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

November 4, 2011

Quote of the Day: Libertarianism Edition

“Liberty. It’s a simple idea, but it’s also the linchpin of a complex system of values and practices: justice, prosperity, responsibility, toleration, cooperation, and peace. Many people believe that liberty is the core political value of modern civilization itself, the one that gives substance and form to all the other values of social life. They’re [...]

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November 2, 2011

The Challenge of Creating an Economically Sound, Simpler, and More Just Tax Code (Part 3 of 3)

Part 1 Part 2 The challenge of creating an economically sound, simpler, and more just tax code, be it the existing code, 9-9-9, a flat tax, or a sales tax will remain an impossibility if tax revenues is the only focus of any reform. The problem that dwarfs any notion of how tax policy is [...]

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The Challenge of Creating an Economically Sound, Simpler, and More Just Tax Code (Part 2 of 3)

Part 1 Is an economically sound, simpler, and more just tax code even possible? The truth of the matter is that there are too many people on the Left and the Right who do not want a simpler tax code that treats everyone equally. It’s probably not because the defenders of the existing system necessarily [...]

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October 31, 2011

Peter Schiff to OWS: “I Am the 1% Let’s Talk”

Here’s a very fascinating video taken at New York’s Zuccotti Park where Peter Schiff has a dialogue with some of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Schiff brought a sign that read “I Am the 1% Let’s Talk,” and talk they did. One of the things that occurred to me watching this was how little true [...]

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October 18, 2011

Ron Paul Unveils “Restore America” Plan

LAS VEGAS – Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul unveiled his economic “Plan to Restore America” in Las Vegas Monday afternoon, calling for a lower corporate tax rate, a cut in spending by $1 trillion during his first year in office and the elimination of five cabinet-level agencies.” […] Paul does get specific when he [...]

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October 10, 2011

Tweet of the Day: Newt Says Include Gov. Johnson Edition

Fairness requires Gov. Johnson to be included in tomorrow’s debate. I encourage Wash Post/Bloomberg to invite him. -Former House Speaker & 2012 G.O.P. Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich via Twitter. Some Ron Paul supporters think Gingrich is hoping to split libertarian support by saying that Gov. Johnson should be invited to the debate. That could be [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:17 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Libertarians,Politics,Republicans,Tweet Of The Day
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September 26, 2011

Gary Johnson and Ron Paul CPAC Speeches

The 2012 G.O.P. candidates each gave speeches at CPAC following the debates. Below are the speeches from Gary Johnson and Ron Paul. The first video is Johnson’s presentation before perhaps the largest audience he has had in awhile. Johnson spends a good part of his presentation introducing himself before giving an overview of his proposals. [...]

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June 13, 2011

John Hospers, first Libertarian presidential nominee, dies at 93

Press release from the Libertarian Party on the passing of their first candidate for president: John Hospers, first Libertarian presidential nominee, dies at 93 WASHINGTON – John Hospers, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential nominee in 1972, died on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 93. Hospers became the Libertarian Party’s [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 5:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Libertarians,Press Release
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May 6, 2011

Republicans Continue Dissing Libertarians, Then Want Us To Vote For Them

Brian Doherty notes that The Washington Examiner’s Byron York seems to have had a pair of ideological blinders on when he watched last night’s Republican debate: Byron York, in the game of reporting about right-wing and Republican politics for a very long time, delivers a bravura performance of ignoring what’s in front of his own [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:19 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Libertarians,Politics,Republicans
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April 18, 2011

Preference Voting — Darling Of The LP, But Does It Work?

Anyone who’s read my work here over the years will have realized that I’m not very interested in political horse races. It’s not to say that I don’t think there is some importance to them (as several contributors here do pay close attention), but that others can cover that stuff far better than I can, [...]

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February 10, 2011

Libertarain Party Erects ‘Republican Wall of Shame’ at CPAC

The Libertarian Party sent out a press release today targeting ‘small L’ libertarians and Tea Party members at CPAC: Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict commented, “Our goal at CPAC is to reach out to libertarians who have been misled into thinking of conservatism as a small-government ideology. In fact, conservatives just want their own [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 7:54 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Libertarians,Politics,Press Release,Republicans,Strategies For Advancing Liberty
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January 26, 2011

The State of the Union: the Liberty Movement Responds

Executive Director of the Libertarian Party Wes Benedict: President Obama says he wants a freeze in non-security, discretionary spending. In the unlikely event that happens, it won’t really matter, because to make a real dent in the deficit, it’s necessary to cut spending on the military and entitlements. The president promised big government in the [...]

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December 23, 2010

Is it Possible that More Conservatives are Getting a Clue About Criminal Justice Reform and Even the War on (Some) Drugs?

Up until about Monday of this week, such a question would have made me laugh. As I have increasingly involved myself in criminal justice issues, I have found the Democrats to be slightly more willing to take on the Prison Industrial Complex, mandatory minimum sentences, and decriminalization (if not outright legalization) of marijuana. These Democrats [...]

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November 21, 2010

R.I.P. David Nolan, Founder of the Libertarian Party

I’m saddened to report that Libertarian Party founder David Nolan is no longer with us. From the Libertarian Party website: We have received news that David F. Nolan, a founder of the Libertarian Party, passed away this weekend. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 in Mr. Nolan’s living room. He had remained active with [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '10,Libertarians,Press Release
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November 12, 2010

It’s time for libertarians to start taking a look at Gary Johnson for POTUS 2012

“That’s the first sign you know you’re a libertarian. You see the red light. You stop. You realize that there’s not a car in sight. And you put your foot on the gas.” – Gary Johnson Former two-term Republican Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico has been hitting the news a lot lately. This makes [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 2:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Elections,Libertarians,Republicans
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November 10, 2010

Jim DeMint Gives The Middle Finger To Libertarian Republicans

Only a few days after Mike Huckabee dissed libertarians on Fox News Channel, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint did the same thing: One doesn’t expect excessive amounts of wisdom from Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC), the troglodyte who recently told an audience, according to the Spartanburg Herald, that “if someone is openly homosexual or if an [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:42 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '12,Libertarians,Politics,Republicans
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November 8, 2010

Mike Huckabee: The Benedict Arnold of Today’s Tea Party Movement

“If a libertarian thinks he’s a better Republican and calls people like me a RINO or a liberal, I have a real problem with that.” – former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in a recent television interview. Of all of the politicians likely to become presidential candidates in 2012, it’s probably former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 11:10 am || Permalink || Comments (77) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Huckabee Watch,Libertarians,Republicans
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October 30, 2010

Prop 19 Madness! A Message from the Galactic Government

“How will they learn to think for themselves if we don’t tell them what to think?” This video is fairly incredible. Great job to all involved.

Posted By: TomStrong @ 1:12 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Freedom,Legal,Libertarians,Police Watch,Republicans,Sex,The Nanny State
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September 30, 2010

Nolan Exposes McCain’s Antipathy for Civil Liberties in Arizona Senate Debate

David Nolan, co-founder of the Libertarian Party and author of “The World’s Smallest Political Quiz” (to which the result is plotted on the “Nolan Chart”) is running against none other than the most recent Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain for his senate seat. KTVK-3TV hosted a debate last Sunday which included Sen. McCain along [...]

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September 26, 2010

Perhaps it’s time for a little compassionate libertarianism

“It is to put conservative values and conservative ideas into the thick of the fight for justice and opportunity. “This is what I mean by compassionate conservatism. And on this ground we will govern our nation. “We will give low-income Americans tax credits to buy the private health insurance they need and deserve. “We will [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Libertarians,Liberty,Tea Party,Theory and Ideas
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