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Quote Of The Day

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

From The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de La Boétie: Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like [...]

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Weekend Question

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Read this op-ed at Reason by Greg Beato. Maybe it’s the effect of several Stone IPAs, but I can’t quite answer this question: Is Greg defending business casual, or attacking it?

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Porkulus III Passes Senate With Republican Help

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The Senate passed Porkulus III by a vote of 70-28 with 13 Republicans demonstrating their party’s new found fiscal conservatism by crossing over to vote with every Democrat present for the bill. Like the first Porkulus signed by George W. Bush in 2008 and the Porkulus II passed last year, Porkulus III forks over billions [...]

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The Lean Years?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

It seems that a town in Northern California, Tracy, is having some budget problems. So what do they suggest? Charge for 911* calls! And it has aroused the ire of Thomas Friedman: A small news item from Tracy, Calif., caught my eye last week. Local station CBS 13 reported: “Tracy residents will now have to [...]

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Ron Paul Wins CPAC 2012 GOP Straw Poll

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

It doesn’t necessarily mean much of anything, but I’ve got to admit that this libertarian was quite pleased to hear that Ron Paul won the straw poll at this year’s CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C.: Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll today, ending Mitt Romney’s streak and serving notice that about a third of [...]

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LP’s Wes Benedict on ‘Limited Government’ Conservatives

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Those of us who truly believe in limited government* tend to be simultaneously amused and irritated hearing the folks at CPAC speak of limited government as though it’s a principle they truly support. Yesterday, the Libertarian Party’s Executive Director Wes Benedict, monitoring the CPAC festivities from afar, said some of the things that many of [...]

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Crystal Mangum Strikes Again

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

From The Associated Press: Crystal Mangum, 31, was arrested late Wednesday on charges including assaulting her boyfriend, Durham police said in a press release. Durham County jail records indicate she also was charged with identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer and misdemeanor child abuse. A judge ordered that she remain in [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Seems many Republicans are looking to change their narrative. Just in case there is an actual economic recovery (I’m personally still betting double-dip), they want to start blaming Obama for the deficits and spending rather than the pathetic jobs numbers. To this, Kevin Drum asks: Well, at least we’ve been prepared. If the economy sucks, [...]

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Innocence Commission Exonerates Greg Taylor After Serving 16 Years of Life Sentence

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

North Carolina has at least one criminal justice reform that all states ought to adopt: an innocence commission (particularly for states which currently have a death penalty). So far, North Carolina is the only state which has such a commission. Greg Taylor, convicted of 1st degree murder of prostitute Jacquetta Thomas in 1993, was the [...]

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Kathleen Sebellius Blames Insurance Companies For The Effects of Obama’s Stimulus Program

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Like her ideological forebears from the last century, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is angry that businessmen who are eager to avoid a loss are raising prices. From the LA Times, Anthem Blue Cross asked to justify controversial rate hikes : The Obama administration called on Anthem Blue Cross on Monday to [...]

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The Moderately On-Topic Super Bowl Post

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

In my attempts to bring Purdue into every conversation — BTW did you know that Drew Brees is a Boilermaker? — I often stretch things a bit to include sports discussions here at The Liberty Papers. But here’s a good example of someone who dragged politics into a sports discussion, and one VERY perceptive Indianapolis [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Early this week, I asked whether the free market is democratic, based on commenter CJS who asserted “your small sum may be as ineffective at changing the actions of a business as it is at changing the actions of a government”. Jim Fedako of the Mises blog proves my point: As I see it, the [...]

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Is The Free Market Democratic?

Monday, February 1st, 2010

In my post on whether America is ungovernable, one comment from CJS stuck out. It illustrates what I think is a common misconception of the average consumer, who sees a Starbucks on every corner, chooses between Microsoft and Apple for their operating system, and chooses whether to shop at the Super Wal-Mart or Costco each [...]

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Optimism

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Politicians all try to sell spending by underselling the true cost: 1) They determine a plan to spend money, sell it as low spending. 2) Despite pundits claiming it will be much higher than projected, they claim it’s not true. 3) When the spending is actually measured, it’s often higher than pundits’ estimates. We’ve all [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Obama to cancel NASA moon mission: But in his federal budget request issued on Monday, Mr Obama said the project was “over budget, behind schedule, and lacking in innovation”. Sounds like government to me. And GM. But I repeat myself. Hat Tip: Doug @ United Liberty

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