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

March 6, 2012

We’re Here! We’re Gluttons! Get Used To It!

Over at Megan McArdle’s place, she’s on a leave of absence for some as-yet-unnamed project. In her stead, Katherine Mangu-Ward picks up one of Megan’s common refrains about Americans and obesity: Fat people know they’re fat. They know why they’re fat. And they know that being fat kinda sucks. This may seem obvious, but think […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:35 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,General,Government Waste
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January 22, 2012

An explanation for… Almost everything really…

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm-but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” — T.S. […]

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January 18, 2012

We don’t go black… We try to turn on lights

We’re not going black today, over SOPA or PIPA. In case you by some miracle hadn’t noticed it yet, tens of thousands of web sites around the country and around the world, are “going black” or putting up banners explaining that they are not available or there is no content today etc… In protest against […]

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September 28, 2011

Warren makes a persuasive argument to redistribute sex with hot women

  H/T Facebook user I bet Ludwig von Mises can get more fans than John Maynard Keynes’s

Posted By: tarran @ 6:49 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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June 27, 2011

Quote Of The Day

Who joined whom? Gay marriage has always been an ideal niche for liberaltarians. After all, it’s the states, not the feds, that are the ones deciding whether it should be legal, a question that feeds into libertarians’ federalist affinities. And when you strip away the cultural and identity politics, gay marriage is really just a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:50 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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April 14, 2011

UPDATE: Crystal Mangum’s Boyfriend Reginald Daye Has Died

Just last week I wrote about the false Duke lacrosse accuser, Crystal Mangum being charged with “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.” Durham police are now “more than likely” going to charge Mangum with murder since her alleged victim and boyfriend Reginald Daye has died. Maria White writing for CNN reports: (CNN) […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:48 am || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Culture,General,Legal,Media,Political Correctness
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March 16, 2011

Quote Of The Day

Not political, but I just thought it hilarious. Megan McArdle, discussing an rumored move by Netflix to develop original television content on their own streaming distribution network: A&E was producing some great original content in the 1990s, but eventually abandoned the strategy and retreated to its core business of rebroadcasting Law and Order reruns. If […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:52 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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January 26, 2011

Now this is a call to violence

Even with all the crowing from the authoritarian left about violent rhetoric, I have yet to see a call to violence as clear as this one from leftist Sociologist Frances Fox Piven: So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs? [...] Second, before people can mobilize for collective action, they have […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 2:30 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,General,Hubris,Politics,Socialism
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December 9, 2010

Reason.tv Presents: Great Moments in Unintended Consequences

One point that I often try to make when debating policy with friends and family is that virtually all policies have unintended consequences. How could anyone be opposed to such idealistic acts of legislation such as the War on Poverty, Social Security, Medicare, hate crimes legislation, affirmative action, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the […]

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October 20, 2010

Which Superstition Would You Sacrifice?

I highly recommend XKCD, a webcomic devoted to romance, sarcasm, math and language. Today’s comic forces people to choose between attacking capitalism and their favorite superstition. Enjoy!

Posted By: tarran @ 8:47 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General,Humor
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October 9, 2010

Outrage Over Corrupt Government Funded Science Prompts Resignation

Hal Lewis has resigned from the American Physical Society, disgusted by their embrace of the lucrative fraud that underlays much of the research into Anthropogenic Global Warming. His resignation  letter is worth reading in full:

Posted By: tarran @ 7:09 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,General
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September 18, 2010

The Tea Party Movement: A Geopolitical Perspective

Stratfor is an incredible policy source that looks deeply into matters of geopolitics. Policy wonks are often able to look at what is going on dispassionately and with eye for understanding what is actually happening and that indispensable ability is in evidence in Robert W. Merry’s analysis of the Tea Party movement: Nearly every American […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 6:42 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 17, 2010

Political Progress Through Laughter in Afghanistan

This piece from Al Jazeera illustrates how comedy can positively affect politics. Like in the United States with comedians like Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, satirists, comedians and cartoonists in Afghanistan are able to go where conventional journalists are afraid to go. With the dreary headlines coming out of the region, it’s good […]

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September 15, 2010

Islamic Fundamentalism: Still A Danger

The hyper-reactionary hatred of Terry Jones and his merry band of bigots down in Florida may have muddled the waters surrounding Islamic fundamentalism and its dangers, showing that we certainly have our own share of anti-intellectual sorcerers. Now that that and the Ground Zero hate festival is over, however, Islamic radicalism’s ugly head is springing […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 2:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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Jon Stewart Is Becoming A Libertarian

As the economy continues to stagnate, Jon Stewart appears to have developed a very healthy helping of skepticism about progressive economic policies. This on top of his tearing President Obama apart for his continued embrace of executive power (completely counter to the criticism of Bush-era civil liberties violations that got him a standing ovation at […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 11:37 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 14, 2010

Coming Soon: The War on Tacos

Now, this is just lame: “The City of Emeryville, California, is looking for individuals to serve on its new ‘Food Truck Taskforce’ — a bureaucratic reaction to the increased competition local ‘brick and mortar’ restaurants face from mobile kitchens. Local worker Catherine Hicks tweeted, ‘restaurants are whining that trucks are more popular at lunch!’ But […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 9:55 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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August 24, 2010

The Case For Individualism

It seems that this case needs to be made again and again, generation after generation. Well here it is.

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August 23, 2010

“Thank God for the Constitution”

A great comment from Obdicut, which I found in the jungle of my last post’s comment thread: Michael, I’m sorry posting this has led to the stalkers having one of their uber-bizarre meltdowns in the thread. It’s a well-reasoned piece. I too, as an atheist who is against extremist religion of all forms, including Islam, […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 5:36 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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August 22, 2010

After Cordoba Controversy, It’s Time To Look In The Mirror

Building off of Stephen’s post on Jon Stewart revisiting his past transgressions, I thought it would be worth exploring how my own previous writing and those of others across the political spectrum provided an opening for the pure ugliness of Newt Gingrich, Pam Geller, Michelle Bachmann and the like in the wake of the “Ground […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 5:29 pm || Permalink || Comments (72) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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August 21, 2010

Copyright Absurdity

This story isn’t really that significant, but it’s a case in point of copyright absurdity: Madonna is being sued for using the name “Material Girl,” a reference to her hit 80s song, in her juniors clothing line designed with her daughter Lourdes. Clothing maker LA Triumph says it’s been using the name to market clothes […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 1:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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