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

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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March 27, 2010

Will The Supreme Court Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Be So Quick To Say Yes

The New York Times’ long-time SCOTUS reporter Linda Greenhouse takes a look at how the current court might look at the challenges to the health care reform law: The challengers invoke and seek to build upon the Rehnquist court’s “federalism revolution” that flowered briefly during the 1990’s. In a series of 5-to-4 rulings, the court [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:24 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Founding Fathers,Healthcare,Legal,Liberty,Politics
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March 25, 2010

Legalization Of Marijuana To Be On California Ballot In November

Advocates of marijuana legalization have succeeded in getting a referendum on the November ballot: LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) — California will again be the flashpoint in the smoldering debate on legalization of pot as officials said Wednesday the question will be on the November ballot. Los Angeles County elections officials Wednesday submitted their official [...]

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March 22, 2010

Inflation

If you thought thirty was sleazy and dirty what can one say about 700K? >;-)

Posted By: Simon Jester @ 8:20 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Abortion,Government Ethics,Individual Rights,Liberty
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March 21, 2010

ObamaCare, The Constitution, And The Next Round In The Health Care Wars

The Constitutionality of ObamaCare is apparently a subject that neither Nancy Pelosi, nor any other Member of Congress has given any consideration to. In today’s Washington Post, however, Law Professor Randy Barnett takes a look at the probable Constitutional challenges to the health care bill: Can Congress really require that every person purchase health insurance [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:55 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Healthcare,Individual Rights,Legal,Liberty,Politics,Supreme Court
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February 19, 2010

LP’s Wes Benedict on ‘Limited Government’ Conservatives

Those of us who truly believe in limited government* tend to be simultaneously amused and irritated hearing the folks at CPAC speak of limited government as though it’s a principle they truly support. Yesterday, the Libertarian Party’s Executive Director Wes Benedict, monitoring the CPAC festivities from afar, said some of the things that many of [...]

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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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A Bit of Unexpected Wisdom from a Friend

You might have heard the old saying “The best measure of a mans intelligence and wisdom, is how closely he agrees with you on any given subject”… Well, by that measure, Kommander is a damn genius (from a thread discussing Obamas abandonment of manned space flight): The problem with exploring and colonizing space, as opposed [...]

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January 28, 2010

Is America Ungovernable?

Fundamentally, decisions are the marriage of facts and values, and although any government may have access to the facts, it does not have access to my values.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:20 pm || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Federalism,Freedom,Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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November 16, 2009

Bruce Bartlett, May Your Chains Set Lightly Upon You

Ezra Klein quotes approvingly from Bruce Bartlett’s new book, The New American Economy: The Failure Of Reaganomics And A New Way Forward: The reality is that even before spending exploded to deal with the economic crisis, the government was set to grow by about 50 percent of GDP over the next generation just to pay [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:41 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Fiscal Policy,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Individual Rights,Liberty,Socialism,Taxation,The Welfare State
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November 6, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Land of Confusion” by Genesis

I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t occurred to me to post “Land of Confusion” for Liberty Rock sooner. This is a great song with a great message that seems perhaps even more appropriate now than its original 1986 release. The song raises questions in my mind such as: Who is ultimately responsible for this land [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 6:42 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Culture,Freedom,General,Government Incompetence,Humor,Liberty,Liberty Rock,Multimedia,Theory and Ideas
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November 4, 2009

Is the End of Government Reefer Madness Near?

Referring back to my post I wrote last week about the “perfect storm” the Obama Administration has created regarding medical marijuana, Colorado in many ways seems to be in the eye of this storm. It seems that more and more people are starting to understand the insanity of declaring war on a substance which has [...]

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November 3, 2009

The Enduring Legacy Of Ayn Rand

Part One in Reason.tv’s new series about Ayn Rand: Few authors have ever achieved the popularity that the novelist and essayist Ayn Rand (1905-1982) did. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943 and Atlas Shrugged in 1958, Rand became a full-blown cultural phenomenon, selling millions of books and inspiring countless readers—ranging from former Federal [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:19 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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October 31, 2009

The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. [...]

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October 28, 2009

The Institute for Justice Challenges Unjust Law Banning Compensation for Bone Marrow

In January 2008 I wrote a post calling for the repeal of the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. As I mentioned in the post, many thousands of lives are being sacrificed because of the moral hang-ups of certain individuals who think its icky to sell organs to people who need them. How dare they. [...]

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October 27, 2009

Obama Creates Perfect Storm with Marijuana Policy Change

Last week’s announcement from the Obama Administration that the Justice Department would call off the dogs with regard to medical marijuana in states where legal has created a perfect storm regarding state and local regulations. Colorado Attorney General lamented that with this announcement, a “legal vacuum” has been created and was quoted in The New [...]

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October 22, 2009

Government v. Prosperity

Leslie Carbone, local Virginia blogger and author of Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform spoke at an Accuracy in Media sponsored even in D.C. last week. Here’s the video: And, here’s my review of Leslie’s book, which I highly recommend.

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:33 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Economics,Liberty,Taxation,The Welfare State,Theory and Ideas
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August 21, 2009

Leave Us the HELL ALONE

Crossposting something my wife wrote, from here: I’ve been in an incredibly foul mood the last couple of days, and until this morning I did not understand why. We’re planning on moving to where we actually want to be. We’re constantly being asked why we want to move to the middle of nowhere. I tell [...]

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August 20, 2009

Disturbing Quote of the Day

“This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim [...]

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August 12, 2009

Can The Country Survive?

Over at QandO, Dale Franks suggests that we’re careening towards a fork in the road. If we keep on at our current pace, we will reach that fork. Will we go left or right? Dale suggests both: I’ve also said before–and every time I do, people like Oliver Willis call me crazy for saying it–we’re [...]

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