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

July 22, 2009

Control Without Responsibility

At Cafe Hayek, a letter to the editor by Andy Morriss to the Wall Street Journal is posted: Holman Jenkins asks “Does Obama Want to Own the Airlines?” (Business World, July 8). I am sure he does not. Rather than own them, the president and his congressional allies want to control the airlines — a […]

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July 19, 2009

Breaking News: Results Of Honduran Referendum!

As reported (circumspect) by QandO: One of the district attorneys that participated in the operation that took place this Friday showed reporters an official voting result from the Technical Institute Luis Bogran, of Tegucigalpa, in which the specific number of people that participated in table 345, where there were 550 ballots, 450 of which were […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:40 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Democracy,Elections,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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July 18, 2009

Government Is Not Society

One of the most pernicious beliefs held by Americans is the conflation of the state with society. This belief is causing them acquiesce to government actions that threaten the destruction of American civilization if not stopped. The word society comes to us from the Latin societas, which meant a group of people bound by friendship […]

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July 17, 2009

Discretionary?

Ezra Klein says there’s we shouldn’t act as if defense spending (considered discretionary in the budget) in unable to be cut: My friend Chris Hayes likes to say that “non-defense discretionary spending” is the most pernicious phrase in Washington. It means, essentially, that there’s spending, which we can cut, and then there’s defense spending, which […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Look About,Socialism
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July 10, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the Russian Communist Party, gives a thumbs up to Obama-nomics. “I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president’s anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state’s role. I said all this […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:46 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Quote of the Day,Socialism
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July 7, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI Would Make Marx Proud

Pope Benedict XVI has decided to wade into territory which he has no understanding or expertise: the global economy. The New York Times reports that the pope is now calling for a “New World Economic Order”* VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a […]

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July 6, 2009

A few thoughts about last weekend’s Tea Parties

While I’ve not had enough time to take a comprehensive look at Tea Parties held around the nation on or around Independence Day, here are some quick observations from this full-time Tea Party enthusiast and part-time skeptic. First of all, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) was booed when he spoke in Austin, Texas.  The key reason […]

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June 21, 2009

BB&T One Of First To Return TARP Funds

BB&T, a regional southern bank, is a bit of a darling of the libertarian movement. After Kelo, they made it bank policy to not lend money towards projects utilizing eminent domain. Co-contributor Jason Pye suggested a desire to open an account there after BB&T began donating money to UNC-Greensboro to found a pro-capitalism and pro-markets […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:22 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Fiscal Policy,Socialism,The Welfare State
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June 17, 2009

It’s Time to Impeach Obama

It’s time to impeach Obama; indict him, and his entire administration, for fraud, coercion, extortion, influence peddling, and grand theft under the color of law, amongst hundreds of other charges. It is not simply the auto issue; but that is currently the most visible. This is no hyperbole. I am not simply spouting off. I […]

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June 5, 2009

Is The “Public Plan” True Market Competition?

I’m not sure if this is a case of drinking too early in the day or willful dishonesty, but I can’t quite understand why Ezra Klein would misrepresent his opposition this badly: I’ve been trying to figure out how to make this sound like more than a cute argument, because I think it’s actually a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:10 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste,Healthcare,Socialism,The Nanny State
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June 2, 2009

You Can Tax My Beer When You Pry It From My Cold Drunk Hands!

Now it’s personal: Consumers in the United States may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all. Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document that will be used to brief lawmakers Wednesday at a closed-door meeting. Taxes […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:33 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Socialism,Taxation,The Welfare State
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May 18, 2009

Why Collectivism “works”, but doesn’t work.

Generally speaking, when talking with a relatively reasonable and intelligent leftists about politics, economics (which are the same thing to them), econometrics, and social philosophy (again, they can’t be separated in leftist theology); the “question” will arise “If socialism is so bad, why does it work in families, and villages? It works there, so it […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 3:39 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,Economics,Freedom,Hubris,Politics,Socialism,Theory and Ideas
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May 12, 2009

Obama Administration Setting Compensation — For Non-TARP Banks

I’ve said I was going to write a post — one that I’ve been thinking about since Obama’s 100-day mark — on how much worse his Presidency has been than I feared. I expected him to be a typical Democrat in the mold of a Clinton. I expected him to be a typical politician. I […]

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Nominal SSA/Medicare “Solvency” Dates Worsen Slightly; Journalists Apoplectic

As I’ve thoroughly explained here and here, the whole Social Security “trust fund” issue is a joke. It’s an accounting gimmick designed to push the supposed date of concern out into the future. When does Social Security become “insolvent”? Well, let’s look at what the word means: adjective not solvent; unable to satisfy creditors or […]

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May 8, 2009

Truth Hurts… Ignorance Hurts Worse

I disagree with Schiff on hyperinflation; but we’re DEFINITELY going to be seeing significant inflation. I’m thinking 1979 levels or so. Note: Schiff is also a firm believer in the inherent value fallacy; which is just that, a fallacy. There is no such thing as a stable currency, because nothing has inherent value. All value […]

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May 6, 2009

Bundling The Banks Into A TARP

Back in October, the banks appeared to be in very deep trouble. Such deep trouble that they were forced to enter a deal with the Devil decided to run to the government for assistance. But they were shocked — SHOCKED! — when the government starting attaching a whole bunch of regulations and conditions to the […]

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May 1, 2009

No Secession, No Legitimacy!

Many Republicans, having discovered that Bush’s policies are tyrannical, are making noises about wanting out of the fascist state that they were cheering on a few months ago. While we may wonder why it took the trivial matter of having people who have the letter D appended to their names on news reports executing Bush’s […]

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April 30, 2009

A new libertarian line-of-attack when debating medical marijuana issues with Republicans

For years, activists have been trying to pass federal legislation which prevents the feds from arresting patients (or doctors, growing clubs, etc.) when they’ve been prescribed medicinal marijuana by a physician in the states where such prescriptions are allowed by law.  Libertarians have often made valid points about Republican hypocrisy regarding federalism when it comes […]

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April 20, 2009

Medical Ethicist Suggests Senile “Have A Duty To Die”

This is what medical ethics has come to in Britain: Medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock, 84, said senility sufferers were a burden to their families and doctors. And she said there was nothing wrong with them feeling they had a “duty” to opt for euthanasia for the sake of others. She said: “If you are […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Human Rights,Socialism,The Welfare State
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April 14, 2009

The Trouble with Involuntary Collectivists

… and in fact leftists of any stripe (and some on the far right for that matter), is that everything they believe is wrong. Yes, I mean that directly, literally, and completely. Everything they believe is wrong. Incorrect. False. Everything they believe in is wrong, because it all flows from absolutely wrong first principles, which […]

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