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Open Thread: Successes and Setbacks for Liberty in 2010/Hopes for 2011

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Was 2010 a good year or bad year for liberty and why? Like most of you will likely respond, 2010 was very much a mixed bag IMHO. On the positive side, the mandate section of ObamaCare was found unconstitutional, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, Wikileaks exposed the federal government for the […]

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Become A Libertarian Economist And Women Will Write Love Songs About You

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

This girl really, really, really likes Frederich Hayek:

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NYT: Myth-based editorializing

Monday, December 27th, 2010

On Boxing Day, our self-styled intellectual overlords at the New York Times gave us a gift of epic proportions: a gob-stoppingly vapid and shallow editorial on the principal of federalism. Let the fun begin! With public attention focused on taxes, the deficit, gays in the military and nuclear arms reduction, little attention has been paid, […]

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Is it Possible that More Conservatives are Getting a Clue About Criminal Justice Reform and Even the War on (Some) Drugs?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Up until about Monday of this week, such a question would have made me laugh. As I have increasingly involved myself in criminal justice issues, I have found the Democrats to be slightly more willing to take on the Prison Industrial Complex, mandatory minimum sentences, and decriminalization (if not outright legalization) of marijuana. These Democrats […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Just remember folks: if you ever see police officers drowning, get thee to a store pronto and buy life jackets before you attempt a rescue. It’s the law. Context

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UPDATE: Gov. Christie Commutes Brian Aitken’s Sentence to Time Served

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Just yesterday, Gov. Christie commuted Brian Aitken’s sentence to time served and earlier today he was released from state custody. Christie commuted Aitken’s sentence Monday, shortening it to time served. It was the first time he has commuted a sentence since taking office almost a year ago. “The governor has reviewed all the facts of […]

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Cuba banned Michael Moore’s “Sicko” for fear of public backlash

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The latest revelation from Wikileaks shows that Michael Moore may have been a bit too good at making agitprop even for Cuban authorities to handle: US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show that the government of Cuba banned Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, Sicko, “because it painted such a ‘mythically’ favourable picture of Cuba’s healthcare system […]

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The Trillion-Dollar Zero-Cost Stimulus Program

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Want to inject liquidity into the market, support American jobs, and do so without raiding the US Treasury or overheating the printing press? The answer is simple: get out of the way. Now, some may say that’s a libertarian’s answer for everything. And they’d usually be right. But I’m not signing you up for a […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

From Bruce Schneier, who suggests that because the Washington Monument would be very difficult to secure against terrorist attack, it deserves a more fitting response from our Feckless Feds: I think we should close the monument entirely. Let it stand, empty and inaccessible, as a monument to our fears. An empty Washington Monument would serve […]

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ACTION ALERT: Call/Write NJ Gov. Christie and Tell him to Pardon Brian Aitken

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this case involving a lawful gun owner being caught in the snare of New Jersey’s strict gun control laws, here’s a summary of what happened: On January 2, 2009 Brian was arrested for illegal possession of firearms while moving from one residence from another. All of the […]

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A Repeal Amendment Would Be A Benefit, But A Limited One

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I’m a bit late to the party, but significant discussion has been made about a potential “repeal amendment” to the Constitution. Advocated by Randy Barnett, he suggests that it is a necessary counterpunch to the 16th and 17th Amendments, which together increased the Federal government’s ability to raise revenue to do what it likes while […]

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Not Extending The Tax Cuts *IS* A Tax Hike

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Policy proposals are often advanced in very abstract terms. This is true, undoubtedly, of taxes. Tax rates are seen as numbers on a Washington policy chart rather than what they really are — the amount taken out of every individual person’s paycheck every day of every year. I hear the refrain on the left that […]

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Reason.tv Presents: Great Moments in Unintended Consequences

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

One point that I often try to make when debating policy with friends and family is that virtually all policies have unintended consequences. How could anyone be opposed to such idealistic acts of legislation such as the War on Poverty, Social Security, Medicare, hate crimes legislation, affirmative action, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the […]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Will Wilkinson writing for The Economist: To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, […]

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Hope n’ Change: Pardon Edition

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Thus far, President Obama has pardoned 4 turkeys and 0 people. Does anyone else have a problem with this? George Lardner Jr. writing an article for The New York Times entitled “No Country for Second Chances” does: If by tomorrow [November 23, 2010] he pardons no one but turkeys, President Obama will have the most […]

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TSA Update: More Strip and Grope, Opponents are “Domestic Extremists”

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Strip and grope to come to boats, trains, and more? “[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.” “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going […]

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Open Thread: TSA & Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Edition

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The reports I have read today so far are that the Opt-Out Day protests haven’t been very widespread with most travelers opting for the full body scan. Is this really what is happening at the airports or is this an attempt by the MSM and TSA to discourage protests? What I’m interested in is hearing […]

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If You Don’t Fly, The Terrorists TSA Wins

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

If you want to get on an airplane in the US, you might be subjected to a radiation strip-search or a groping pat-down. Coming back on my recent flight from Vancouver I ended up in the scanner line, but haven’t experienced the pat-down yet. As a frequent traveler, I expect to be subject to this […]

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TSA updates from people who opposed the TSA before opposing the TSA was cool

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

As Stephen Littau noted, November 24th (Wednesday) is the busiest travel date in the country and it’s also National Opt Out Day.  To assist Opt Out Day participants, and all air travelers after Wednesday, the Opt Out Alliance is providing free “Know Your Rights” travelers cards. I spoke with one of the key people at […]

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Strip and Grope: Offensively Ineffective

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By now, readers of this blog are well aware of the new search regime being enacted by the TSA: digital strip searches coupled with “enhanced” pat downs that include fondling of the genitalia. This has prompted more public outcry about the TSA than I have ever witnessed, everything from “If you touch my junk, I’ll […]

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