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

June 30, 2010

Christopher Hitchens Diagnosed With Cancer

I should honestly not be blogging right now but this required my attention. I have some bad news for those who like having an intellectually engaging political climate. Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. From Michael J. Totten: Damn. Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer. According to the Washington Post, [...]

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June 25, 2010

North Korea’s Mysterious Soccer Team

The intelligence digest Stratfor has a really thought provoking article up about the mystery surrounding North Korea’s soccer team: North Korea is the most mysterious of all the teams to compete in the 2010 World Cup. As in soccer, so it is in geopolitics. Before the tournament started, no one outside North Korea knew what [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 10:47 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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June 16, 2010

This Week In Linguistic Gymnastics

I’m not the first person to notice how important a role linguistics play in politics – George Orwell’s classic 1984 provided keen observations into the role that minimization of language plays in closing political discourse. In his essay “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell stated, “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 10:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Conspiracy Theories,General,Libertarians
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June 14, 2010

Hayek Sales Skyrocket

Today I got this message from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation: I hope your summer is off to a great start! If, like me, you’re a fan of free-market economist and Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek, whose book The Road to Serfdom just hit #1 on Amazon, this has been an exciting week. It’s true! The Cato Institute [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 5:46 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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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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June 2, 2010

The Clown Prince of Islam

Islam, faith, christianity, theocracy, oppression, religion

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June 1, 2010

Nicholas Kristof Betrays Liberalism

In a recent column, Nicholas Kristof criticized strongly Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the unbelievably brave Somali intellectual who has dedicated her career to pursuit of an Enlightenment in the Islamic world. Kristof apparently sees Ali as fomenting bigotry towards Muslims, casting aside the very legitimate and pressing criticism of the fastest growing religion that Ali posits.

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May 19, 2010

Racial Tensions Explode in CA

Racial clashes have sprung up in Northern California, and without the expected suspects: At least four high-profile attacks involving blacks and Asians have occurred since January in San Francisco and Oakland, including the beating death of Tian Sheng Yu, 59, last month. Two 18-year-old men have been charged with the murder. Rongshi Chen, 64, was [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 2:07 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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May 17, 2010

Rand Paul’s Kentucky Tea Party

Of all the races that will come to an end to tomorrow night, the one that may be the most interesting is the Republican Senate Primary in Kentucky, where the race has essentially become a proxy for the battle between the Establishment GOP and the Tea Party Movement: FLORENCE, Ky. — Rand Paul grabbed a [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:47 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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May 16, 2010

French Burqua Ban: Liberating or Tyrannical?

I can almost guarantee that the overwhelming swap of Liberty Papers readers were sympathetic to the creators of South Park in the recent controversy. In fact, I’m sure some of you are planning on participating in Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. Given that, I have to request reader thoughts on the French ban of the burqa [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 12:16 am || Permalink || Comments (32) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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May 13, 2010

Nation’s Drug Czar Laments Drug War Failure

Here’s the direct quote: “In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” drug czar Gil Kerlikowske told the AP. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.” That’s certainly good to hear, but here’s the chief problem: This week President Obama backed up that rhetoric by announcing [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 5:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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May 12, 2010

Robin Hood – Tea Partier?

A review for Robin Hood from the Seattle Weekly poses some unexpected accusations: An old-fashioned adventure epic weighed down by overly simplistic, quasi-populist dialogue,Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood plays like a rousing love letter to the Tea Party movement. Instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) preaches about [...]

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May 10, 2010

A New Introduction

I am honored to join The Liberty Papers. Brad Warbiany and Doug Mataconis have been very welcoming, and my new realm into libertarian thought should be fulfilling and rich. I’ve been at United Liberty for two years, starting with the 2008 election and running all the way up to coverage of Arizona’s discriminatory immigration law. [...]

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May 9, 2010

House Resolutions Are Silly

As a homebrewer and avid consumer of craft beer, even *I* find this silly: Resolved, That the House of Representatives— supports the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, as founded by the Brewers Association; recognizes the significant contributions of craft brewers to the economy of the United States; encourages beer-lovers of the United [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:29 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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March 24, 2010

Rand Paul Picks Up Major Endorsement

Well, sorta: Dick Cheney today announced that he is endorsing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the GOP Senate primary. “I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:08 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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March 22, 2010


A little ditty for those who love liberty: Remember, remember come every November, The April Obamacare plot; I know of no reason Why the ”health care” treason Should ever be forgot. No matter what the tyrants of the Hill and the White House hope, this fight isn’t over. It’s ON. >;-)

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January 3, 2010

The Importance of Being an Adult

One of the most pernicious effects of the Bismarkian Welfare State is the infantilization of society, the destruction of adulthood. This infantilization renders people incapable of caring for themselves. It places them in a state of permanent dependence. Unable to live without the state, people are put in a position where resistance to the rulers, [...]

Posted By: tarran @ 8:16 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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December 22, 2009

Health Care “Victory”

When you hear Democrats celebrating their victory in getting 60 votes, remember that it’s not just a victory over those evil Republicans. It’s a victory over logic; it’s a victory over responsibility; It’s a victory over the Constitution; and it’s a victory over the people. That’s quite a thing to celebrate, aint’ it, Harry?

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December 4, 2009

Quote Of The Day

From Popehat: This is the problem with the western left: They can see a noose with perfect clarity when the hangman is a conservative. But when the noose is placed by their fellow leftists, they’ll call it a necktie every time. I do recommend heading over to read the original post, which is a good [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:25 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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November 11, 2009

The Soldier Pays the Biggest Part of the Bill: an Excerpt from a Speech by Maj Gen Smedley Butler, USMC

Excerpt from War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler USMC [The] soldier pays the biggest part of the bill. If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of [...]

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