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Archive for November, 2007

Quote Of The Day: Incredible Irony Edition

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

From George W. Bush’s speech to the Federalist Society: When the Founders drafted the Constitution, they had a clear understanding of tyranny. They also had a clear idea about how to prevent it from ever taking root in America. Their solution was to separate the government’s powers into three co-equal branches: the executive, the legislature, […]

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Boston Police Encourage Parents To Waive Their Children’s Fourth Amendment Rights

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

The Boston Police Department is hoping that it will be able to encourage parents to waive their childrens’ rights under the Fourth Amendment: Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children’s bedrooms. The […]

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Are Libertarians Welcome In The Democratic Party ?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Based on the reaction that the question engendered over at Daily Kos, I’d have to say the answer is an emphatic no. Based on the fact that Democrats seem to understand economic liberties about as well as Republicans understand civil liberties, I can’t say that I’m surprised. H/T: Freedom Democrats

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Why Don’t You Shut Up ?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

King Juan Carlos of Spain said it to Hugo Chavez earlier this week. And the people of Venezuela are saying it themselves: The expression ‘why don’t you shut up?’ has become a popular slogan. On Monday, Caracas was full of posters. Student protesters have adopted it as their chant, and you can find various cartoons, […]

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Forced Employment For Lawyers In Arizona

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Arizona has the right to force attorneys who practice there to preside on arbitration panels at incredibly reduced rates: A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld an Arizona court rule requiring lawyers to serve as arbitrators on some civil cases with little […]

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Barry Goldwater Jr. Endorses Ron Paul

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The son and namesake of Mr. Conservative has endorsed someone that most conservatives are ignoring: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA—Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul today gained a public endorsement from Barry M. Goldwater, Jr. “America is at a crossroads,” said Mr. Goldwater. “We have begun to stray from our traditions and must get back to what has made […]

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The Liberty Dollar Seizure

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The big news for those interested in libertarianism and monetary systems over the last day has been the fed’s seizure of materials and metals related to the sale, production, marketing, and other business activities of the Liberty Dollar. Last night co-contributor tarran posted a very interesting piece related to the government’s tactics and rationale for […]

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Ron Paul: The Only Republican Who Gets It Right On Medical Marijuana

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Remember all those Republican candidates asking for “medical evidence” on the effectiveness of treating chronic pain with marijuana ? Isn’t it funny that the only actual medical doctor in the race has a different view of the issue ? Update: For reference, here’s what the rest of the Republicans said in response to the same […]

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Mike Huckabee On Medical Marijuana

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The Republicans continue their contemptuous dismissal of people in pain:

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Reason interviews Andrew Napolitano

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano recently gave an interview to Reason magazine to promote his new book, A Nation of Sheep. I have to say that this is one of the best interviews I’ve read in a very long time. On the USA PATRIOT Act: The Patriot Act’s two most principle constitutional errors are an […]

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The Violence Against Non-State Backed Currencies

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

In the end, it is quite clear to me that it is the hostility of these law-enforcement officers which is the problem. Confusing suspicion of the state with criminal intent, they are convinced that these institutions that have criminals as customers are in fact conspiring with the criminals. So they shut them down, ruining the guilty and the innocent indiscriminately. There is nothing precluding the FBI from reviewing e-gold or Norfed’s records while the firms continue to do business. Shutting them down is as absurd as shutting down the Motel 6 down the road, because it was the preferred resting place of mobsters visiting town.

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The More Things Change…

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
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Fred Thompson On Medical Marijuana

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I’d call Thompson’s response to this question a cop-out, but it’s typical of the lazy way he’s been campaigning since he announced. And yet more reason to categorize him as a non-entity:

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230 Years Ago Today: America’s First Constitution Ratified

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Two Hundred Thirty Years ago today, only one year after The Declaration of Independence was made public, and in the middle of a war that the American Colonies still had a chance to lose, the Continental Congress took the first step toward creating a national government, adopting the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. This […]

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Drew Carey On Eminent Domain

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The latest installment of The Drew Carey Project is up at Reason.tv and the topic this time is eminent domain: Further information on the National City case can be found at the Institute for Justice’s website.

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John McCain On Medical Marijuana

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

A group of New Hampshire voters have been asking each of the Presidential candidates their views on whether people who need it should be permitted to use, here’s what John McCain had to say on September 30th: The funny thing is, McCain should’ve known better: It’s refreshing that McCain is willing to state his position […]

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Rudy Giuliani: Goldwater Or RFK ?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

David Weigel has a great piece in this month’s edition of Reason about Rudy Giuliani and whether libertarians should even give him a first look: Some of Giuliani’s positions are libertarian, but the man himself is not. He has never looked over his shoulder and declared that Goldwater was right. Goldwater thought he was elected […]

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The Republicans Aren’t Going To Win Campaigning On Hillary-Hatred Alone

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post has a front-page article detailing the Republican’s General Election Campaign strategy. It’s really not that hard to figure out if you’ve been paying attention —– vote for us, or you’ll get Hillary: They mock her proposals, utter her name with a sneer and win standing ovations by ridiculing her ideas as un-American, […]

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Barbara Branden Speaks On Ayn Rand & Atlas Shrugged

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Barbara Branden is one of the few people who was part of Ayn Rand’s inner circle during the years that she was writing Atlas Shrugged who is both still alive and willing to speak outside of “official” Objectivist circles. Back in October she spoke at a conference sponsored by The Atlas Society marking the 50th […]

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The Ron Paul-Neo Nazi Story Isn’t Going Away

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

There have been several posts here at The Liberty Papers about the support that Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign has received from neo-nazi groups like Stormfront and such illustrious personalities as former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. So far, those reports haven’t made it into the mainstream media; but, if Paul continues to show the kind […]

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