For those of you who have not seen this yet, there is a really important debate about libertarian/conservative “fusionism” at Cato Unbound. Among the essays responding to the lead essay authored by Jacqueline Otto is Jeremy Kolassa’s essay entitled: An Unequal Treaty. Here is one excerpt from his essay explaining why fusionism has failed to [...]Continue reading Quote of the Day: Unequal Treaty Edition
The specter of terrorism, especially on the American homeland is very frightening. These fears are especially acute in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack such as the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. More recently and prior to this latest attack, however; according to a recent Gallup poll, terrorism [...]Continue reading The Best Defense Against Terrorism
There’s a type of welfare that many conservatives don’t seem to be as concerned about. We hear a great deal about welfare benefits for the poor and some about green energy subsidies but subsidizing the defense for wealthy allies gets very little attention from these critics (though in fairness, the chorus against tax payer dollars [...]Continue reading Your Tax Dollars at Work: Welfare for (Wealthy) Allies Edition
In marking the passing of one of the staunchest defenders of capitalism who held high office, I thought it would be appropriate to post this video of Margaret Thatcher in which she defended her record against her Labour Party critics. In this video, her political opponents thought the income gap grew too much under her [...]Continue reading Margaret Thatcher Defends her Record and Capitalism Itself
J.D. Tuccillle over at Reason has an excellent article entitled: “Why I’m Teaching My Son To Break the Law.” Tuccille explains that when the law runs contrary to one’s conscience, s/he should disobey said law (the primary example used in the article was when in 1858 residents in Oberlin and Wellington, Ohio prevented the police [...]Continue reading Quote of the Day: Teach the Children Well Edition
(Re-post: originally posted November 23, 2008) California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted [...]Continue reading Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association
When it comes to many of the issues concerning the environment, particularly global warming I’m very much in the “I don’t know” camp (though if I must pick a side, I’m skeptical about the phenomenon of anthropological global warming). Why don’t I know, after all, this is “settled science” right? I don’t know because, sadly, [...]Continue reading Fossil Fuels Are Making the Planet…Greener?
Former Liberty Papers contributor and Editor-in-Chief of United Liberty Jason Pye has been making the rounds lately speaking at FreedomWorks’ Spring Break College Summit in Washington D.C. and interviewing leaders in the liberty movement such as Cato’s David Boaz, Sen. Mike Lee, and Igor Birman. Here’s just an excerpt from his recent speech entitled: “Standing [...]Continue reading Quote of the Day: Pye r Squared Edition
Just about everyone has heard of the “gun show loophole” by now but there’s another gun loophole that some of the gun manufacturers themselves with to close: the police loophole. What exactly is the police loophole? According to thepoliceloophole.com, this is the site’s definition: There are some states, counties, cities, and municipalities in our great [...]Continue reading 136 Companies Band Together to Close “Police Loophole”
There’s some really great tweets about Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster. So far, this is my favorite: ACLU, CodePink & a Tea Party senator all on the same page. We’re an Elizabeth Warren rain dance away from this being SUPER EPIC. #filibuster — SFK (@stephenkruiser) March 6, 2013Continue reading ‘Super Epic’ Tweet of the Day
This past Saturday, I decided to meet up with Colorado Libertarian Party members to take part in a town hall meeting at the Smoky Hill Library in Centennial, Colorado. Several members of the state legislature hosted the event: Sen. Nancy Todd (D-Sen. Dist. 28), John Buckner (D-House Dist. 40), and Su Ryden (D-House Dist. 36). [...]Continue reading A Few Personal Observations From a Contentious Town Hall Meeting
According to Ann Coulter, libertarians are “pussies” for wanting to end the war on (some) drugs and for agreeing with the Left on certain social issues such as gay marriage. Coulter was a guest on Stossel at the Students for Liberty Conference. Coulter elaborated: We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socailist, the government [...]Continue reading Hey Ann, the War on (Some) Drugs is a Welfare Program
Cato Institute has just released a report along with an infographic (below) which illustrates what sort of impact we can expect on Pentagon spending if the sequester takes place. John McCain, supporters of the military industrial complex, and the more hawkish elements of the GOP are doing their best to scaremonger to stop the sequestration [...]Continue reading The Truth About Pentagon Spending With Sequestration (Or Hey Look, the Cold War is Over)
President Obama is really insulting the intelligence* of the American people acting as if he had nothing to do with the sequester he signed. In the SOTU he said congress “passed” the sequester. But as anyone who is old enough to remember School House Rock: “I’m Just A Bill” can attest, a bill doesn’t become [...]Continue reading Recovered from the Memory Hole: When Obama Supported the Sequester
While I have my doubts about some of the more asinine gun control measures passing at the federal level, here in Colorado things aren’t looking so good for gun owners. Among the measures that stand a good chance of passing both houses of the legislature is banning concealed carry permit holders from bringing guns on [...]Continue reading Strange Logic About Violence in the Colorado Legislature
Some much needed levity from “Libertarian Girl” in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Top 10 Libertarian Pickup Lines 10. “I’d like to indefinitely detain you.” 9. “I only practice the non-aggression principle outside the bedroom.” 8. “Wanna Lysander Spoon?” 7. “I want the government out of my bedroom, but you in it.” 6. “I’m an [...]Continue reading Top 10 Libertarian Pickup Lines
Until yesterday, if someone asked me what I thought about Dr. Ben Cason, I would have had no idea who you were talking about. After listening to his speech (below) from the National Prayer Breakfast from a few days ago with President Obama just a few feet away, I thought this speech was too good [...]Continue reading Dr. Ben Carson Speaks Truth to Power
In light of the recent white paper release by the DOJ concerning the Obama administration’s drone policy, I thought it would be apropos to repost a post I wrote back in November 2011 entitled: Are You or Someone You Know a Victim of the Drone Mentality? I think it’s very telling how little interest there [...]Continue reading Are You or Someone You Know a Victim of the Drone Mentality?
By now most of you have probably listened to the testimony before congress of Bill Stevens – father of a girl who was at Sandy Hook Elementary the day of the shooting. Despite the grave danger his daughter was in that day, Stevens recognizes the importance of the right to bear arms and correctly places [...]Continue reading A Must Watch Rant About How to Stop Mass Shootings
Immigration, especially of the illegal variety, is one of those important issues that is difficult to have a rational discussion about. The discussion quickly devolves into the need to “secure” the border with a wall or fence…at least on the Southern border (the Northern border is more porous but I don’t recall the last time [...]Continue reading Maybe its Immigration Policy That is the Problem?