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

January 27, 2009

Bush Was a Dictator – And the U.S. Government Is a Dictatorship

A dictator is a monarch who is both law-maker and law enforcer, who also acts as final judicial arbiter in cases, and is not legally liable for his actions. By such a standard, George Bush was a dictator.  He claimed the power to ignore the legislature, and to arbitrarily rewrite the law – citing the [...]

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January 11, 2009

Another Permanent State of Emergency

Many people have expressed a hope that Barack Obama will be an improvement over George Bush and that he will roll back some of George Bush’s excesses.  They see in Obama a man who understands nuanced argument, who at least acknowledges that those who oppose his policies can have good reasons and arguments for doing [...]

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December 23, 2008

Well-Needed Lambast Of Democracy-Worship

I’ve come out with criticisms of democracy at many times in the past. I believe simple “majority rule”, which is what democracy is, is not a very good form of government. When most westerners think of “democracy”, they actually think of a western liberal form of government similar to that we have in the USA, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:21 am || Permalink || Comments (20) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Individual Rights,Theory and Ideas
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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 14, 2008

Open Thread — A New Tax Hike

As anyone who reads this blog understands, I’m not a favor of any taxation. Nor am I much in favor of government. But at the moment, we have a government, and its functions must be paid through some revenue. We might as well find economically efficient, rather than inefficient, ways to raise that revenue. Politicians [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:30 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Open Thread,Politics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Taxation
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November 4, 2008

Demographics, Statistics, and Signs of Hope

Obviously, I disagree with the choice that 51% of Americans made last night, but in that choice, there are many aspects that I think are good things… perhaps great things. The first point, is that although the democrats are already trying to spin this as a huge numeric victory, it is not. Though the electoral [...]

Posted By: Chris @ 11:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (23) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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Hulk MAD! Hulk VOTE!

Voting is now analogized to Popeye eating his spinach: The final presidential debate concluded with some stirring words, though not from either candidate. Moderator and CBS newsman Bob Schieffer said, “I will leave you tonight with what my mother always said — go vote now. It will make you feel big and strong.“ Cue the [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:37 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics
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November 3, 2008

Quote Of The Day

From Doug Stanhope: The most important thing is to vote locally and know what you’re voting for – and if race or sex are your first reason, you should be denied a ballot because you are an ape who should be banished to voting online for upstart variety show websites. If you dont know exactly [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:26 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Quote of the Day
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October 23, 2008

The Coming Constitutional Crisis

The following motion was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on October 22nd, and entered earlier today. This is an amended filing from the earlier motions (as is clear from the text); based on the state of the case as of the 22nd. Earlier, the Obama campaign filed a motion [...]

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October 21, 2008

A slight profundity

A question was asked of me recently: “Why don’t libertarians and real conservatives win elections”. Simple really. True libertarians and conservatives share the same electoral disadvantage: True libertarians and real conservatives, CANNOT win electorally, in a climate where everyone is allowed to vote; and that “everyone” includes the huge politically created classes (both underclass, and [...]

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October 10, 2008

Vote for ‘N.O.T.A.’

Comrades, once a year, sometimes more, we are confronted with the question of whom to vote for. Millions of man-hours are consumed every two years in debating and discussing who is standing for elected office, the pros and cons of their policies and their past performance. Billions of dollars are spent promoting or defaming candidates. [...]

Posted By: tarran @ 7:05 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics
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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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October 4, 2008

Why Libertarians Should Vote: Threats to Liberty from the Left and the Right on the Colorado Ballot (Part 2 of 3)

Cont’d from Part 1 What motivates these very nice people to be such tyrants? Some will vote in ignorance of the issue* and others out of a sense of ‘social justice.’ Very few will intentionally vote to take liberty or property from a fellow citizen; most will vote to do so out of a well [...]

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Why Libertarians Should Vote: Meet the Tyrants Next Door (Part 1 of 3)

Let’s face it: no matter who you vote for president in this election, it is highly unlikely that your vote will be decisive. It does not matter how much time you invest studying each candidate, the votes cast by those who do not make an effort to inform themselves will count the same. The good [...]

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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 12, 2008

Voting — Americans Do It Like They Eat

Over here, a YouTube clip of Craig Ferguson discusses the election. Most of his rant is spot-on (and hilarious), but he talks about American’s “duty” to vote. He goes a bit off line when he says that our American Democracy is about: free people making free choices… …in this case, to choose which candidate will [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:17 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics
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September 11, 2008

Some Damn Good Advice From an American by Choice

No further commentary necessary.

Posted By: Chris @ 12:28 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics
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September 4, 2008

1,2,3 Set’em Up, and Knock’em Down

So, last night I watched, in succession (through the wonder of teh intartubes) the RNC speeches from Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and Sarah Palin. Folks, there has not been a better slate of political speeches in my lifetime. Oh sure, Romney, Huckabee, and Lieberman were in the mix; but their contributions were meaningless and everyone [...]

Posted By: Chris @ 9:57 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Politics,Republicans
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August 28, 2008

Bob Barr: The Lone Candidate in the Lone Star State

As with most third party campaigns, the Barr/Root campaign has had an uphill battle to make the ballot in certain states. In Texas, however, Bob Barr is the only presidential candidate on the ballot. The McCain and Obama campaigns have failed to meet the August 26th deadline to file the necessary paperwork and are not [...]

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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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