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

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 @ 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 @ 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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January 22, 2009

It’s Good To Be The King

From The Economist’s Free Exchange blog, the Brits are learning that you can’t play the King when you’re only a Duke: Do not do as America does, unless you are a very big country (or economic bloc). That seems to be the lesson Britain is learning as the pound weakens and confidence in the credit [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Foreign Affairs,Monetary Issues
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No, No, Not Roquefort!

Some midnight regulations need to be rolled back, and quickly: The quintessential French blue cheese found itself the unlikely focus of a trade war after the Bush administration took punitive action for the European Union’s ban on imports of US hormone-treated beef. America imposed a 100 per cent import duty on a long list of [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Free Trade,Taxation
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January 21, 2009

New Freedom Website

There’s a new freedom-oriented website out there: Freedom Politics. From their initial blog posting: Lovers of liberty, rejoice. Today, we’re launching FreedomPolitics.com, a site dedicated to the pursuit and protection of freedom. We’re not the only ones who think freedom needs a hand, but as a Freedom Communications site, we follow the model of an [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 6:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Blog Discussions,Foreign Affairs,Libertarians,Non-Intervention
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January 18, 2009

Microsoft Attacked By EU For Same Practices That Apple/Linux Use

Back in the day, antitrust regulators decided that including a browser with an operating system was an unfair competitive measure. But to this day, they’ve only ever enforced this against Microsoft, and the EU is still pushing: European antitrust regulators have told Microsoft Corp. that the company’s practice of including its Internet browser with its [...]

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January 17, 2009

Chávez Needs Cash — FAST!

Back in October, I posted on a little problem appearing in Venezuela. The government’s spending requires very high oil prices to keep the books balanced, and $40 oil is not exactly close to that target. So what does Venezuela need? Quick money: President Hugo Chávez, buffeted by falling oil prices that threaten to damage his [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:54 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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