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

November 18, 2014

Obama Using “Net Neutrality” to Obscure Federal Take-Over of Internet

“The government will fuck the Internet up.” So says Mark Cuban. Truer words were never spoken. Allowing the federal government to treat the Internet as a public utility, as President Obama is calling for, under the guise of “net neutrality,” is an abysmally bad idea. To be clear, “net neutrality” and public utility regulation are two […]

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November 12, 2014

Net Neutrality: A Complex Issue With No Satisfactory Solutions

Yesterday, Chris Byrne had a write-up regarding President Obama’s “stated” support for Net Neutrality. “Stated” is in scare quotes because, as Chris noted, President Obama’s support for this ( much like his “support” for gay marriage) is a limp-wristed attempt to mollify his young, technologically literate base. Of course, because it’s Obama and there’s a cottage […]

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November 10, 2014

Net Neutrality… Obama… Cruz… How About Oliver?

Today, Barack Obama(D) has announced that he will pretend to support net neutrality:     In response, Ted Cruz (RPDGC*), has announced that Net Neutrality is the work of the devil:   “Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November […]

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November 1, 2014

Yes, Space Tourism Is Worth Dying For

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 2:12 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: History,Science,Space Exploration,Technology
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October 29, 2014

Oregon’s GMO Labeling Measure Is Cronyism For Big Organic

    Recently, I was sent a post that Free and Equal, a pro-Liberty organization that many Student libertarians take part working with,  stating that Labeling is important, and the “Evil corporations” are pouring money into preventing GMO-Labeling. They felt the need to explain themselves by saying that, it’s okay to donate money, but where […]

Posted By: Joseph Santaniello @ 6:32 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Cronyism,Environment,Science,Technology
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October 17, 2014

James Comey vs. your privacy

Today’s smartphones contain more data about your life than any other device in human history. It could be argued that they even contain more usable information about your whereabouts and activities than your own brain. Naturally, post-Edward Snowden, protecting that information is a priority for a lot of people. James Comey wants access to all […]

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#GamerGate: The Microcosm of the Culture Wars

As a games writer by trade, it’s been funny watching mainstream news sites pick up the story known simply as “GamerGate”. Everyone from Reason to The New York Times has picked up on the story, with some doing a better job of reporting a two month old story than others. Naturally, the articles have a […]

Posted By: Christopher Bowen @ 5:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Business,Culture,Multimedia,Political Correctness,Technology
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May 28, 2014

Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere. First thing… THIS is how you do a kickstarter. This is the kind of thing that kickstarter can be great at, and do great things with; being done by people who understand their medium and their audience, and who design their campaign properly around it. If this […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 12:01 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Culture,Democracy,Economics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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February 22, 2014

Liberty Rock: “Spike in My Veins” by Korn

This is a great, important, video. I hope you will enjoy this. I have some additional thoughts about this video and this subject posted here. We are the ones taking all the pain Falling on our faces They don’t care anyway Anyway, now You’re the one that makes me feel like I’m alive You’re the […]

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August 14, 2013

The problem with mobile Amber Alerts

As you might have heard, many Californians were awakened by their phones last week for a late-night Amber Alert: Russ went to bed early, setting “do not disturb” mode on his iPhone so no one could wake him up. His phone did wake him up, though, screeching and lighting up with an Amber Alert message […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 12:28 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Technology,The Nanny State
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June 13, 2013

Your Secrets Are Not Safe with the Government

During a recent show, Chris Hayes, host of All In with Chris Hayes, made some very important points worthy of sharing here about government secrecy and the government’s inability to keep secrets: As of the end of 2011, there were 1.4 million people with top secret security clearance […] just one of the 1.4 million […]

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May 14, 2013

Libertarianism And Privacy In The Data Age

The world is changing. It’s happening rapidly. And it’s freaking people out. Libertarians are concerned that constant surveillance, like that which helped identify the Boston bombers, is an infringement on our privacy. This can be true whether the cameras are public or private, as it’s not hard to justify a subpoena for a company’s tape […]

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February 7, 2013

Are You or Someone You Know a Victim of the Drone Mentality?

In light of the recent white paper release by the DOJ concerning the Obama administration’s drone policy, I thought it would be apropos to repost a post I wrote back in November 2011 entitled: Are You or Someone You Know a Victim of the Drone Mentality? I think it’s very telling how little interest there […]

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January 9, 2013

“That’s a Violation of My Privacy!”

In Little Canada, MN the police are trying to argue that Andrew Henderson violated HIPPA (federal healthcare privacy law) when he recorded a police interaction with a third party which required an ambulance. His camera was confiscated, the file was deleted (according to Henderson), and is being charged with “disorderly conduct” and “obstruction of the […]

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January 1, 2013

A Question of Labor Scarcity

Cory Doctorow started the New Year with a very interesting piece on the “roboticization of the workforce”. The whole article is worth a read, but it brings up a disturbing question: But here’s the thing that neither of these articles — or even Bruce’s acid observations — touches on: once technology creates abundance, what possibilities […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 10:24 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,Socialism,Technology
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September 17, 2012

Innocence of Jackbooted Thugs

Today may be Constitution Day but given the repeated assaults on this document and those who take their liberties seriously, today doesn’t seem like much of an occasion to be celebrating. Over at The New York Post, Andrea Peyser refers to the treatment of the no longer obscure film maker Nakoula Basseley by the very […]

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May 2, 2012

Shenanigans Afoot at Wikipedia Concerning Obama’s New Campaign Slogan: Forward

How much can we or should we rely on Wikipedia, particularly concerning controversial issues? I have linked the site in the past from Liberty Papers’ posts and probably will in the future but I do think anything you or I find at Wikipedia should be verified by at least one other source before assuming it […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:42 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Culture,Democrats,Election '12,History,Hope n' Change,Media,Politics,Republicans,Socialism,Technology
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April 19, 2012

Frontline Investigates the State of Forensic Science in “The Real CSI”

Is the forensic science used in the courtroom reliable? The PBS documentary series Frontline makes an attempt at answering this question in an episode entitled: “The Real CSI.” I cannot recommend this episode enough. Watch The Real CSI on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Also, the producers of this episode hosted a live chat for […]

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January 23, 2012

SCOTUS: Police Placing GPS Tracking Device on a Vehicle Without Warrant Violates the Fourth Amendment [or Does it?]

How about some good news on the civil liberties front to kick off the week for a change? Robert Barnes writing for The Washington Post reports that SCOTUS ruled 9-0 in United States v. Jones stating that the police placing a GPS tracking device on a person’s vehicle and tracking said vehicle over days, weeks, […]

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January 18, 2012

We don’t go black… We try to turn on lights

We’re not going black today, over SOPA or PIPA. In case you by some miracle hadn’t noticed it yet, tens of thousands of web sites around the country and around the world, are “going black” or putting up banners explaining that they are not available or there is no content today etc… In protest against […]

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