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

December 2, 2008

Is Atheism Really Threatening?

These signs have been popping up lately in the Denver area… …and some folks are none too happy about it. The hate mail and nasty, threatening phone messages began almost immediately. … John Matson, of Denver, was so mad after seeing the Santa Fe Drive sign that he dashed off an angry letter to the [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:32 am || Permalink || Comments (23) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Political Correctness,Religious Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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November 26, 2008

The Un-American Pledge of Allegiance

One aspect common to totalitarian regimes is the forced loyalty oath. Nazi Germany, for example, forced all pastors, civil servants and soldiers to take an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler. In the Soviet Union, in Communist China, and numerous other nations, the state demanded that people swear loyalty to the government as a condition [...]

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November 23, 2008

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

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 from the “yes” campaign. Argument #1: [...]

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November 4, 2008

Chuck Schumer Talks Fairness Doctrine On Fox News

If the Democrats get the victory they seem headed toward today, there will be many things that are likely to happen that should concern libertarians. One of those is the effort to revive the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which New York Senator Chuck Schumer talked about this morning on Fox News: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:56 am || Permalink || Comments (22) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Individual Rights
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November 3, 2008

Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen [...]

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October 13, 2008

Personal Attack Ad…Against Myself!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the receiving end of a personal attack ad? I have. During the 2006 campaign, I thought it would be fun to write my own personal attack ad…against myself! Like many attack ads, everything I wrote about myself was (is) technically true but lacked [...]

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October 4, 2008

A Review of ‘Little Brother’ by Cory Doctorow

The always thought provoking Cory Doctorow has a new book out, Little Brother.  I highly recommend it, even though I think he is very wrong on numerous points.  You can download it for free at the link above. It is very difficult to write a political novel.  I should know, I’ve started 3 or 4 [...]

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September 13, 2008

Do Strict Constructionists Wish to Bring Back Slavery?

The View seems to be an endless source of idiotic commentary, especially in the realm of politics. It appears that Whoopi picked up where Rosie left off when Sen. John McCain appeared on the show. To have “a strict constructionist” philosophy means to return to slavery and other injustices of the era of the founding [...]

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September 12, 2008

In fact, let me say unequivocally, I’m OK with more people dying, so long as we have more freedom; be it with drugs, or guns, or sex, or anything else. Are there limits? Of course there are; at the very least, my fist is limited by your nose… but doing immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional things [...]

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September 2, 2008

Ron Paul’s Speech at the “Rally for the Republic”

Ron Paul spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 10,000 at the “Rally for the Republic” (AKA the “Ron Paul Convention”) across the river from the Republican National Convention. Below are the first 3 parts of his speech, the full text of the speech can be read here. Other speakers on the last day [...]

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August 14, 2008

Why Democracy And Individual Liberty Usually Aren’t Compatible

Sometimes, the wisdom of crowds is as bad as the insanity of a dictator: Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary, but they draw the line at imposing that same requirement on the Internet. Thirty-nine percent (39%) [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Free Speech,Individual Rights,The Bill Of Rights
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August 1, 2008

To A Politician, Vocalizing Opposition To His Policy Is Lying

From Paul Jacob, always a fan of citizen initiatives and ballot measures*: Lying is objectionable, of course. But only certain kinds of lies — perjury, or lies used to steal from someone — should be punished by force of law. Some people, however, are forever seeking new ways to harass other people. Especially, it seems, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:57 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Free Speech,Government Regulation,Legal,Theory and Ideas
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June 23, 2008

RIP, George Carlin

Today is a sad day for comedy. While I can’t say that I always agreed with some of his ideas, the simple fact is that George Carlin, through the vehicle of comedy, did an incredible job of making people question the world around them. That questioning is the first step towards having independent thoughts– a [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Government Regulation,Humor,Individual Rights
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June 2, 2008

The Value Of The First Amendment

The British don’t have a Bill of Rights per se, they don’t even really have a written Constitution, which is why it’s possible for nonsense like this to take place:\ This past week, apparently, two ministers found out first-hand that what the Bishop claimed was true: The preachers, both ministers in Birmingham, were handing out [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:19 am || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Individual Rights,Political Correctness
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June 1, 2008

Paul Jacob Tells his Story at the Libertarian National Convention

Back in November of last year, I shared the story of Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson, and Rick Carpenter. Together, they are sometimes referred to as “the Oklahoma 3.” Their crime, “conspiracy against the state” (what we know as petitioning the government for a redress of grievances) could cost them 10 years in prison and $25,000 [...]

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April 24, 2008

BATF Doesn’t Like Beer Made In Weed

In the rural areas of Northern California, in the shadow of beautiful Mt. Shasta, lies a sleepy small town. In that town, however, lurks a menace. The town itself elicits laughs from degenerate drug users all over the nation. In fact, the town itself is a literal advertisement for drug use. At least that’s what [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:38 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Government Regulation,Legal,The War on Drugs
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April 11, 2008

Quote Of The Day

There’s a reason we have a Bill of Rights: Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value.– Dean Steacy, Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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March 20, 2008

Free Speech And Fraud

An interesting case-in-point raised by this article in The New York Times: When Xavier Alvarez was asked to say a few words about himself at a meeting of a California water board last summer, he decided on these: “I’m a retired marine of 25 years. I retired in the year 2001. Back in 1987, I [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Legal
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March 6, 2008

Should A School Be Able To Punish A Student For What They Write On A Blog ?

That’s the issue that the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is currently dealing with: Avery Doninger, 17, claims officials at Lewis S. Mills High School violated her free speech rights when they barred her from serving on the student council because of what she wrote from her home computer. In her Internet journal, [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:50 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Legal
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February 13, 2008

Judge Andrew Napolitano Discusses the History of Civil Liberty Violations in America

Judge Andrew Napolitano gave a speech for Reason Magazine in Washington D.C. in October of last year on the history of Constitutional infidelity. Virtually every president from George Washington to George W. Bush has broken his oath of office to defend the Constitution. President John Adams, the nation’s second president, was the first president who [...]

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