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Thoughts On The Libertarian/Conservative “Alliance”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Over at Liberty Pundits, Melissa Clouthier argues that libertarians and conservatives are natural allies: Libertarians want the government to bug out. Conservatives want the individual to empower himself. Libertarians believe in rational self-interest. Conservatives believe help and charity come from a giving heart–not from the government’s pointed gun. Their motivations might be different, but their [...]

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Counterpoint: Civil Disobedience Or Not, Nullification Is Unconstitutional

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

In his post that started this debate, Brad Warbiany makes this point about the idea that the individual states have the power, or at least the right, to make declarations as to the Constitutionality of Federal laws: Nullification is the civil disobedience of Federalism. Is it legal? No. After all, the Supremacy Clause and judicial [...]

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Christopher Hitchens On The Campaign Against The “Ground Zero” Mosque

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Christopher Hitchens may be battling cancer, but he hasn’t lost his talent for saying exactly the right thing in exactly the right way. Take, for example, his new Slate column regarding the ongoing and seemingly endless controversy over the “Ground Zero” mosque: Take, for example, the widely publicized opinion of Abraham Foxman, national director of [...]

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Wayne Allyn Root: Religious Freedom And Property Rights ? Not For Them Muslims !

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I’ve written before about the questionable libertarian allegiances of Wayne Allyn Root, the LP’s 2008 Vice-President nominee and currently an At-Large member of the Libertarian National Committee. Now, Root is out with a blog post about the so-called “Ground Zero” Mosque that is anything but libertarian in it’s sentiments and it’s conclusions, and it should [...]

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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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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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There Is No Such Thing As “State’s Rights”

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Stephen Green has an excellent column this week at Pajamas Media where he cautions his fellow libertarians to stay away from the siren call of the “state’s rights” movement: We need to give up this notion of “states’ rights.” First of all, it’s in bad taste. The phrase used to be code for “Jim Crow.” [...]

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The Conscience Of A Phony Libertarian: Wayne Allyn Root And The Decline Of The Libertarian Party

Friday, May 28th, 2010

If the only book on libertarianism that you ever read was Wayne Allyn Root’s The Conscience of a Libertarian, then you’d be compelled to conclude that the most important liberty issues facing America are internet gambling, tax cuts for small businesses, and home schooling. That’s because Root, a former Republican who became the Libertarian Party’s [...]

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Contra Rand Paul: The Libertarian And Constitutional Case For The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Made by several of the most prominent libertarian scholars out there: “I think Rand Paul is wrong about the Civil Rights Act,” libertarian Cato Institute scholar Brink Lindsey wrote in an e-mail. “As a general matter, people should be free to deal or not deal with others as they choose. And that means we discriminate [...]

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William F. Buckley, Jr. Would Be Proud

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

William F. Buckley Jr. is famous for once having said: “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.” If he were still around today, I’m [...]

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Rand Paul Wins Kentucky Republican Senate Primary

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The votes are still being counted, but so far it looks like Rand Paul’s margin of victory will be huge: WASHINGTON — Political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to victory in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, delivering a jolt to the GOP establishment and providing fresh evidence of widespread voter [...]

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Wayne Allyn Root Backtracks On Participating In Birther “Trial” Of President Obama

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

As I noted on Sunday, Wayne Allyn Root had announced his participation in a “trial” of President Obama led by Rev. James Manning, a noted birther and virulent Obama critic. Late yesterday, Root issued a statement saying that he had decided not to participate in the event: I had a chance today for the first [...]

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Rand Paul’s Kentucky Tea Party

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Of all the races that will come to an end to tomorrow night, the one that may be the most interesting is the Republican Senate Primary in Kentucky, where the race has essentially become a proxy for the battle between the Establishment GOP and the Tea Party Movement: FLORENCE, Ky. — Rand Paul grabbed a [...]

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Wayne Allyn Root Is Poison For The Libertarian Party

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Wayne Allyn Root, the businessman and online gambling advocate who served as Bob Barr’s running mate on the Libertarian ticket in 2008, is casting his lot in with the birthers. As Radley Balko reports, Root promotes on his Facebook page his participation in a “trial of Barack Obama” that took place last week in New [...]

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Ohio Police Officer Found Guilty In Shooting Of Unarmed Cyclist

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Yesterday, an Ohio jury found a local police officer guilty in the shooting of an unarmed motorcyclist: TOLEDO, OHIO — A Lucas County jury has found an Ottawa Hills police officer guilty of felonious assault in the May 2009 shooting of a motorcyclist. After over five hours of deliberations, a jury found that part-time Ottawa [...]

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Elena Kagan And The Second Amendment

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Today’s controversy burning up Memeorandum is a revelation concerning Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s previously expressed views on the Second Amendment: May 13 (Bloomberg) — Elena Kagan said as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk in 1987 that she was “not sympathetic” toward a man who contended that his constitutional rights were violated when he [...]

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Gay Marriage, Religious Liberty, And The Case Of One 8 Year-Old Boy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The latest battleground in the ongoing debate over gay marriage and religious liberty is taking place in Massachusetts: BOSTON (AP) — A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers. It’s [...]

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Eliminate The Liability Cap For Offshore Drilling

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Commenting on the efforts in Congress to increase the statutory liability cap that oil companies enjoy for damages caused by offshore drilling accidents, John Cole makes this point: Here’s a revolutionary idea- why don’t we get rid of the limit altogether! If BP or Exxon cuts corners and makes a hash of things, and they [...]

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Libertarianism From A To Z

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Reason’s Nick Gillespie recently sat down to interview Professor Jeffrey Miron, author of the new book Libertarianism, from A to Z:

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Supreme Court To Decide If California Can Ban Sale Of “Violent” Video Games To Minors

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Last year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a California law that made it illegal to sell “violent” video games to minors. Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the State of California’s appeal in that case: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether free speech rights are more important than [...]

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