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Political Liberty

Articles showing a positive influence of political action on the cause of Liberty.

Immigrants Stage a Patriotic Protest

      by Radley Balko from FOX News

"This week, I attended part of the immigration demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Having lived in D.C. for more than five years now, I've seen quite a few protests. Most of them tend to become caricatures of themselves ... But this week, I saw families. I saw couples, extended families, and kids in strollers, or riding on their fathers' shoulders."


Will the $600 Billion Drug Industry Win in Florida -- Or Will Naturopaths Prevail?

      by Kevin P. Miller from Kevin Miller's World

"A few months ago, two health freedom bills were introduced in the Florida State Senate and Florida House of Representatives. They aim to protect Naturopathic medicine in the state at a time that Naturopathic Physicians are teetering on the brink of extinction. If passed, Florida House Bill 1261 and Florida Senate Bill 2678 would give consumers the opportunity to select health care options with an emphasis on preventative care, nutritional medicine, naturally-derived medicine, dietary supplements and physical medicine."


Open the Borders

      by Tim Cavanaugh from Reason

"You could make the case that small business startups have been the single greatest national benefit of immigration. It's an idiocy worthy of, well, the United States government to make the promise of immigration dependant upon your ability to find a clock-punching job at an already-existing company."


Life in Amerika

Articles depicting the negative impact of politics on the cause of Liberty.

Society in Jail

      by Jeffrey Tucker from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"He lives in a society where nothing takes place outside the purview of the state, which is to say that he will always live one step away from the prison cell that was his home for a day. One or two wrong moves and he has lost it all. All of society is not yet a jail such as you find in totalitarian societies or a society under occupation due to military conquest, but with every expansion of the state, the jailers get that much more power over all of us."


Exploiting the Workers

      by Anthony Gregory from LewRockwell.com

"Nowadays, the establishment left and right both care nothing of the suffering taxpayer and the foundational evil of taxation. Anyone with a vested interest in big government will just stare off into space if you point out that it's theft, conducted at the barrel of a gun. In the long run, it is this point we should emphasize -- that taxation is simply plunder, and any organization that executes it must be watched closely."


Constitutional Illiteracy & Attention Deficit Democracy

      by James Bovard from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Far more Americans could name the characters on The Simpsons than could recall the provisions of the First Amendment. Three-fourths of Americans recognized two of the product brands connected to five popular ad slogans, while only 28 percent could name two or more freedoms cited in the First Amendment."


Ordered Liberty without the State

Some people say it's Anarchy, some say it's not possible. It is an interesting topic.

The Most Crucial Gap in Politics

      by Gene Callahan from LewRockwell.com

"Picture yourself wandering into a hall within which a large, all-male crowd has assembled, each man present anxious to argue his position on the subject of wife beating. Some attendees defend their right to beat their spouse whenever she has been annoying. Others regard that stance as too permissive, asserting that wives should only be assaulted over more important matters such as, for example, family finances. Yet a third faction holds that spousal abuse is only justified in the most vital cases and only if no less onerous means can guarantee the desirable outcome: for instance, when one’s wife will not contribute as much as one believes she ought to the family’s security."


Statist Reasoning: Not Me, But Everybody Else

      by Per Bylund from Strike The Root

"It is kind of a Prisoners' Dilemma in logic caused by State propaganda. The State makes sure to communicate this illusion of how 'everybody else' really is, and this enormous supply of disinformation has made people unable to see they are the same and reason the same way. Just like in the Prisoners' Dilemma example, both convicts choose to squeal on each other creating a worse situation simply because they don't know what the other convict is doing. (The State, obviously, is the detective making the convicts believe they are better off squealing.)"


Anarchism and Participatory Democracy

      by MDM from Upaya: Skillful Means to Liberation

"Of course, in a free society, there will be organizations that are internally hierarchical and authoritarian. And if participation in such an organization is voluntary, then so be it. But if you are a libertarian and an anti-authoritarian, these will not be organizations that fully embody anarchist values."


Spreading Decentralism

Articles demonstrating an increase in the dispersal of power.

One-third of U.S. Adults Know Someone Who Homeschools Their Child

      from Yahoo! News

"Two-thirds of adults cite dissatisfaction with academic instruction as a main reason why they think parents in general or they themselves homeschool their children."


Family Passes 30,000 Miles Homeschooling In RV

      from PRWeb

"The Gregorich family began their American RV adventure back in Orlando, Florida on September 28th, 2005. Mark and Cricket sold their house and almost all their belongings last year after purchasing their 36 foot 2005 National Sea Breeze motorhome so they could travel across the United States. They had already been homeschooling their two sons, now in the third and fifth grades, for two years. Then after a career move by Cricket allowed her to stay home as well, they decided to buy the RV and go on the road."


