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

May 28, 2007

Chavez The Totalitarian

In Friday’s Miami Herald, U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos (D-California) had a column about Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez’s closing of RTCV, the last private and opposition TV station in Venezuela. I bring up Congressman Lantos’s thoughts for several reasons. First, he’s the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and his column gives an insight into […]

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May 26, 2007

Socialist Defends Venezuela Shutting Down RCTV — “Not Free Speech Issue”

Today is the end for Venezuelan media company RCTV. Chavez’ stated reason for shutting them down is due to the involvement of the station in the failed coup attempt of 2002. At the same time, though, the station has been a reliable opposition station ever since, and failing to renew their broadcast license now is […]

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May 24, 2007

When corporations fight proxy wars using governments

It is always depressing to see a political battle erupt where you know, no matter who wins, the average citizen will be screwed. One such slow motion train wreck is taking place in Massachusetts as we speak. I became aware of it when one of the groups put an ad on TV that was so […]

Posted By: tarran @ 1:40 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Trade,Freedom of the press,Government Regulation,Monopolies,Property Rights,Technology
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May 15, 2007

Democrats Will “Aggressively Persue” Fairness Doctrine

The Democrats, according to the American Spectator, are going to aggressively persue the Fairness Doctrine. The decision to press for re-establishment of the Fairness Doctrine now seems to have developed for two reasons. “First, [Democrats] failed on the radio airwaves with Air America, no one wanted to listen,” says a senior adviser to Pelosi. “Conservative […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 1:43 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Election '08,Freedom of the press
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April 22, 2007

The Shackles Tighten In Russia

In another sign that the regime of Vladimir Putin continues to advance it’s plans to stifle freedom in Russia, the state is continuing to consolidate control over what’s left of the independent media: MOSCOW, April 21 – At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:55 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Freedom of the press,Individual Rights
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April 20, 2007

Did They Just Say That?!

Last night I was listening to XM Radio online, Channel 47 (Ethel). I’m not sure of the exact time, but I was up reading until the wee hours, so it was probably already well after midnight. I heard a little promo (they don’t have commercials, but they do occasionally have segues), and it took my […]

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April 3, 2007

Russian Censorship And American Liberty

Over at Reason, Cathy Young relates a story about the increasing online censorship in Russia. Putin is tightening the screws, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Russia is slipping back into authoritarianism. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s steady rollback of hard-won press freedoms has entered a new stage. Not content with suppressing television, radio, and newspapers, […]

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March 22, 2007

Injunction issued against COPA

The Child Online Protection Act has been struck down by U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed: Sexual health sites, the online magazine Salon.com and other Web sites backed by the American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on grounds it would have a chilling effect on speech. Joan Walsh, Salon.com’s editor in chief, said the […]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 6:54 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Freedom of the press,Individual Rights
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February 22, 2007

Meet Michael Charles Smith

If the 2008 presidential campaign wasn’t about electing the first woman, African American, Hispanic, or Mormon president but rather about ideas, candidates like Ron Paul might have a fighting chance to be the next president. For the purposes of this post, I’ll pretend that this race is about ideas. Ron Paul seems to be a […]

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February 13, 2007

Thomas Paine: More Harm than Good?

Thomas Paine is one of the least respected figures of the American Revolution and early American history. Many of Paine’s compatriots believed that his anti-religious ideas found in The Age of Reason were so dangerous that they would undermine the moral character of America (Keane 475). Paine further caught the ire of the American public […]

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February 7, 2007

More Chinese Censorship?

From WaPo: A freelance videographer, jailed for refusing to turn over footage of a demonstration to state investigators. The incarceration has become widely publicized as Chinese authorities search for his footage. Jin-Hua Tseng, 24, has spent 169 days in a Beijing prison after declining to reveal the location of unaired videotape he shot of a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:44 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Freedom of the press,Media
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January 30, 2007

California Court Extends First Amendment Rights To Bloggers

In a first-of-it’s-kind ruling, a California Court has ruled that bloggers are entitled to the same First Amendment rights extended to journalists: Santa Clara, CA (AHN)-In a landmark ruling in favor of bloggers and cyber journalists, a Santa Clara County Court defended the First Amendment rights of online journalists to protect their confidential sources, effectively […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:55 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Freedom of the press,Individual Rights
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January 28, 2007

Old Media vs. New Media

(Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds) A rather interesting comment was posted in response to a minor point I made about the new media vs. the old media in a post I wrote entitled The Scales of Justice Need Rebalancing. I thought the comment raised some interesting questions that deserved to be […]

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January 18, 2007

More restrictions on speech?

Are you a blogger? Then S. 1 may concern you. From Of Arms and the Law: S.1 has been introduced in the Senate as “lobbying reform” — which in this case means “First Amendment infringements.” An amendment has been attached, which requires registration of bloggers with more than 500 readers, and who comment on policy […]

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January 16, 2007

The Road To Media Serfdom

At the National Conference for Media Reform that my fellow contributor Doug touched on earlier, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps spoke. During his speech, he outlined an agenda that he called The New American Media Contract. The rationale he follows is that the American people own the airwaves and there is: Too little news, too much […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 9:40 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Freedom of the press
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May 12, 2006

Bias, Moral Relativism, and Hipocrisy

A commentor at The Other Side of Kim Forums calling himself Raucous recently posted this tolerably well written, but I think ultimately blind post, positing the question what do we want out of our reporters with regard to bias, and support of the American (or any other) war effort. “As an aspiring journalist I note […]

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