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Archive for July, 2007

Robert Heinlein The Libertarian

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Heinlein, one of America’s most prolific science fiction authors and, as Brian Doherty writes in Reason, a very unique libertarian: Heinlein once told a visitor, “I’m so much a libertarian that I have no use for the whole libertarian movement.” Although never in […]

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Harry Potter’s Secret Libertarian Message

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

At least one person, a law professor in Tennessee thinks there’s a hidden libertarian message in the Harry Potter series: KNOXVILLE — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in the series, will be published on July 21, and University of Tennessee law professor Benjamin Barton will be standing in line […]

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Senator David Vitter’s Phone Number Found On DC Madam’s Records

Monday, July 9th, 2007

This should be fun… Sen. David Vitter, R-La., apologized Monday night for “a very serious sin in my past” after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called “D.C. Madam.” Vitter’s spokesman, Joel Digrado, confirmed the statement in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press. “This was a […]

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Ron Paul On Morning Joe

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Ron Paul appeared on Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show this morning. Unfortunately, since he was on Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC program, its likely that less than a million people actually saw him Paul does well, as is typical. And Scarborough makes a comment about Paul surprising everyone in New Hampshire and refers to him as the next […]

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Strange New State Global Warming Laws

Monday, July 9th, 2007

California: Restrict oil supply by crippling alternative oil sources Oil-sand, oil-shale, and coal-to-oil projects – alternative fuel sources that could enhance US energy security – have always faced one hurdle. They look good only when oil prices are high. Now, they have another challenge: global warming. California has enacted new climate-change policies that make energy […]

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Monday Open Thread: Go Go Gadget Global Warming

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Global Warming is occurring. We have two choices: restrict freedom and capitalism in the hope that we might curb emissions, or open the doors for capitalism in the hopes that increased wealth and technology will solve the problem. I vote #2. Go.

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Big Brother Coming To New York City

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Today’s New York Times reports on the fairly ambitious surveillance plans that authorities have for  downtown Manhattan: By the end of this year, police officials say, more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan, the beginning phase of a London-style surveillance system that would be the first in the United […]

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Ron Paul On This Week

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Ron Paul appeared on ABC News’s This Week yesterday and put on a passably good performance: Both David Griffus @ LewRockwell.com and David Weigel @ Hit&Run make something of the closing exchange between Paul and Stephanopoulos: Stephanopoulos: What’s success for you in this campaign? Paul: What’s success? Well, to win, is one, is the goal. […]

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New Passport Rules Aren’t Making You Safer

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Another lesson in unintended consequences… A new rule aimed at protecting US borders is behind the backlog of passport applications that has frustrated countless Americans this summer. But some experts and federal employees who check applications warn that these shortcomings mean more work needs to be done to improve this aspect of national security. Increasing […]

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Eminent Domain Outrage In Virginia

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post reports on another example of eminent domain abuse by local government, this time in Prince William County, Virginia: The white lines that mark the parking spots around Dharmesh Desai’s auto repair shop are freshly painted, awaiting customers who will never come. For the past 11 years, Desai has worked to meet the […]

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Holding Back In The War On Terror

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

According to a report in the New York Times, the Bush Administration passed on an opportunity to strike at the senior leadership of al Qaeda because they considered the mission “too risky”: WASHINGTON, July 7 — A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was […]

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Ron Paul Has More Money In The Bank Than John McCain

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Now here’s a story I never thought I’d see: ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Reports: Though often regarded as a longshot candidate for president, Republican Ron Paul tells ABC News that he has an impressive $2.4 million in cash on hand after raising an equal amount during the second quarter, putting him ahead of one-time Republican […]

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The Allure Of Exclusion

Friday, July 6th, 2007

I got an interesting perspective on sociology this week. I was up at Lake Arrowhead in the mountains north of San Bernardino, California with my family. My brother-in-law has a boat, so he managed to get it into the lake to watch the fireworks on the 4th. Lake Arrowhead is a popular lake due to […]

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The Root Causes Of Terrorism

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Ever since September 11th, people have wondered what it is that can cause seemingly education men like the 9/11 hijackers to fall prey to an ideology so extreme that they are willing to commit mass murder. Some would argue that it is something inherent in the nature of Islam that causes this, but that misses […]

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Joe Lieberman Is Watching You

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman apparently thinks it would be a really good idea if the government could watch your every move: Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Sunday he wants to “more widely” use surveillance cameras across the country. “The Brits have got something […]

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Hidden Taxes, EZ-Pass, And Tolls

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

There’s an interesting article in the New York Times about the impact that the increased use of electronic toll collection systems like EZ-Pass has had on how drivers respond to toll increases: There is a stretch of the Garden State Parkway that used to feel like the tollbooth capital of America. In a span of […]

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When In The Course Of Human Events

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Two Hundred Thirty One Years Ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote the following: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature […]

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Ron Paul: Rumors Of Disappointing Numbers

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Last month, I linked to a report on Free Market News Network reporting rumors of a surge in fundraising on behalf of Ron Paul. At the time, FMNN was reporting the possibility of total second quarter donations as high as $ 4 million to $ 5 million dollars, which, if true, would have been a […]

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Price Control Chaos In Zimbabwe

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Robert Mugagbe’s Zimbabwe is quickly turning into a textbook lesson on why price controls never work: Bread and other essentials all but vanished from shops and supermarkets in Harare yesterday after President Mugabe ordered a 50 per cent cut in prices. Price inspectors and police, sometimes armed, descended on supermarkets in the Zimbabwean capital to […]

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Clinton & McCain Down — Paul, Thompson, Obama Up

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

For those who thought– on November 3, 2004– that the 2008 election would be McCain vs. Clinton, one of the two is nearly gone, and the other is holding place while everyone around hopes something better comes along. The first, McCain, is nearly done. It’s about time to call this one, for reasons I’ll cover […]

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