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

October 28, 2008

One Congressman Stands Up For Sanity

Ed Schafer, US Secretary of Agriculture, seems to think we need to bail out the ethanol industry: Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer’s statement on Oct. 17 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture could provide ethanol companies that got into trouble by speculating on corn with up to $25 million per company in refinancing has caused a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:53 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Energy Policy,Free Trade,Government Regulation,Government Waste
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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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September 8, 2008

Inconvenient Convention Facts and Fictions Exposed

Now that the conventions are over, it’s time to separate the facts from the fiction. With so much misinformation being peddled by the political campaigns (not to mention rumors spread through e-mail, the internet and the MSM), this is very often a difficult task. My approach is to be skeptical until I am satisfied that […]

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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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July 23, 2008

Cali Going “Green” — Raising House Prices By Restricting Supply

California, in an attempt to fix the housing mess* by making houses less affordable by making you buy features you wouldn’t otherwise**, has announced new statewide building restrictions to go “green”. From the Governator on down, nanny statists in California are more than willing to use force to make your life more expensive, and are […]

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July 5, 2008

Recycling Bad Ideas: Bringing Back 55

Senator Warner has a brilliant idea how to reduce gas prices; force Americans to consume less at gun point: Sen. John Warner, R-Va., asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in […]

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June 22, 2008

Obama & McCain Call For Renewed Laws Against Witchcraft and Those Who Make Infernal Pacts With the Devil

In barbaric cultures, when people find themselves facing unpleasant changes, like the failure of crops or natural disasters, they look for scapegoats to blame. In the Europe and early colonial America, all to often the quest for a scapegoat took the form of a persecuting old women, who were charged with having used magic to […]

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June 18, 2008

Lesson In Unintended Consequences #2

The government likes to support biodiesel. It has all the buzzwords. “Recycling”. “Sustainable”. “Environmentally-friendly”. So they subsidize efforts to blend diesel with biodiesel. One main problem here. Americans don’t use much diesel. So they’re subsidizing foreign, not domestic, use. In fact, they’re simply sending money for non-American-produced diesel that won’t be consumed on American soil […]

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May 22, 2008

The Amish– Behind Ahead Of Their Time

From the AP, sure to be an environmentalist’s wet dream: High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:57 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Humor,Technology
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May 13, 2008

Farmers Struggling Despite High Corn Prices

With record-high corn prices, and plenty of subsidy money floating around, an interesting thing is happening. Less farmers are growing corn! Why? Because the inputs used in growing corn are rising in price even more quickly: The amount of corn planted in the U.S. is expected to dip this year. Rice acreage in California, which […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (28) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment
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May 1, 2008

Why Energy Independence Is a Futile Way to End Middle-East Terrorism

In an earlier post, I discussed the economic damage that “energy independence” would cause to U.S. consumers. In a recent conversation in meatspace, I ran into someone who acknowledged this problem, but argued that the price is “worth it” because when we trade with people who make oil, those people use the wealth to do […]

Posted By: tarran @ 5:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Free Trade,War on Terror
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Hey, At Least They’re Honest!

I found this little gem on reason.tv. On April 16, 2008 a group called Ad Hoc National Network to Stop Evictions and Foreclosures held a protest in Washington D.C. What were they protesting? As the name of the organization suggests, Ad Hoc was advocating a freeze on all evictions in the U.S. Many of the […]

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April 4, 2008

Thank You, Big Oil

Glenn Beck on CNN wrote a nice little piece about the hypocrisy of “environmentalists” and why we shouldn’t be demonizing “Big Oil” for working for profit.  Worth a quick read.

Posted By: UCrawford @ 11:23 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Environment,Taxation
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April 1, 2008

Another Congressional Show Trial

The heads of so-called “Big Oil” were brought before yet another Stalinist tribunal Congressional Committee today and asked to explain how they could commit the unpardonable sin of making a profit: WASHINGTON — Top executives of the five biggest U.S. oil companies said Tuesday they know high fuel prices are hurting consumers, but deflected any […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:18 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Energy Policy
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March 30, 2008

Earth Hour — What They SHOULD Have Said

Allow me to engage in a bit of strawman-bashing. In the comments to Don Boudreaux’s excellent post at Cafe Hayek, a rather idiotic argument came up. It is the same argument that many of our own contributors received when we opposed Ron Paul, and commenters told us “If you don’t like Ron Paul, you must […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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March 29, 2008

Google “Doing Their Part” For Earth Hour

Seen today: “Earth Hour” is a worldwide event where individuals are asked to shut off their lights for an hour. Ineffectual, pointless, but that’s what we need to do “for the planet”. So what does Google do? Do they run some of their servers in a lower-power mode, perhaps sacrificing the speed of search results […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (31) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Environment
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March 25, 2008

Gordon Brown Resists the EU’s Biofuel Targets

The Guardian- Gordon Brown is preparing for a battle with the European Union over biofuels after one of the government’s leading scientists warned they could exacerbate climate change rather than combat it. In an outspoken attack on a policy which comes into force next week, Professor Bob Watson, the chief scientific adviser at the Department […]

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