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Montana Firearms Freedom Act: Tilting At Windmills

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

While I laud any state trying to expand the freedom of its residents while simultaneously thumbing it’s nose at Washington, I can’t see this ending well: On October 1, 2009, Montana passed the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, the purpose of which was to regulate guns manufactured and kept within Montana state lines under a less [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Coyote, on the limits of government and the Amendment process: While I am sympathetic to issues folks have with taxation, from a legal and Constitutional perspective the income tax actually comes from a better, almost more quaint time. Why? Because instead of dealing with the Constitutional problems with the income tax by having a series [...]

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Auto Bailout; Can’t Prove A Counterfactual, But You Can Infer

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

So the big debate is whether the gov’t should sell their post-IPO shares in GM. At current prices, they’d [unsurprisingly] be losing money on the sale, compared to the amount put up in the bailout. So we have to ask — was it worth it? To determine that, we can’t base our entire calculation on [...]

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How To Deal With A Stalled Economy

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time reading 74 pages of forum posts on an pilot’s message board discussing the crash of Air France flight 447 several years ago. Fascinating stuff. It’s the tale of pilots faced with a situation of mechanical failure, but even worse, a situation which they misdiagnosed and thus took [...]

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Cognitive Dissonance

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Sometimes you hear a guy like Kevin Drum say this: But of course, that’s the real slippery slope. If the state is allowed to prohibit me from killing myself, what else is the state allowed to do? Can it force me to accept medical treatment that will save my life? Can it force me to [...]

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Lazy Mind

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Seen over at Megan McArdle’s place today (original source unlinked): Dear Dr. Boli: How can I progress from ordinary sleep into slumbering dogmatically? –Sincerely, “cs.” Dear Sir or Madam: Dogmatic slumber, that easy and comfortable state of resting on one’s unexamined assump­tions, has been shown in multiple studies to be greatly desirable for promoting health [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Very, very important: When I hear communitarians like Etzioni describe the libertarian view of individualism, I wonder if they’ve ever read any libertarian writing other than a Classic Comics edition of Ayn Rand. … There’s no conflict between individualism and community. There’s a conflict between voluntary association and coerced association. And communitarians dance around that [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

From a friend of Billy Beck, relayed on Facebook: “Oil hearings: Government taxes account for 15% of gas price, company profits only 5%. Follow the dots: The government has 3x the incentive to keep prices high and engage in gouging and restrict further supply as the companies do.” Wrong. Well, 90% wrong. The bulk of [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Don Boudreaux from Cafe Hayek: So it dawned on me. Infomercials are the closest phenomenon that the private-sector offers to politics. Fraudulent clowns, skilled at lying, promise gullible audiences something for nothing. The difference, of course – and it makes all the difference – is that no one is forced to buy (either figuratively or [...]

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Counterpoint: Democracy Doesn’t Mean Collective Responsibility

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

This is part of The Liberty Papers’ continued Point/Counterpoint feature. Specifically, this Counterpoint is the response to Jeff Molby’s post yesterday suggesting moral equivalency between Arabs cheering in the streets after 9/11 and Americans cheering Sunday night at the killing of Osama bin Laden. ———————————————— A lot of what Jeff said yesterday made sense. We [...]

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What A Day!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Well, the son of a bitch is dead. And I’m extremely happy for it. A lot of time is going to be spent on the psychology of this one. I don’t recall anywhere near this level of joy (in myself or in Americans generally) when Saddam was captured & executed. Nor even when Khalid Sheikh [...]

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Birthers Got Punk’d, Yo!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

When I woke up on Wednesday morning to the news that Obama had released his birth certificate, I’ll admit that I was a bit confused. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. -Napoleon Bonaparte It seemed to me at the time that the birther distraction was helping Obama greatly, siphoning away reasoned [...]

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The Inflation Won’t Come From The Fed

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Everyone knows the Fed is pushing Quantitative Easing. By that, it means that when America is having trouble selling T-bills at advantageous interest rates, the Fed prints up some money to keep demand. It buys the bonds with newly-printed money. The recent run was $600B or so, and the Fed’s current balance sheet holds about [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Why we should go after the online poker vendors: There are plenty of victims of (allegedly) illegal online poker, starting with the desperately-short-of-cash federal and state governments which are deprived of all the taxable revenue ($3 billion, say the feds) from the now-suspected operations. And just ask casino and horse racing executives what they think [...]

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Tu Quoque

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A glib question has made the rounds of right-wing blogs over the last two years, asking “Where has the anti-war movement gone?” Megan McArdle uses the question today to introduce a potential answer. As for me, I rarely bring up such trivialities, because the response you usually get from a leftist is “yeah, well why [...]

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What’s The Problem, Revenue Or Spending?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I got into it a bit over at Drum’s place, where commenters are arguing that the S&P is a bunch of GOP plants because of the negative outlook report. Given that I spent some time analyzing historical revenue & spending tables with a calculator to generate one of my comments, I wanted to expand on [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

In my post on alternate voting systems, I called the Republicans and Democrats the “beast with two asses”, making an allusion to the old “making the beast with two backs” euphemism for sex. However, I think I’ve got an, ahem, more colorful example that works better: American democracy is a threesome where the Republicans and [...]

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Preference Voting — Darling Of The LP, But Does It Work?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Anyone who’s read my work here over the years will have realized that I’m not very interested in political horse races. It’s not to say that I don’t think there is some importance to them (as several contributors here do pay close attention), but that others can cover that stuff far better than I can, [...]

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Thank You!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

To all who participated in our fundraising efforts for The Innocence Project, I’d like to give a warm and hearty Thank You! We were able to surpass our goal and bring in $520 for the organization, and I believe the entire fundraiser successfully exceeded their organizational goal of $20K. We here at TLP are honored [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I posted yesterday about Bernard von Nothaus of the Liberty Dollar being convicted. I definitely think the fact support a guilty verdict on the charge of “issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money”, but some of the others seem quite a bit ridiculous, such as “conspiracy against the United States”. [...]

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