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

June 1, 2009

Monday Open Thread — DoubleDip?

All, if you’ve been reading me for any extended period of time, you know that I’m a bit of a Cassandra when it comes to the economy. I think the fundamentals are f***ed, and that this little lull of stock market strength is the calm before the storm. I have a lot of reasons to [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:34 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Open Thread
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May 18, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: To Whom or What Do You Pledge Your Allegiance?

I was listening to the local talk show host on my way to work this morning and the topic was the ongoing saga surrounding the auto makers. This particular talk show host is a very pro-union “buy American” (and therefore anti-free trade) kind of guy in the mold of Lou Dobbs. As I pulled into [...]

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April 17, 2009

Weekend Open Thread: Tea Parties As Pent-Up Hostility?

As said before, much “ink” has been spilled on these “pages” to discuss the libertarian response to the tea parties. Several of us have suggested that while we’re happy the partiers have regained their allegiance to small government and fiscal conservatives, we’ve thought it a bit strange that these folks seem to come out of [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (49) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Politics,Republicans,Taxation
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April 1, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: How Can We Fix Our Prisons?

Our prison system, holding nearly 25% of the worlds reported prisoners, may seem like an April fool’s joke but certainly is not a laughing matter. I’m in the early stages of writing a post in response to Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) recent article in Parade entitled: Why We Must Fix Our Prisons. Sen. Webb is [...]

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March 24, 2009

Open Thread: Stock Market Edition

Two weeks ago, the Dow hit a major low at 6440, closing slightly higher. This made a lot of sense to me, given the fundamentals of the economy. In fact, I nearly posted a rather snide article on CNBC “calling the bottom” that morning. But then things changed. The Dow has been on a tear [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:00 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Monetary Issues,Open Thread
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February 26, 2009

Quick Thought — Bobby Jindal Will Never Be President

Again, this is why I hate politics. Now, I know little about Jindal personally, and not being from Louisiana, don’t know how good of a president he’ll make. I’ve really only seen him on TV for a very short time, in response to Obama’s non-SOTU speech. But I was immediately struck with the same sort [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:45 am || Permalink || Comments (19) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Media,Open Thread,Politics
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February 23, 2009

Open Thread: Effects Of Marijuana Legalization On Illicit Drug Industry?

Just a little musing I had… From the little I know about the workings of the illicit drug market, marijuana is one of the main crops. Pretty much everybody — at least everyone in my generation — knows at least one pot-smoker in their lives. Far fewer know people who use (or admit to the [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:55 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Freedom,Open Thread,The War on Drugs
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February 22, 2009

Off-Topic: McDonald’s Coffee > Starbucks Coffee

Over at Ezra Klein, the yuppies are in a tizzy: But Matt misses the neighborhood effects. It’s a pretty sure bet that if you live near a Starbucks, you also live near a $8 sandwich shop. And probably another $8 sandwich shop. You’re not far, I’d imagine, from frozen yogurt, or maybe an artisanal chocolate [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:54 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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February 5, 2009

Open Thread — Gas Prices

When oil went into freefall, dropping from $147/bbl last year into the $40/bbl range, I wasn’t surprised to see gas make an enormous downward trend, and (as usual) trail the oil price by 1-2 weeks. But since then, I’ve seen little appreciable movement in the oil price, but gas has been trending back upwards (at [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Open Thread
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January 31, 2009

Off Topic — The Bacon Explosion

This is all I need to say: Happy Saturday, folks. Eat it before it becomes illegal. Hat Tip: Radley Balko

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:57 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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January 28, 2009

Open Thread — Don’t Tread On Me

I’m a bit of a fan of the Gadsden flag. I’ve got a 3′ x 5′ version from here. Back in the day, this was my old office. So when I found out that there’s a designer clothing line centered around the Don’t Tread On Me logo, I was a bit intrigued. But I started [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:25 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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December 9, 2008

Open Thread — Off-Topic / Notebook vs. Netbook

This is somewhat off-topic, but as I know many bloggers and blog-readers are technophiles, I wanted to get advice from the best place I could. The time has come for us to replace my wife’s laptop. It’s about as old and decrepit as a laptop can be and still run Windows, and is a constant [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:49 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Technology
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November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving – Open Thread

In my family, we’ve got a simple tradition. Every year on Thanksgiving, we pass around a book where everyone can write what they’re thankful for that year. We might as well start that tradition here, right? ————————— Today, I’m thankful for my family, who (mostly) flew out here to SoCal where my brother and I [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:06 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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November 14, 2008

Open Thread — A New Tax Hike

As anyone who reads this blog understands, I’m not a favor of any taxation. Nor am I much in favor of government. But at the moment, we have a government, and its functions must be paid through some revenue. We might as well find economically efficient, rather than inefficient, ways to raise that revenue. Politicians [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:30 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Open Thread,Politics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Taxation
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November 10, 2008

Monday Open Thread — Grounds For Secession?

What began decades ago as a joke is gaining steam here on the west coast. Rural counties on the Cal-Oregon border who believe they are completely unrepresented in Sacramento & Salem are considering a way out: Some folks around here think the economic sky is falling and state lawmakers in Sacramento and Salem are ignoring [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:12 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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September 2, 2008

Monday Tuesday Open Thread

Both Obama and McCain suggest that with a cap-and-trade scheme, we can make headway against global climate change. Without getting into the debate over whether climate change is real or man-made, I think it’s clear that any climate change avoidance techniques America engages upon will not make a lick of difference to what China and [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:26 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Open Thread
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August 7, 2008

Open Thread — A Free-Market Solution To Spam

If the myriad of emails coming into my inbox every day are representative of reality, there are many reputable universities willing to offer an easy path to a degree, many “nice girls” would love to share their pictures with me, Africa is full of rich orphans looking for an escape (along with a nice reward [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:44 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Technology
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May 27, 2008

Open Thread Question of the Day: Will the Barr/Root Ticket Help or Hurt the Libertarian Party?

I think it’s too early to tell. There are some very legitimate concerns that many Libertarians have about Barr’s commitment to Libertarian principles. Barr defeated Ruwart 54% to 46% and I can tell you from being there that many of the delegates who supported Ruwart were very dissatisfied with the outcome. It’s very unclear to [...]

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May 21, 2008

The Liberty Papers to Cover the National Convention in Denver

The Libertarian Convention of course! Which convention did you think I was talking about? The Libertarian National Convention will run this Memorial Day weekend beginning on Thursday, May 22nd and ending on Monday, May 26th. I plan on attending the convention representing The Liberty Papers as a citizen journalist on Saturday, Sunday, and possibly Monday. [...]

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May 12, 2008

Open Thread: Who’s Worse For President

Which Presidential candidate is worse for liberty, John McCain or Barack Obama?

Posted By: Kevin @ 11:09 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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