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Archive for June, 2008

Quote of the Day: “Our Collectivist Candidates” Edition

Monday, June 16th, 2008

This quote comes from an article written on May 28, 2008 entitled “Our Collectivist Candidates” by David Boaz, the Executive VP of the Cato Institute. Obama and McCain are telling us Americans that our normal lives are not good enough, that pursuing our own happiness is “self-indulgence,” that building a business is “chasing after our […]

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Monday Open Thread: Defining Terms

Monday, June 16th, 2008

I am sometimes a stickler for nomenclature. People bandy about terms like “marxist”, “fascist”, “right-wing”, “left-wing”, and the like, often with very little understanding of what they mean. I was reading one of the posts by Eric, the original founder of The Liberty Papers, and decided to lift an image from that post regarding a […]

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Pie Vegetation In The Sky?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Seen on Colbert: Sounds like a very cool concept… But his use of terms like what “the plan we would like to see implemented” worries me. I’m a much bigger fan of letting the market decide, not relying on some collective implementation of a plan* (i.e. government). So I went and checked out the group’s […]

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An Open Letter To Anyone Supporting John McCain

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Please tell me why anyone who believes in free markets should vote for that man after reading crap like this: Speaking on Wall Street last night, Senator McCain of Arizona sounded more like an economic populist than a proponent of the kind of unbridled free-market capitalism promoted by many who work on the trading floors […]

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The Real Reason Why Barack Obama is so Dangerous

Friday, June 13th, 2008

I’m sure that like me, many of you have received e-mail forwards that Barack Obama is really a radical Muslim with the express intention of destroying America from the inside*. Snopes, truthorfiction.com, and others have done some fact checking about these e-mails and have found that most of these claims are completely false. Barack Obama […]

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Happy Loving Day

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

A victory for personal freedom, 41 years ago today: On this date in 1967, the US Supreme Court decided the case of Loving v. Virginia, striking down Virginia’s anti-misegenation statute. Mildred Loving passed away on May 2 of this year, promting a flurry of moving obituaries. As John Ridley noted on NPR’s morning edition, Barak […]

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Barr: “I Was Wrong About the War on Drugs”

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

For those of you who are concerned about Bob Barr’s position on the war on (some) drugs, maybe this article Barr posted at The Huffington Post will help allay some of your concerns. I am among those who would like the congressman to speak out more forcefully on this subject as I have seen him […]

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Stormfront, Ron Paul, and Bob Barr — aka Why I Hate Politics

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Yes, I hate politics. That may surprise some of you. After all, I administer The Liberty Papers, and you’d be likely to wonder why someone who administers a political blog can hate politics so much. But politics is a dirty, nasty business, and nothing makes that more clear than the Stormfront fiasco. Back in the […]

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Three Words

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Well, three words, and three thoughts associated with them… I’ve not spoken much about politics this year, specifically because when I WAS talking about it I found that it was absolutely impossible to have any kind of civil discourse with the Paulistinans, and Obamaddeans; and that the Mitt and Huck types were all heavily into […]

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Do Government Regulators Protect Investors?

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

In a thread at Reason’s hit and Run, during a discussion where Enron was cited as an example of what happens when governments fail to regulate private behavior, frequent commenter fluffy wrote an insightful comment which is well worth reading in full. The second half of her comment read: It is customary in the US […]

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232 Years Ago Today

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

It was 232 years ago today, June 7, 1776, that the Second Continental Congress began debating a resolution submitted by Virginia’s own Richard Henry Lee: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all […]

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Bob Barr On The Colbert Report

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Overall, a good interview. I think he adequately explained his change of heart on the Patriot Act. However, one bit on the war on drugs got me. He seemed to say that the “current” war on drugs wasn’t working, rather than expressing that the war on drugs was illiberal and wrong. It appeared to be […]

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Massachusetts Health Care Woes – Someone Tell Obama!

Friday, June 6th, 2008

As anyone with a shred of economic sense would predict, Massachusetts is not experiencing quite what they promised. From Cato: * Slightly less than half of Massachusetts’ uninsured population actually complied with the mandate. True, the number of people without health insurance was reduced from 13% of the state’s population to 7%, but when the […]

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You can’t own property in California

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Property rights took a hit in California yesterday: Voters in California yesterday overwhelmingly supported Proposition 99, a ballot measure that will significantly empower state and local officials to seize private property via eminent domain, and rejected Proposition 98, which would have protected property rights and ended rent control. As legal scholar Ilya Somin noted in […]

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Quote Of The Day: Those Were The Days Edition

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Ronald Reagan, circa 1975: If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals-if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would […]

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Bob Barr Does What Ron Paul Should Have

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Back in August, Ron Paul received an endorsement and donation from Stormfront, a virulently racist, anti-Semitic white supremacist organization. At the time, there were many, including yours truly, who said that the Paul campaign needed to do was renounce the endorsement and return the donation. They did neither, of course, and seemed as times to […]

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The Value Of The First Amendment

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The British don’t have a Bill of Rights per se, they don’t even really have a written Constitution, which is why it’s possible for nonsense like this to take place:\ This past week, apparently, two ministers found out first-hand that what the Bishop claimed was true: The preachers, both ministers in Birmingham, were handing out […]

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Elect, Disapprove, Elect — Rinse And Repeat

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

I was reading the Economist on a plane today, reading a story about McCain’s and the Republican Party’s chances in November. I picked up on something that hit me like a brick. It is rare for a party to win a third presidential term. The only time it has happened since Harry Truman’s time was […]

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Paul Jacob Tells his Story at the Libertarian National Convention

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Back in November of last year, I shared the story of Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson, and Rick Carpenter. Together, they are sometimes referred to as “the Oklahoma 3.” Their crime, “conspiracy against the state” (what we know as petitioning the government for a redress of grievances) could cost them 10 years in prison and $25,000 […]

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