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

September 30, 2009

The Nanny State In Action — School District Bars Kids From Riding Bikes To School

I wouldn’t be able to do it anymore because district boundaries in my hometown changed a long time ago, but when I was a kid I used to ride my bike to school nearly every day that weather permitted it. It’s a good thing I didn’t live in Saratoga Springs, New York: SARATOGA SPRINGS — […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:13 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,The Nanny State
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September 18, 2009

Are Health Insurance Mandates Constitutional ?

After a piece last month in the Washington Post, which I wrote about here, lawyers David Rivkin and Lee Casey are back with a piece in the Wall Street Journal expanding on their argument that a requirement that every American buy health insurance would be unconstitutional. This time, they argue that, even under current commerce […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:43 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Separation Of Powers,The Nanny State
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Hey Ezra, Strawman Much?

Ahh, the infamous strawman. Take one aspect of an argument, assume it is not part of a cohesive whole, and argue against it as if it negates everything else at hand. I.e. libertarians and conservatives argue that capping drug prices just MIGHT reduce drug innovation, and Ezra Klein acts as if we’d keep everything else […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:01 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Look About,Socialism,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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September 3, 2009

AARP Ad: Opponents of ObamaCare Oppose “Health Care Reform”

The “Ambulance Commercial” from AARP claims that the “special interest groups” are “trying to derail” the healthcare debate. Those who oppose “reform” are “spreading myths” about rationing of care. In case you’ve missed it, here’s the ad: One of the things that really makes me angry about this debate is the way groups like AARP, […]

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August 31, 2009

Regulation. It’s About Eliminating The Competition

This follows quite a few themes I’ve discussed at length here: The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires third-party testing of nearly every object intended for a child’s use, and was passed in response to several toy recalls in 2007 for lead and other chemicals. Six of those recalls were on toys made by […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Politics,The Nanny State
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August 21, 2009

Coming To A Garage Sale Near You: Big Brother

Proving yet again that there is no limit to the extent to which the Federal Government will intrude upon our lives, the Feds are now turning their attention to that staple of American Suburbia, the garage sale: WASHINGTON — If you’re planning a garage sale or organizing a church bazaar, you’d best beware: You could […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:42 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Culture,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,The Nanny State
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July 29, 2009

Kevin Drum Astonished That People Disproportionately Like Subsidized Stuff

Satisfaction levels of Medicare beneficiaries are pretty high. This surprises Kevin Drum: There’s a pretty obvious political dynamic that’s responsible for this. Seniors, who actually use Medicare, know perfectly well that it’s a good program. They can see any doctor they want, they get care when they need it, and the quality of service is […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Look About,Socialism,The Nanny State
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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

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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July 15, 2009

Mother Jones Takes on the War on (Some) Drugs

The July/August 2009 issue of the Left-leaning Mother Jones dedicates several articles to the asinine War on (some) Drugs. The title of the magazine’s cover story states it best – “Totally Wasted: We’ve blown $300 billion. Death squads roam Mexico. Cartels operate in 259 cities. This is your War on Drugs. Any Questions?” Reason’s Nick […]

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July 5, 2009

California’s problem is taxation

Instapundit links to a NYT Magazine propaganda piece about governing California, and the part about taxation reads as if it were written by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, right down to euphemistically renaming taxes “revenue”: In the view of many, the origins of the mud slog began with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the […]

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July 3, 2009

Hackers interpret idiotic government restrictions as damage…

…and route around them By the by, for those who don’t get the reference, it’s a paraphrase of a quote from John Gilmore – “The internet interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”

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June 26, 2009

If Government Ran Healthcare…

First a little humor in this Sprint Spoof from Reason.tv Now Dr. Ron Paul’s prescription for reforming healthcare in America

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June 12, 2009

Charles Lynch Sentenced to 1 Year and 1 Day in Prison

Read the news story here and reason‘s coverage here. The video below is Lynch’s response: While I’m not happy that Mr. Lynch is doing time for legally dispensing marijuana under California’s compassionate use law, he certainly could have received a much harsher sentence (up to 100 years). U.S. District Judge George Wu should be commended […]

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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

Menu Planning With CSPI

It must be getting close to lunchtime… I want to go eat ALL OF THIS! Take Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger. Heaven knows, it’s tough to put a new spin on burgers. And quesadillas—two largetortillas stuffed with cheese—have made it big on appetizer menus. Mix them together and you’ve got the Quesadilla Burger—a beef patty plus cheddar […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:19 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Freedom,The Nanny State
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May 15, 2009

The Nanny State vs. The Family, 2009 Edition

Out in Minnesota, there’s a case pending that tests the limits of individual rights, religious liberty, and the state’s role in “protecting” children. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge is expected to decide whether a family can refuse chemotherapy for a 13-year-boy’s cancer and treat him with natural medicine, even though doctors say it’s effectively […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:02 am || Permalink || Comments (29) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Individual Rights,Privacy,The Nanny State
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May 12, 2009

The Limits of Campaign Finance Law Abridgement of the First Amendment Tested in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

During the 2008 presidential campaign, an organization called Citizens United produced an anti-Hillary documentary called “Hillary: the Movie.” The movie was available on pay-per-view cable channels until the FEC pulled the plug claiming that the broadcast violated campaign finance law. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, is now being considered by the Supreme […]

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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

The Constitution really DOES mean what is says

This morning, the 9th circuit court of appeals confirmed that the 2nd amendment is indeed incorporated against the states under the selective incorporation doctrine, in the case Nordyke Vs. King. This means that the 2nd amendment has a lawful status equivalent to that of the first, fourth, fifth, and other amendments which explicitly protect our […]

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