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

March 27, 2009

The Liberty Papers Welcomes Fellow “Militia Members” and Enemies of the State

Are you an enemy of the state? Chances are if you are reading The Liberty Papers, you are! According to a new report from the Missouri Information Analysis Center, “The Modern Militia Movement” authored by Governor Nixon and Attorney General Koster, signs that you may be a domestic terrorist or militia member include: – You […]

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March 26, 2009

Obama’s Policy to Fight Mexican Drug Cartels is Doomed to Fail

The Obama administration, rather than dealing with the root cause of the violence along the Mexican border, has decided to adopt a policy to deal with the symptoms. The problem is that this policy will neither alleviate the symptoms nor come close to treating the problem. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help […]

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March 16, 2009

New Jersey To Ban Being Bare “Down There”

New Jersey, already a state even less free than my home of CA (PDF), has decided to tread where others don’t dare, to see if the ladies are bare down there: Things could get hairy in New Jersey this summer for women who sport revealing bikinis or a little bit less. The painful Brazilian wax […]

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March 13, 2009

Tonight On 20/20: Bailouts & Bull

Tonight’s 20/20 is definitely worth watching, not just for libertarians but for anyone who wants to know what’s really going on: Additionally, starting at 8:30pm ET, Reason.com will be live-streaming an event from it’s D.C. Headquarters tied into the special. So, watch it live or set your DVR’s !

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:40 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Media,Politics,The Nanny State,The Surveillance State,The Welfare State
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March 9, 2009

Outlawed in Alabama: A Tale of Two Videos

What do sex toys and microbrewed beers have in common?  In Alabama, they are both more-or-less outlawed. What’s that, you say?  They don’t have statewide prohibition in Alabama, do they? Before I respond, here’s an interesting video just produced by reason which celebrates the “American beer revolution.” Of Alabama’s 67 counties, 14 are completely dry […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 3:39 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,The Nanny State
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March 6, 2009

Stimulate Economy By Rethinking Kid Toy Law

Oh, the unintended consequences keep coming in: Larry Neill has $118,000 worth of small motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles sitting on his lot in Missouri’s capital city. He’ll be fined if he sells any of them. Neill, who owns Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City, cannot sell or repair the bikes because of a new federal […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:38 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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March 5, 2009

Health Care Rationing Isn’t Fun, But It’s Unavoidable

Sad stories abound in the world of health care, because health care has a few peculiar features. First, when you get it wrong, people die. Heck, sometimes if you get it right, people die. Second, it’s terribly expensive. This is actually a good thing, in a way. The cost of advanced western health care is […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:47 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Healthcare,Socialism,The Nanny State
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March 2, 2009

The Root of the Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Spillover Into the U.S.

For those of you who believe that Libertarians focus too much on the War on (Some) Drugs, perhaps it’s time to pay attention to the escalating violence in Mexico which is spilling over into the U.S. PHOENIX (Reuters) – Hit men dressed in fake police tactical gear burst into a home in Phoenix, rake it […]

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February 24, 2009

Kids’ Nutrition Choices Made By Lobbyists, Not Doctors

Kevin Drum tells us “the reality is, this is how things get done”. In the below exchange, Kevin is MJ (Mother Jones), and Michael Pollan (Berkeley journalism prof & food author) is MP: MJ: Does WIC [the Women, Infants, and Children program] still specify that you buy dairy? MP: Yes. We had a huge fight […]

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Government

The Rocky Mountain News reports: He may have saved three lives, but RTD bus driver Jim Moffett got a jaywalking ticket anyway, along with broken bones and internal bleeding. Moffett, 58, was driving an RTD bus southbound on Federal Boulevard at 62nd Avenue about 9 Friday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A couple […]

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February 23, 2009

It’s Time To Lower The Drinking Age

Last night 60 Minutes ran an interesting piece about the suggestion from some that the drinking age be lowered back to 18: (CBS) Last fall, a group of over 100 college presidents – including the heads of Dartmouth, Virginia Tech and Duke – signed a declaration stating that the 21-year-old drinking age is not working, […]

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February 17, 2009

The Brady Bill Was Only Step 1

Remember the “good old days” of the Brady Bill and the instant background check? It turns out that the gun grabbers in the 111th Congress no longer believe these gun control measures go far enough. Introducing perhaps the gravest threat to date against the Second Amendment: H.R. 45 Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of […]

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February 15, 2009

The Moral Hazard Problem Of Socialized Healthcare

Ezra Klein quotes approvingly a section of Michael Pollans In Defense Of Food on the high level of diabetes in those eating a Western-style diet. In response, he almost seems to be suggesting that there’s a moral hazard problem of socialized healthcare: A diagnosis of diabetes subtract roughly twelve years from one’s life and living […]

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February 14, 2009

Oh, It Was All About Raising Awareness?

Well, New Yorkers can rest a little easier. The proposed soda tax has been shot down. It’s main proponent, Gov. David Paterson, is taking the defeat in stride: New York Gov. David Paterson admitted Thursday one of his most talked-about tax proposals, an obesity tax on sugary drinks, is fizzling. But he said it popped […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:35 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Taxation,The Nanny State
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February 13, 2009

A Few Thoughts About the Ryan Fredrick Case

The long and short of the case is that three days after his home was broken into, Fredrick fatally shot an intruder who turned out to be a police officer. Fredrick promptly surrendered to the police once he realized the intruders were in-fact a SWAT team serving a warrant (a very small amount of marijuana […]

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February 12, 2009

Quote Of The Day — Lincoln-esque Edition

As Barack Obama tries to claim the legacy of our 16th President, perhaps he should think about this quote from Honest Abe: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Quote of the Day,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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February 9, 2009

Which is Freakier: A bong hit or “the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris [as] an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement?”

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps took a bong hit; Kellogg’s has dropped their sponsorship of Phelps. In my opinion, Kellogg’s has every right in the world to drop the sponsorship. And I have every right in the world to quit using Kelloggs’ products. If the Phelps issue wasn’t enough, let’s […]

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February 7, 2009

Stimulis: Because all economies have performance issues

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February 4, 2009

Utah To Replace Private Club Booze With Big Brother Booze?

After reason.tv’s first foray into the explanation of the idiocy of Utah’s blue laws, the Hit&Run blog has followed it up with Utah’s proposal to finally end the “Private Club” craziness that they put people through. But is the cure worse than the disease? A plan to do away with Utah’s private club law and […]

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February 3, 2009

Execute Michael Phelps

I’ll assume that US News and World Report writer Mary Kate Cary despises the people on this list (which was provided by Radley Balko): Barack Obama, president-elect.  Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S.  John Kerry, U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic nominee for president.  John Edwards, multi-millionaire, former U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic nominee for […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: The Nanny State
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