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What An Odyssey

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

That title seemed appropriate, considering that this is the 2001st blog post written on The Liberty Papers. In a way it is also appropriate that I am the one who is writing it. For those who don’t know me, I’m Eric, the guy who thought it would be pretty cool to create this blog 2 [...]

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So Long, Farewell, Adieu

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

As mentioned on Eric’s Grumbles a few weeks ago, my time in the blogosphere is coming to an end. Over the past 18 months I’ve had a tremendous experience as an amateur writer and political commentator. Of everything I’ve done, the thing I’ve enjoyed the most is creating this blog and the Life, Liberty, Property [...]

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May Day Remembrance

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Stop by Catallarchy and check out their May Day theme. Like last year, their theme is the massive destruction, loss of life and liberty and slavery of state socialism. A round up of everything on Catallarchy for today is in this post. Welcome to Catallarchy’s annual Day of Remembrance. Contrary to the promises of ideology, [...]

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The War on Drugs

Friday, April 28th, 2006

I’ve never been a proponent of The War on Drugs™. For quite some time, a decade probably, I’ve been actively opposed to The War on Drugs. I’ve long believed that it is horribly corrosive of our individual rights and liberties, destructive to the relationship between the government and the citizens and creates an incredibly powerful, [...]

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Another Quote on Taxation

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Before the amendment was passed allowing the income tax, Richard Byrd said: “A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man’s business; the eye of the federal inspector will be in every man’s counting house…. The law will of necessity have inquisical features, it will provide penalties, it will create complicated [...]

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Quotes from Reagan

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Ronald Reagan had a way of asking important questions in ways that people understood. Here’s three on the government’s power to tax. Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend? Clearly George W. Bush has not listening to the Reagan/Goldwater wing [...]

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Thinking About Gun Laws

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I’ve been doing some more thinking about gun laws. In the course of that, by sheer luck apparently, I was sent a quote that makes an interesting counterpoint to the usual Classic Liberal theory about the right to keep and bear arms. If you don’t believe all us pro-gun nuts about the reason why people [...]

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Carnival of Liberty XXXVI

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Carnival of Liberty XXXVI is up at The Unrepentant Individual. It looks like, as we’ve come to expect, there are lots of things to read. Some that we will agree with and some that we won’t. Drop by and take a look!

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Insight

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I read Rocket Jones regularly. His zombie pics are a hoot, I love reading about his rocketry and we share a love of science, space exploration and rocket ships. When Ted recently posted a political entry, I pretty much blew coffee through my nose laughing. Not only that, he gave me some insight into the [...]

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Here’s Why

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Here’s why so many of us don’t trust the government. It’s not just about their ability to be efficient. It’s not just about the morality of taking my wealth at gunpoint and using it for something I wouldn’t agree with if I had any choice. It’s about, as has been pointed out here and here, [...]

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They Came At Us In The Same Old Way ….

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

I noticed a link to The Liberty Papers from a blog that I hadn’t seen in a quite a while, Le Revue Gauche. Eugene, for those who’ve never been to his blog, is “an unabashed libertarian communist”. For those faithful readers who find this combination of words a bit suprising, it’s important to understand that [...]

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Quote to Chuckle Over

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

An elephant. A mouse built to government specifications. Robert Heinlein, “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long”

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Something to Ponder

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How’s that again? I missed something. Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let’s play that over again too. Who decides? Robert Heinlein

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Carnival of Education

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

The Carnival of Education is up at Education Wonk. Several articles from The Liberty Papers are featured in the Carnival, all from Monday’s massive venting against our current education system.

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Eric Raymond on the Media

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

WASHINGTON — Media analysts sounded an increasingly gloomy note today following news that a full-scale outbreak of civil war in Iraq had been averted. “The prospects for regime change in Washington seem increasingly remote,” said one senior White House reporter who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hah! Read the whole thing.

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Thoughts Along The Same Lines

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Sean Lynch has an interesting discussion at Catallarchy in a post called Connecting The Political Circle. He puts quite a few words into discussing the differences, and similarities, between libertarians (aka anarcho-capitalists) and anarchists (aka anarcho-syndicalists) and socialists. It’s occurred to me that the main difference between libertarians or anarcho capitalists and socialists or communists [...]

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Quote for this Week

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

I’d say this fits in well with our current education discussion. “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt (1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

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The Education Monopoly

Monday, February 27th, 2006

The current paradigm in this country is that education for our children is provided by public institutions, paid for with tax money. Not only that, but that education by institutions controlled, either directly or indirectly, by the state is mandatory for all children through the end of high school. I’m positive that some of you [...]

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Undercover Economics: Free Trade vs. Environmentalism

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Recently, Patri Friedman posted an excerpt from the Copenhagen Consensus over at Catallarchy. He pointed out that economists agree that the removing trade barriers globally is one of the best ways to spend money from a cost/benefit perspective. I commented fairly extensively on that thread, suggesting that free trade really should be ranked #1 on [...]

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Read Recently on a Local Forum

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I participate in a local forum for my city. We discuss local and national politics, sports, poker, TV shows, and much more. Sometimes the things I read are just amazing. Like this, for example, in a discussion of the recent redistricting ballot initiative in California. …. the problem with the gerrymandered districts is there needs [...]

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