Supreme Court Judges Bush

      by Nat Hentoff from The Village Voice

"Bush dismissal of habeas, which inflamed several justices of the court during oral arguments, will be part of next week's probe of the president's insatiable expansion of executive powers, along with his blunt rejection of the international Geneva Conventions on treatment of prisoners."


The New World Hegemon

Depictions of the coming Imperial power

Exporting 'Democracy' – Importing Trouble

      by Justin Raimondo from Antiwar.com

"The idea that the U.S. can or should impose its own system -- or a local version of it, adapted to regional realities -- is a dangerous fantasy dressed up to look like a policy, a snare and a delusion. It pretends to be a doctrine of the most exalted idealism, when, in reality, it masks the most venal motives, nearly all of them hidden, aside from being designed to enrich its advocates."


The Quiet Death of Freedom

      by John Pilger from LewRockwell.com

"Blair has demonstrated his taste for absolute power in his abuse of the royal prerogative, which he has used to bypass parliament in going to war and in dismissing landmark High Court judgments, such as that which declared illegal the expulsion of the entire population of the Chagos islands, now the site of an American military base. The new bill marks the end of true parliamentary democracy; in its effect, it is as significant as the US Congress last year abandoning the bill of rights."


Lies lurk behind U.S. terror policy

      by Robyn E. Blumner from St. Petersburg Times

"It doesn't matter how blatantly lawless things get, the excuse is always that the president has the inherent authority to defend our national security. Bush justifies his warrantless domestic spying program by saying: 'If somebody from al-Qaida is calling you, we'd like to know why.' It sounds so sensible, until you peel back the statement just the slightest bit and realize that the president is undermining 200 years of checks and balances, claiming that he is not answerable to the nation's courts."


Politics by Other Means

War, rumors of war, and politicians fomenting war.

The Truth! (As We See It): A Special Note From The White House

      by Jonathan David Morris from The Free Liberal

"Fellow Americans, Greetings! By now you’re probably wondering why the heck you’re getting a letter from the White House. The answer to that question is simple: Because we’re coming to get you! Ha ha. No, just kidding. Bet we fooled you for a second, though, didn’t we?" Many a truth is said in jest.


Conservatism vs. Libertarianism

      by Jacob G. Hornberger from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"The Conservative: I'm a conservative. I believe in individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government, except for…."


Those French Labor Riots

      by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. from LewRockwell.com

"There are only two reasons for unemployment: legal restrictions that forbid contracts from forming (France has plenty, and the United States does too) and price restrictions that prevent the market for labor from clearing properly (France has that too, as does the US). In other words, involuntary unemployment is always and everywhere brought about by the same cause: government restriction of the market. ... So the answer to the protests is not to back away from reform but to go much, much further. A reform that hits monopoly business privileges and created new opportunities for workers would be seen as more equitable. It would give French workers hope for the future so they could see beyond the immediate need for security above all else."


Spontaneous Order

Articles showing decentralized successes.

Hey, Hey, It's Michael Nesmith

      by Jason Silverman from Wired News

"It's a new personal freedom, new individualism. The individuals who come up with ideas can make perfectly good or even spectacular lives for themselves with just their own little shop."


Would You Like Fries With Your Arbitration?

      by Manuel Lora from LewRockwell.com

"What is a possible libertarian answer? The privatization of courts. There is quite a lot of literature on this already so I'm not going to dwell on the details. My point is to elucidate on some of the possibilities. With that objective in mind, I shall compare market arbitration services with restaurants."


Economics for the Citizen

      by Walter E. Williams from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"In 10 short articles, there's no way to even scratch the surface of economic knowledge. I'll simply end the series with a discussion of a few popular sentiments that have high emotional worth but make little economic sense."


Nonspontaneous Disorder

Articles showing centrally planned disasters.

"Failure to File" Says It All

      by Sheldon Richman from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Taxes are not the price of civilization, as Oliver Wendell Holmes once propagandized. They are not club dues. They are not voluntary payment for services. They are not payments to ourselves. Pure and simple, they are exactions under threat of punishment, including incarceration. They are the chief way that the exploiters exploit the exploited. They are the device that distinguishes the predators from the productive. They are what divide the world into tax-payers and tax-consumers."


Q & A: The New $10 Bill

      by Pete Stephenson from The Libertarian Enterprise

"We have received many inquiries about the new ten dollar bill. Here are some of the frequently asked questions. Please refer to this FAQ before sending us your questions." For those of you who still have confidence in paper money.


April 15: America's 6-Billion-Hour Day

      by Jacob Sullum from Reason

"Not surprisingly, compliance costs have increased as the tax code has become more complicated. The number of words dealing with income taxes in the Internal Revenue Code and IRS regulations rose nearly tenfold between 1955 and 2005, from 718,000 to more than 7 million. This complexity not only maddens taxpayers; it undermines the rule of law. When you can ask five different experts the same tax question and get five different answers, even taxpayers who make a good-faith effort to follow the government's instructions cannot be confident they are complying with the law. As a result, they are exposed to legal and financial peril every time they file their returns."


