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

October 12, 2010

Aren’t You Glad To Be A Gamma?

I had a really interesting philosophical discussion with Brad Warbiany, our curator at The Liberty Papers, over a Facebook status I wrote. I had just re-listened to the CBS Radio Workshop rendition of Brave New World and had commented that it seemed like a far more livable situation than 1984. Warbiany added that California, if […]

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September 14, 2010

Cato Presents: Cops on Camera

As cameras have become more available to individuals and government alike, viral videos of cops behaving badly have become quite pervasive on the internet. This short video by The Cato Institute provides a few recent examples of this relatively new phenomenon and explains why recording the actions of police and government officials for all the […]

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May 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Ad: “Find Us Before We Find You”

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is currently running an ad – a friendly reminder to encourage PA residents who owe back taxes to pay up because the PDR knows where you live. Creepy huh? But don’t be alarmed PA residents who owe back taxes, go to the website (PAtaxPayup.com) and you will find that the […]

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April 26, 2010

Supreme Court To Decide If California Can Ban Sale Of “Violent” Video Games To Minors

Last year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a California law that made it illegal to sell “violent” video games to minors. Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the State of California’s appeal in that case: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether free speech rights are more important than […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:37 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Technology,The Nanny State
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April 9, 2010

An Army Of Davids, With Video Cameras

Fox’s Neil Cavuto spoke last week with Adam Sharp, the blogger who posted a video of a Democratic Congressman saying he doesn’t worry about the Constitution: Sharp is, of course, referring to a book by Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds titled An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:42 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Technology
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April 6, 2010

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Major Blow Against Net Neutrality, Major Blow For Economic Freedom

The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. today hand a major defeat to the Net Neutrality crowd: WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. Tuesday’s ruling by the United […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:57 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Legal,Technology
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April 5, 2010

Is The iPad Too Easy To Use?

First of all… No, I don’t own one. While I’m a techie, I try very hard to limit my gadget addiction. I try to make sure that when I’m buying a gadget, I’m buying something I’ll actually use, instead of something I’ll use for a few weeks and then let gather dust. For me, I […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Technology
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April 1, 2010

Obama’s April Fools Joke

Yesterday, President Obama announced a new plan that supposedly announced new drilling off the nation’s East Coast, Alaskan Coast, and Gulf of Mexico. State run media proclaimed it as Obama moving to the center and striking a balance between environmentalists and the “drill, baby, drill” crowd. However, once you look at Obama’s actual proposal the […]

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October 22, 2009

Risk and Compliance

For the first time today, TASER international has acknowledged that the use of their electro-compliance device has a higher risk to the health of the restrainee than they have advertised Taser: Don’t shoot stun gun at chest First time company has suggested there is any risk from its stun guns AP – updated 8:23 a.m. […]

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August 6, 2009

Popular Mechanics Separates CSI Fact from CSI Fiction

CSI, Forensic Files, The First 48 and other television programs of this genre are among my favorites. Investigators study a crime scene and learn all sorts of valuable information from blood spatter, shoe prints, tire marks, hair fibers, ballistics, and trace evidence. We are to believe that “the evidence doesn’t lie” and that these noble […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:36 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Criminal Justice Reform,Culture,Legal,Look About,Media,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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June 5, 2009

And Republicans still can’t figure out why they keep losing battles in the War of the Tubes

Shortly after I graduated high school in 1980 (yep, I’m an old man, just ask my kids), I responded to two computer programming job ads.  One company wanted a detailed resume of my education and work experience.  The other company was trying to get people to come in and take a test. The test was […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 2:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Media,Republicans,Technology
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May 28, 2009

Security Theatre Of The Absurd

Hey Cougars? Want to flash those pearly whites and shiny disposition when that mid-20’s waiter flatters you by asking for your ID at the bar? Well, good luck in Virginia… Smiling is forbidden: Few places in Virginia are as draining to the soul and as numbing to the buttocks as the branch offices of the […]

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May 4, 2009

I Demand A Paper Trail!

Because if I can’t trust the machines, I’m going to have to count the C2H5OH molecules myself! Minnesota may be forced to drop thousands of driving-while-impaired cases and change the way it prosecutes others in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed. The state’s highest court ruled that […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:33 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Technology
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April 30, 2009

Disharmony @ #tcot, freedom @ #tlot

Despite all of the hullabaloo over #tcot (Top Conservatives on Twitter), there seems to a be a bit of a scrap brewing between TCOT co-founders Rob Neppell and Michael Patrick Leahy.  To date, the argument sounds more like a quarrel between gay lovers than one between some of the God-fearing, pro-torture fag-bashing Republicans who frequently […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 3:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Media,Technology,The Contributors
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April 22, 2009

RFID and Privacy

Yesterday morning I was sent an article written by Michigan House Representative Paul Opsommer regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s push to implement Enhanced Drivers’ Licenses: The Department of Homeland Security is coming to Detroit to push their new “Enhanced Drivers License” (EDL) program on Tuesday as a way to make Michigan licenses compliant with […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 9:12 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Privacy,Security,Technology,The Surveillance State
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April 5, 2009

Government and Cyber-Security

News came out this week of a deeply troubling new bill from Sens. Jay Rockerfeller (D – WV) and Olympia Snowe (R – ME): The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate would allow the president to shut down private Internet networks. The legislation also calls for the government to have the authority to […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 11:24 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Security,Technology,The Surveillance State
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March 7, 2009

The RNC’s New RFP to Fix Their “Series of Tubes”

Here’s a copy of the RFP the Republican National Committee just released for a redesign of their website. It’s obvious to this political web developer that GOP leadership still has absolutely no clue about this newfangled thang called the Internets. Dale Franks writes: Surely this is all some sort of elaborate joke. Perhaps on Monday […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:15 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Republicans,Technology
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January 21, 2009

NSA Spied on US Journalists — And You!

Here’s a chilling interview of former NSA analyst Russell Tice conducted by Keith Olbermann. While I’m not the biggest Olbermann fan in the world, he asked some important questions about how far the NSA went during the Bush administration. It’s a chilling interview. Hopefully restraining the NSA to 4th Amendment boundaries will be a priority […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Human Rights,Individual Rights,Privacy,Technology,The Surveillance State
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Open Thread – The Emergency Alert System

On my way to work today, my XM radio blared the ever-familiar “This is only a test” emergency alert system. As I tried to switch to a station other than Rawdog Comedy (where a good comedy bit was playing), I realized that this discordant tone was across the entire spectrum. And I was annoyed. Is […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste,Technology,The Nanny State
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Change Libertarians Can Believe In?

There’s no secret that most of the Obama Administration agenda is at odds with the Lockean rights of life, liberty, and property at almost every turn. Obama’s views on freedom are more along the lines of FDR’s so-called “Four Freedoms”. As disturbing as this agenda is, I thought it would be important to identify policies […]

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