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

May 31, 2011

Gov. Johnson Takes on Hannity

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary “Veto” Johnson made a recent appearance on Hannity last week (see video below). I have to say I was pleasantly surprised both with how Sean Hannity conducted the interview and how Gov. Johnson responded. I haven’t really watched Hannity since before the “& Colmes” was dropped a few years ago; […]

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May 20, 2011

Gary Johnson to President Obama: “Time’s Up in Libya”

The “limited kinetic action” (don’t call it military force or war!) in Libya has reached the 60 day mark; the statutory time limit a president can use military force without congressional approval according to the War Powers Act of 1973. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot about the goings on in Libya in […]

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March 23, 2011

Where You at Now, Joe?

You know, as much as I disagree most of the time with Dennis Kucinich on so many issues, I respect him because he is principled and consistent regardless of who happens to be occupying the White House. That’s a hell of a lot more than what I can say about Joe Biden. So where are […]

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March 22, 2011

So You’re A Dictator Who Wants to Remain in Power…

Besides the fact that the current regime in Libya is not a threat to U.S. national security, the role of the U.S. military ought not be engaged in strictly humanitarian missions, will likely lead to future humanitarian interventions, and can in no way be argued that such actions in Libya are somehow part of a […]

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March 20, 2011

Repost: Where Did The Anti-War Movement Go?

I wrote this originally on April 20, 2009 about Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Now with Obama’s undeclared war in Libya beginning, I feel this is timely so I’m reposting it. In the American Conservative, Antiwar.com editor Justin Raitmando (whom I often disagree with) has a piece detailing some more leftist hypocrisy concerning […]

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March 9, 2011

Ron Paul: Hands Off Libya

Sounds good to me

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Non-Intervention,Politics
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July 27, 2010

I Was Wrong About the War in Iraq

The following is a post I started a little over 2 years ago explaining my 180 concerning the war in Iraq. This is easily the most difficult post I’ve ever written because of the life and death nature of the subject matter and admitting being on the wrong side of this issue for so long. […]

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July 8, 2010

It’s Still Charlie Wilson’s War

In the fantastic Tom Hanks film Charlie Wilson’s War, Hanks’ character is seen frequently bringing up the deteriorating post-Soviet situation in Afghanistan to his fellow congressmen. Having been active in funding the American involvement in combatting the Soviets during their invasion of the Southwest Asian country, Wilson found it very irresponsible to quickly abandon the […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 7:24 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Human Rights,Military,Non-Intervention,War on Terror
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June 21, 2010

Point: “State’s Rights” A Misnomer

This is a post in our continuing “Point/Counterpoint” series, where TLP contributors and/or guest posters debate a topic. In this installment, Michael Powell argues against the existence of “states’ rights”. Tomorrow, Brad Warbiany will defend states’ rights, and his post can now be found here. During the twentieth century, there were several confrontations between federal […]

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April 24, 2009

Where Did The Anti-War Movement Go?

In the American Conservative, Antiwar.com editor Justin Raitmando (whom I often disagree with) has a piece detailing some more leftist hypocrisy concerning their Messiah and his plans to expand the Afghan War The antiwar rally at the University of Iowa was sparsely attended. The below 30 degree weather might have had something to do with […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 8:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Non-Intervention,War on Terror
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April 9, 2009

Responding to Piracy on the Somali Coast

Somali pirates have been in the news a great deal lately, and there is a great deal of controversy as to how to deal with them.  To date, the proposed solutions seem to be a simplistic calls for a) intervention to build a stable state in Somalia, b) send in various national navies to engage […]

Posted By: tarran @ 6:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Non-Intervention,War on Terror
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January 21, 2009

New Freedom Website

There’s a new freedom-oriented website out there: Freedom Politics. From their initial blog posting: Lovers of liberty, rejoice. Today, we’re launching FreedomPolitics.com, a site dedicated to the pursuit and protection of freedom. We’re not the only ones who think freedom needs a hand, but as a Freedom Communications site, we follow the model of an […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 6:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Blog Discussions,Foreign Affairs,Libertarians,Non-Intervention
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December 9, 2008

No Philosophy?

Several times over the past few years, well respected and well known people, have written that the reason liberty oriented people fail in the political arena, or achieve limited results that they cannot follow up on or capitalize on; is because there is no coherent philosophy behind the notion of liberty. In fact, the common […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 12:36 pm || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Non-Intervention,Theory and Ideas
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November 15, 2008

IEEE and U.S. Hegemony

In IEEE‘s flagship magazine, Spectrum, there is a fairly idiotic editorial warning Europeans against buying natural gas from Russia. Why can’t the European Union just adopt a strategy of energy independence and wean itself from Russia and the “stans”? Of course, there is no way for Europe to be “independent” with respect to natural gas. […]

Posted By: tarran @ 9:55 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Free Trade,Non-Intervention
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November 3, 2008

Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen […]

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October 23, 2008

Don’t Forget to Study Before the Final!

I just received my mail-in ballot a week or so ago. The ballot, with multiple choices with arrows to be filled out next to each choice, reminds me of taking standardized tests back in the day. Some tests were easier than others but I knew that if I did not study, one of two things […]

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July 21, 2008

Analysing John McCain’s Foreign Policy Wish List – No Ponies For Little Girls

John McCain must hate little girls. It is one of many inescapable conclusions that arise from reading his National Security position paper, which promises all things to everyone – well almost everyone. His foreign policy plans promise more submarines, more ships, more aircraft, more divisions, more security, more military assistance for allies, more attacks on […]

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June 29, 2008

How Badly This Administration Wants War

Seymour Hersh writes in the New Yorker: Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a […]

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March 14, 2008

President Bush Is A Liar And A Coward

On Thursday, President Bush decided to offer some encouragement to the troops in the war Afghanistan (a war he has often neglected in favor of his disastrous vanity project in Iraq) by offering this bon mot on his personal feelings about the mission and the service rendered by our armed forces: I must say, I’m […]

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January 10, 2008

The Lame Duck Period Officially Starts

You can often tell the exact point at which the President of the United States has accepted that his term is coming to an end…when he suddenly starts focusing on foreign policy red herrings like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  I’ve always found it a rather amusing time when our presidents have gone down that road and started lecturing both […]

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