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

August 24, 2010

Failbook: Facebook Bans Anti-Prohibition Group

It’s beginning to be really easy to hate Facebook. While Google has stuck to its libertarian principles of free exchange of information by not cooperating with Chinese censorship, Facebook has become more and more creepy: The people behind the “Just Say Now” marijuana legalization campaign (oft-Boinged Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald is one of many political […]

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August 17, 2010

Democracy Is A Referendum On The Economy — This Is A Defense Of Democracy?

While I regularly disagree with Ezra Klein, I believe that honestly one of the main differences between him and many libertarians is that he still has faith in the political system. He’s smart, he understands incentives, he just refuses to take the next step and start understanding public choice theory and the malincentives rampant in […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:52 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Look About,Politics
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August 11, 2010

The Whys And Wherefores Of Armed Rebellion And Beer

Over at Popehat, Ken has posted a very thought-provoking question about the American Right’s rhetoric lately regarding armed rebellion. He delves into two topics, first exactly what the reasoning, scope, and result of revolution might be, and secondly into why the rhetoric tends to follow very similar paths to rhetoric of the socialist revolutionaries of […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:02 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Democrats,Individual Rights,Liberty,Look About,Politics,Republicans,Theory and Ideas
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July 20, 2010

A little inisight as to why the Democrats are losing so badly this election

It’s because they don’t realize that the elements of their “turnaround plan”, are what is causing them to lose in the first place: From Mark Halperin, writing in Time: “What has kept the easily panicked denizens of Capitol Hill from open revolt until now was a shared confidence that there was still plenty of time […]

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Voting For Smaller Gov’t In November? Good Luck

As Chris pointed out last week, Republicans might be able to get us to at least a divided Congress in November. One expects that if they do, they’ll stand athwart the tracks as the big-government train approaches, yelling STOP! But their bark is worse than their bite: Yeah! Go Red team! Go Democracy! via TJIC, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:12 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste
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July 14, 2010

Democracy Doesn’t Work

Yet another in a long line of evidence showing that while democracy might be a way to gauge the public’s general mood or satisfaction, it’s certainly too clumsy of a tool to really have anything to do with setting policy: Led by Loyola Marymount University’s Andrew Healy, a team of researchers compared 44 years of […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:54 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Elections
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June 21, 2010

Point: “State’s Rights” A Misnomer

This is a post in our continuing “Point/Counterpoint” series, where TLP contributors and/or guest posters debate a topic. In this installment, Michael Powell argues against the existence of “states’ rights”. Tomorrow, Brad Warbiany will defend states’ rights, and his post can now be found here. During the twentieth century, there were several confrontations between federal […]

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May 20, 2010

William F. Buckley, Jr. Would Be Proud

William F. Buckley Jr. is famous for once having said: “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.” If he were still around today, I’m […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:56 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Democracy,Politics
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May 19, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Pretty much sums up one of the main problems with modern democracy: In a widely quoted book entitled The End of History, Francis Fukuyama wrote about the intellectual and practical triumph of democracy as a system of government. No further political paradigm shifts would be required. Democracy was the omega end point of the historical […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:50 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Quote of the Day
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May 18, 2010

Howard Zinn was the Worst the Left has to offer

Howard Zinn passed at the beginning of this year, and I will admit part of me was saddened at his passing. My mother owned his People’s History of the United States, and my fellow students at college seemed to adore his work. My best friend is a Zinn fanatic, bringing him up nearly every time […]

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April 1, 2010

The Case Against An Article V Constitutional Convention

Virginia Delegate James LeMunyon has an article in today’s Wall Street Journal where he makes an argument that I’ve been hearing with disturbing frequency lately: The remedy is in Article V of the Constitution, which permits a convention to be called for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. Any proposed amendment then would have to […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:06 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Democracy,Founding Fathers,History,Legal
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January 28, 2010

Is America Ungovernable?

Fundamentally, decisions are the marriage of facts and values, and although any government may have access to the facts, it does not have access to my values.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:20 pm || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Federalism,Freedom,Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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January 27, 2010

Opening the floodgates…

From tonight’s State of the Union address: “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by […]

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January 20, 2010

Gay Marriage — Far LESS Harmful Than Democracy

I’d like to claim that I’m not one to pick nits — but I’d be lying. So here is exhibit 10,483 in the “Brad takes part of a post he agrees with and spins it way out of context.” The base post is about marriage and in support of gay marriage. But I found this […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:16 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Individual Rights,The Bill Of Rights,Theory and Ideas
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January 19, 2010

A Referendum on Secrecy and Entitlement

Virgina Senator Jim Webb offers up one of the best perspectives on Scott Brown’s win tonight: Calling the race “a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process” Webb said Democrats need to hold off on further action until Brown is formally sworn in to […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 10:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '10
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December 29, 2009

Just because people make bad choices…

…Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have any choice at all. The first freedom is the freedom to fail… And when it comes to choosing our leaders in this country… whoooo boy have we failed big time, for a long time. So fellow gunblogger Tam, being an Ovarian American, got a bit tweaked at a comment over […]

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November 16, 2009

Bruce Bartlett, May Your Chains Set Lightly Upon You

Ezra Klein quotes approvingly from Bruce Bartlett’s new book, The New American Economy: The Failure Of Reaganomics And A New Way Forward: The reality is that even before spending exploded to deal with the economic crisis, the government was set to grow by about 50 percent of GDP over the next generation just to pay […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:41 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Fiscal Policy,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Individual Rights,Liberty,Socialism,Taxation,The Welfare State
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November 6, 2009

Good News On Health Care Reform: They Don’t Have The Votes Yet

This is a good sign: WASHINGTON – A House leader says Democrats haven’t yet lined up enough votes to pass their health care overhaul bill. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says the vote that House Democrats had scheduled for Saturday could slip to Sunday or early next week. Hoyer acknowledged to reporters Friday that […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:43 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Constitution,Democracy,Economics,Healthcare
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October 31, 2009

The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. […]

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October 28, 2009

A symbolic victory in a sea of defeats

The governator sent a letter to the California State Assembly where he, er, told them he would “strike” them. Carnally. To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature. For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while manyunnecessary bills come […]

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