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

November 17, 2014

Book Review: Hearts of Darkness

I recently read* Hearts of Darkness: Why Kids Are Becoming Mass Murderers and How We Can Stop It This is obviously setting up to be a slightly controversial book from the start. Trying to delve into the psychology of mass killings is fraught with peril. This book, however, seems to deliver on its theme. At […]

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November 12, 2014

Net Neutrality: A Complex Issue With No Satisfactory Solutions

Yesterday, Chris Byrne had a write-up regarding President Obama’s “stated” support for Net Neutrality. “Stated” is in scare quotes because, as Chris noted, President Obama’s support for this ( much like his “support” for gay marriage) is a limp-wristed attempt to mollify his young, technologically literate base. Of course, because it’s Obama and there’s a cottage […]

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November 10, 2014

Net Neutrality… Obama… Cruz… How About Oliver?

Today, Barack Obama(D) has announced that he will pretend to support net neutrality:     In response, Ted Cruz (RPDGC*), has announced that Net Neutrality is the work of the devil:   “Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November […]

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Just NOT at the Same Time Please

Sharing, as a service to our readers… From Reason: http://reason.com/blog/2014/11/10/guns-and-pot-which-states-are-friendly-t

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 2:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Culture,Drugs,General,Keep and Bear Arms,Marijuana
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SCOTUS Has Accepted Appeal of Case That Could Topple Obamacare

On Friday, United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in King v. Burwell. The plaintiffs in that case assert that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only allows tax credits to people who buy insurance “from an exchange established by a state.” The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal disagreed and ruled that the […]

Posted By: Sarah Baker @ 8:30 am || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Healthcare,Legal,Supreme Court
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November 9, 2014

Self-Ownership, Voluntaryism , and the Non-Aggression Principle as Explained in 2 Videos

In the course of an election year, its very easy to get caught up in the minutia of the various campaigns and election year issues. This is not to say that these issues are trivial; there were very many issues this election cycle which deserved the attention they received. That said, I tend to think […]

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November 8, 2014

Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding Gay Marriage Bans Invites Supreme Court Review

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. It did so by reversing lower court rulings striking down the bans. This decision puts the Sixth Circuit out of step with the other circuit courts to address the issue thus far (the Fourth, […]

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November 6, 2014

Mandatory Ebola Quarantines: Constitutional or Fear-Mongering?

Last Friday, a federal judge ruled that the state of Maine could not force a mandatory ebola quarantine on nurse, Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the U.S. from Sierra Leone. According to CNN: District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients […]

Posted By: Albert Northrup @ 7:14 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,General,Government Incompetence,Liberty
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TLP Round Table — The Abortion Issue

Here at The Liberty Papers, we don’t like to shy away from controversial issues. So we’re going to talk about abortion this week. As you can expect, there are a wide variety of stances on this issue, just like the country at large. Some contributors refused to participate because they were personally uncomfortable with the topic. […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 11:18 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Abortion,Reproductive Rights,TLP Roundtable
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November 4, 2014

Vote Cynically… The Politicians Certainly Do

So far, my co-contributors at The Liberty Papers have encouraged you to vote for Democrats, vote for Republicans, vote for Libertarians, not vote at all, and vote idealistically. All are good arguments… or at least reasonable ones, with well argued rationales and logic behind them. I encourage you to take the time now to read all of […]

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Why Legislating Morality Is A Good Thing

One of the phrases that irritates me about politics is when the phrase “we shouldn’t legislate morality” is uttered. Usually, that person does mean well (ie. supporting a separation of church and state), but it doesn’t diminish the fact that the phrase itself is ignorant. I would argue that a free liberal society must legislate […]

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November 1, 2014

“No Refusal” Laws: A Perversion of Well Intended Law And A Violation of Personal Liberty

I received a tip from a friend of mine who does a lot more Reddit browsing than I do that in Texas, this weekend is what’s called a “No Refusal” weekend in Tarrant County, Texas. What is a “No Refusal” weekend? The tipped-off post, from Reddit user Korietsu (emphasis mine): Just a warning to those […]

Posted By: Christopher Bowen @ 7:00 am || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Constitution,Criminal Justice Reform,Individual Rights
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October 28, 2014

Can Florida Ban Beer Growlers?

Damon Root, at Reason, on Florida’s ban on 64-oz beer growlers. The law is being challenged by a retail company called The Crafted Keg, which is a “growler bar*”. To survive judicial review under existing Supreme Court precedent, economic regulations such as Florida’s growler ban must pass what’s known as the rational-basis test. In effect, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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Quote of the Day: #Ferguson Edition

Here’s a great observation for Lucy Steigerwald writing from Rare: Whether the shooting of Brown by Wilson was justified or not, it’s important to remember that there were good reasons people distrusted the Ferguson police’s narrative of events. Police did everything wrong after Brown was killed. They left his body in the street, they refused […]

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Why FIRE Is Wrong To Criticize Utah State For Anti #GamerGate Speaker’s Cancellation

Let me get this out of the way before we get started. For the most part, I like the work that FIRE does on free speech issues on university campuses. Universities are meant to be a place where ideas can be expressed freely, and all too often that’s no longer the case for many reasons. […]

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October 25, 2014

Watch Out For The Lever-Action Full Auto Double Barrel AR-15

Here’s a picture from the folks at Satirical Analysis, whose Facebook page you should like, along with our page, that sums up the American media’s stupidity in the gun control debate. Of course, the Ottawa shooter was using a common lever-action hunting rifle, but they’ve also been nicknamed the “cowboy assault rifle” because they have […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 2:54 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Humor,Keep and Bear Arms,War on Terror
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Here’s A 10 Year Old Girl That Can Shoot Better Than You

Meet Shyanne Roberts, a 10 year old girl from New Jersey. However, while most girls her age play soccer or softball, she shoots competitively. As you can see, she can handle an AR-15 and a Glock semi-automatic handgun. I’m sure she can already shoot better than most of our readers and contributors. It just goes to […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 7:04 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,Keep and Bear Arms,Multimedia
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October 24, 2014

Idaho Gay Marriage Lawsuit Moot – City Backs Down

I’ve covered the Idaho “Hitching Post” gay marriage case. I started with a relatively in-depth look at the legal issues involved on Monday, and then covered some inconsistencies in the history of the Hitching Post’s religious designation yesterday. Today, though, it has all been resolved. The Hitching Post’s recent change from performing civil marriages as […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:28 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Equal Protection,Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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October 23, 2014

That Idaho Gay Marriage Lawsuit? It Just Got Murky.

On Monday, I posted about the Idaho pastors who filed a lawsuit as Couer d’Alene’s anti-discrimination ordinance threatened them with large fines and possible jail time for a refusal to perform same-sex weddings at their chapel, The Hitching Post. As background, I posted excerpts from the Hitching Post’s lawsuit regarding their employee policy: Then, the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:15 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Equal Protection,Religious Liberty
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October 22, 2014

What American Christians Can Learn From A Muslim Woman Calling Out Her Own Community

There’s a Facebook post that has gone viral of a Georgia woman, who is Muslim, essentially blasting her fellow Muslims for demanding a special increase in food stamp benefits to offset the higher cost of halal food. One of this young lady’s followers screen capped the image, drew a line through her name and eyes to protect […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 6:52 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Church and State,Culture,Equal Protection,Huckabee Watch,Individual Rights,Religious Liberty
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