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

October 17, 2008

Joe The Plumber And Professional Licensing Laws

After Joe Wurzelbacher became the star of the Wednesday night’s debate, the media started looking in to his background and it didn’t take long for someone to discovery that Joe the Plumber doesn’t have a plumber’s license. Now, Wurzelbacher admits that and say that, because he works for someone who has a license, he isn’t […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:59 am || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Regulation,Individual Rights,Monopolies,Unions
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July 3, 2008

But I thought Medical Marijuana Was a Hoax?

The left hand says Existing Legal Drugs Provide Superior Treatment for Serious Medical Conditions The FDA has approved safe and effective medication for the treatment of glaucoma, nausea, wasting syndrome, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. Marinol, the synthetic form of THC (the psychoactive ingredient contained in marijuana), is already legally available for prescription by physicians whose […]

Posted By: tarran @ 8:08 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General,Healthcare,Monopolies,The War on Drugs
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June 7, 2008

Do Government Regulators Protect Investors?

In a thread at Reason’s hit and Run, during a discussion where Enron was cited as an example of what happens when governments fail to regulate private behavior, frequent commenter fluffy wrote an insightful comment which is well worth reading in full. The second half of her comment read: It is customary in the US […]

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April 17, 2008

Menino’s Homeopathic Solution to Gun Violence

This week Boston’s Mayor Menino testified before the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns. He had this to say: We share a common disdain for what we have seen happen in our cities, to our residents and to our police officers as a result of illegal guns. So, we signed a statement of principles and […]

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January 6, 2008

Should The Feds Mandate a Do-Not-Mail List?

On Reason’s website, Radley Balko has a great takedown of the Post Office’s hostility to the so-called ‘Do-Not-Mail-List’, which would prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from sending junk-mail to people who register themselves as not wanting junk-mail. The U.S. Postal Service is opposing a “do not mail” list for junk mail because . . . […]

Posted By: tarran @ 11:02 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General,Government Regulation,Monopolies,Property Rights
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November 5, 2007

America: Land Of The free Licensed

From the Economist, a nice little story about government regulation and all the benefits costs to society. In the wild, horses eat tough grass that naturally wears down their teeth. In captivity, they are fed softer food they can eat more quickly, so their teeth grow unchecked. Unless filed down—a process known as “floating”—they can […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Regulation,Individual Rights,Monopolies
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October 31, 2007

From Taxicab Freedom In Minneapolis To Central Planning In NYC

Earlier, Doug posted a story about an expansion of freedom in the taxicab market in Minneapolis. It seems that someone finally asked why it was necessary to set an arbitrary limit on the number of cabs operating in the city, and that someone was able to muster enough power to end the restriction. Perhaps NYC […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:38 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Government Regulation,Monopolies,Technology
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October 30, 2007

A Victory For Economic Liberty In Minnesota

The guys at the Institute for Justice are among the unsung heroes in the fight for liberty. Here are a bunch of lawyers dedicated to little more than fighting laws and regulations that restrict the ability of people to run their business, or even to go into business. They’ve been on the winning side and […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:33 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Economics,Individual Rights,Legal,Monopolies
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October 10, 2007

Free Speech in the Free Market

Tim Rutten, writing for the LA Times made several interesting observations regarding talk radio,, and the way congress has responded to commentary coming from each. [T]he House and Senate censured the liberal activist group for taking out a newspaper advertisement that characterized Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. military commander in Iraq, as […]

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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 5, 2007

Review: The Production of Security – Part 1

The seminal work of free-market anarchism is commonly held to be Gustave di Molinari’s The Production of Security. This document was one of the many great analyses of free-market economics to come out of France during the first half of the 19th century, and questioned the truth of the fundamental belief that … to secure […]

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April 23, 2007

Is Google Getting Too Big ?

In the Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein writes about Google’s continued expansion: Google is the quintessential business success story. Two bright young guys started with an idea, built a company around it and grew it into a $150 billion juggernaut that now dominates the Internet. It nudged aside rival Yahoo, challenged traditional media giants and frustrated […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:51 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Monopolies
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March 9, 2007

Influence Peddling And The XM-Sirius Merger

Timothy Carney at the Washington Examiner reports that the National Association of Broadcasters is engaging in a high-profile campaign to block the proposed merger of satellite radio companies XM and Sirius: While engaging in this high-priced lobbying campaign to inflict a possibly mortal wound to their competitor, the broadcasters accuse the satellite companies of “seek[ing] […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:02 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Monopolies
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March 1, 2007

Satellite Radio, Monopolies, And Legislative Stupidity

Doug’s been doing a good job of keeping up with the news on the proposed XM/Sirius merger. As he’s pointed out, having one monopoly satellite radio is better than having two that go out of business. But something has been left out of the equation. What’s wrong with a monopoly in satellite radio? After all, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:12 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Media,Monopolies,Technology
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February 20, 2007

XM And Sirius vs. The FCC: The Battle Is Joined

With yesterday’s announcement of the proposed merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, and the announcement last month by the Chairman of the FCC that he would oppose such a merger, the battle that will determine whether this merger will go forward has begun, and it will revolve around the question of whether […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Monopolies
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Memo: The Earth Doesn’t Move

Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Kansas’ government school science curriculum is no longer the laughing stock of the nation and the world; the dubious honor may next be bestowed on Georgia. Georgia state representative Ben Bridges has circulated a memo to other state lawmakers around the country encouraging his colleagues to […]

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January 30, 2007

Freelance Hookers Rebuffed In Oz

There are few times one can talk about the economics and politics of cartels and licensing requirements, and still make it this fun: Brothel owners accuse backpackers of selling sex in Australia Foreign backpackers funding their Australian travels through illegal sex work are robbing the legitimate industry of profits and threatening clients’ health, a brothel […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Immigration,Monopolies
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January 19, 2007

FCC Chairman: We Won’t Approve An XM-Sirius Merger

For the moment, any discussion of a merger between satellite radio providers XM and Sirius is just that, talk. Nonetheless, the advantages of such a merger to both companies are apparent. The Chairman of the FCC, who you will remember is a Republican appointed by a Republican President and approved by a Republican Congress, though, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:11 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Monopolies
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January 12, 2007

Ron Paul Votes For Price Fixing Prescription Drugs

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to allow the government to “negotiate” the price of prescription drugs bought for Medicare Part D. Ron Paul voted for it. There is a precedent for the government “negotiating” prescription drug prices, that is the VA drug plan. However, a piece in the Weekly Standard by Robert […]

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January 4, 2007

A Regulator Admits That Regulation Is Unnecessary

Lawrence Lessig, who was at the forefront of the anti-Microsoft movement in the 1990s and an advocate of government action to breakup the company’s alleged monopoly power, admits that he was wrong: I was one of those reluctant regulators. As the evidence of Microsoft’s practices became clear, I remember well thinking, “Of course the government […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:28 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Regulation,Monopolies
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