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

November 25, 2014

Quote of the Day: Grand Jury Decision Aftermath Edition

Scott Shackford over at Reason made an excellent point in the wake of the grand jury decision finding insufficient probable cause to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. Based on the information [St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert P.] McCulloch described tonight it may seem unlikely Wilson would have convicted, and perhaps […]

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November 11, 2014

Community Conservatism: How Government can Empower Civil Society

Community Conservatism: How Government can Empower Civil Society Matthew and Stephanie Souders – November, 2014 Concerns of the Civil Society In the many post mortem analyses of the 2012 presidential election and the two surrounding “republican wave” midterms, it has become apparent that what drives the health of the Democrat Party is not Middle Class […]

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November 9, 2014

Self-Ownership, Voluntaryism , and the Non-Aggression Principle as Explained in 2 Videos

In the course of an election year, its very easy to get caught up in the minutia of the various campaigns and election year issues. This is not to say that these issues are trivial; there were very many issues this election cycle which deserved the attention they received. That said, I tend to think […]

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November 4, 2014

Why Legislating Morality Is A Good Thing

One of the phrases that irritates me about politics is when the phrase “we shouldn’t legislate morality” is uttered. Usually, that person does mean well (ie. supporting a separation of church and state), but it doesn’t diminish the fact that the phrase itself is ignorant. I would argue that a free liberal society must legislate […]

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November 3, 2014

Take A Stand! Don’t Vote At All!

Today, my illustrious co-contributors have been making the case to you to vote. Sarah wants you to vote Libertarian, Matthew wants you to vote Republican, and Kevin doesn’t want you to vote Democrat, but drew the short straw and we made him argue it anyway. Now I’m going to tell you why none of their […]

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Why Capitalism? Why Not Capitalism?

Reason has an interview in their November issue,  with Jason Brennan, professor of philosophy at Georgetown, and author of the recent book “Why Not Capitalism”, published here in the piece “Why Capitalism?”. From the blurb: Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, “It is not from […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 12:01 am || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Theory and Ideas
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November 1, 2014

Outside Looking In

    In 2003, on the occasion of the loss of space shuttle Columbia, I wrote an essay titled “Outside Looking In”. As it happens, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written, and possibly the most important. Yesterday, we lost Virgin Galactic’s spaceship two (and at least one of its two crew. […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 4:30 am || Permalink || Comments (0) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Science,Space Exploration,Theory and Ideas
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October 24, 2014

Hey FCKH8, I Have a Few ‘F-Bombs’ of My Own!

If you thought modern progressive feminists couldn’t be any more childish, you haven’t seen FCKH8’s latest viral video entitled: “F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause.” In the video (below), girls aged six to thirteen repeat progressive feminist bromides and talking points along with some F-bombs (as advertised) in an attempt […]

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October 23, 2014

A Curious Narcissism

There is a curious narcissism to collectivism. It says “I want this, and think it should be this way, and I am good and right; therefore everyone else should also want this and be good and right with me, thus validating that I am good and right”. Of course, if you don’t want “this”, you […]

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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 17, 2014

Re-post: The Right to Life Also Implies a Right to Die

Brittany Maynard says ‘I don’t want to die.’ The 29 year-old is is not unique in her desire for self-preservation as most of us do not want to die. What does make her somewhat more unique is she has tragically been diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma. To put this in laymen’s terms, she has […]

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October 16, 2014

“Climate Change”, and the false dichotomy of “evil or stupid”

As we run up to the midterm elections, the drumbeat is once again sounding throughout that land, that Republicans… or rather, everyone not Leftist… are “anti-science”, “pro-ignorance” etc… etc… I am constantly hearing some variant of “Republicans are either evil or stupid for not… X”. The sad part of course, is that a certain percentage […]

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October 15, 2014

Cost is NOT Price, and Neither Cost, nor Price, are Value

Prices Provide a Misleading Measure of Dollar Devaluation Forbes Magazine Online – Keith Weiner There’s not a human being alive who doesn’t know the dollar is falling. Everyone over 25 has stories of what prices were like, way back when (and younger people have heard them). I remember when gasoline was 60 cents a gallon, […]

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“Bad” or “Wrong” or “I don’t like it” is not equivalent to “Unconstitutional”

In a comment on someone elses post, another reader wrote “The DEA is an unconstitutional and illegal agency”. This bugs me… We frequently see these sorts of statements made about the DEA, the ATF, the federal reserve (where ok, there’s at least a rational and reasonable though flawed argument to be made… most of the […]

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October 14, 2014

Windowpanes, Pencils, and Paperclips

A few days ago I wrote something on facebook that bears repeating here: A comprehensive understanding of the pencil problem, combined with a thorough understanding of the broken window fallacy (and its inputs and corollaries… Hazlitt for example), makes a pretty good inoculant against socioeconomic lies and stupidities. Although they are implied by the conditions […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:45 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,General,Government Incompetence,Liberty,Theory and Ideas
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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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An Open Letter to Jeffco Student Protesters Concerning History Standards

Author’s Note: The following post was intended to be published on September 29th but due to technical difficulties here at The Liberty Papers, publication had to wait. I do believe, however; this is still an ongoing, present concern and the subject matter extends far beyond the Jefferson County School District in the Centennial State. Dear […]

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August 2, 2014

Jason Lewis Goes Galt; Quits Halfway Through Show on Air

Over the past week, talk show host Jason Lewis has been letting on that something big was going to happen on his show. July 31, 2014 he dubbed “Judgement Day.” Being an avid listener of his, I thought it probably had something to do with his political activism site* and probably something to do […]

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July 1, 2014

Democracy != Consensus

As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, I work in the mainstream corporate world. One of the key aspects of any corporate environment is that in any decision, there are multiple stakeholders who are affected and may be responsible for implementing a decision, so there is a lot riding decision-making process. As a result, and as […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:01 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Politics,Theory and Ideas
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May 28, 2014

Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere. First thing… THIS is how you do a kickstarter. This is the kind of thing that kickstarter can be great at, and do great things with; being done by people who understand their medium and their audience, and who design their campaign properly around it. If this […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 12:01 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Culture,Democracy,Economics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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