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Archive for May, 2008

Random Thought For The Day: When Will They Start Hating Us ?

Friday, May 30th, 2008

I’ve come to the conclusion that the best sign that libertarian ideas have become a real threat to the status quo in the Republican Party will be when the right-wing screed machine starts attacking libertarians. The minute you hear Limbaugh/Hannity/Levin talking about a Bob Barr or Ron Paul with the same irrational vehemence they usually […]

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States Rights — Petty Oppression Better Than Widespread Oppression?

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I’ve long said that I only support democracy so much as democracy improves individual rights. Likewise, I only support federalism and states rights so much as they improve individual rights. Federalism is a means, and liberty is an end. And as this story shows, local government doesn’t always lead to more libertarian ends than we […]

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The Huckster — “Libertarians Want To Steal Grammy’s Meds!”

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

It’s obvious to all people with functioning brain cells that the Republican party’s reputation has taken quite a beating over this decade. When it’s been dominated by the profligate spending and mismanagement of the “compassionate conservatives”, Mike Huckabee lays the blame at the people who have been criticizing that profligate spending all along, and makes […]

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The Revolution: A Book Review

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

About half way thought Ron Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto, I found myself thinking that he should have written this book before he ran for President, not afterwards, and that his campaign should have handed out as many copies of the book as they could, because it does a far better job of explaining and […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Jerry Pournelle on the Texas polygamy case: Punishing people without charging them with any crime or allowing them any defense is a pretty serious thing. I would say that protection from that kind of arbitrary authority is more important than the alleged protection of no more than a dozen kids among the 400 from the […]

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You Can’t Believe In Limited Government And Want Barack Obama In The White House

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Andrew Sullivan, who has been in the tank for Barack Obama ever since he realized that Ron Paul was pretty much a non-entity, posts about this critique of his support for Obama: Sullivan, a Burkean by philosophy but a radical by temperament, is the most interesting critic of his former conservative allies, and I’ve learned […]

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Open Thread Question of the Day: Will the Barr/Root Ticket Help or Hurt the Libertarian Party?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

I think it’s too early to tell. There are some very legitimate concerns that many Libertarians have about Barr’s commitment to Libertarian principles. Barr defeated Ruwart 54% to 46% and I can tell you from being there that many of the delegates who supported Ruwart were very dissatisfied with the outcome. It’s very unclear to […]

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Inflation Fears Pummel Cocaine Markets

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The DEA assumes that if the street price of coke is rising, it is an indication that their interdiction efforts are successful. Well, the price is rising, but might one make another conclusion? And it says it has spied one: The cost of pure coke rose 44 percent in the United States between January and […]

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Government: The Cause Of Africa’s Food Crisis

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

An excellent short video explaining the causes behind the new food crisis gripping Africa and other parts of the world: H/T: Cato@Liberty

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Concluding thoughts on the 2008 Libertarian National Convention

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

First of all, I would like to thank Andrew Davis, the Communications Director of the Libertarian Party for granting the new media in general and The Liberty Papers in-particular full access to the 2008 Libertarian National Convention. To say that attending this convention was a thrill would be an understatement. I had the opportunity to […]

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Libertarian Party selects Bob Barr as 2008 presidential nominee

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Libertarian Party Press Release: Libertarian Party selects Bob Barr as 2008 presidential nominee Former Congressman plans to take the White House as Libertarian candidate Denver – The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congressman Bob Barr as its candidate for president for the 2008 election. “I’m sure we will emerge here with the strongest ticket in […]

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Live Blogging the Libertarian Convention Vote

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

To win the nomination, a candidate has to earn a majority of votes. Most likley there will be several rounds of voting. I’ll post the totals from each round. 1st Vote Bob Barr 153 (25%) Mary Ruwart 152 (25%) Wayne Allyn Root 123 (20%) Mike Gravel 71 (11%) George Phillies 49 Steve Kubby 41 Mike […]

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Post-Debate Press Conference

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Stephen and I attended the post-debate press conference last night where candidates fielded questions from media and bloggers. Stephen asked a question to the candidates about pardoning non-violent drug offenders. The video is divided into two parts. The first is Mike Gravel. He was in the room before the other candidates and kind of took […]

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Live Blogging the 2008 Libertarian Presidential Debate

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

7:06 p.m. Barr admires Ayn Rand. 7:10 p.m. Gravel describes the problems associated with the two party system, incorrectly calls the U.S. a democracy, slams big oil, and champions the Libertarian Party. 7:11 p.m. Phillies says vote Libertarian. Describes himself as “the centrist libertarian.” Slams the Bush Administration. 7:14 p.m. Network Down. Sorry. 7:20 p.m. […]

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Interview with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Liberty Papers: I’m here with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root and Cornelius Swart of The Portland Sentinel Portland Sentinel: Okay, so how did you feel about yesterday’s debate based on the rankings? Root: I don’t think that really had anything to do with it. This is a very different crowd. The debate was not […]

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Seven Candidates Qualify for Presidential Debate

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Press Release: Seven candidates qualify for presidential debate Half of candidates vying for nomination cross threshold for debate participation at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention Denver, CO – Half of the candidates vying for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president have qualified to participate in tonight’s presidential debate at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention. Since […]

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Scenes from the Libertarian National Convention

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

This first day of covering the Libertarian National Convention has been very exciting so far. I haven’t had an opportunity to spend much time at any of the events but I have been talking to delegates and presidential candidates (interviews will be posted later). Jason Pye has been busy posting his experience and insights at […]

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The Future of Libertarian Politics with Barr, Gravel, Root, and McKinley

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
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Looking Backward: The Future Of Libertarian Ideas

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

James Pinkerton looks at the future of libertarian ideas by pondering where we might be in 2058: First, true freedom—camouflaged from all-seeing eyes in the sky, hidden even from the all-penetrating Google Grid—can flourish only in a few small and isolated places around the globe, where self-selected populations can gather together as ex-pats and exiles, […]

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Does The Libertarian Party Matter ?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Bruce Bartlett doesn’t really think so: Although this may turn out to be a banner year for the Libertarian Party, the LP is not a real alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Because of the Electoral College, restrictions on ballot access and onerous campaign finance laws, third parties simply aren’t viable for actually electing candidates. […]

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