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

October 30, 2014

Ebola: Saving Life As We Know It, But Not You Specifically

As the first U.S. citizen remains forcibly quarantined over Ebola fears, now seems a good time to revisit the role of government in our lives. Some so-called “conservatives” seem to have undergone a sudden evolution to the position that it is the government’s job to keep us perfectly safe from all risk. One cannot help […]

Posted By: Sarah Baker @ 1:15 pm || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Economics,Freedom,The Nanny State
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October 28, 2014

Can Florida Ban Beer Growlers?

Damon Root, at Reason, on Florida’s ban on 64-oz beer growlers. The law is being challenged by a retail company called The Crafted Keg, which is a “growler bar*”. To survive judicial review under existing Supreme Court precedent, economic regulations such as Florida’s growler ban must pass what’s known as the rational-basis test. In effect, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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October 23, 2014

Invalid Presumption of Moral Superiority

A reader commented that the problem with what you might call “strict Randites” is that they “seem to have a lack of compassion”. An APPARENT lack of compassion. Some do yes. Others simply recognize that it isn’t compassion, when one is being “compassionate” with other peoples time, money, and resources. Not a Randian by any […]

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October 22, 2014

The U.K. Becomes A Nanny State….Literally

The United States may not have sunk this far down the rabbit hole of socialism, but the UK has. The UK has become a nanny state, literally in the case of one program. Labour Party Loons Foist State-run Childcare on UK at 66k Pounds a Head A childcare subsidy aimed at persuading mothers of young […]

Posted By: Matt Souders @ 2:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,The Nanny State
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October 17, 2014

Performance Enhancing? Nope… normalizing… But don’t try to tell the DEA that

There’s a funny thing about my life… I’m not sure if this is comic, tragic, ironic or what… I spent more than 10 years as a serious competitive powerlifter, football player, wrestler, and martial artist, and another few years as a just a hobbyist. In that entire time, I never did a single “performance enhancing […]

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October 16, 2014

The Nanny State Strikes Again: School’s Implementation of Zero Tolerance Goes Too Far

In an effort to control perceived growing violence in schools, Congress passed the 1994 Gun Free Schools Act (GFSA) which required states to implement zero tolerance policies on school property as a prerequisite for receiving federal aid from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2002, Congress repealed this version but reauthorized the zero tolerance requirement […]

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October 14, 2014

The problem with “Wouldn’t it be…” and “Wasn’t it…”

Progressive ideas usually begin with: “Wouldn’t it be great if…” (progressives are generally theorists) Ok, right there with you so far… Conservative ideas usually begin with: “Wasn’t it great when…” (conservatives are generally empiricists) Yup, that works for me too… The complication is the next step, taken by both progressives and conservatives: “Since that would […]

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October 10, 2014

Tax Hike Mike Threatens To Take His Toys And Go Home

See ya Huckster!

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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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November 25, 2013

I Want My — I Want My — I Want My DNA

Today the FDA dropped a big m-fing hammer on 23andme, a service that will allow you some insight into your own genome. They offer, along with the ability to get a raw report about the specific genes they track, some level of analysis of your genome. They can use your data to look for specific […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Healthcare,Liberty,The Nanny State
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October 9, 2013

Bye Bye 4th and 5th amendment: Obamacare info may be used for Law Enforcement and Audit activities

Well… we knew that the 4th and 5th amendment meant nothing to them… never mind HIPAA… but really?   Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’ Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able […]

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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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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 1, 2013

Embrace Burke? No thanks, Mr. Dionne. I’ll take Coolidge instead.

In his never-ending campaign to weaken those who oppose a progressive state, E.J. Dionne has attempted to give American Conservatives (including, in his flawed formulation, libertarians) a new idol: Edmund Burke. Embracing Burke, Dionne posits, would “clip the wings of modern conservatives”: It’s to Norman’s credit that he recognizes how “Burke also clips the wings […]

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May 21, 2013

Quote of the Day: Unequal Treaty Edition

For those of you who have not seen this yet, there is a really important debate about libertarian/conservative “fusionism” at Cato Unbound. Among the essays responding to the lead essay authored by Jacqueline Otto is Jeremy Kolassa’s essay entitled: An Unequal Treaty. Here is one excerpt from his essay explaining why fusionism has failed to […]

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April 5, 2013

Quote of the Day: Teach the Children Well Edition

J.D. Tuccillle over at Reason has an excellent article entitled: “Why I’m Teaching My Son To Break the Law.” Tuccille explains that when the law runs contrary to one’s conscience, s/he should disobey said law (the primary example used in the article was when in 1858 residents in Oberlin and Wellington, Ohio prevented the police […]

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March 29, 2013

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

(Re-post: originally posted November 23, 2008) California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted […]

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March 6, 2013

A Few Personal Observations From a Contentious Town Hall Meeting

This past Saturday, I decided to meet up with Colorado Libertarian Party members to take part in a town hall meeting at the Smoky Hill Library in Centennial, Colorado. Several members of the state legislature hosted the event: Sen. Nancy Todd (D-Sen. Dist. 28), John Buckner (D-House Dist. 40), and Su Ryden (D-House Dist. 36). […]

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February 27, 2013

Hey Ann, the War on (Some) Drugs is a Welfare Program

According to Ann Coulter, libertarians are “pussies” for wanting to end the war on (some) drugs and for agreeing with the Left on certain social issues such as gay marriage. Coulter was a guest on Stossel at the Students for Liberty Conference. Coulter elaborated: We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socailist, the government […]

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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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