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

July 28, 2009

Chavez’ Plan: Domination Through Caffeine Withdrawal!

We’ve already reported on Venezuelan food shortages, which are going to make the population too weak to fight Chavez. Now it appears they’ll be too tired as well: Venezuela, a traditional coffee exporter that boasts one of the best cups of java in South America, may have to import coffee for the first time ever […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:44 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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July 19, 2009

Breaking News: Results Of Honduran Referendum!

As reported (circumspect) by QandO: One of the district attorneys that participated in the operation that took place this Friday showed reporters an official voting result from the Technical Institute Luis Bogran, of Tegucigalpa, in which the specific number of people that participated in table 345, where there were 550 ballots, 450 of which were […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:40 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Democracy,Elections,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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July 1, 2009

Photos From Iran

Between Iran’s internal crackdown on journalists and communications, and CNN’s insistence on devoting every hour of the day to Michael Jackson coverage, I’ve been having quite a bit of trouble getting any “real” reports of what’s going on over there. Luckily, I was able to sit down with a coworker who emigrated from Iran at […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:25 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs
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June 19, 2009

I Don’t Ask Congress To Applaud Iranian Protesters, But I’ll Do It Myself

Congress has voted to condemn the actions of the Iranian government, and as Reason points out, Ron Paul in typical contrarian fashion is the sole “no” vote: I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone […]

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May 6, 2009

Quote Of The Day

From David Rittgers, Cato@Liberty: As I have said before, the quickest way to create an insurgent is to burn a man’s livelihood. This may be a competent counternarcotics tactic, but it is an epic failure as a counterinsurgency strategy. We can fight a war against the Taliban or we can fight the war on drugs, […]

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April 26, 2009

Even David Duke Has The Right To Free Speech

Friday in the Czech Republic, Czech police detained a foreigner on suspicion of Thoughtcrime. The foreigner in question is former KKK leader David Duke who was arrested and later deported for the Thoughtcrime offense of denying the Holocaust. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was detained by police in the Czech Republic on Friday […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 4:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Free Speech,Freedom,Political Correctness
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April 24, 2009

Where Did The Anti-War Movement Go?

In the American Conservative, Antiwar.com editor Justin Raitmando (whom I often disagree with) has a piece detailing some more leftist hypocrisy concerning their Messiah and his plans to expand the Afghan War The antiwar rally at the University of Iowa was sparsely attended. The below 30 degree weather might have had something to do with […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 8:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Non-Intervention,War on Terror
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April 9, 2009

Responding to Piracy on the Somali Coast

Somali pirates have been in the news a great deal lately, and there is a great deal of controversy as to how to deal with them.  To date, the proposed solutions seem to be a simplistic calls for a) intervention to build a stable state in Somalia, b) send in various national navies to engage […]

Posted By: tarran @ 6:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Non-Intervention,War on Terror
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March 28, 2009

United Nations Opposes Freedom of Religion

Some group calling itself the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution yesterday opposing what they see as the leading human rights issue of our time. You’re probably thinking, maybe they’re now addressing the situation in Darfur, or perhaps they’re talking about Communist China’s treatment of Tibetians. Perhaps there maybe a resolution about Cuba’s […]

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March 26, 2009

Obama’s Policy to Fight Mexican Drug Cartels is Doomed to Fail

The Obama administration, rather than dealing with the root cause of the violence along the Mexican border, has decided to adopt a policy to deal with the symptoms. The problem is that this policy will neither alleviate the symptoms nor come close to treating the problem. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help […]

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March 25, 2009

What If You Threw A Borrowing Party And Nobody Lent?

Governments, ready to spend boatloads cruiseliner-loads of money they don’t have, are trying to borrow it — to the extent possible — from the markets. I mentioned yesterday that the US was starting to print our own money to lend to ourselves. Britain is facing a similar problem — they were auctioning off some bonds, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:26 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Monetary Issues
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March 24, 2009

Is Dollar Hegemony About To End?

Just over two years ago, I offered a worst-case prediction of where this economic crisis could lead. Wait, though, it gets worse. America isn’t an empire in the conventional sense of the word, but we are an economic empire. The dollar is the currency of the world, from middle eastern oil to the reserve currencies […]

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March 16, 2009

Protectionism For Green Industries Is Unnecessary [And Bad]

The Economist Free Exchange Blog, responding to this pro-protectionism piece by Joe Weisenthal, half-heartedly suggests that maybe Joe meant that a little infant industry protection for green industries is in order: I wonder if he is suggesting some sort of infant industry type policy to stimulate domestic manufacturing of more enviromental products. Interesting idea, but […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:31 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Foreign Affairs,Free Trade
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March 13, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao: “President Obama and his new government have adopted a series of measures to deal with the financial crisis. We have expectations as to the effects of these measures,” Mr. Wen said. “We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:03 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Humor,Monetary Issues,Quote of the Day
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March 4, 2009

ChIndia Won’t “Beat” Us, Because We’re Already Forfeiting

Many people have worried about the threat that China and India post to America by moving towards first-world economic powers. After all, they have, between the two of them, somewhere in the realm of 2.5B people, and if the same proportion of their students become engineers and scientists as we see here, they will be […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Foreign Affairs,Free Trade,Government Regulation,Immigration
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February 2, 2009

Socialist Death Throes in Zimbabwe

Socialism/Communism has largely caused the collapse of any nation that’s truly tried it. Russia is the biggest example; China has seen the writing on the wall and has allowed economic modernization and liberalism to creep into their country to keep the system moving. Even most of Europe, who we libertarians would consider democratic socialists, understand […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:46 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Monetary Issues,Socialism
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January 29, 2009

Oh, Look! The French Aren’t Working!

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! More than one million French workers downed tools yesterday in the first general strike to hit a major industrialised nation since the start of the global financial crisis. Unions said more than two million public and private sector workers took to the streets across France to protest against President […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:28 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs
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January 27, 2009

How Quickly It Falls Apart

Iceland, not a nation known for political instability, may be in serious trouble: Considering the devastating effects they experienced, the people of Iceland reacted to the economic crisis with relative calm in the weeks following the collapse of the krona and the failure of the country’s three major banks. Yes, there were rushes on grocery […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:03 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Foreign Affairs
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January 26, 2009

They Sold Us The Rope… Too Bad They’re Tied To The Other End

I’ve pointed out the old saying — “If you owe the bank $5,000 and can’t pay, you have a problem. If you owe the bank $5,000,000,000 and can’t pay, the bank has a problem.” Well, the bank has a problem: What he might have said was that the nations funding the majority of America’s public […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:41 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Foreign Affairs,Monetary Issues
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January 23, 2009

Ezra Klein — China Should Replace Personal Savings With Tax Burden

Okay, that’s not exactly what he said, but that’s what it boils down to: But it’s worth zooming in on why the Chinese are making this a priority right now: Chinese economists see universal health care as a way to induce consumption and economic dynamism. The Chinese have a high savings rate — indeed, an […]

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