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

November 17, 2014

Book Review: Hearts of Darkness

I recently read* Hearts of Darkness: Why Kids Are Becoming Mass Murderers and How We Can Stop It This is obviously setting up to be a slightly controversial book from the start. Trying to delve into the psychology of mass killings is fraught with peril. This book, however, seems to deliver on its theme. At […]

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February 11, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The United States of Paranoia

Conspiracy theories are only believed by people on the fringe of American politics? Not so says Reason’s Jesse Walker in his latest book: The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. Walker argues quite the opposite in his opening chapter: “The Paranoid Style is American Politics”: By the time this book is over, I should […]

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August 7, 2013

Reason’s Mike Riggs Interviews Radley Balko on Police Militarization

It’s been nearly a month since Radley Balko’s latest book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces was released. Now Balko is making the rounds with the various media outlets about this subject which normally receives very little attention by the media. As one would expect, Balko has more than his […]

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July 9, 2013

Radley Balko’s Book, Released Today

Just a quickie here, folks… Radley Balko’s book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, was released today. It’s no secret that we here at TLP have enormous respect for the work Radley has done over the years chronicling the militarization of police and evisceration of our most cherished rights with […]

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June 6, 2013

Quote Of The Day

Warren from Coyote Blog, on Atlas Shrugged Part II: The one failure of both movies is that, perhaps in my own unique interpretation of Atlas Shrugged, I have always viewed the world at large, and its pain and downfall, as the real protagonist of the book. We won’t get into the well-discussed flatness of Rand’s […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Movie Reviews,Quote of the Day
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July 30, 2012

Reinventing Newspeak – The Fatal Error at the Heart of The Little Blue Book

The Little Blue Book is billed as helping progressives convince non-progressives to see things their way. But rather than facilitating building rapport and understanding, the book instructs the reader to ignore and shout down non-progressive arguments – ensuring that the reader can neither convince nor be convinced by his opponent.

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March 19, 2012

Book Review — The Cult Of The Presidency, Gene Healy

America has a love affair with the Presidency. Unfortunately, that love affair is a codependent, abusive relationship, and one in a very long string of the same. It wasn’t always this way. But to fix the problem, as with most abusive relationships, we need to fix ourselves first — ask what it is we want […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:37 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Constitution,Founding Fathers,History,Reviews,Separation Of Powers
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December 6, 2011

Book Review: Resonance, by Chris Dolley

By science fiction standards, I’m not exactly an SF buff. A decent amount of the fiction I read might fall into the genre, but identifying many names beyond Neal Stephenson or Robert A. Heinlein calls up blanks. But again I was bitten by the Amazon Kindle $2.99 price point, picked up Chris Dolley’s Resonance on […]

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November 28, 2011

Book Review: Slackernomics, by Dale Franks

Those of you that have been around the libertarian blogosphere for any length of time will recognize the name Dale Franks. His main writing gig is over at QandO, where he spends the bulk of his time writing about the economy. In addition, he’s a bit of a gunblogger, and runs a separate blog for […]

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March 14, 2011

Reading List: Slackernomics and BMOC

For the bargain conscious out there, a couple books recently became available for the Kindle at dramatically reduced prices, and I wanted to pass them along. As an aside, if nothing else this is a great sales pitch for the Kindle — at $139 for the wi-fi only version [which is all you *really* need], […]

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February 21, 2011

War and Peace

No, seriously, War and Peace. I found it on the top 100 lists of free Kindle books, and decided that reading War and Peace was one of those things I probably had to do in my life to call myself a serious reader. Bad decision. As I remarked to a good friend, it was meandering, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:09 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,History,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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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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November 14, 2009

Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead Of The Modern Libertarian Movement

There are few figures in the American libertarian movement that gave rise to as much controversy or passion as Ayn Rand. Love her or hate her, it’s hard to find a libertarian who doesn’t have an opinion about the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. For many of us, she was the one who […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:10 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Individual Rights,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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November 4, 2009

Book Review: Island by Aldous Huxley

I think many libertarians are a bit like myself, and tend to like a good dystopian novel. 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, etc. It’s typically a book detailing a future utopian society, where government controls the lives of their citizens for their own good (1984 being the exception there), but the world the […]

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October 31, 2009

The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. […]

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October 1, 2009

End The Fed, Save America

It seems improbable that monetary policy could become a “sexy” political topic, but Ron Paul has done it. It started during his 2008 Presidential campaign when he continually talked about the Federal Reserve when asked about the economy, continued through his oft-entertaining interrogations of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and most recently has culminated his sponsorship […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Currency and Monetary Policy,Economics,Theory and Ideas
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September 8, 2009

Taxation And Morality

There have been plenty of books and policy papers written, plenty of speeches and television and radio interviews, about the economic reasons that high progressive taxation is a bad idea. We’ve heard many times about how it restricts innovation by discouraging investments, or how higher tax rates actually have the seemingly perverse impact of decreasing […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Constitution,Taxation,Theory and Ideas
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July 19, 2009

Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do

THIS BOOK IS BASED on a single idea: You should be allowed to do whatever you want with your own person and property, as long as you don’t physically harm the person or property of a nonconsenting other. Thus begins a book that everyone interested in politics should read; Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: The […]

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April 20, 2009

Buy This Book — Your Stomach Will Thank You

All, Co-blogger Chris just announced a new cookbook that he and his wife are putting together, heavily based upon a number of recipes that he’s posted on his blog. I still haven’t managed to go and enjoy any of said cooking on my trips into the Phoenix area, but I can say that based on […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,The Contributors
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March 13, 2009

Patches, Security, and Blog Contests

A few weeks ago, I wrote on my personal blog, about an author who had, essentially by accident, trained himself to become an intelligence analyst: Trevor Paglen is an author, and Dr. of Geography, who developed a fascination for the “black” side of the military some years ago; and started snooping. His first book on […]

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