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

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, 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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January 15, 2009

Depends on What the Meaning of the Word “Torture” Is

“As I’ve said before, the United States does not torture,” said President Bush in 2006.  “It’s against our laws and it’s against our values.” The AP brings us the latest episode of the other half of the story: “We tortured Qahtani,” Crawford said, making her the first senior Bush administration official to say that aggressive […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:03 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Doublespeak,Foreign Affairs
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November 13, 2008

Germany Enters Recession — Europe Expected To Follow

Germany is now reporting the worst recession they’ve faced in at least 12 years has begun: The German economy, Europe’s largest, contracted more than economists expected in the third quarter, pushing the nation into the worst recession in at least 12 years. Gross domestic product dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from the second quarter, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:35 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Foreign Affairs
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Credit Crisis News — Pay Attention This Weekend

Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to devote time to the credit crisis and bailout. Unfortunately, the news cycle is often so short that it’s difficult to keep up. Today I was lucky to be able to catch the bailout modification. With the busy times ahead, though, there’s something that needs to be […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:25 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Foreign Affairs,Free Trade,Monetary Issues
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November 3, 2008

Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen […]

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October 23, 2008

Don’t Forget to Study Before the Final!

I just received my mail-in ballot a week or so ago. The ballot, with multiple choices with arrows to be filled out next to each choice, reminds me of taking standardized tests back in the day. Some tests were easier than others but I knew that if I did not study, one of two things […]

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October 15, 2008

If You Live By The Petrodollar, You May Die By The Petrodollar, Right Hugo?

For the better part of a decade, Hugo Chavez has been running “La Revolución!” It’s been an attempt to remake Venezuela and then the rest of South America into a socialist powerhouse that would stand up to el Diablo del Norte. He’s financed this movement on high oil prices. As an oil exporting nation, and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:00 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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September 16, 2008

UPDATE: Campaign Denies that Obama Used Stall Tactics with Iraq on Troop Withdrawal

Some readers have questioned the veracity of the article I cited in yesterday’s post (which is a good thing and should be encouraged). I am not familiar with the work of the article’s author, Amir Taheri and cannot speak to his credibility one way or the other. I realize that there is a great deal […]

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September 15, 2008

Iraqi Foreign Minister: Obama Asked Iraqi Leaders to Delay U.S. Troop Withdrawal Agreement Until After the Election

If this turns out to be true, this could be the most damning scandal exposed of any of the candidates seeking to be the next president or vice president. According to an article in The New York Post, Sen. Barack Obama told Iraqi leaders to delay a U.S. troop withdrawal agreement until after the presidential […]

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August 12, 2008

The Olympics And Nationalism… Plus Doug Stanhope

There’s a lot of hoopla and hullabaloo over the politicization of the Olympics, including the fact that it’s held in a country that is horrendously restrictive of social freedoms. But there’s another aspect that’s largely ignored. There is a certain nationalism that follows the Olympics, which is wholly unjustified. As Americans, we are expected to […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Theory and Ideas
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July 29, 2008

Government — Won’t Save You, May Screw You

One of the key ideas that I find myself discussing in any election cycle is the desire of Americans to elect a savior. Not gonna happen. The system is bigger than the players, and the system is flawed. But that doesn’t stop the average voter from trying to elect someone who will “run the country”, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Foreign Affairs,Monetary Issues,Socialism,Theory and Ideas
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July 21, 2008

Analysing John McCain’s Foreign Policy Wish List – No Ponies For Little Girls

John McCain must hate little girls. It is one of many inescapable conclusions that arise from reading his National Security position paper, which promises all things to everyone – well almost everyone. His foreign policy plans promise more submarines, more ships, more aircraft, more divisions, more security, more military assistance for allies, more attacks on […]

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July 8, 2008

The Emporer’s New Clothes

Looks like the “reveal” may be a few short years away. Maybe it will finally be understood just how deeply the rottenness and fraud has gone: to imagine the IMF investigating the US financial system is unthinkable, or was. But, at the weekend, Der Spiegel reported that the IMF would conduct a full investigation into […]

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June 22, 2008

Obama & McCain Call For Renewed Laws Against Witchcraft and Those Who Make Infernal Pacts With the Devil

In barbaric cultures, when people find themselves facing unpleasant changes, like the failure of crops or natural disasters, they look for scapegoats to blame. In the Europe and early colonial America, all to often the quest for a scapegoat took the form of a persecuting old women, who were charged with having used magic to […]

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May 24, 2008

Interview with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root

Liberty Papers: I’m here with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root and Cornelius Swart of The Portland Sentinel Portland Sentinel: Okay, so how did you feel about yesterday’s debate based on the rankings? Root: I don’t think that really had anything to do with it. This is a very different crowd. The debate was not […]

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