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Archive for March, 2008

Should The Police Be Allowed To Attach A GPS Tracking Device To Your Car Without A Warrant ?

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

An interesting Constitutional question from Northern Virginia: When Fairfax County police were trying to catch a man last month who had molested 11 women, they examined the Virginia sex offender registry and found a possible suspect. They looked at his background, which included a series of similar assaults, and his residence, which was not far [...]

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The National DNA Database

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Britain has long been a bellwether for what is coming to the United States. First it was smoking bans, soon it will likely be national health care. And shortly to follow will probably be a federal DNA database. What will follow that? The inevitable stories of DNA database abuses: IT IS an object lesson in [...]

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Spitzer Resigns

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

The following is the full text of Eliot Spitzer’s resignation speech: In the past few days, I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife Silda, my children, and my entire family. The remorse I feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

From America’s Third President: “Not in our day, but at no distant one, we may shake a rod over the heads of all, which may make the stoutest of them tremble. But I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power, the greater it will [...]

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Wednesday Open Thread: Time To Kill Off The Libertarian Party

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Late last month Brad Spangler made the case for letting the Libertarian Party die: The libertarian movement predates the Libertarian Party and will survive after it is gone. There was a time when radical libertarians like Samuel Edward Konkin III denounced formation of a “libertarian” politicial party as incompatible with libertarianism properly understood. With evisceration [...]

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Where Were The Regulators?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

When people advocate government regulation, they fall prey to a critical error: they believe government can actually successfully regulate! Despite the fact that government regulation simply creates loopholes and exceptions that can be exploited, those advocates still believe in the basic premise of the system. What then, to make of this? But a darker side [...]

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Another Ethanol Boondoggle

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Along this blog, I’ve been beating the anti-ethanol drum for quite some time*. Now, we have yet another reason to oppose it. Not only is it environmentally neutral (or harmful), not only does it drive up the cost of food products, it also sucks up scarce water resources! This is controversial for several reasons. There [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

A commenter at Megan McArdle’s blog on the prostitution angle of the Elliot Spitzer story: Why is it illegal to sell, what it is perfectly legal to give away ;-)? Excellent question.

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Hypocrisy Has a New Name: Eliot Spitzer

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

By now, most everyone has read or heard some of the sordid details involving New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his alleged involvement with a prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP. I think I can safely speak for all of the contributors at The Liberty Papers that we all believe that the actions between consenting [...]

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Lobbyists And Big Government: Perfect Together

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

In the Manchester Union-Leader, John Stossel explains why most efforts to reform the so-called lobbying problem fail: None of the reforms gets near root of the problem. The root is government power. When government is free to meddle in every corner of our lives and regulate the economy through taxes, regulation and subsidies, then “special [...]

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Tuesday Open Thread: Why Ron Paul Failed, And Where The “r3volution” Goes From Here

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

In April’s print edition of Reagan Reason, David Weigel conducts what will undoubtedly be the first of many post-mortems of Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign. The most libertarian candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, began 2008 with an army of 100,000 enthusiastic donors. Before the primary season began, many of his [...]

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Venezuela — The Most Literate Society In History!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Or, maybe not… Last year the statistics institute launched its own study on the impact of the social missions. This was supposed to be ready by January. But delays in buying equipment mean it has yet to start, according to Irene Gurrea, the economist in charge. Asked if there were any reliable statistics on the [...]

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What Obama Says On The Economy

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Does he believe it? This point from the Economist doesn’t give a real verdict either way, but one must wonder whether his policies are going to match his rhetoric. The sad thing is that one might reasonably have expected better from Mr Obama. He wants to improve America’s international reputation yet campaigns against NAFTA. He [...]

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George McGovern: Libertarian ?

Friday, March 7th, 2008

George McGovern, who made an ill-fated run for President in 1972, has a very interesting Op-Ed piece in today’s Wall Street Journal: Since leaving office I’ve written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I’ve come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a [...]

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Friday Open Thread — Why America ?

Friday, March 7th, 2008

In a comment to tarran’s post about the morality of armed rebellion, co-contributor Stephen Littau makes this point: I would caution anyone who would want to begin or support an armed revolution against the government to study the French Revolution. There is always a chance that such actions can make matters worse, even if the [...]

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Ron Paul (Sorta, Kinda) Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Friday, March 7th, 2008

While not using the specific words, Congressman Ron Paul acknowledged today that his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination has come to an end: “Elections are short-term efforts,” Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, told supporters in a Web video tonight. “Revolutions are long-term projects.” Paul indicated that the 2008 presidential campaign portion of his revolution is [...]

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Ron Paul Refuses To Condemn Hamas

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Foreign policy is one of the areas where Ron Paul and I part company, and this is an example of why: The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution strongly defending how Israel has repelled rocket attacks. The non-binding resolution, passed 404-1 on Wednesday, was substantially rewritten since its introduction in January to include [...]

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Fair Tax Webinar with Neal Boortz

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Neal Boortz has a webinar on the Fair Tax for anyone who would like to learn more about the bill which would replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Boortz explains what the Fair Tax is, how it would work, and answers the common questions/criticisms of the plan. Anyone interested in going to [...]

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When is Armed Rebellion Appropriate?

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason. Ovid One interesting question within political theory is the question of when armed rebellion against a government is justified. Most people that tackle this subject try to find some set of moral lines that a government must cross before [...]

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Should A School Be Able To Punish A Student For What They Write On A Blog ?

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

That’s the issue that the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is currently dealing with: Avery Doninger, 17, claims officials at Lewis S. Mills High School violated her free speech rights when they barred her from serving on the student council because of what she wrote from her home computer. In her Internet journal, [...]

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