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Archive for January, 2007

Why I’m Not an An-Cap

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

A few weeks ago, I delved into the question of Libertarianism and Utilitarianism. The two are competing moral philosophies, with Libertarianism valuing personal liberty as its paramount goal, and Utilitarianism valuing maximizing utility (aka “the common good”) as its highest goal. I believe that the logical end of Libertarianism is anarchism (which, to be truly [...]

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They Never Learn

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

As much as we have griped lately about the GOP not learning it’s lessons (Doug has been especially effective on this front), the Democrats show no propensity to learn from their victory. They did not win because the hard core left of the Democratic Party carried them to party. They won because the small government [...]

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More on Police Culture

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

In yet another clear sign that the Drug War’s most prominent success has been the corruption of police culture in this country, we have this story in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Police Department is accused of taking possession of a Mercedes-Benz convertible from a drug-addicted local businessman in return for agreeing not to prosecute him for [...]

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Should The State Protect You From Making Bad Choices ?

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

The Virginia General Assembly is debating a number of bills that would regulate, and in some cases nearly eliminate the pay-day loan industry in the state based upon the belief that the loans’ high interest rates take advantage of lower-income citizens: The rite of borrowing modest amounts of cash against a future paycheck — known [...]

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More Mandatory Minimums Madness: The “Sexual Predator” Edition

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Cross posted at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds I have written in the past about the insanity of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on at least two occasions (here, and here). In my previous posts, the minimum sentencing guidelines had to do with the war on drugs. In this latest outrage however, this mandatory minimum sentence [...]

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The Futile Drug War and Crime

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Over at just a marine, the author is making the argument that the drug war, while it hasn’t been as successful as he’d like, is not futile. This is in response to Radley Balko’s piece at Reason highlighting the folks of LEAP. The marine makes a point that is very personal, but has wider implications: [...]

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Chavez To Declare Himself Dictator

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Making official something that was really quite apparent, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is on the verge of being given dictatorial power, and freedom continues to silently die south of the border: Venezuela’s National Assembly has given initial approval to a bill granting the president the power to bypass congress and rule by decree for 18 [...]

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Copyright Law And The Assault On Innovation II

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

A Federal Judge in New York has ruled that a lawsuit by the music industy against XM Satellite Radio over a new XM radio that allows consumers to record songs played on XM onto an MP3 player can proceed forward: A lawsuit in which record companies accuse XM Satellite Radio Holdings of cheating them by [...]

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The Slow Advance Of The Nanny State

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

I’m convinced that one of the reasons that liberty is always on the defensive is because people fail to notice the small ways in which it is being chipped away at, little by little, day by day, sometimes even for reasons that seem to make sense. I was reminded of this by Dale Franks in [...]

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Supreme Court To Hear Two Major First Amendment Cases

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Via SCOTUSblog comes word that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals in two cases dealing with challenges to the McCain-Feingold law’s restriction on advertising by third-parties within 60 days of an election: Returning to the much-litigated controversy over political campaign ads broadcast during election season, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to [...]

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FCC Chairman: We Won’t Approve An XM-Sirius Merger

Friday, January 19th, 2007

For the moment, any discussion of a merger between satellite radio providers XM and Sirius is just that, talk. Nonetheless, the advantages of such a merger to both companies are apparent. The Chairman of the FCC, who you will remember is a Republican appointed by a Republican President and approved by a Republican Congress, though, [...]

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Why Chavez Will Be Bad For Venezuela

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

The news came down early this month that Hugo Chavez intended to nationalize industry in Venezuela. There have been many media glorifications of Chavez in recent times, who has been using the oil wealth of Venezuela to improve the lives of the poorest in the nation. Many socialists think this might be their one bright [...]

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Stephen Littau in 537 Words

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Before I get into introducing myself to the readers of The Liberty Papers, I want to thank Brad and Doug for inviting me to become a contributor to this wonderful blog. The Liberty Papers has been my favorite blog since its inception and it is my hope that my writing lives up to the high [...]

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Whatever Happened To Parental Responsibility ?

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Today, it was reported that four families have filed lawsuits against the parent company of MySpace because their children were targeted by adults they met online: NEW YORK — Four families have sued News Corp. and its MySpace social-networking site after their underage daughters were sexually abused by adults they met on the site, lawyers [...]

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So Much For Open Debate

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Up in New Hampshire, Toby Iselin wrote a letter to Delmar Burridge, his local representative in the state legislature urging him to support a bill currently pending that would decriminalize marijuana. Here’s Iselin’s letter: Dear Representative Delmar Burridge I hope you are in good health. I understand that you are on the Criminal Justice and [...]

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Taking The First Steps

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

The Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee has it’s own website. A bit rudimentary at the moment, but its a start.

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More restrictions on speech?

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Are you a blogger? Then S. 1 may concern you. From Of Arms and the Law: S.1 has been introduced in the Senate as “lobbying reform” — which in this case means “First Amendment infringements.” An amendment has been attached, which requires registration of bloggers with more than 500 readers, and who comment on policy [...]

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Another Defeat For The “Fair Share” Crowd

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today struck what is very likely a fatal blow to the movement to compel large companies such as Wal-Mart to provide health insurance coverage for their employees: A federal appeals court ruled today that Maryland violated federal law when it required Wal-Mart Stores to increase spending on employee health [...]

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The End Of Warrantless Wiretaps

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

There really is no other way to spin this story except to say that the Bush Administration has given in, there won’t be anymore warrantless wiretaps: The Justice Department announced today that the National Security Agency’s controversial warrantless surveillance program has been placed under the authority of a secret surveillance court, marking an abrupt change [...]

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Is Fidel Castro The Latest Victim Of Socialized Medicine ?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

According to a new report from a Spanish newspaper, Fidel Castro’s current condition may be due to failures in Cuba’s vaunted nationalized medical industry: HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban leader Fidel Castro chose to avoid a colostomy and opted for riskier intestinal surgery that led to serious complications, the Spanish newspaper El Pais said in its [...]

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