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

February 23, 2009

It’s Time To Lower The Drinking Age

Last night 60 Minutes ran an interesting piece about the suggestion from some that the drinking age be lowered back to 18: (CBS) Last fall, a group of over 100 college presidents – including the heads of Dartmouth, Virginia Tech and Duke – signed a declaration stating that the 21-year-old drinking age is not working, […]

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Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper: “Legalize All Drugs”

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper recently appeared on Fox News’ Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. Stamper belongs to an organization of current and former police officers called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

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Open Thread: Effects Of Marijuana Legalization On Illicit Drug Industry?

Just a little musing I had… From the little I know about the workings of the illicit drug market, marijuana is one of the main crops. Pretty much everybody — at least everyone in my generation — knows at least one pot-smoker in their lives. Far fewer know people who use (or admit to the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:55 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Freedom,Open Thread,The War on Drugs
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February 19, 2009

Hubris

Maybe he should have driven there in a hybrid car: The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration spent more than $123,000 to charter a private jet to fly to Bogota, Colombia, last fall instead of taking one of the agency’s 106 planes. The DEA paid a contractor an additional $5,380 to arrange Acting Administrator Michele […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:29 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Waste,Hubris,The War on Drugs
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February 13, 2009

A Few Thoughts About the Ryan Fredrick Case

The long and short of the case is that three days after his home was broken into, Fredrick fatally shot an intruder who turned out to be a police officer. Fredrick promptly surrendered to the police once he realized the intruders were in-fact a SWAT team serving a warrant (a very small amount of marijuana […]

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Leave Michael Phelps Alone

It looks like prosecutors in South Carolina are looking to charge Michael Phelps in connection with the bong-smoking photograph: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even if a South Carolina sheriff is successful in building a marijuana case against swimming superstar Michael Phelps, it might be hard to make the charges stick, defense attorneys say. The case […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:23 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Criminal Justice Reform,Legal,The War on Drugs
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January 29, 2009

Render Unto Caesar Whatever The Hell He Wants

Commit a crime? No? Have a reason to carry a lot of cash? Yes? Don’t expect to hang onto it: Over at the poker forum Two Plus Two, pro poker player David Peat writes that he was essentially mugged by DEA agents at an airport in Toledo, Ohio. According to Peat, he and his girlfriend […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:23 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Individual Rights,Police Watch,Privacy,The War on Drugs
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January 26, 2009

Dumbass and Authoritarians Among Us

Here are a few choice comments in response to a recent post where I argued that Ramos and Compean should not receive presidential pardons. I was aware that this was a very unpopular position to take (even among libertarians) but I was stunned and disturbed by the tone of some of the comments. I’ll let […]

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January 21, 2009

Change Libertarians Can Believe In?

There’s no secret that most of the Obama Administration agenda is at odds with the Lockean rights of life, liberty, and property at almost every turn. Obama’s views on freedom are more along the lines of FDR’s so-called “Four Freedoms”. As disturbing as this agenda is, I thought it would be important to identify policies […]

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January 18, 2009

More “Change” From the Obama Administration

Meet the new “change” — same as the old change. Here’s soon-to-be Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta on the reform of medicinal marijuana laws: But I suspect that most of the people eager to vote yes on the new ballot measures aren’t suffering from glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or chemo-induced nausea. Many of them just want to get […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 12:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Federalism,The Nanny State,The War on Drugs
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January 17, 2009

Supreme Court Takes Middle School Strip Search Case

More than a year ago, I wrote about an Arizona middle school student who was strip searched by school officials after being caught with Advil, a legal non-prescription, over-the-counter pain reliever, in her possession. Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case and determine whether her parents can pursue a claim against the school […]

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January 16, 2009

The War on (Some) Drugs & The Prison Industrial Complex in Perspective

Good Magazine’s “Jailbirds” The Marijuana Policy Project’s “The War on Drugs in 100 Seconds” Hat Tip: Matt Kelly @ change.org “Criminal Justice”

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January 6, 2009

Ramos and Compean Should NOT be Pardoned

As the Bush era comes to a close, the list of last minute pardon requests are growing. Perhaps the loudest demand for pardon comes (mostly) from Conservatives who are angry that President Bush has not acted to pardon two Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. Those who demand the pardon claim that […]

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December 13, 2008

2008 Guide To Government Waste

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has published a guide giving a snapshot of the most wasteful programs enacted by the Federal government this year. The programs highlighted total a little over $1.3 billion (which is small potatoes in a year where the budget deficit is hovering around $1 trillion). Some of the programs highlighted are: National […]

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December 8, 2008

ABC Shows Us Just How Little Anti-Terrorism The Homeland Security Apparatus Does

Reality TV junkie? Also a State-worshipper? Then you’re in luck! Every day the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security patrol more than 100,000 miles of America’s borders. This territory includes airports, seaports, land borders, international mail centers, the open seas, mountains, deserts and even cyberspace. Now viewers will get an unprecedented look […]

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November 9, 2008

One Libertarian’s Advice for Republicans and Republican Leaders

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism […] The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -Ronald Reagan (1975) For the second election in […]

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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 8, 2008

Why Libertarians Should Vote: Restoring Liberty via the Ballot Box (Part 3 of 3)

I am not a fan of direct democracy. As I pointed out in part 2 of this series, the Colorado ballot has a number of anti-liberty ballot measures from the Left and the Right. The Colorado ballot is a classic example of how democracy can be reduced to tyrannical of mob rule. Having said that, […]

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September 5, 2008

Aren’t Libertarians Being a Bit Hypocritical and Hoplophobic?

One custom that gang members enjoy is posing with weapons. I suppose that the pictures serve a purpose of both reassuring members of the gang about their power to hurt people while acting to intimidate not only the innocent people the gang prays upon, but also rival gangs. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has produced […]

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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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