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

September 29, 2008

Thoughts On The Bailout

A few days ago, I tried to explain, in layman’s terms, how we ended up in this financial mess. I had this to say about the bailout: We can debate whether or not this bailout should or shouldn’t occur (for the record, I’m against it), but in an election year, there’s nothing that’s going to […]

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August 11, 2008

Mindless Rule-Driven Bureaucracy In Action

Blogger Megan McArdle has a problem. 16 years ago, in college at the age of 19, she was caught drinking underage in a bar in Pennsylvania, arrested, and convicted. At the time, she was a college student, without a driver’s license, and thus had no license to suspend. Since then, she’s gone on to live […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Government Regulation,Legal,Look About
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May 7, 2008

Rational Voters?

Over at Cafe Hayek, Don Boudreaux linked to his article discussing Bryan Caplan’s book, The Myth of the Rational Voter. In the always-wonderful comments section, a commenter named Bret made this point: So let me get this straight. If I vote in a way that makes me feel fantastic and wonderful about myself and I […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:42 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Economics,Look About,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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December 18, 2007

Your Death Due To Global Warming — Now Illustrated!

Wow. That’s all I can really say. Wow. I could make snide jokes, I could try to spin some insightful political commentary out of it, but all that is unnecessary. Click the link. Feel free to report any of your reactions in the comments section. Hat Tip: Cafe Hayek

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Look About,Media
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November 8, 2007

What The Housing/Subprime Meltdown REALLY Looks Like

Head on over to Jack Stevison’s market/econ blog to get a better look. After hearing each month on the financial news shows about how this month we’ve really hit the bottom, this gives you an idea of the depth of the problem.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:35 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Look About
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September 30, 2007

In Memory Of John Berthoud

John Berthoud was one of the unseen faces in Washington fighting the good fight for fiscal conservatism and lower takes. Since 1997, he headed the National Taxpayers Union, one of the premier lobbying groups in Washington that seeks to advance an agenda of lower taxes and lower spending. Late last week, Mr. Berthoud died at […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:32 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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August 29, 2007

Did Larry Craig Really Commit A Crime ?

Notwithstanding the media circus over what Idaho Senator Larry Craig may or may not have done in a bathroom at the Minneapolis Airport, the question that remains is whether he actually committed a crime: Why was Sen. Craig arrested? Is it really illegal to try to find a sexual partner in a public bathroom using […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:58 am || Permalink || Comments (64) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Legal,Look About
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August 10, 2007

The New Inquisition

This is just too funny for words: NASA Global Warming Data had “Y2K Bug” I say again, the concept of current anthropogenic climate change; except in the case of localized micro-climates; holds no scientific water. Honest scientists will tell you the same thing if pressed (and if their funding doesn’t depend on it), but the […]

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July 31, 2007

Irony, Thy Name Is Ted Stevens

Talk about bad timing: There’s never exactly a convenient time to have one’s house raided by federal agents. But for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) the impolitic timing Tuesday was exquisite: One day after the feds rummaged through his property on a corruption probe, he threatened to try to kill an ethics reform package. Cracking down […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:44 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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July 30, 2007

Is One Of The Senate’s Pork Kings In Trouble ?

Senator Ted Stevens’ home was raided by FBI and IRS agents executing a search warrant ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said. Investigators arrived at the Republican senator’s home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:40 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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May 2, 2007

The Heck With The Queen Of England

Tomorrow, a woman by the name of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor-Mountbatten will be visiting the free and independent United States of America. She calls herself Queen Elizabeth II. As you may be aware, we fought a war about 229 years ago to liberate ourselves from her tyrannical predecessors. Nonetheless, I am amazed at the fact […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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April 28, 2007

Pirates And Emperors: They’re Really The Same Thing

Not sure where this is from, but it makes a point:

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:14 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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April 17, 2007

It’s Not About The Guns

With not even twenty-four hours passed since the tragedy at Virginia Tech, and already the New York Times has taken the lead in turning it into a political issue: Yesterday’s mass shooting at Virginia Tech — the worst in American history — is another horrifying reminder that some of the gravest dangers Americans face come […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:44 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Keep and Bear Arms,Look About
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Did Virginia Tech’s Policies Contribute To A Disaster ?

There is a back story to the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech that hasn’t made its way into the public domain yet. Virginia, as you may or may not know, allows it’s citizens to carry concealed weapons after obtaining a permit. However, Virginia Tech, along with many other college campuses, forbids anyone other than law […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:12 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Keep and Bear Arms,Look About
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April 16, 2007

Remembering Another Horrible Massacre

There is no point in engaging in comparisons. Today’s tragedy at Virginia Tech will make it’s own mark on history (although I can’t help but wonder what the future might have been like if those 32 innocent people had not been murdered today). Nonetheless, today is also Israel’s official acknowledgment of an act that will […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:44 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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A Monumental Tragedy At Virginia Tech

By now it’s all over the news, and the news just keeps getting worse: Thirty-two people have reportedly been killed and more than two dozen others injured during a shooting rampage this morning at Virginia Tech, making it the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, according to law enforcement sources. This is all that will […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:49 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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February 28, 2007

We’re Obviously Doing Something Right

This website let’s you test to see if your site is blocked by China’s internet firewall. According to the results, The Liberty Papers is blocked. While it’s unfortunate that the Chinese people are denied access to some truly great writing, it’s clear we’ve offended the right people. Good work guys !

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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February 5, 2007

How To Be A Good Citizen

A satirical, yet sadly all too true, look at how the government would like you to behave: H/T: The LP Blog

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:17 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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January 16, 2007

Fighting City Hall….And Winning

Today’s Washington Post tells the story of a man who dared to take on one of Virginia’s largest counties on his own, and won: The Great Virginia Parking Ticket Battle began with a burst of expletives one Saturday morning in October 2000, when Woodbridge resident Robert W. Eberth, a retired Navy captain, found a $35 […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:02 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Look About
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January 13, 2007

New Libertarian Social News Site

Many of you are familiar with Digg.com, a news aggregator site where the actions of the community of readers propel “worthy” stories ahead of the rest. Essentially, they’re designed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Unfortunately, Digg has some inherent biases and a herd mentality that usually forces smaller blogs and news items, despite […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:03 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Look About,Technology
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