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

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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April 16, 2009

A Question For The Tea Partyers

It’s fairly clear what your against and, by and large I agree, but what, exactly, are you for: Protesting government spending is meaningless unless you say what you’d cut. (…) All protests against spending that do not tell us how to reduce it are fatuous pieces of theater, not constructive acts of politics. And until […]

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April 14, 2009

The Trouble with Involuntary Collectivists

… and in fact leftists of any stripe (and some on the far right for that matter), is that everything they believe is wrong. Yes, I mean that directly, literally, and completely. Everything they believe is wrong. Incorrect. False. Everything they believe in is wrong, because it all flows from absolutely wrong first principles, which […]

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April 11, 2009

Reforming America’s Prison System: The Time Has Come

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) in his recent article calling for a major reform of America’s prisons in Parade Magazine brought some very disturbing, eye opening, statistics about America’s prison system to light. In summary this is some of what he found: -Since 1984, America’s prison population has quadrupled from 580,000 to 2.3 million -Though the […]

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April 1, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: How Can We Fix Our Prisons?

Our prison system, holding nearly 25% of the worlds reported prisoners, may seem like an April fool’s joke but certainly is not a laughing matter. I’m in the early stages of writing a post in response to Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) recent article in Parade entitled: Why We Must Fix Our Prisons. Sen. Webb is […]

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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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