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

August 21, 2010

Jon Stewart Has Earned My Respect

I used to think that Jon Stewart was another garden variety left winger but lately, I’ve found him to be perhaps the most reasonable political commentator anywhere. Whether the issue is the controversial South Park episode featuring the prophet Mohammed, Obama’s about face on civil liberties now that he is president, or this most recent […]

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August 17, 2010

Another Critique of the ACLU: Social Segmentalization

I did a critique as well as a defense of the ACLU for TLP not too long ago, but another aspect of the ACLU’s approach to defending civil liberties seemed worthy of analysis. Here goes. On my Facebook feed this evening, I found this snibbet: Every student deserves the opportunity to attend school and learn […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 9:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Education,Equal Protection,Freedom
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On Islam and the Middle East, Where is Pat Buchanan Coming From?

When I first heard Pat Buchanan talking about Palestine and Israel as a politically naive teenager, I thought he was a conservative who broke from the path because he thought the Palestinians had been mistreated. Things are obviously a lot more complicated than that. Given Pat Buchanan’s proclamation that America is “a country built by […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 6:26 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blogroll,Carnivals,Foreign Affairs,Freedom,General
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August 10, 2010

Well, Well, Well. Looks Like Somebody Forgot There’s A Rule Against Alcoholic Beverages In Fraternities On Probation!

Rules, rules, rules. You try to do something nice. You try to organize a little competition for homebrewers where they can have their craft evaluated, judged, and [even for those who don't win] provide valuable feedback on technique. It’s done in private events, county and state fairs, organized by major breweries and by national brewing-centric […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:32 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Freedom,Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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July 29, 2010

Quote of the Day: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider on Al and Tipper Gore’s Marriage Woes

“Let’s cut to twenty-five years later, I’m still married – none of my kids have been busted for drug possession. Can Al and Tipper Gore say the same thing? I don’t think so – oh, snap!” — Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider We’re not gonna take it, No, we ain’t gonna take it We’re not […]

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July 24, 2010

On Islam, A Fine Line Between Criticism and Xenophobia

There are serious concerns about radical Islam and political Islam as a movement. It’s something we should be seriously conscious of. I’ve written about this extensively here at TLP. Given that, there is a very, very fine line between critiquing the retrograde nature of radical Islam and outright xenophobia. I honestly find it hard to […]

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July 14, 2010

Contest: Threats To Freedom

I was recently contacted by Templeton Press, the publishers of a new book called “New Threats To Freedom”. While I have not read the book at this time, judging by the theme and by some of the authors who submitted, it’s definitely intriguing. In the run up to their paperback edition, they’re holding a contest […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:01 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Freedom,Guest Blogging,Liberty
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June 30, 2010

Yes, the Second Amendment really means what it says… and that means you too Chicago

This past Monday, Samuel Alito, writing for the majority (with separate concurring opinions from Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia) in the case McDonald vs. City of Chicago and Village of Morton Grove; handed down what in 30 years will I believe, be held as one of (or perhaps half of a pair of, or the […]

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June 22, 2010

CounterPoint: Yes, Virginia, States Really Do Have Rights

This is a segment in The Liberty Papers’ continuing “Point/Counterpoint” series. This post is the rebuttal to my co-contributor Michael Powell’s post here, making the point that “states’ rights” are an antiquated and poisoned concept. When I saw Michael’s post this morning, I was a little bit surprised. I was expecting him to make the […]

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June 7, 2010

Children Raised By Lesbians Better Off?

An awesome study turns social conservative thought on families completely on its head: Contrary to what the religious right might say, children raised by lesbian parents are doing just as well as their peers, according to a new report based on a 20-year study to be published in the journal Pediatrics. In fact, they may […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 1:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Freedom,General,Huckabee Watch,Human Rights
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Pay More Taxes — It’s What Honest Abe Would Have Wanted

Eliot Spitzer says that we should re-read the Gettysburg Address to regain that sense of sacrifice necessary to keep our bloated government doing its holy work. Because nothing makes me more appreciative of the men who laid down their lives for the freedom of others than supporting the very government that’s hard at work taking […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:38 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Freedom
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June 2, 2010

The Clown Prince of Islam

Islam, faith, christianity, theocracy, oppression, religion

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May 24, 2010

Why I Don’t Listen To Jenny McCarthy — Or the CDC

The journalist responsible for the original uproar about the MMR vaccine and autism has been shown to have produced very shoddy research, and widely discredited. He was even recently banned from the practice of medicine in the UK. This has, of course, not quieted the debate. In fact, it’s gotten even worse, with his vaccine […]

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May 17, 2010

Modern Jurisprudence is PROFOUNDLY Broken

Two contrasting stories out of the Supreme Court today, that bring home the fact that jurisprudence in this country is profoundly… hopefully not irreparably… broken. First, from the New York Times: NO MORE LIFE SENTENCES FOR MINORS WHO HAVEN’T MURDERED…. In yet another 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said this morning that incarcerated minors can’t […]

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April 7, 2010

Peak Liberty

This is a post I wrote at my personal blog back in June 2005. I was reminded of it today, as many of the points Doug touched on in his post this morning were in the same vein as points I made back then, and after a search I was surprised that I’d never cross-posted […]

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Memo To Libertarians: There Was No Golden Age Of Liberty

David Boaz has a great piece over at Reason today on the historical blinders that some libertarians seem to have when looking at America’s past: When we look at our own country’s history—contrasting 2010 with 1776 or 1910 or 1950 or whatever—the story is less clear. We suffer under a lot of regulations and restrictions […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:53 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Freedom,History
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March 28, 2010

Don’t Say You Want A Revolution

Over at United Liberty, Kevin Boyd puts forward the best case I’ve seen to date against the idea that we are anywhere near the point where rebellion is justified: For those of you out there who think this is the time for revolution, please consider the following: 1) All political and legal options have not […]

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March 23, 2010

Thirteen States File Suit Against ObamaCare

Well, that didn’t take long: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed the bill the House passed Sunday […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:01 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Freedom,Healthcare,Legal,Politics
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March 22, 2010

Historically Appropriate Fact Of The Day

It was 245 years ago today, that The Stamp Act of 1765, one of the first of the many punitive taxes imposed on the American colonies and precipitated the Revolution, was passed by Parliament. 244 years and 364 days later, the United States Congress passed a piece of legislation that makes the Stamp Act look […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:53 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Healthcare,History
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January 29, 2010

“Are these Republicans Walter”? “No Donny, these men are just nihilists”

“I mean, say what you like about the tenets of the Republican party, Dude, at least it’s an ethos…” Apologies to Joel and Ethan Coen… There has been a recent meme circulated by the leftosphere, that the Republicans… in fact any opponent of the Obama agenda… are nihilists. Now, I have to say, I don’t […]

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