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

December 2, 2008

Another Whimper In The Continuing Death Of Liberty

And this time, I doubt that anyone will even notice: The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials. The long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in […]

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November 9, 2008

One Libertarian’s Advice for Republicans and Republican Leaders

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism [...] The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -Ronald Reagan (1975) For the second election in […]

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November 3, 2008

Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen […]

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October 23, 2008

Don’t Forget to Study Before the Final!

I just received my mail-in ballot a week or so ago. The ballot, with multiple choices with arrows to be filled out next to each choice, reminds me of taking standardized tests back in the day. Some tests were easier than others but I knew that if I did not study, one of two things […]

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October 21, 2008

Security Theater

This one has been making the libertarian rounds for a day or two now, and with good reason. A story about Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer who has taken security expert Bruce Schneier’s proclamations about ineffectiveness of security measures at airports and gone and proven them. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to devote to this, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:43 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Government Waste,Privacy,The Surveillance State,War on Terror
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October 4, 2008

A Review of ‘Little Brother’ by Cory Doctorow

The always thought provoking Cory Doctorow has a new book out, Little Brother.  I highly recommend it, even though I think he is very wrong on numerous points.  You can download it for free at the link above. It is very difficult to write a political novel.  I should know, I’ve started 3 or 4 […]

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September 2, 2008

Ron Paul’s Speech at the “Rally for the Republic”

Ron Paul spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 10,000 at the “Rally for the Republic” (AKA the “Ron Paul Convention”) across the river from the Republican National Convention. Below are the first 3 parts of his speech, the full text of the speech can be read here. Other speakers on the last day […]

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August 13, 2008

Forgot Your ID? Welcome To The Watch List

Back in June, the TSA decided that you were no longer allowed to fly without ID, even if you submit to a more strenuous search process. At the time, though, there was a loophole. Assuming you had lost or forgotten your ID, and were “cooperative” in assisting screeners to assess your identity, you would still […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:17 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,The Surveillance State,War on Terror
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July 26, 2008

The Time for Liberty is Now

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July 16, 2008

Banned!

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July 1, 2008

Somehow, I just feel like this is appropriate right now

“Comrade Members, like fire and fusion, government is a dangerous servant and a terrible master. You now have freedom—if you can keep it. But do remember that you can lose this freedom more quickly to yourselves than to any other tyrant. Move slowly, be hesitant, puzzle out the consequences of every word. I would not […]

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June 30, 2008

Anyone Else Object to Being Called a “Human Resource”

Ahhh work, that most marvelous of pursuits that keeps food on the table. Today was my first official day of work as a full time employee of Gigantomegabankcorp North America, where I have been a contractor for 26 months. Going from Contractor to FTE means bennies, paid time off (25 days a year actually. Woo […]

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June 23, 2008

Freedom To Travel: Such A Pre-9/11 Concept

Ah, the good old TSA. When faced with a minute* number of citizens asserting their rights, they simply take those rights away. And what’s worse? They don’t even take the rights away from everyone, only the loudmouths like us cantankerous civil libertarians: Passengers who refuse to show ID, citing a constitutional right to fly without […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Individual Rights,Privacy,The Surveillance State
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May 5, 2008

Cuba — Perhaps I Spoke Too Soon

About a month ago, I blasted an article by a tongue-in-cheek reporter who wanted to use Raul Castro’s easing of restrictions on cell phone ownership as an excuse to criticize cell phones (suggesting– implicitly– that oppression and no phones is better than freedom and phones). I stand by that post, but I stepped over the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Individual Rights,The Surveillance State
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April 14, 2008

Bob Barr’s Missed Opportunity

When I learned that Bob Barr was going to be a guest on Hannity and Comes, I was excited to see a rare opportunity for a Libertarian candidate to explain the Libertarian philosophy to an audience which is largely unfamiliar with what the Libertarian Party is all about: personal liberty. To my dismay, Barr instead […]

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April 11, 2008

Should Libertarians be Concerned About “Small” Abuses by the Government?

In my most recent post, I listed the names of the top 5 “porkers” in the House and the Senate according to CAGW’s 2008 edition of the Pig Book. I also listed the amount of pork the three leading candidates for president supported and named the ten members of the House which supported no pork […]

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April 3, 2008

Bill Of Rights ? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Bill Of Rights !

As if yesterday’s memo asserting unprecedented extra constitutional Executive authority weren’t bad enough, the Associated Press reports today that former Presidential adviser John Yoo also asserted that a key provision of the Bill of Rights could be ignored in the name of the War On Terror: For at least 16 months after the Sept. 11 […]

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April 2, 2008

Constitution ? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Constitution !

The Bush Administration yet again demonstrates the depths of it’s depravity: The Justice Department sent a legal memorandum to the Pentagon in 2003 asserting that federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes did not apply to military interrogators who questioned al-Qaeda captives because the president’s ultimate authority as commander in chief overrode such statutes. […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (19) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Individual Rights,The Surveillance State,War on Terror
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March 22, 2008

“PATRIOT” Act used against Spitzer

It was indeed the so-called PATRIOT Act that brought Elliot Spitzer down: When Congress passed the Patriot Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, law-enforcement agencies hailed it as a powerful tool to help track down the confederates of Osama bin Laden. No one expected it would end up helping to snag the likes […]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 8:53 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: The Surveillance State
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March 13, 2008

Lessons From The Spitzer Debacle

First of all, I’ve got to say that I agree wholeheartedly with Stephen’s sentiments, expressed here and here, that Elliot Spitzer pretty much deserved everything that has, and will, come to him. During his time as Attorney General of New York, he was a no-holds-barred zealous prosecutor that cared little for the facts or for […]

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