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

August 2, 2010

Quote Of The Day

On taxes in Boston: The business of the Town is still decaying, the taxes are not at all lessened, but continue very high — A great many of our industrious inhabitants are gone into the country, the burden now falls on a small number; and they less able to bear it than ever — This [...]

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August 1, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Barney Frank, on the internet gaming legalization: “Some adults will spend their money foolishly, but it is not the purpose of the federal government to prevent them legally from doing it,” Mr. Frank said. Yeah, that wouldn’t be the pot calling the kettle black or anything, right?

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July 29, 2010

Quote of the Day: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider on Al and Tipper Gore’s Marriage Woes

“Let’s cut to twenty-five years later, I’m still married – none of my kids have been busted for drug possession. Can Al and Tipper Gore say the same thing? I don’t think so – oh, snap!” — Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider We’re not gonna take it, No, we ain’t gonna take it We’re not [...]

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July 21, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Not sure how it ended up this way, but I’ve got three posts coming this morning on socialism/communism. First we’ve got Friedrich Engels, communist intellectual, opining on the American government in an 1891 work: Society had created its own organs to look after its common interests…. But these organs, at whose head was the state [...]

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July 1, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Tim Cavanaugh @ Reason: Nor is this simply free-market cant. Paul Krugman, the Doctor, says the United States is in the early stages of a third Great Depression. That’s the 21st century equivalent of the stock tip from Joe Kennedy’s shoeshine boy. If even he’s got the news, it’s time stock up on guns [...]

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June 28, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Ezra Klein: For those of you who don’t click on the link, the conclusions, based off a raft of numbers that the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget worked up for me, are that you’ll never get deficits under control if you don’t get growth back on track; you’ll never get deficits under control if [...]

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June 23, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Supreme Court justice William Douglas, in the 1954 ruling Berman v. Parker (a precursor to Kelo, which “celebrates” its 5-year anniversary today): The concept of the public welfare is broad and inclusive. The values it represents are spiritual as well as physical, aesthetic as well as monetary. It is within the power of the legislature [...]

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June 11, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Bruce McQuain, over at QandO. He’s responding to Congress, who seem very upset that the Office of Congressional Ethics that they created seems to actually be vigorously investigating Congressional ethics: There is some validity in the criticism. But it again underscores how poor a job Congress does legislating anything, even something as simple as setting [...]

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June 8, 2010

I wasn’t sure which one I liked better…

… as quote of the day yesterday, so I just decided to post them both today: First, from Travis Corcoran: Let’s call it “phase 1? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/us/pol… Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage In a better world, the headline would read “Democrats Hide in Secret Bunkers to Avoid Voter Bullets”, but I’ll take what [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Scott Adams, author of Dilbert, on politicians. I wonder if we should start requiring in our leaders a background that shows they can deal with complexity. Lawyers and engineers have that training. I assume that doctors and economists have what it takes. Ironically, a degree in political science alone is probably a red flag that [...]

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June 2, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Collection of quotes today. Some raw milk buffs petitioned the FDA to lift their ban on the substance… Here are some choice bits of their response: “There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food.” [p. 25] “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which [...]

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June 1, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Via Coyote, after seeing an E-Verify poster that states “If you have the right to work, Don’t let anyone take it away”: This is fairly Orwellian for those of us who believe that all people have the right to work, irrespective of the country they were born in, and this right does not flow from [...]

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May 28, 2010

Quote Of The Day

The NYT has a story today about a student racking up a crushing amount of student debt to earn a degree at NYU, blaming everyone except the student for allowing her to build up that debt. Of course, I have some serious blame for the lenders too, when I realize exactly what they were investing [...]

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May 19, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Pretty much sums up one of the main problems with modern democracy: In a widely quoted book entitled The End of History, Francis Fukuyama wrote about the intellectual and practical triumph of democracy as a system of government. No further political paradigm shifts would be required. Democracy was the omega end point of the historical [...]

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May 17, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From TJIC: In short, 1 American out of a million obeys every single law they are aware of. The vast majority of us first consider whether a law is necessary and moral, and if it is not, we then do a cost benefit comparison, and follow they law only if we want to. Most will [...]

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May 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

“You can fight fire with fire. As a rule, though, it’s better to use water.” -From Steve Chapman’s Reason article: “Meeting Stupidity with Stupidity: For every action, there is an equal and opposite overreaction” Read the whole article.

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May 7, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Hmm… Title of the post included below: When bad economic news is good news Productivity growth slowed from more than 6 percent during the final three quarters of 2009 to 3.6 percent during the first quarter of 2010. Generally, you want productivity growth to be as high as possible, but this is actually good news [...]

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May 5, 2010

Quote Of The Day

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him. -Leo [...]

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April 27, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Matt Welch, @ Reason: I have also “knowingly employ[ed] an unauthorized alien,” and “intentionally employ[ed] unauthorized aliens” (or at least, I had a pretty good idea that the dudes in front of Home Depot had a non-trivial chance of being “unauthorized”). Speaking of which, “unauthorized” is my new favorite illegal/undocumented term of art. “Unauthorized.” [...]

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April 23, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Walter Block, Defending the Undefendable (pg 194 of the Mises printing): Anything goes between consenting adults, and (implicitly) nothing goes but that which is between consenting adults. Restraint and coercion are two sides of the same coin: the use of improper force on another. Restraint of behavior between consenting adults is imprisonment, coercion to [...]

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