Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

May 18, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: To Whom or What Do You Pledge Your Allegiance?

I was listening to the local talk show host on my way to work this morning and the topic was the ongoing saga surrounding the auto makers. This particular talk show host is a very pro-union “buy American” (and therefore anti-free trade) kind of guy in the mold of Lou Dobbs. As I pulled into […]

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April 1, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: How Can We Fix Our Prisons?

Our prison system, holding nearly 25% of the worlds reported prisoners, may seem like an April fool’s joke but certainly is not a laughing matter. I’m in the early stages of writing a post in response to Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) recent article in Parade entitled: Why We Must Fix Our Prisons. Sen. Webb is […]

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March 30, 2009

Great Idea from the Left: Have Candidates Sign Pledges to Increase Taxes and Spending

While trashing a positive review of a Republican candidate I just wrote over at The Next Right, the good folks over at The American Prospect inadvertently came up with a good idea.  I was describing a recent conversation with Tim James, who is running for governor in Alabama: When I had the opportunity, I asked […]

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March 13, 2009

Patches, Security, and Blog Contests

A few weeks ago, I wrote on my personal blog, about an author who had, essentially by accident, trained himself to become an intelligence analyst: Trevor Paglen is an author, and Dr. of Geography, who developed a fascination for the “black” side of the military some years ago; and started snooping. His first book on […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 8:59 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Book Reviews,Random,Security
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February 26, 2009

Live Chat With Mayor Cheye Calvo Tonight @ 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) @ The Agitator

Check in this Thursday night at 8pm ET with your questions for Cheye Calvo, the Berwyn Heights, Maryland mayor who was subject to a violent, botched drug raid last year. Calvo’s pushing legislation that would bring transparency to how Maryland’s police departments use their SWAT teams. I’m hoping to be home in time to participate […]

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January 21, 2009

New Freedom Website

There’s a new freedom-oriented website out there: Freedom Politics. From their initial blog posting: Lovers of liberty, rejoice. Today, we’re launching, a site dedicated to the pursuit and protection of freedom. We’re not the only ones who think freedom needs a hand, but as a Freedom Communications site, we follow the model of an […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 6:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Blog Discussions,Foreign Affairs,Libertarians,Non-Intervention
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December 16, 2008

Open Thread Question: Is Naming a Child “Adolf Hitler” Child Abuse?

Heath and Deborah Campbell have three young children. Their names: JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, and Adolph Hitler Campbell. Unsurprisingly to everyone (with the exception of Heath and Deborah Campbell), having such names for their children can have very negative effects on their children. When it came time to request a birthday […]

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November 14, 2008

An apology concerning a falsehood I have been promoting

For years now, I have been under the impression that in an election, undervotes (ballots where there aren’t votes for all the races) aren’t counted.  I read this years ago in a source that I considered reliable at the times.  Truth be told, I can’t even remember where I read it, only that I considered […]

Posted By: tarran @ 4:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Election '08,Politics
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May 27, 2008

Open Thread Question of the Day: Will the Barr/Root Ticket Help or Hurt the Libertarian Party?

I think it’s too early to tell. There are some very legitimate concerns that many Libertarians have about Barr’s commitment to Libertarian principles. Barr defeated Ruwart 54% to 46% and I can tell you from being there that many of the delegates who supported Ruwart were very dissatisfied with the outcome. It’s very unclear to […]

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May 21, 2008

The Liberty Papers to Cover the National Convention in Denver

The Libertarian Convention of course! Which convention did you think I was talking about? The Libertarian National Convention will run this Memorial Day weekend beginning on Thursday, May 22nd and ending on Monday, May 26th. I plan on attending the convention representing The Liberty Papers as a citizen journalist on Saturday, Sunday, and possibly Monday. […]

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January 23, 2008

Quincy’s Back!

Back in the early days of The Liberty Papers, one of the founding contributors was Quincy. Life interceded into his desire to blog, and he eventually took an unspecified hiatus from the blogosphere. Thankfully, he’s back! Head on over and see what he’s up to.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Blogroll,The Contributors
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November 30, 2007

Federalism vs. Individual Freedom

The Constitutionalism of Ron Paul has ignited a debate that’s sorely needed in this country. The Founding Fathers envisioned a nation of individual States, each with its own quirks and ideas, and each with wide latitudes to set its own internal laws and policies as it saw fit. The central government was tasked only with […]

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November 8, 2007

The Efficacy Of Prediction Markets

As I’ve pointed out, I’m a believer in prediction markets. For me, though, it’s more of an intuitive expectation that markets (i.e. revealed preference) are likely to be more accurate than stated preference. The question has come up with Doug, who isn’t yet a believer in prediction markets, as to whether there is any empirical […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:02 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Economics,Technology
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November 5, 2007

Monday Open Thread — Hard Cases Edition

Doug recently posted a “Libertarian Hard Cases” thread about how to deal with issues related to children. Libertarianism is one of the few political systems that treats adults like adults and holds them responsible for their actions; it assumes that people are rational actors who are capable of making decisions in their own life and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:53 am || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Open Thread,The Contributors
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July 11, 2007

OSHA Contemplates Regulating Ammunition as Explosives

OSHA is now considering regulating ammunition as explosives. If OSHA has its way, ammunition will become very difficult to purchase, store, or transport and would seriously curtail the individual’s constitutional right to bear arms without specifically banning firearms. One can only wonder how the courts would rule if OSHA’s proposed regulation were challenged. I for […]

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June 6, 2007

Every Man for Himself?

Nick, who responded to Doug’s recent post made some great points and some which I disagreed with. I was going to respond to the original post’s thread, but as my response became longer and longer, I thought it should be a stand alone post. Here’s what Nick had to say: Ron Paul is dead wrong […]

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May 31, 2007

Despots Say the Darndest Things

While most of us learn from the words of those who we admire, it is also possible to learn from those we detest. Here is a collection of quotes from some of the vilest despots in human history. From these quotes, perhaps we can gain some insights from their thought processes. You may also find […]

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May 22, 2007

If Taxation Was More Transparent

This YouTube video humorously illustrates some of the hidden ways we are taxed. The ad was created by David Zucker (one of the brilliant minds behind the Naked Gun movies) for the 2006 campaign to warn viewers of the Democrats plans to raise taxes higher than any point in American history. Unfortunately, it seems that […]

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April 1, 2007

Should A Mayor Be In Control Of The Schools?

Council Prepares for Vote to Give Fenty Control In the three months since he proposed a dramatic restructuring of the District’s public school system, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has outmaneuvered the Board of Education, using his political capital to shore up support and turning the contest over his plan into a rout. On Tuesday, the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:34 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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March 21, 2007


As Doug mentioned Monday night, we here at The Liberty Papers have been brainstorming some interesting new features here. One, that we will roll out shortly (likely before the end of the week) is called Point/Counterpoint. While our contributors generally agree on most issues, there are always issues where we don’t. We all share a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Admin,Blog Discussions,Point/Counterpoint
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