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

April 4, 2009


This is the amount a jury awarded the America hating professor, Ward Churchill in his civil rights lawsuit against The University of Colorado. Despite charges of academic misconduct “deliberate and repeated plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication” Churchill and his legal team turned his dismissal from CU into a First Amendment free speech issue. Maybe I don’t […]

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March 2, 2009

House Democrats Want To Kick Sasha & Malia’s Classmate Out Of School

The Washington Post takes the Democrats to task for playing political games with the District of Columbia’s school voucher program: REP. DAVID R. Obey (Wis.) and other congressional Democrats should spare us their phony concern about the children participating in the District’s school voucher program. If they cared for the future of these students, they […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Education,Politics
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February 17, 2009

Another Looming Bubble: Higher Education

College enrollment has been booming. Schools have not only been adding new seats to existing programs but also adding new programs. And, unlike the free-market process where the supply of a good is expanding dramatically, the price of these seats has been increasing dramatically – much faster than the CPI. The increased attendance at increased […]

Posted By: tarran @ 5:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Education,Government Incompetence
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January 30, 2009

The Unselfaware Irony of Fascism

Eric Arthur Blair famously said “The word FASCISM has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies “something not desirable.“. In this he was referring (among other things) to the tendency of those on the left to call anything which restricted their tendencies or desires in any way fascists; which in such usage […]

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January 14, 2009

Today’s Blog Post…

…is brought to you by the letter “E” “E” for education, that is.  While education isn’t one of my hot-topic items, two interesting articles arrived in my inbox around the same time this morning.  First of all, Garry Reed identifies a key problem: Last September the state of Maine gave their kiddos a lasting lesson. […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 3:49 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Taxation
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January 6, 2009

Obama’s Terrible Stimulus

During the recent presidential election, I found myself unfortunately defending Barack Obama from charges that were absurdely false (ex. Obama’s a foreigner, Obama’s a Muslim, Obama’s a terrorist) than demonstrating how absolutely terrible an Obama presidency would be for country and for individual liberty. Fortunately, Obama is demonstrating through his policy proposals how dangerous he […]

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November 26, 2008

The Un-American Pledge of Allegiance

One aspect common to totalitarian regimes is the forced loyalty oath. Nazi Germany, for example, forced all pastors, civil servants and soldiers to take an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler. In the Soviet Union, in Communist China, and numerous other nations, the state demanded that people swear loyalty to the government as a condition […]

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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 18, 2008

States Spend Tobacco Settlement Money — But Not On Tobacco Programs

It just goes to show you… A government’s promise is worth about what you’d expect: U.S. states have not lived up to their commitment to devote a major portion of their huge legal settlement with the tobacco industry a decade ago on anti-smoking efforts, health advocacy groups said on Tuesday. In the 10 years since […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:37 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Government Regulation,Government Waste,Healthcare,Politics,Taxation,The Nanny State
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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 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

Want to Serve Your Country? Well, What’s Stopping You!

Time has an ongoing series which advocates the need for “voluntary” national service. In the magazine’s latest article by Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the author praises both John McCain and Barack Obama for their urging of Americans to “serve interests greater than self.” It is a unique moment for the idea of national service. You […]

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May 1, 2008

Hey, At Least They’re Honest!

I found this little gem on 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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March 27, 2008

Newt Gingrich: Federal Control Of Education Is A National Security Issue

There are some things that Newt Gingrich has said over the years that I agree with, and I’m somewhat a fan of his alternate history novels, but this is just plain daffy: Newt Gingrich gave a luncheon talk about education at the American Enterprise Institute today.  Among other things, he said he’d “argue with any […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:58 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Education
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March 11, 2008

Venezuela — The Most Literate Society In History!

Or, maybe not… Last year the statistics institute launched its own study on the impact of the social missions. This was supposed to be ready by January. But delays in buying equipment mean it has yet to start, according to Irene Gurrea, the economist in charge. Asked if there were any reliable statistics on the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:01 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Foreign Affairs
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March 6, 2008

Should A School Be Able To Punish A Student For What They Write On A Blog ?

That’s the issue that the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is currently dealing with: Avery Doninger, 17, claims officials at Lewis S. Mills High School violated her free speech rights when they barred her from serving on the student council because of what she wrote from her home computer. In her Internet journal, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:50 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Legal
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December 16, 2007

Iowa’s Pink Locker Room — Federal Issue?

Many years ago, coach Hayden Fry of the Iowa Hawkeyes chose to paint the visiting team’s locker room pink. In the world of big-time college football, he believed that putting his opponents into a pink locker room would pacify them and give the Hawkeyes a better chance for victory. Such a sentiment, though, doesn’t quite […]

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November 20, 2007

Parents, Time To Bend Over And Take Your… Injection

One way that is particularly poignant in attracting individuals to libertarianism is bringing to mind the image of the gun in the room. The idea is that when you’re dealing with government, you’re dealing with force. As long as you comply with that force, the gun stays in its holster. When you act to defy […]

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November 19, 2007

Milton Friedman and the Power of Choice

Just over one year ago, the world lost perhaps the greatest economist of his generation. Milton Friedman had the ability to explain complex economic theories to the average person. I just recently watched his 1980 (and updated 1990) PBS series Free to Choose (based on a book Friedman had published with the same title). I […]

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November 15, 2007

Fred Thompson On Medical Marijuana

I’d call Thompson’s response to this question a cop-out, but it’s typical of the lazy way he’s been campaigning since he announced. And yet more reason to categorize him as a non-entity:

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:48 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Politics,The War on Drugs
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