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

November 18, 2014

Community Conservatism – Reviving the Middle Class Economy

Governing for a Healthy Middle Class Economy Conservatives do not believe that the government can “create” jobs directly. This canard of the left does nothing but destroy market-driven, sustainable jobs at the expense of increasing the national debt and attaching an anchor to GDP growth in exchange for short term government employment and expanded private […]

Posted By: Matt Souders @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Class Mobility,Economics,Energy Policy,Fiscal Policy,General,Taxation
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November 17, 2014

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy

“Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t.” Thus proclaims the headline from Claire Cain Miller, writing at the New York Times. Miller is talking about the results of a new survey from the Pew Research Center, finding that Americans do not feel secure entrusting their personal information to digital communication channels. […]

Posted By: Sarah Baker @ 6:30 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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November 16, 2014

Long Slow Burn – GruberGate as a Microcosm

We, here, at The Liberty Papers do not generally share our correspondence, but the big issues of the day are, in fact, talked about at length in our site’s Google Group as we coordinate what we’ll be talking about at this lovely blog. Without being specific or quoting anyone directly, I would like to put […]

Posted By: Matt Souders @ 2:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Democracy,General,Government Transparency,Healthcare,Liberty,Media
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November 13, 2014

That Really Grinds My Gears

You know what really grinds my gears? Partisan hacks who attack members of the other party based on nonsensical and silly things that really do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of this. The most recent example of partisan stupidity came when President Obama wore a traditional […]

Posted By: Albert Northrup @ 9:13 am || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,General,Humor
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November 11, 2014

11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month

    It is now the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, at Compiegne… In the United States, today is Veterans Day In America, Memorial Day is for the dead, and Veterans Day is for the living. As such, first I wish to give thanks. I thank all of you, still […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 4:00 am || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General,Government Incompetence,Government Waste,History,Military
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November 10, 2014

Just NOT at the Same Time Please

Sharing, as a service to our readers… From Reason: http://reason.com/blog/2014/11/10/guns-and-pot-which-states-are-friendly-t

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 2:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Culture,Drugs,General,Keep and Bear Arms,Marijuana
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November 6, 2014

Mandatory Ebola Quarantines: Constitutional or Fear-Mongering?

Last Friday, a federal judge ruled that the state of Maine could not force a mandatory ebola quarantine on nurse, Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the U.S. from Sierra Leone. According to CNN: District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients […]

Posted By: Albert Northrup @ 7:14 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,General,Government Incompetence,Liberty
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October 21, 2014

Should Adrian Wyllie (L-FL) be Included in Debates?

Last week, Florida became the laughing stock of the nation once again when the televised gubernatorial debate was postponed because of a fan. The bigger story may be that the event organizers, Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida, excluded Libertarian Party candidate, Adrian Wyllie, because he did not meet the minimum polling threshold of 15%. Despite an […]

Posted By: Albert Northrup @ 5:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Election '14,Free Speech,General,Individual Rights
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October 18, 2014

Fair Competition Illegal in Auburn, AL

When surveyed, 100% of Americans think fair competition is good for the economy (give or take a few communists). So when is it a crime for a competitive business to even attempt to operate in the land of opportunity? When government has chosen the winner before the fight. Witness: Uber in Alabama CULLMAN, Ala. — If […]

Posted By: Matt Souders @ 7:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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October 17, 2014

James Comey vs. your privacy

Today’s smartphones contain more data about your life than any other device in human history. It could be argued that they even contain more usable information about your whereabouts and activities than your own brain. Naturally, post-Edward Snowden, protecting that information is a priority for a lot of people. James Comey wants access to all […]

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Operation Inherent Resolve Inherently Hard to Nail Down

Operation Inherent Resolve is the new name for the 2014 U.S.-led intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. From military aid, advisors and humanitarian efforts, the operation has evolved into airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. also has troops on the ground, to serve as “military advisers,” to protect key infrastructure […]

Posted By: Sarah Baker @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Foreign Affairs,General,Military,War on Terror
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Scientists, Signalling, and Sides

Recently, a scientist who I generally quite like… and who in geek circles has a lot of cred and “cool” (though he’s done a good job of beclowning himself in the past few weeks), Neil Degrasse Tyson; has used the big soap box of his reimagined “Cosmos” TV show, to essentially dismiss anyone opposed to […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 6:23 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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October 15, 2014

Houston Loses Collective Mind – Subpoenas Pastors

Here is the news story in its original form for your shocked brains to attempt to process: Houston Subpoenas the Churches Over ‘HERO’ The Alliance Defending Freedom is countering this abuse of freedom with legal action – a motion to stop these subpoenas from going ahead (and you can find their legal reasoning here. Notably, […]

Posted By: Matt Souders @ 2:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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October 14, 2014

Windowpanes, Pencils, and Paperclips

A few days ago I wrote something on facebook that bears repeating here: A comprehensive understanding of the pencil problem, combined with a thorough understanding of the broken window fallacy (and its inputs and corollaries… Hazlitt for example), makes a pretty good inoculant against socioeconomic lies and stupidities. Although they are implied by the conditions […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:45 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,General,Government Incompetence,Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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The problem with “Wouldn’t it be…” and “Wasn’t it…”

Progressive ideas usually begin with: “Wouldn’t it be great if…” (progressives are generally theorists) Ok, right there with you so far… Conservative ideas usually begin with: “Wasn’t it great when…” (conservatives are generally empiricists) Yup, that works for me too… The complication is the next step, taken by both progressives and conservatives: “Since that would […]

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January 20, 2014

Quote of the Day: MLK Day Edition

(Re-post) Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is unquestionably one of the most famous speeches in American history. In listening to the speech today, I found the following passages that aren’t as often quoted to be some of the most powerful lines in the speech. In a sense we have come to […]

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October 9, 2013

Bye Bye 4th and 5th amendment: Obamacare info may be used for Law Enforcement and Audit activities

Well… we knew that the 4th and 5th amendment meant nothing to them… never mind HIPAA… but really?   Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’ Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able […]

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October 3, 2013

The scope and scale of the fraud… and the misconception that allows it to continue and worsen

So, once again, telling people the truth about Social Security produces indignation, and the expression of common misconceptions… to wit: “Hey wait a second. I paid into Social Security for 47 years. I’m just getting out that I paid in, and the return on my investment. It’s not my fault congress didn’t do what it […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:57 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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March 20, 2013

Titles Wrong, Concept’s Right

This illustrates the fundamental flaw of all authoritarian philosophies quite handily… The author titles is as “anarchy in one lesson”, but actually it’s liberty in one lesson. This is the problem with people who consider themselves anarchists… They don’t actually understand what anarchy is (and that it is in fact one of the WORST and […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 11:17 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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January 7, 2013

The Right to Bear Arms Highest Ranked Topic at The Liberty Papers

Every now and then I take a look at the sitemeter for The Liberty Papers to get some idea of how many people are actually reading and what they are reading. When I went to the pages ranked by entry and exit, I couldn’t help but notice how many pages were being viewed concerning the […]

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