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Private Property the Only Solution to Vaccine Controversy

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics.
baby vaccine

A measles outbreak in the U.S. has prompted a national debate over vaccinations, a debate that quickly turned ugly because both sides think they are protecting their children from harm. Some parents say that they should have the right to


Getting Serious About Keeping Children Safe

Friday, February 6th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties.

The following is a work of satire. A recent outbreak of measles has concerned citizens questioning how we can protect the lives of innocent children from neglectful, or even downright abusive, parents. Some have argued that vaccination should be mandatory,

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The worst that can happen to you for committing a nonviolent marijuana crime, around the World

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Lifestyle, War on Drugs.
Marijuana map

Everyone knows different countries treat drugs differently. For example, if you get caught buying or selling a large amount of marijuana in Canada, you’re probably not going to get your head chopped off by the government–but in Saudi Arabia, that is the law.

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Police Piracy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.

Reprinted from Casey Research Christmas came early to a Midwest sheriff’s department. While back in Abilene, Kansas to see family, I read a story reported by an old high school friend, titled “Dickinson County Sheriff Office could benefit from forfeiture.”

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America: Land of the Whipped and Whimpering

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Regulation.

Reprinted from Casey Research In this land of the free and home of the brave, a friend of mine wrote about an experience he had at the airport recently. Having taken his watch off to pass through the TSA scanner,

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Mockingjay Part I: No Romance in Revolution

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.

Reprinted from Surely there has to be a better way. That was my non-stop thought through the whole of the viewing of Mockingjay Part I, a brilliant addition to the Hunger Games series. It picks up where the last

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How Far are you Willing to Go?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.

When I was in college (at the progressive stronghold Oberlin College in Ohio), the most profound influence I received was the tutelage of philosophy professor Tim Hall, a libertarian whose area of expertise was ethics. In his Philosophy and Values

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The Internet Memory Hole

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Regulation.

Reprinted from the Freeman Imagine you are considering a candidate as a caregiver for your child. Or maybe you are vetting an applicant for a sensitive position in your company. Perhaps you’re researching a public figure for class or endorsing

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The Continuing Story of Involuntary Servitude

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

The word slavery conjures up the most horrific images of evil and injustice in modern mind, on par with just about any other atrocity we can imagine. And rightly so. Nothing interferes with the fundamentally human right to control ones

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Freedom of the Press

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Regulation.

Reprinted from The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality (1954) Freedom of the press is one of the fundamental features of a nation of free citizens. It is one of the essential points in the political program of old classical liberalism. No one has

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There is No Right to be Forgotten

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.

The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance

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Changing the World: Technology Versus Politics

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

Reprinted from Casey Research We were all supposed to go vote on Tuesday. It’s our civic duty, we’re told. If you want change, your vote is more important than anyone else’s. What a crock. Technology has replaced politics as the

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Catcalling as Free Speech

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.

Lately, a series of videos have been making the rounds illustrating the kind of provocative comments women have to put up with when wandering the streets of busy cities by themselves. Men with low thresholds of personal shame frequently holler

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One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, War on Drugs.

The libertarian movement is often dismissed as consisting of a bunch of hippy stoners who just want to take drugs and do whatever they want. Of course, this is an unfair and untrue generalization that ignores the centuries of political


National Security: The New State Religion

Friday, November 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
nsa utah 2_0

Reprinted from Casey Research Salt Lake City is a religious town. The awe-inspiring Mormon Temple dominates a SLC skyline framed by the majestic Wasatch Mountains. Virtually all of downtown is owned by the church, and everyone is welcome to come

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Regulate through taxation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

One lesson from the United States’ Obamacare debacle has been that if Congress can’t get its way through regulation, it can always resort to taxes. At least that’s the Supreme Court’s view, after it declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional

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Crony Phony Drug War

Friday, October 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation, War on Drugs.

Reprinted from the Freeman The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the FedEx Corp. pleaded not guilty in a San Francisco federal court “on 15 charges related to transporting painkillers and other prescription drugs that had been sold illegally.” The


A Nation of Children

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.

Reprinted from Casey Research Imagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of


Venezuela’s Biggest Shortage

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Regulation.

Venezuela’s socialist government has beset the population with all sorts of terrible travesties, from high inflation to shortages of toilet paper. Now the country’s poor citizens have one more shortage to grapple with: breast implants. Apparently the country’s restrictive currency

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The Ethics of Disease Control

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.

As the threat of the ebola virus looms large and the Center for Disease Control issues what are undoubtedly hyperbolic projections of over a million casualties to the disease by January, we owe it to ourselves as libertarians to ask