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

August 11, 2010

$26,000,000,000 for 300,000 jobs

That’s roughly $86,000 a job. Just how many more jobs would this $26 billion giveaway to spendthrift states and special interests have created in the private economy?

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August 7, 2010

Hitchens’ Passing Will Be A Tragedy For America

If Christopher Hitchens, as he pronounces pretty clearly in an interview for The Atlantic, is about to die on us, we’re really in for a descent in American knowledge of the Founding Fathers. Gone will be this sort of free thinking: And, in replacement of free thinking, will be Glenn Beck’s own brand of distortive […]

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August 5, 2010

A Critique of the ACLU

It takes considerable skill to be able to write from both ends of a political issue, and I’m happy to say that that is the task I am going about with the ACLU. For my defense of the ACLU, click here. The ACLU frequently backs itself up as being in favor of the Constitution. If […]

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July 22, 2010

From the Left and Right, Marijuana Legalization Faces Opposition

At this point in time, there is reason to be optimistic about marijuana legalization. Andrew Napalitano was able to get Sarah Palin to back the “lowest criminal priority” position on his show, while Oakland, California seems to be positioning itself into a future marijuana growth mecca with a local ordinance allowing industrial marijuana production in the […]

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July 17, 2010

Classic Bill Maher

In this great video, Bill Maher savages radical Islamic terrorists:

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July 14, 2010

We’re One Species

With economic times the way they are and a demographically changing society, I feel the ethnic tension flowing and the faucet turning, with boiling water threatening to pour on us all. This seems to be an eternal curse of perpetually tribal humanity, and secular humanists seem to be the only ones to not fall on […]

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July 13, 2010

There Is Something Wrong With Mel Gibson

Celebrity gaffes can seem fairly meaningless. Celebrity behavior is normal human behavior: from pistol whipping (Eminem) to drug addiction (Robert Downey Jr.) to weird familial marriage (Woody Allen), the sort of human transgressions that would be at most private gossip among civilians becomes the world’s top news. Given that, I think there is an underlying […]

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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, […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 6:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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