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

March 11, 2009

Nader Scores Big Court Victory for Third Party Candidates

It’s not often that I sing the praises of unsafe-at-any-speed Ralph Nader, but his recent legal victory is worthy of such praises. “LOS ANGELES, March 9 /PRNewswire/ — In a significant move for open-election laws, the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an attempt to overturn a federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that the […]

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February 20, 2009

About That “Abort Obama” Poster Case

There’s been much discussion among the right-side of the blogosphere about this case out of Oklahoma: OKLAHOMA CITY — A handmade anti-abortion sign in the back of an Oklahoma City man’s pickup truck prompted a traffic stop and a visit from the Secret Service. However, a police supervisor acknowledged Thursday that confiscating the man’s sign […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:03 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Crime and Punishment,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Legal
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January 23, 2009

The “Oklahoma 3″ Set Free, Paul Jacob Responds

Oklahoma’s political prisoners have been set free! Paul Jacob released the following statement in response to the charges being dismissed on January 22, 2009: Today is a great day for justice, for freedom of speech and the right to petition one’s government. It is a great day for Rick Carpenter, Susan Johnson, and me—now known […]

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January 13, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Over at Reason: Hit & Run, Nick Gillespie on the regulation of the internet: One trend that’s making a comeback with the Obama ascendancy is the need for smart folks not to regulate the Net per se, but to, you know, come up with better rules that will help make sure that everything that’s so […]

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December 12, 2008

Che, Mao, and Pop Culture

One thing that disturbs me to no end is the way despotic Communist serial killers like Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Mao Zedong are iconic figures in American pop culture. When I see someone wearing Che’s ugly mug on his/her chest, I want to ask him/her: “Do you really have any idea who this man was […]

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December 9, 2008

Free Speech Or Slander ?

A case in Maryland is requiring that state’s highest Court to find the line between freedom of speech and business disparagement: In a First Amendment case with implications for everything from neighborhood e-mail lists to national newspapers, an Eastern Shore businessman argued to Maryland’s highest court yesterday that the host of an online forum should […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:49 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Legal
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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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