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

October 2, 2013

A Simple Question About Motive

The Feds just arrested the owner of Silk Road, a black market web drug marketplace, and seized the domain name. Now, there are obviously a lot of reasons why they’d want to catch this guy. But I was struck by the headline at the above linked article: Feds arrest the alleged founder of Bitcoin’s largest [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:51 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Federal Reserve,Monetary Issues,Open Thread,The War on Drugs
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October 1, 2013

Open Thread Question of the Day: Now that ObamaCare is Here, What Are You Going to Do About Your Own Healthcare?

Like it or not, ObamaCare is here. Much has been written about the overall chaos this law will have on employment, the cost of healthcare, and the economy overall. What I am interested in, however; is what are you as an individual going to do regarding your own healthcare choices? Are you going to stay [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:04 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Healthcare,Open Thread
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September 11, 2012

9/11 Open Thread

As everyone is fully aware, today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Due to this passage of time, I’m somewhat conflicted about whether today should be strictly about remembering the victims and celebrating the heroism of the first responders (as well as how ordinary Americans came together donating their time, money, blood, and [...]

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April 24, 2012

Open Thread: If I Wanted America to Fail…

FreeMarketAmerica.org has released a great video (above) called “If I Wanted America to Fail.” It’s a pretty decent list of policies one would want to implement to cause America to fail but it’s far from complete. Here are a few suggestions of my own: If I wanted America to fail, I would want congress to [...]

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January 4, 2012

Post Iowa Caucus Links/Open Thread

Newt Gingrich calls Mitt Romney “a liar” but says he would support him over Barack Obama if he wins the nomination. Talk radio host and raving lunatic extraordinaire Mark Levin threatens to campaign against Rand Paul if his father chooses to make a third party run. What a petulant asshole. Sarah Palin warns: “G.O.P. had [...]

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August 1, 2011

The 2-Minute Budget Deal Reaction: Open Thread

So I’ve had a tiny bit of time to reflect on the budget deal. Here are the key points: $900B in immediate cuts [1/3 to defense], coupled to a $900B immediate debt ceiling increase. Additional $1.2T-1.5T debt ceiling increase IF Congress either passes a balanced budget amendment or a bipartisan commission creates a debt reduction [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:03 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Open Thread,Politics,Taxation,Tea Party
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December 30, 2010

Open Thread: Successes and Setbacks for Liberty in 2010/Hopes for 2011

Was 2010 a good year or bad year for liberty and why? Like most of you will likely respond, 2010 was very much a mixed bag IMHO. On the positive side, the mandate section of ObamaCare was found unconstitutional, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, Wikileaks exposed the federal government for the [...]

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November 24, 2010

Open Thread: TSA & Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Edition

The reports I have read today so far are that the Opt-Out Day protests haven’t been very widespread with most travelers opting for the full body scan. Is this really what is happening at the airports or is this an attempt by the MSM and TSA to discourage protests? What I’m interested in is hearing [...]

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November 22, 2010

5 Years Of The Liberty Papers

5 years ago today, Eric introduced The Liberty Papers to the world. A blog that was once a general “classical liberal” home has significantly expanded, as those of us writing here have grown and changed. When the doors first opened, we generally followed a Constitutionalist small-l libertarian mindset in general, and as Eric pointed out, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:30 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Admin,Open Thread,The Contributors
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May 10, 2010

Monday Question: Immigration Motives

Coyote, in far more concise words than I probably could have generated, asks a very good question. What I would really understand is: what drives these folks? I will take them at their word that it is not racism. If its violent or property crime, the stats are pretty clear that immigrants don’t really contribute [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:00 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Immigration,Open Thread
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April 8, 2010

The Census Open Thread

The census is a bit of a lightning rod for libertarians, largely due to the questions in addition to the actual enumeration. Fundamentally question #1 on the census is definitely Constitutional, and I’d say the additional questions asked are mostly harmless. But I didn’t fill those out. I answered question #1, and only question #1. [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (18) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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March 15, 2010

Liberty Papers Bracket Challenge 2010

March Madness has arrived. For the first time, I’ve decided to throw together a Liberty Papers Bracket Challenge. Hosted at CBS Sports (p/w “thomaspaine”), feel free to sign up. Hurry, of course, as the games start Thursday morning. Scoring rules are somewhat standard, but with a kick on the first two rounds. Picking a winner [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:06 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Guest Blogging,Off Topic,Open Thread
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March 4, 2010

National Grammar Day Open Thread

I am a stickler for grammar, but it is also one of my pet peeves. So on National Grammar Day, I’d like to post a few of them. #1 – Nested parentheses: The general grammar rule is never to nest parentheses. But as an engineer with the combination of math, computer code, and boolean logic [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:56 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Off Topic,Open Thread
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February 26, 2010

Weekend Question

Read this op-ed at Reason by Greg Beato. Maybe it’s the effect of several Stone IPAs, but I can’t quite answer this question: Is Greg defending business casual, or attacking it?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:28 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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January 26, 2010

Tuesday Open Thread

In this country, it has become socially acceptable to use internet or over-the-phone consults with a fraudulent “ailment” for prescriptions of a recreational drug (Viagra/Cialis). In this country, it is still socially unacceptable (in the areas where it is legal) to go see a doctor in-person with a moderately fraudulent ailment for prescriptions of a [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:07 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,The War on Drugs
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January 11, 2010

Monday Open Thread — What Are You Reading?

Hey, folks. Slow day here at TLP, so it’s probably a good a time as any to open the floor. What’s currently on the reading shelves for all of you? For me: Just finished: The American Story, by Garet Garrett. — Available from the Mises Store. I plan on a review of this once I [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:37 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Open Thread
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December 7, 2009

Monday Morning Question

All, if you’ve followed the ClimateGate scandal, you’ll note that most coverage on both the left and the right centers around the emails. There is discussion in the emails of trying to influence access to peer-reviewed journals to stop critics (unethical), and even some suggestions that data requested under FOIA be deleted (potentially illegal). So [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:31 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Open Thread
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November 19, 2009

Open Thread – Libertarian Response To Klingon Upbringing

Way back in 2006 (and prior to that at my old site), I raised a question of how a libertarian society deals with children. It’s well summarized from this comment: If a parent believes in spanking, we don’t take the child away from the parents. If the parents are beating their children abusively, we do. [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:00 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Theory and Ideas
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September 14, 2009

Monday Open Thread

Possible discussion point — should we on the libertarian end of the spectrum start more aggressively using the rattlesnake image from the Gadsden Flag? I’m a huge fan, but may not be a representative sample. UPDATE: Photo originally from this post. The post is itself worth a read.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:55 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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June 8, 2009

Open Thread — Chrysler Storm A-Brewin’

This news just came through the tubes – A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday granted a request to put on hold the sale of bankrupt automaker Chrysler LLC to a group led by Italian carmaker Fiat SpA. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a one-sentence order, said the orders of the bankruptcy [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Open Thread,Supreme Court
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