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Archive for June, 2010

Christopher Hitchens Diagnosed With Cancer

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I should honestly not be blogging right now but this required my attention. I have some bad news for those who like having an intellectually engaging political climate. Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. From Michael J. Totten: Damn. Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer. According to the Washington Post, [...]

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Yes, the Second Amendment really means what it says… and that means you too Chicago

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

This past Monday, Samuel Alito, writing for the majority (with separate concurring opinions from Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia) in the case McDonald vs. City of Chicago and Village of Morton Grove; handed down what in 30 years will I believe, be held as one of (or perhaps half of a pair of, or the [...]

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The Ownership Society

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

One of Bush’s central themes — when he wasn’t talking about the War on Tara — was the “ownership society”. As we all know, it was a pretty universal failure. NCLB didn’t get parents any closer to owning control over their childrens’ education. Medicare Part D gave the government more control over Seniors’ prescription drugs; [...]

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Hayek on Urban Life

Monday, June 28th, 2010

It’s not by mistake that you’ll hear talk of property rights more in the country than in the city, since it’s clearer who owns what in the wide open range. I’ve thought about this a few times but the brilliant economist Frederich Hayek thought about it more intensively in his work The Constitution of Liberty: [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Ezra Klein: For those of you who don’t click on the link, the conclusions, based off a raft of numbers that the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget worked up for me, are that you’ll never get deficits under control if you don’t get growth back on track; you’ll never get deficits under control if [...]

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North Korea’s Mysterious Soccer Team

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The intelligence digest Stratfor has a really thought provoking article up about the mystery surrounding North Korea’s soccer team: North Korea is the most mysterious of all the teams to compete in the 2010 World Cup. As in soccer, so it is in geopolitics. Before the tournament started, no one outside North Korea knew what [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Supreme Court justice William Douglas, in the 1954 ruling Berman v. Parker (a precursor to Kelo, which “celebrates” its 5-year anniversary today): The concept of the public welfare is broad and inclusive. The values it represents are spiritual as well as physical, aesthetic as well as monetary. It is within the power of the legislature [...]

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Kelo, Five Years Later

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

It was five years ago today, that the Supreme Court issued it’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London In 1998 the pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced plans to build a giant new research and development center in New London, Connecticut. As part of the deal, city officials agreed to clear out neighboring property owners [...]

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CounterPoint: Yes, Virginia, States Really Do Have Rights

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This is a segment in The Liberty Papers’ continuing “Point/Counterpoint” series. This post is the rebuttal to my co-contributor Michael Powell’s post here, making the point that “states’ rights” are an antiquated and poisoned concept. When I saw Michael’s post this morning, I was a little bit surprised. I was expecting him to make the [...]

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Point: “State’s Rights” A Misnomer

Monday, June 21st, 2010

This is a post in our continuing “Point/Counterpoint” series, where TLP contributors and/or guest posters debate a topic. In this installment, Michael Powell argues against the existence of “states’ rights”. Tomorrow, Brad Warbiany will defend states’ rights, and his post can now be found here. During the twentieth century, there were several confrontations between federal [...]

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This Week In Linguistic Gymnastics

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I’m not the first person to notice how important a role linguistics play in politics – George Orwell’s classic 1984 provided keen observations into the role that minimization of language plays in closing political discourse. In his essay “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell stated, “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a [...]

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Supreme Court Opposes Nazis 90% Of Time — Kevin Drum Labels Them Ideologues

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Kevin Drum, on the Supreme Court’s pro-business stance: (original linked article from Constitutional Accountability Center) A good guidepost to these rulings is the position taken by the United States Chamber of Commerce, which bills itself as the “voice of business.” Roberts’s record? In the past five years he’s sided with the Chamber 70% of the [...]

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Jon Stewart Slams Obama For Breaking Promises On Civil Liberties

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This clip from The Daily Show is absolutely devastating: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

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Welcome, but insufficient to the needs of the day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

David Cameron today apologized for the  British Armies conduct on Bloody Sunday. Great… now do something of substance. Either treat the north as a real part of the rest of the damn country, or get the hell out. The UK is firmly wedded to a lot of government involvement in industry, in finance, in development… [...]

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Hayek Sales Skyrocket

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Today I got this message from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation: I hope your summer is off to a great start! If, like me, you’re a fan of free-market economist and Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek, whose book The Road to Serfdom just hit #1 on Amazon, this has been an exciting week. It’s true! The Cato Institute [...]

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Comment Of The Day

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This is actually a comment at Hit & Run, but I hadn’t seen this juxtaposition before. The other thing I always find hilarious is how so many anti-immigration Republicans are so anti-union, when they use the same arguments against immigrants that unions use against non-union workers. In both cases, the impetus is the same: “I’ve [...]

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The Absurd Attacks on Christopher Hitchens

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Christopher Hitchens, the consummate polemicist and insurgent against orthodoxy and absolutism, released his memoirs. With this has come savage attacks against him that deserve to be shown for their ad hominem nature. It shows pretty supremely in an article on the man in the Guardian: When the invasion of Iraq was first debated, one couldn’t [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Bruce McQuain, over at QandO. He’s responding to Congress, who seem very upset that the Office of Congressional Ethics that they created seems to actually be vigorously investigating Congressional ethics: There is some validity in the criticism. But it again underscores how poor a job Congress does legislating anything, even something as simple as setting [...]

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Congratulations Mr. Chairman

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate Mark Hinkle, for winning his election as the new chairman of the Libertarian Party of the United States. Mark is the former chair of the California Libertarian Party, with over 30 years experience in local and state politics and activism. Outside of politics, Mark has extensive [...]

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I wasn’t sure which one I liked better…

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

… as quote of the day yesterday, so I just decided to post them both today: First, from Travis Corcoran: Let’s call it “phase 1? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/us/pol… Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage In a better world, the headline would read “Democrats Hide in Secret Bunkers to Avoid Voter Bullets”, but I’ll take what [...]

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