Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

Archive for November, 2008

Quote Of The Day

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

As true today (or potentially more so) than it was then. How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it. Henry David Thoreau

Continue reading Quote Of The Day

Happy Thanksgiving – Open Thread

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

In my family, we’ve got a simple tradition. Every year on Thanksgiving, we pass around a book where everyone can write what they’re thankful for that year. We might as well start that tradition here, right? ————————— Today, I’m thankful for my family, who (mostly) flew out here to SoCal where my brother and I [...]

Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving – Open Thread

The Un-American Pledge of Allegiance

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

One aspect common to totalitarian regimes is the forced loyalty oath. Nazi Germany, for example, forced all pastors, civil servants and soldiers to take an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler. In the Soviet Union, in Communist China, and numerous other nations, the state demanded that people swear loyalty to the government as a condition [...]

Continue reading The Un-American Pledge of Allegiance

F.A. Hayek On Meet The Press

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Well, here’s a gem. The great Frederich von Hayek on Meet the Press. Along with a young George Will, you’ll hear the Nobel-Prize winning economist talk about inflation, and the role that government monetary and fiscal policy plays in creating it.

Continue reading F.A. Hayek On Meet The Press

Seems Everyone Except Me Has Been Bailed Out Already

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

But maybe I can make use of this too: The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled a plan to pump $800 billion into the struggling U.S. economy in an attempt to jumpstart lending by banks to consumers and small businesses. The government hopes that these initiatives will enable more money to flow to [...]

Continue reading Seems Everyone Except Me Has Been Bailed Out Already

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted from the “yes” campaign. Argument #1: [...]

Continue reading Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

Elected Officials Fail Civics Quiz

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

In today’s bread and circuses world, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that Americans overwhelmingly fail a quiz on civics. What is slightly surprising is that our elected officials do even worse: Are most people, including college graduates, civically illiterate? Do elected officials know even less than most citizens about civic topics such as history, [...]

Continue reading Elected Officials Fail Civics Quiz

Outrage Of The Week: Interrogating An 8 Year Old Without Counsel And Without Miranda Warnings

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The story of an eight-year old boy who police say committed a double murder is raising the eyebrows of many legal analysts: (CBS/AP) The 8-year-old boy accused of killing his father and another man in Eastern Arizona was subjected to an “absurd” police interrogation, a legal analyst told CBS’ The Early Show Thursday. “What we [...]

Continue reading Outrage Of The Week: Interrogating An 8 Year Old Without Counsel And Without Miranda Warnings

Time To Scrap The Libertarian Party ?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Brian Doherty’s piece in Reason about the relative failure of Bob Barr’s Presidential campaign, which I commented on earlier this week, leads Volokh Conspiracy contributor Ilya Somin to wonder if the Libertarian Party should even exist anymore: Brian’s article discusses numerous possible causes of Barr’s failure that were specific to his particular campaign. Some of [...]

Continue reading Time To Scrap The Libertarian Party ?

Financial Armageddon Follow-Up

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Back in March of 2007, I posted this: So here’s what I see. The slowdown in the subprime mortgage and building industries will increasingly push the default and foreclosure rate up. As a result, the mortgage-backed securities market and other housing-based stocks, which are reaching insane levels of “irrational exuberance” and are often highly leveraged [...]

Continue reading Financial Armageddon Follow-Up

We’re Back

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Well, as regular readers may have noticed, we’ve had nearly three days of downtime. We had an unexplained blog issue that caused our former host to disable our account. We have no explanation from them of what happened, and our databases and everything else appear to be undisturbed, so we’re not sure what’s occurred. But [...]

Continue reading We’re Back

States Spend Tobacco Settlement Money — But Not On Tobacco Programs

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

It just goes to show you… A government’s promise is worth about what you’d expect: U.S. states have not lived up to their commitment to devote a major portion of their huge legal settlement with the tobacco industry a decade ago on anti-smoking efforts, health advocacy groups said on Tuesday. In the 10 years since [...]

Continue reading States Spend Tobacco Settlement Money — But Not On Tobacco Programs

Atlas Starting To Shrug In Healthcare Sector

Monday, November 17th, 2008

While I am a vociferous opponent of socialized medicine or even some of the mandated-coverage plans floated by the left-ish folks in society, you’ll not find me defending our current healthcare system in America. Why? Because it’s “our healthcare system”, and not anything approaching a free market. Through coverage mandates, Medicare, restrictions, licensing, employer-sponsored healthcare [...]

Continue reading Atlas Starting To Shrug In Healthcare Sector

Obama’s Policies Treading On Hallowed Ground

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Now, don’t confuse me with someone who supports the current model of the BCS… But I’m almost as worried about turning over college football to the government as I would be about healthcare — it’s personal. Although… Now that I think about it… His redistributionist policies could bring some 5* recruits to my Boilermakers! I [...]

Continue reading Obama’s Policies Treading On Hallowed Ground

I’m Not Saying… I’m Just Insinuating.

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I’m sure one has nothing to do with the other: Wikipedia: In October 2008, Cuban started Bailoutsleuth.com as a grassroots, online portal for oversight over the US government 700 billion dollar “bailout” of financial institutions. And today: Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban charged with insider trading Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas [...]

Continue reading I’m Not Saying… I’m Just Insinuating.

IEEE and U.S. Hegemony

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

In IEEE‘s flagship magazine, Spectrum, there is a fairly idiotic editorial warning Europeans against buying natural gas from Russia. Why can’t the European Union just adopt a strategy of energy independence and wean itself from Russia and the “stans”? Of course, there is no way for Europe to be “independent” with respect to natural gas. [...]

Continue reading IEEE and U.S. Hegemony

An apology concerning a falsehood I have been promoting

Friday, November 14th, 2008

For years now, I have been under the impression that in an election, undervotes (ballots where there aren’t votes for all the races) aren’t counted.  I read this years ago in a source that I considered reliable at the times.  Truth be told, I can’t even remember where I read it, only that I considered [...]

Continue reading An apology concerning a falsehood I have been promoting

Quote Of The Day

Friday, November 14th, 2008

[W]e need to start by making sure politicians who talk about free markets practice what they preach. One of the reasons why people may have lost faith in freedom is that leaders used limited-government rhetoric while expanding the size and scope of government. Free markets got a black eye even though the actual policy was [...]

Continue reading Quote Of The Day

Open Thread — A New Tax Hike

Friday, November 14th, 2008

As anyone who reads this blog understands, I’m not a favor of any taxation. Nor am I much in favor of government. But at the moment, we have a government, and its functions must be paid through some revenue. We might as well find economically efficient, rather than inefficient, ways to raise that revenue. Politicians [...]

Continue reading Open Thread — A New Tax Hike

Germany Enters Recession — Europe Expected To Follow

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Germany is now reporting the worst recession they’ve faced in at least 12 years has begun: The German economy, Europe’s largest, contracted more than economists expected in the third quarter, pushing the nation into the worst recession in at least 12 years. Gross domestic product dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from the second quarter, [...]

Continue reading Germany Enters Recession — Europe Expected To Follow
Powered by: WordPress • Template by: Eric • Banner #1, #3, #4 by Stephen Macklin • Banner #2 by Mark RaynerXML