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Archive for November, 2007

Censors Want To Go After Videogames

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Earlier this week, four United States Senators did not think that a new game, Manhunt 2, was not sufficiently rated high enough and may even be bought by the children. Those four Senators decided to write the Entertainment Software Rating Board, private agency set up by the video game makers to self-regulate their products. The […]

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Rick Santorum: “More Compassionate Conservatism Please”

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has apparently climbed out from the rock he’s been hiding under since he was defeated in 2006. In a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rick Santorum believes that the key to victory for Republicans is to embrace Compassionate Conservatism, except he calls it “common good” conservatism. What Rick defines as […]

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The Free Market In Action – The Giant Retailers Begin To Buckle

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

If you purchased a newspaper in the past week or so, you might have noticed a bunch of circulars advertising post-Thanksgiving sales. The stores publicize these sale prices in an attempt to attract customers for what is known as “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving which, by custom, is one of the largest shopping days […]

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Have A Great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Life should be slightly quiet here over the next few days, as a couple of us may be attending to familial obligations. In the interim, we wish you and yours a happy holiday, and we’ll get back to battling the evil forces of government after the turkey hangover subsides!

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Ron Paul Makes Thanksgiving Eve Appearance With Alex Jones

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

For some more pandering to the Troofers and other conspiracy theorist whackjobs. I’ll listen for anything of note, but as of now, I’m done with Ron Paul. The Ron Paul campaign has unfortunately become a gathering place for 9/11 “Truther” morons, racists, neo-Nazis, Southern secessionists, fascists, conspiracy theorists, wannabe authoritarians, Birchers, and nativists that I […]

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And The Bubble Goes POP!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

What happens in an inflationary economic expansion? Credit comes into a market, getting sucked into ever-larger speculative ventures, driving up pricing in an asset class to the point where people check their good sense at the door in exchange for a shot glass full of hysteria. But unfortunately, growth fueled by speculation requires ever-more speculation […]

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The Best Explanation of the Second Amendment I Have Ever Heard

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”- Amendment II, U.S. Constitution As Doug reported yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to take its first case on the Second Amendment in almost 70 years. During […]

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What An Odyssey

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

That title seemed appropriate, considering that this is the 2001st blog post written on The Liberty Papers. In a way it is also appropriate that I am the one who is writing it. For those who don’t know me, I’m Eric, the guy who thought it would be pretty cool to create this blog 2 […]

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Quote of the Day: Rudy’s Latest Bullshit

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

“I strongly believe that Judge Silberman’s decision deserves to be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Parker decision is an excellent example of a judge looking to find the meaning of the words in the Constitution, not what he would like them to mean.” – Rudy Giuliani in a statement supporting the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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Mike Huckabee: Scarier Than Ron Paul

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

So says LA Times’ Jonah Goldberg: While many are marveling at Paul’s striking success at breaking out of the tinfoil-hat ghetto, Huckabee’s story is even more remarkable. The former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister is polling in second place in Iowa and could conceivably win there. He’s still a long shot to take the nomination […]

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear D.C. Gun Ban Case

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

As expected, the Supreme Court announced today that it would hear the appeal of the District of Columbia in the twin cases that resulted in the District’s ban on handguns being declared unconstitutional earlier this year: The Supreme Court announced today that it will decide whether the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns violates the […]

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The Truth About The Blind Zogby Poll

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

There have been several comments here as well as posts from Lew Rockwell and Free Market News Network claiming that Ron Paul won a “blind” Zogby poll where voters were presented only with candidates biographies and stand on the issues. Well, it ain’t entirely true folks. Asked of all voters, yes, Paul wins. Asked of […]

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Parents, Time To Bend Over And Take Your… Injection

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

One way that is particularly poignant in attracting individuals to libertarianism is bringing to mind the image of the gun in the room. The idea is that when you’re dealing with government, you’re dealing with force. As long as you comply with that force, the gun stays in its holster. When you act to defy […]

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Questions About The Ron Paul Campaign

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

David Bernstein, a law professor at my alma mater, and a co-blogger over at The Volokh Conspiracy, has been taking a lot of heat recently for comments he’s made about Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign and the reasons that he’s unable to get fully behind it, which he expressed in this post: Ron Paul is a […]

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Open Thread: Justifiable Homicide Or Murder ?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This is a cross-post from Below The Beltway. It doesn’t directly relate to issues of individual liberty, but it raises some interesting questions about when the private use of force is justifiable that should provide a worthwhile discussion here. A case out of Pasadena Texas raises some interesting questions about when it is justifiable for […]

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Kathryn Johnson: One Year Later

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

About one year ago, a 92 year old woman named Kathryn Johnson was shot dead when Atlanta police busted down the door of her home in a botched drug raid. In his Fox News Column this week, Radley Balko wonders if anything has changed since then: All across the country, narcotics units and SWAT teams […]

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Ron Paul In 4th Place In New Hampshire

Monday, November 19th, 2007

The latest poll of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire has good news for Ron Paul and bad news for Fred Thompson: WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has skidded into sixth place in a new CNN/WMUR poll of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, edged out by ex-Libertarian and anti-war congressman Ron […]

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Ron Paul: We Need To Reclaim The Legacy Of The Founders

Monday, November 19th, 2007

I’ve been fairly hard on the Ron Paul campaign, or at least some of it’s stranger supporters, over the past several months, but when the Congressman is right, he’s right: On the fourth day of July in 1776, a small group of men boldly told the most powerful nation on Earth they were free. They […]

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Iran Blasts Dollar At OPEC Summit — Calls Dollar “Worthless”

Monday, November 19th, 2007

In a stunning example of a stopped clock being right, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad assails the dollar, suggesting OPEC should break the petrodollar link: “They get our oil and give us a worthless piece of paper,” Ahmadinejad told reporters after the close of the summit in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. He blamed President Bush’s policies […]

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Milton Friedman and the Power of Choice

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Just over one year ago, the world lost perhaps the greatest economist of his generation. Milton Friedman had the ability to explain complex economic theories to the average person. I just recently watched his 1980 (and updated 1990) PBS series Free to Choose (based on a book Friedman had published with the same title). I […]

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