at The American Spectator, Andrew Coulson wonders what might happen if coffee shops were run the same way we run public education: Imagine what would happen if coffee shops were run like schools. Let’s say that state and local officials granted Starbucks a “public coffee” franchise, paying it $10,000 annually per customer (about what […]

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No, They Haven’t Learned Their Lesson

Monday, November 13th, 2006

The Republican Party, after losing their majority in the midterms, should be looking at themselves and realizing why they have lost. The key word in that sentence is should. Instead, the Republicans appear to be ready to reelect their House leadership and a man whose only qualification is that he’s a Bush loyalist will be […]

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American Economy As A Family

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Over at Control Congress, there’s a post about How Bad Trade Deals are Destroying the Middle Class. It was a call for greater protectionism, because the authors believe that we are not negotiating trade deals that are free: These days comparable numbers are imports are 16.22% of GDP and exports are 10.46% of GDP. Per […]

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The New York Times Tries To Understand Libertarians

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

And fails. In a piece about “corporate social responsibility” the New York Times interviewed someone from the Competitive Enterprise Institute and came away with this unique undertanding of libertarianism: OVER 35 years ago, the economist Milton Friedman wrote a famous article for The New York Times Magazine entitled, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to […]

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Well If That’s All You Can Come Up With….

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

In an article published on Election Day, Reason Magazine asked Congressman Jeff Flake, a member of the Republican class of 1994 2000 and of the Republican Liberty Caucus, what happened to the Republican revolution that started in 1994. His response, was, in a word, depressing: Reason: Whatever happened to the class of ’94? Flake: I […]

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Why The Republicans Lost, Part II

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Apparently, the public no longer considers the GOP the party of small government: The Club for Growth today released new survey data that shows the Republican Party has completely lost its brand as the party of limited government and low spending. The poll is instructive since it surveyed voter attitudes in 15 battleground districts where […]

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Why The Republicans Lost

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Much has been written, and much will continue to be written, about what happened on Tuesday and why the Republican Congressional majority that was created in the revolution of 1994 crumbled so quickly in 2006, but I don’t think anyone has said it better than the man who led that revolution twelve short years ago: […]

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ESPN Power Struggles

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

This post was originally posted at The Unrepentant Individual, where I’ve been posting about college football a lot lately. It drifted over into the territory of monopolies, so I thought I’d cross-post it here. ——————————————————————— Over the past few years, cable companies have been battling ESPN over the cost of carrying the ESPN channel. It’s […]

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Why no politics?

Monday, November 6th, 2006

After all, it is election season… in fact tomorrow is election day; why hasn’t a brilliant and insightful commentator such as myself opined on this election? Honestly, I just can’t stand to write anything about politics right at this moment. I’m getting two dozen (no exaggeration) political calls a day between my home phone, and […]

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Plans for the Mid-Term Election

Monday, November 6th, 2006

This election is putting most classical liberals in a bind. We don’t really want to see the continuation of the borrow-and-spend behavior of our current one-party rule, but we likewise don’t want to see the tax-and-spend-even-more behavior of the Democrats. We don’t want to see the enforced-morality of the paternal state our current one-party rule […]

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The Case Against Prohibition

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Over at Catallarchy, Patri Friedman makes the case against drug prohibition, in a way that doesn’t rely on the ideas of personal liberties, natural rights, or any other theoretical basis: I think all this talk of incentives and local vs. global control is making way too complex an argument which in this case is completely […]

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