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

September 24, 2008

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

For those of us who value the concept of life, liberty, and property, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to be optimistic for America’s future. Last week we saw one government (taxpayer) bail out after another. The price tag seems to grow a couple of hundred billion dollars each day (depending on which figures […]

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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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August 25, 2008

Joe Biden And Liberty

Both The Club For Growth and The Cato Institute are out today with analyses of Joe Biden’s position on economic issues of importance to libertarians and, as you might suspect, it’s not good. First from Cato on the issue of international trade: Here are the highlights and lowlights of Biden’s voting record on trade: On […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:27 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Economics,Election '08,Free Trade,Politics
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June 24, 2008

Thanks Union Bosses!

I have to say, I love these commercials from And And And here is Ted Kennedy’s well reasoned response:

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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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June 7, 2008

Do Government Regulators Protect Investors?

In a thread at Reason’s hit and Run, during a discussion where Enron was cited as an example of what happens when governments fail to regulate private behavior, frequent commenter fluffy wrote an insightful comment which is well worth reading in full. The second half of her comment read: It is customary in the US […]

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May 27, 2008

Government: The Cause Of Africa’s Food Crisis

An excellent short video explaining the causes behind the new food crisis gripping Africa and other parts of the world: H/T: Cato@Liberty

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:40 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,Government Regulation
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May 1, 2008

Why Energy Independence Is a Futile Way to End Middle-East Terrorism

In an earlier post, I discussed the economic damage that “energy independence” would cause to U.S. consumers. In a recent conversation in meatspace, I ran into someone who acknowledged this problem, but argued that the price is “worth it” because when we trade with people who make oil, those people use the wealth to do […]

Posted By: tarran @ 5:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Free Trade,War on Terror
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April 30, 2008

Airlines And Outsourcing

Airlines, a business regulated to death, when they’re not self-immolating due to mismanagement, face a lot of pressures and not a lot of answers. Like other businesses which are procured as a commodity (i.e. most travelers fly whatever airline is cheapest on Orbitz, Travelocity, etc), there is constant pricing pressure and cutthroat competition, and always […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:19 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,Government Regulation,Licensing
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April 24, 2008

The Right to Discriminate Based on Genetics

Very quietly, a bill has been working its way through Congress that bans Genetic Discrimination. The bill, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, has been passed by the House of Representatives with overwhelming support and will probably pass the Senate in the next few weeks. While this bill has some powerful arguments behind it, it is […]

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March 25, 2008

Gordon Brown Resists the EU’s Biofuel Targets

The Guardian- Gordon Brown is preparing for a battle with the European Union over biofuels after one of the government’s leading scientists warned they could exacerbate climate change rather than combat it. In an outspoken attack on a policy which comes into force next week, Professor Bob Watson, the chief scientific adviser at the Department […]

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March 10, 2008

What Obama Says On The Economy

Does he believe it? This point from the Economist doesn’t give a real verdict either way, but one must wonder whether his policies are going to match his rhetoric. The sad thing is that one might reasonably have expected better from Mr Obama. He wants to improve America’s international reputation yet campaigns against NAFTA. He […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Free Trade,Politics
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March 6, 2008

Fair Tax Webinar with Neal Boortz

Neal Boortz has a webinar on the Fair Tax for anyone who would like to learn more about the bill which would replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Boortz explains what the Fair Tax is, how it would work, and answers the common questions/criticisms of the plan. Anyone interested in going to […]

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February 19, 2008

Tuesday Open Thread: Time To Lift The Cuba Embargo ?

With today’s announcement that Fidel Castro is stepping down as President of Cuba, the curtain is drawn on one of the longest international rivalries of the 20th Century. Yes, Fidel’s brother Raul is taking his place, and, yes, Cuba remains a one-party dictatorship, but this announcement leaves me with the feeling that we are seeing […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:17 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Free Trade,Open Thread
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February 11, 2008

Department Of Homeland Security Claims American Public No Longer Expects Privacy

Apparently, the right to privacy no longer exist for anyone crossing the border as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has claimed that they have a right to search, without warrant or probable cause, anyone who comes into this country, including citizens.  Amir Khan says he becomes frustrated and humiliated every time he enters the […]

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February 4, 2008

Are The Cubans Drinking That Much Chardonnay?

I picked up the LA Times today, to find an article in the Business section about California’s Agriculture Secretary trying to open Cuban doors and increase orders of our agriculture products. California produces a wide variety of wonderful products, such as figs, wine, artichokes, etc. But one must ask a simple question: who in Cuba […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:35 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Foreign Affairs,Free Trade,Socialism
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January 24, 2008

Free Market Organs

Last week, Doug linked a post about British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s support for a policy that would allow hospitals to harvest organs without prior consent of the decedent or his/ her family. In essence, the organs of all deceased British citizens would belong to the government’s healthcare system except for those individuals who “opted […]

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January 21, 2008

Venezuela Shows Why Price Controls Fail

In my regular Chavez-watching, I read an article about bickering between the United States, Colombia, and Venezuela over drug trafficking and interdiction efforts. As a libertarian and an opponent of the drug war, that’s little more than political theater. After all, for all the tons of cocaine stopped by the local government, tens or hundreds […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Free Trade
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January 16, 2008

Protectionism And Coercion

Economist Steven Landsburg has an excellent article in today’s New York Times on the relationship between protectionism and coercion: Bullying and protectionism have a lot in common. They both use force (either directly or through the power of the law) to enrich someone else at your involuntary expense. If you’re forced to pay $20 an […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Trade,Individual Rights
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January 11, 2008

Federal Driver’s Licenses: The Government’s New Plan To Screw Up Your Life

The brainiacs who’ve made air travel almost as fun as a 10-hour Coca-Cola enema have unveiled their new master plan for creating an efficient security system…federally mandated drivers licenses for everybody under the age of 50, which all states will be forced to comply with by 2011, whether they’re capable or doing so or not, […]

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