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

October 28, 2014

More on Amazon, ebooks, and monopolies

Yesterday, Brad wrote a wonderful piece blasting away at accusations that Amazon has a monopoly on the ebook. As an indie author who making most of his income via ebook sales, I thought it might be worth getting another take on the same issue. Brad makes excellent points, but there are some points that I […]

Posted By: Tom Knighton @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business
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October 24, 2014

What’s that got to do with the price of whiskey in West Virginia

Sometimes it can be hard for people to grasp how government distortion of the free market actually impacts them, and why it’s such a corrosive and destructive force. The whole issue is so big, and so pervasive, that people can’t relate to it, or focus on it, or see how it hurts them personally… at […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 6:40 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Corruption,Cronyism
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October 22, 2014

Michigan Reaffirms Protectionist Legislation for State Auto Dealers

As Tom Knighton covered earlier this week, the Michigan state legislature let its crony capitalist flag fly when it passed a bill affirming Michigan’s protectionist legislation for traditional franchise auto dealers. Yesterday, Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill into law. Under existing law, an auto manufacturer could not a sell new vehicle directly to retail customers other than through […]

Posted By: Sarah Baker @ 1:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Cronyism
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October 20, 2014

57,000 Federal Workers On Paid Leave For Months: WaPo

The Washington Post has written about a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that makes the claim that over 57,000 federal workers are on paid administrative leave for over a month. Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can […]

Posted By: Christopher Bowen @ 3:28 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Government Incompetence,Government Waste
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Michigan lets its crony capitalism flag fly

Michigan lawmakers are looking out for auto dealers. Sounds nice, right? Well, it does if you’re a new car dealer who doesn’t like the fact that that upstart auto maker Tesla hasn’t followed the herd when it comes to selling their new cars. The state’s legislature recently passed a bill that bans direct sales of […]

Posted By: Tom Knighton @ 7:00 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business
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October 17, 2014

#GamerGate: The Microcosm of the Culture Wars

As a games writer by trade, it’s been funny watching mainstream news sites pick up the story known simply as “GamerGate”. Everyone from Reason to The New York Times has picked up on the story, with some doing a better job of reporting a two month old story than others. Naturally, the articles have a […]

Posted By: Christopher Bowen @ 5:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Business,Culture,Multimedia,Political Correctness,Technology
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March 13, 2013

136 Companies Band Together to Close “Police Loophole”

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 […]

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August 1, 2012

Farming in an Equilibrium Trap

JayG wrote something today about how this summers drought is hitting farmers very hard; which is absolutely true. And it’s already having an impact on food prices, and that impact is just going to grow. The crop that’s being impacted worst is dent corn, which makes up the majority of livestock feed in this country; […]

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June 9, 2011

Auto Bailout; Can’t Prove A Counterfactual, But You Can Infer

So the big debate is whether the gov’t should sell their post-IPO shares in GM. At current prices, they’d [unsurprisingly] be losing money on the sale, compared to the amount put up in the bailout. So we have to ask — was it worth it? To determine that, we can’t base our entire calculation on […]

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April 25, 2011

Donald Trump: Corporatist Bully

I do not like Donald Trump. I don’t dislike him because of his wealth; he probably earned most of his wealth honestly. Some dislike Trump because he is a self promoter. I don’t dislike Trump for this reason either. Many successful individuals are great at self promotion and developing a successful brand (a very good […]

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August 20, 2010

“Hallowed Ground”

A friend of mine who I worked with at a hip-hop magazine years ago was a big influence on me turning toward libertarianism. He said this on the mosque fiasco: The next person who tells me Ground Zero is ‘hallowed’ or ‘sacred’ ground, is getting punched in the balls. If it really were special, it […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 11:50 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Business,Theory and Ideas,War on Terror
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June 16, 2010

Supreme Court Opposes Nazis 90% Of Time — Kevin Drum Labels Them Ideologues

Kevin Drum, on the Supreme Court’s pro-business stance: (original linked article from Constitutional Accountability Center) A good guidepost to these rulings is the position taken by the United States Chamber of Commerce, which bills itself as the “voice of business.” Roberts’s record? In the past five years he’s sided with the Chamber 70% of the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:39 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Constitution,Supreme Court
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April 22, 2010

Tom Martino’s ‘Hot Button’ Earth Day Rant

I just happened to come across this wonderful rant from Tom Martino concerning Earth Day and environmentalism. For those of you who live outside the Denver media market, Tom Martino (a.k.a. ‘The Troubleshooter’) isn’t a political commentator per se but a consumer advocate with both a radio and TV show (similar to Clark Howard, but […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 9:48 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Culture,Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Media,Multimedia,Theory and Ideas
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March 29, 2010

Instead Of Trying To Save The Post Office, Let’s Try Freedom Instead

It’s been rumored for more than a year now, but the U.S. Postal Service is taking the first steps toward eliminating Saturday mail delivery: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Saturday mail could be one step closer to cancellation when the United States Postal Service submits an official proposal to a government regulatory board on Tuesday to […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Constitution,Economics,Government Regulation
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February 1, 2010

Is The Free Market Democratic?

In my post on whether America is ungovernable, one comment from CJS stuck out. It illustrates what I think is a common misconception of the average consumer, who sees a Starbucks on every corner, chooses between Microsoft and Apple for their operating system, and chooses whether to shop at the Super Wal-Mart or Costco each […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:28 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Comment Of The Day,Economics
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August 25, 2009

An Aristocracy of Talent, and the Triumph of Markets

This is possibly the single best business document I have ever read; and I mean that with no hyperbole. It is also the single most libertarian document I have ever seen applied to a large corporate environment. You HAVE TO read this. Culture View more presentations from Reed Hastings.

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 6:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Culture,Economics,Free Trade,Theory and Ideas
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