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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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It Must Not Be Important

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Interesting that this story is not at the top of the headlines in the country. Iraq is close to exploding into civil war, a scenario that many opposing the Bush Administration’s actions in Iraq predicted would come about. Yet, Google’s current “Top Stories” don’t include it, it’s not on the front page of the San […]

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The Legacy of the Cold War

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

If you haven’t read Raymond’s piece on ideological and memetic warfare, you really should. Although neither Raymond nor I are old enough to remember the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, we both remember the 70’s onwards and many of the points he makes can be seen in the changes from then to now in our culture, […]

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The Harvard Fiasco

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

As Stanley Kurtz, at NRO, points out: So Summers behaved badly. But that just shows how serious the problem of our politically correct campuses is. Students face a daily choice between speaking their mind and harming their own career prospects by alienating the professors who control their grades and recommendations. The Harvard faculty continues it’s […]

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Quote for Today

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” — Thomas Jefferson (First Inaugural Address, 4 […]

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Monopolies, Markets and Microsoft

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Okay, we’ve had an ongoing discussion here at the Liberty Papers about monopolies, markets and Microsoft. The position presented on one side, a position taken by many libertarians and libertarian-conservatives, is that monopolies that are not directly created by government fiat are okay and we shouldn’t see them as bad. They are, in this line […]

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Heard on the Radio

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

I heard this on the radio this morning. I’d still rather go on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney than a car ride with Teddy Kennedy Heh!

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Government Created Monopolies

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Another point, in keeping with our ongoing discussion of economics and monopolies, that I have made is that government intrusion into, and distortion of, the market creates monopolies. I have argued that folks of a libertarian or classic liberal mindset should not accept these “private monopolies” as okay becuase they are not directly created by […]

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

I’m reading The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford, as I mentioned over at Eric’s Grumbles yesterday. The interesting thing, and Harford makes a compelling case for it, is that scarcity is the driving factor in all markets. If the cost of a product is high, yet it seems like the cost to produce it is […]

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Complaint Department

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” — Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

“The bigger the information media, the less courage and information they allow. Bigness means weakness.” — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992) American newsman, journalist, author This is right in line with the libertarian line of thought on small, competitive entities being better, all around, than larger, non-competitive ones. Your thoughts?

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Follow Up on Tax Migrations

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Rogel, at It Looks Obvious (newly added to the blogroll as well), followed up on my previous article about tax reform in Rhode Island. He did some research on migration related to taxes at the state level and that resulted in this article on his blog. The interesting part is, of course, this: From 2000 […]

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Quote to Ponder

Monday, February 13th, 2006

“If newsmen do not tell the truth as they see it because it might make waves, or if their bosses decide something should or should not be broadcast because of Washington or Main Street consequences, we have dishonored ourselves and we have lost the First Amendment by default.” — Richard Salant (1914-1993) former President of […]

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Interesting Perspective

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Wulf, of Atlas Blogged, points out something interesting in The Cartoons are Symptom of a Problem, not the Cause. It is an interesting perspective, and one that should be developed further. Jyllands-Posten’s publication of the cartoons [ed: the cartoons of Mohammed] is repeatedly called offensive. It should instead be seen as defensive. It would be […]

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Comments and Free Speech

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

For anyone that may have a question about how comments are handled here or who may think I am anti free speech, see the comment policy.

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I Fell Over In Shock

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

After reading this article. What was so shocking? After all, there are quite a few states with flat income tax structures, and even quite a few states with no income tax. Well, two reasons really. First, Rhode Island has been, for quite a while, very anti economic liberty. And, this proposal was put forth by […]

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Democracy and Islam Go Together?

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Excerpts from a Forbes update on the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons brouhaha. Or, as Reason’s Hit and Run has called it, the “Intoonfada”. So, I pulled out a few excerpts, and my reactions, just for you. :-) Saudi Arabia’s top cleric called on the world’s Muslims to reject apologies for the “slanderous” caricatures of Islam’s Prophet […]

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FYI: Eric’s Grumbles

Friday, February 10th, 2006

My other blog, Eric’s Grumbles, is down right now. I exceeded my bandwidth limit. As soon as I get that taken care of, it will be back up. Probably later today.

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PC Manifesto

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Be sure to swing by the PC Manifesto v3.0. Q: WHAT IS P.C.? PC stands for Politically Correct. We of the Politically Correct philosophy believe in increasing a tolerance for a DIVERSITY of cultures, race, gender, ideology and alternate lifestyles. Politically Correctness is the only social and morally acceptable outlook. Anyone who disagrees with this […]

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Carnival of Liberty XXXI

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Carnival of Liberty XXXI is up and running at Louisiana Libertarian. As usual, there is good stuff there, but there also, as usual, articles there that are bound to irritate someone. All the more reason to go and read the Carnival.

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