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

March 4, 2009

Still Some Hope in Libertarianland?

If book sales of “Atlas Shrugged” are any indicator, the Obama administration may have just given the freedom movement a much needed shot in the arm. From the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights: Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 7:58 am || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History,Theory and Ideas
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December 15, 2008

Driving Home In The Dark

For a long time, I’ve been pissed off about Daylight Savings Time. In my job, I work with a lot of people across the country, and thus I get into work early (7:30 or so) and leave about 5:00 PM. Before it went into effect this year, each morning I would drive to work in [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:07 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Founding Fathers,Government Regulation
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December 4, 2008

Is It Time To Take “Under God” Out Of The Pledge Of Allegiance ?

A writer at The Washington Post says the answer is yes: First, it isn’t the 1950s anymore. As religion scholar Will Herberg noted in his influential 1955 essay “Protestant-Catholic-Jew,” at that time 68 percent of Americans were Protestant, 23 percent Catholic, and 4 percent Jewish. (The remaining 5 percent expressed no religious preference.) “Not to [...]

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October 15, 2008

Quote Of The Day — National Greatness Conservatism

Mark over at Publius Endures discusses the current state of the Republican Party, as it has changed from the 1994 version to the 2008 version (emphasis added): With libertarians leaving the party in droves, the remaining GOP opinion-makers are increasingly free to abandon free market rhetoric; put another way, they have become smaller and thus [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Individual Rights,Quote of the Day
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September 17, 2008

Happy Anti-Federalist Day!

So, today is Constitution Day, a day to celebrate the ratification of the Constitution. Aptly, then, I’ve been reading John Ferling’s

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September 13, 2008

Do Strict Constructionists Wish to Bring Back Slavery?

The View seems to be an endless source of idiotic commentary, especially in the realm of politics. It appears that Whoopi picked up where Rosie left off when Sen. John McCain appeared on the show. To have “a strict constructionist” philosophy means to return to slavery and other injustices of the era of the founding [...]

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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 26, 2008

The Time for Liberty is Now

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July 16, 2008

What is Your Life Worth?

No, I didn’t ask you about your net worth but what dollar value would you say that your life is worth to you. Most of us would not be able to come up with a figure or might say that putting an exact dollar amount on one individual’s life (especially one’s own) is impossible to [...]

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June 26, 2008

A Human Right, A Civil Right: Fundamental, Pre-existing, Strictly Scrutinized, Universal, and Incorporated

This morning, I’m noting a lot of ill informed …or perhaps just informed by misunderstanding of the text… opinions and statements regarding the historic Heller ruling on the scope and applicability of the 2nd amendment. This of course is unsurprising when many people of varying levels of knowledge about law, history, and firearms have just [...]

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Presidential Candidates Respond to D.C. vs. Heller Ruling

Given that the D.C. vs. Heller ruling is a historically important ruling for the Second Amendment and given that the next president could appoint between two and three Justices to the Supreme Court over the next four years, I think the responses from Bob Barr, John McCain, and Barack Obama might give us some insight [...]

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June 25, 2008

The Death Penalty, Child Rape, And The Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a Louisiana law allowing the death penalty for rape of a child even when it doesn’t result in death is unconstitutional: A divided Supreme Court ruled today that it is unconstitutional to execute someone who rapes a child but does not kill the victim. In [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:36 pm || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Crime and Punishment,Founding Fathers,History,Legal
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June 7, 2008

232 Years Ago Today

It was 232 years ago today, June 7, 1776, that the Second Continental Congress began debating a resolution submitted by Virginia’s own Richard Henry Lee: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:57 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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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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April 19, 2008

Today In History — The Shot Heard `Round The World

Two Hundred Thirty Eight Years Ago today, the American Revolution began: The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.[1] They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:03 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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April 15, 2008

Jefferson v. Hamilton

The HBO Miniseries John Adams has been excellent, and this dramatized exchange between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Secretary Of The Treasury Alexander Hamilton highlights the great differences that were to define the first twenty years of the Republic: Part II: H/T: Freedom Democrats

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:49 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers
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April 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson

America’s Third President was born 265 years ago today. Since there isn’t anything to write about Jefferson that hasn’t already been said, it seems appropriate to let his words speak for themselves from the text of the two written documents that he was most proud of throughout his life. First, from the Virginia Statute For [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:42 am || Permalink || Comments (20) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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Quote Of The Day: Founding Father Birthday Edition

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” — Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743

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April 6, 2008

Something For The History Buffs

A website chock full of information about the American Revolution, including copies of original documents and this neat timeline.

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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March 23, 2008

Quote Speech Of The Day

Two Hundred thirty-three years ago today, Patrick Henry delivered his most famous speech: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:00 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Quote of the Day
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