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

April 29, 2008

Tuesday Open Thread: Rating The Presidents

The Debatable Land has an interesting post asking readers and other bloggers to name the most overrated and under-rated Presidents in history: 1. You may nominate up to three Presidents in each category. 2. Three points will be awarded to your first selection, two to your second and one to your third. If you do […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:24 am || Permalink || Comments (12) || TrackBack URI || Categories: History,Open Thread
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March 6, 2008

Thursday Open Thread — What’s Left For Paul Supporters?

This blog has had a long and sordid history with the more ardent supporters of Ron Paul, as clearly evidenced in the comments to this post from yesterday. Over the months leading up to the primaries and throughout the primaries, I’ve seen that those enthusiastic Paul supporters have often found it difficult to believe that […]

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March 4, 2008

TexOhio Primary Predictions And Tuesday Open Thread

At least one, and possibly both, parties’ Presidential nominating contests could be over tomorrow, so this could very well be the last prediction thread until after Labor Day. So let’s get this one right. Republicans Let’s get the easy one out of the way. John McCain is going win today and he’s going to win […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:00 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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March 3, 2008

Monday Open Thread — Question For The An-Caps

As long-time readers of this blog know, I tend towards anarcho-capitalism from time to time, but have had lingering doubts. So here’s the question: We have seen that areas outside of the “government” provision of security tend towards abuse. The specific instance I’m referring to is the gang or mafia model, where those groups designed […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:33 am || Permalink || Comments (30) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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February 20, 2008

Wisconsin/Hawaii/Washington Primary Postmortem And Wednesday Open Thread

With the last major primaries before March 4th behind us, the race on both sides is looking clearer and clearer. Republicans As James Joyner notes, this is the easy one. As expected, John McCain won handily in Wisconsin and Washington and, more importantly, he has cut significantly into Mike Huckabee’s core support areas. As of […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:00 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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February 19, 2008

Tuesday Open Thread: Time To Lift The Cuba Embargo ?

With today’s announcement that Fidel Castro is stepping down as President of Cuba, the curtain is drawn on one of the longest international rivalries of the 20th Century. Yes, Fidel’s brother Raul is taking his place, and, yes, Cuba remains a one-party dictatorship, but this announcement leaves me with the feeling that we are seeing […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:17 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Free Trade,Open Thread
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February 11, 2008

Potomac Primary Predictions And Monday Open Thread

This job is getting a lot easier now that the Democratic race is down to two people and the Republican race is essentially over. Nonetheless, here we go. Republicans Over the weekend, some may have gotten the impression that Mike Huckabee was riding the wave of a stop McCain movement, but that wave will crash […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:57 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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February 6, 2008

Open Thread: Chances Of A Brokered Convention?

I’m a policy wonk, not a political horse-trader. But in this comment, Doug suggests that a brokered convention is becoming unlikely. I’m not sure I believe that, as there are still three candidates in the race, and it won’t take too much for them to split what’s left. Huckabee has done very well in the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:35 am || Permalink || Comments (18) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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Super Tuesday Wrap-up And Wednesday Open Thread

So, where do things stand this morning ? Here’s how I see it: Republicans Though he didn’t do quite as well as I expected, it’s clear that John McCain was the big winner last night. He won nine states and a total of 511 delegates, including big wins in New York, New Jersey, and, somewhat […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:27 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday Predictions And Tuesday Open Thread

Quite honestly, I’m not sure anyone can predict with certainty what’s going to happen when you’re dealing with the closest thing to a national primary day that we’ve ever had. Nonetheless, here I go again: Republicans Thanks to strong victories in several winner-take-all states such as New York and New Jersey, John McCain will come […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:00 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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January 30, 2008

Florida Primary/State Of The Race Wrap-Up And Wednesday Open Thread

Given the news that’s breaking this morning, about which there is more below, it’s fairly clear that the race for the Republican and Democratic nomination have both entered their final phase, and things are turning out far differently than we thought they would one month, or even two weeks, ago. Republicans John McCain is now […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:33 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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January 19, 2008

Nevada/South Carolina Predictions And Saturday Open Thread

Once again, I tread into the dangerous and, so far unsuccessful, world of prediction. In this case, today’s South Carolina Republican Primary and Nevada Caucuses. First Nevada: Democrats Barack Obama Hillary Clinton John Edwards The current polls show Clinton with a slight edge, but caucuses are harder to poll than primaries and I think Obama […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:16 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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January 16, 2008

Wednesday Open Thread: So, Now What ?

With Mitt Romney’s win in Michigan last night, we are now at the point where three separate candidates have won the first three contests of the Republican Nomination race. Hucabkee won Iowa, McCain won New Hampshire, and Romney surprised everyone with a strong win in Michigan. So, what happens next ? Mitt Romney: A win […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:28 am || Permalink || Comments (12) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread
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January 9, 2008

New Hampshire Post-Mortem And Wednesday Open Thread

While it’s ultimate impact on the Presidential race has yet to be determined, the New Hampshire Presidential Primary is over and it’s time to figure out what happened. On the Republican side, we had, as expected, a repeat of 2000 for John McCain: MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 8 — Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the early […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:36 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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January 7, 2008

Monday Open Thread: New Hampshire Predictions And Commentary

When I tried this before the Iowa Caucuses, my predictions beyond the actual winner proved to be slightly less than accurate, but nonetheless, here are some predictions of how things will turn out tomorrow in the Granite State. Democrats Barack Obama Hillary Clinton John Edwards Bill Richardson Everybody else (assuming Kucinich and/or Gravel are even […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:13 am || Permalink || Comments (21) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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January 3, 2008

Pre-Caucus Open Thread And Predictions

Here is my best educated guess of how things will pan out at the end of the night tonight. This is just order of finish, not percentages. On that end, I think we’ll see some pretty tight numbers between 3rd through 5th place on the Republican side and among the top three on the Democratic […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:24 am || Permalink || Comments (12) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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December 31, 2007

Monday Open Thread — Resolutions Edition

Note that I didn’t say “revolutions” edition, although if your resolution is to start a revolution, that’s fine too. My goals are pretty vanilla; get into better shape and cut down on debt, and hopefully (if the market is properly battered) to buy a house. How about you folks? What do you have planned for […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:00 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread
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November 29, 2007

Open Thread: How Do We Stop Mike Huckabee?

Today’s open thread is about how those of who support limited government can stop Mike Huckabee. To spur the creative juices, here’s Mike at his finest:

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 10:23 am || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread
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November 25, 2007

Sunday Open Thread: Understanding The Bitterness

Mark at Publius Endures throws some questions to that sub-set of Ron Paul supporters who have reacted to any sign of disagreement as a personal afront — something we’ve seen here in comment threads like this one, this one, and this one: As I and a number of other libertarian bloggers who question Ron Paul […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:15 am || Permalink || Comments (93) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Open Thread,Politics
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November 20, 2007

Open Thread: Justifiable Homicide Or Murder ?

This is a cross-post from Below The Beltway. It doesn’t directly relate to issues of individual liberty, but it raises some interesting questions about when the private use of force is justifiable that should provide a worthwhile discussion here. A case out of Pasadena Texas raises some interesting questions about when it is justifiable for […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:09 am || Permalink || Comments (41) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Legal,Open Thread,Theory and Ideas
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