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

September 5, 2007

School Choice For Me, But Not For Thee

That, it appears, is the attitude shared by a sizable plurality of Senators and Members of Congress who choose to send their children to private schools rather than public schools: Many Members of Congress value the opportunity to choose a safe and effective school for their own children, yet many of these same Members consis­tently […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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August 30, 2007

Let’s Play a Game

A quiz for the readers: what is the drawing below supposed to be? Does this picture in any way seem threatening to you? The answer is below the fold.

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August 18, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Gets It Mostly Wrong On Education

Rudy Giuliani says he believes in school choice, but it’s not the kind of school choice you might think: MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Friday argued for taxpayer-funded vouchers for private elementary and secondary schools, saying school choice works for the nation’s colleges and universities. People come from all over […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:16 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Election '08,Federalism
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July 29, 2007

Fred Thompson — Federalist?

I’m pulling for Ron Paul, but I have to have a question in the back of my mind. If Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination, should I vote Republican or Libertarian in 2008? The question comes down to this: “Is there anyone other than Ron Paul in the Republican field that I want to vote […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (32) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Election '08,Federalism,Politics,The Welfare State
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June 25, 2007

Supreme Court Rules Against Bong Hits 4 Jesus Student

The Supreme Court declined the opportunity to strike a blow for the rights of students, instead choosing to uphold a Principal’s decision to suspend a student for displaying what was clearly a nonsensical sign: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech Monday, ruling against a high school student and his 14-foot-long “Bong […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:09 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Free Speech,Individual Rights
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May 31, 2007

Despots Say the Darndest Things

While most of us learn from the words of those who we admire, it is also possible to learn from those we detest. Here is a collection of quotes from some of the vilest despots in human history. From these quotes, perhaps we can gain some insights from their thought processes. You may also find […]

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Religious Zealot Fails To Remove Harry Potter From Schools

In Georgia, a holier than thou Christian by the name of Laura Malloy has tried, and failed, for the 5th time to remove Harry Potter from Gwinnett County government school library shelves. Malloy says the books cause children to embrace witchcraft: A judge gave Laura Mallory 64 minutes Tuesday to argue why the Harry Potter […]

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April 23, 2007

Chavez To Begin Indoctrination Socialist Formation Classes

You know, ever since I started working from home, I’ve found myself to be much more productive. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I no longer spend time in meetings. Does Hugo Chavez realize the damage he’ll do to productivity by sending people to socialism classes for four hours […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:30 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Education,Foreign Affairs,Government Regulation,Socialism
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April 19, 2007

Have We Created A Nation Of Wimps ?

Stephen and Mike have both written excellent posts this week which basically ask why someone at Virginia Tech didn’t try to stop Cho Seung Hui during his killing rampage. Mark Steyn has an interesting piece at National Review Online where he basically argues that part of the problem is that we’ve created a nation of […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Individual Rights,Keep and Bear Arms,Theory and Ideas
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In Defense of Self-Defense, part II

This started as a comment in response to Stephen’s post, but I decided it was big enough to warrant its own post. In the comment section to the afore mentioned post, there’s a discussion going on about exactly what, if anything, the VT students could have done to act in their own self defense. First, […]

Posted By: mike @ 12:48 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Individual Rights,Theory and Ideas
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April 18, 2007

In Defense of Self-Defense

So much has already been written here at The Liberty Papers about the Virginia Tech massacre and how gun control laws may have contributed leaving law abiding citizens defenseless. The fact that this disturbed individual was the only person on campus with a firearm is completely inexcusable and unacceptable. While I wholeheartedly agree with my […]

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April 17, 2007

Sex Education: Another Government Program That Doesn’t Work

A new study shows that the abstinence-based sex education programs championed by the Bush Administration and social conservatives don’t work after all: A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration’s social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex. Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:59 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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April 6, 2007

Is this a function of government?

Throw this one in the What the #$%*? file, it seems that Michigan House Democrats have passed an earmark that would provide every school aged child with an iPod: Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod […]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 2:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Government Waste
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March 15, 2007

Republicans Turning Against No Child Left Behind

The Washington Post reports today that Republicans in Congress are turning against the crown jewel of President Bush’s education policy, the No Child Left Behind Act: More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate — including the House’s second-ranking Republican — will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush’s signature domestic […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:55 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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March 7, 2007

Bill Gates Sees The Problem; Not The Solution

Bill Gates says our schools are failing: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on Wednesday that overhauls of the nation’s schools and immigration laws are urgently needed to keep jobs from going overseas. “The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Government Regulation,Politics
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February 24, 2007

Muzzling Professors

In Arizona, a state Senate committee approved a bill that would make the First Amendment null and void at that state’s universities. In the name of promoting tolerance and diversity of thought on campus, committee has decided to ban professors from doing the following: *Endorsing, supporting or opposing any candidate for local, state or national […]

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February 20, 2007

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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February 18, 2007

Steve Jobs Takes On Teacher Unions

Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, blames teacher unions for most of what’s wrong with education today: AUSTIN — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions today, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers. Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:37 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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February 12, 2007

Public Schools In Washington, D.C.: Broken Beyond Repair

The Distrct of Columbia spends more per pupil on it’s public education system than 47 out of the 50 states, and yet it’s public education system ranks as one of the worst in the nation. If nothing else, this is testament to the idea that throwing money at public schools will not solve their problems. […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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February 11, 2007

Education and Liberty

In a recent thread on schools and gifted children, one of our frequent commenters said a couple of things that I think bear further discussion. First, she said: I do believe there are successful public schools. Well, I do too. I happen to be, from an education perspective, a product of public schools. My first […]

Posted By: Adam Selene @ 10:25 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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