War Is The Health Of The State

War is the ultimate State intervention in society.

The People's Republic of Virginia

      by Butler Shaffer from LewRockwell.com

"Were more of us not cowards in the matter, we would openly admit that the violence perpetrated upon the rest of the world by the United States has generated terrorist responses from its victims. We would also have to acknowledge that both the United States and terrorist organizations are engaged in a symbiotic dance that allows the violence of each side to be used as a rationale for extended power over their respective constituencies. This is the meaning of Bourne's characterization of the state's dependency upon war."


Don't Create a Government in Iraq

      by Christopher Westley from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"[W]ar is what large, centralized nation-states do -- is there any more important lesson to be learned from the 20th century? -- in order to grow in power at the expense of liberty. The growth of the federal government in the United States, especially in executive power, to win the Cold War is perhaps the greatest case in point, and the 43% increase in the national debt since 2001 a more recent one."


Is Veneration of the Military Good for the Republic?

      by Ivan Eland from The Independent Institute

"On an individual level, war critics must honestly acknowledge that the soldiers whose lives are at risk in Iraq made the choice to enlist in the military. It is true that many were convinced by military advertising that they were 'serving their country.' In reality, they often serve their government--a distinction that is very important."


Bits of History

The Past seen with a fresh look.

The Rocky Road of American Taxation

      by Charles Adams from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"The Framers of the Constitution were all realists about government, with no illusions about the dangers of political power, even in the best of hands with the wisest of men. Government had to be kept under control, and in keeping with the spirit of the Enlightenment, government must be limited and this could only be accomplished by tough controls on taxing and spending powers."


The Myth of the Passive Indian

      by Amy H. Sturgis from Reason

"These revelations offer an alternative to what Mann terms 'Holmberg's Mistake,' the problematic assumption that American Indians had no agency--no ability to act--and were, in the historian James Axtell's sarcastic words, 'a whole continent of patsies,' unwilling and unfit to challenge the natural course of colonization and civilization that followed Columbus over the Atlantic Ocean. ... Each new revelation underscores Holmberg's error. Native Americans prior to and after 1492, like other peoples across the globe, interacted in innovative, deliberate, and fascinating ways with each other and their environment."


The Real Henry Clay: The Corrupt American Architect of Mercantilism and Protectionism

      by Ryan Setliff from LewRockwell.com

"[T]he real legacy of Henry Clay is laying the groundwork of a system of patronage and plunder -- which fomented political instability, kindled southern resentment and led to the War Between the States. The American System was made possible by the rise of the Republican Party. ... Clay's American System was fully embraced by the party of Lincoln and set the stage for an exorbitant special interest lobby in Washington, D.C."


War and Peace

Articles showing the nature of War.

Iran: The Nuclear Option

      by Charles V. Peña from Antiwar.com

"[I]n the final analysis, mini-nukes and preemption are a dangerous combination that could undermine deterrence and make the United States less secure. If rogue-state leaders believe that the United States has targeted them for regime change -- regardless of any actions they might take short of abdicating power to a new leader deemed acceptable by the United States -- and is willing to use nuclear weapons preemptively, they may feel they have nothing to lose by using what they can, including WMD, to strike at the United States first."


The Human Costs of Bombing Iran

      by Matthew Rothschild from The Progressive

"Bush called it 'wild speculation,' and McClellan said the United States would go ahead with 'normal military contingency planning.' Those are hardly categorical denials. So let's look at what the human costs of dropping a tactical nuclear weapon on Iran might entail. They are astronomical."


The Al Qaeda Myth

      by Tom Porteous from TomPaine.com

"We now know that Al Qaeda had nothing to do with the London bombings in July 2005. This is the conclusion of the British government's official inquiry report leaked to the British press on April 9. We now also know that the U.S. military is deliberately misleading Iraqis, Americans and the rest of the world about the extent of Al Qaeda's involvement in the Iraqi insurgency. This was reported in The Washington Post on April 10, on the basis of internal military documents seen by that newspaper."


Great Individuals In History

Some people stand out from the crowd.

Writer -- François Rabelais : 1493 - April 9, 1553 (date of his death)

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Rabelais gives us a description of how the Thelemites of the Abbey lived and the rules they lived by: ' In all their rule and strictest tie of their order there was but this one clause to be observed, Do What Thou Wilt; because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour'."


Actor -- John Gielgud : Apr. 9, 1903

      by Patricia Juliana Smith from www.glbtq.com

"His great gifts were his cat-like mobility and, most notably, his expressive voice, which fellow actor Sir Alec Guinness described as being 'like a silver trumpet muffled in silk.' Gielgud also became a respected stage director, launching his own distinguished company in 1937 at the Queen's Theatre."


Dancer/Actress/Comedienne -- Ann Miller : Apr. 12, 1923

      from Reel Classics

"After playing a few supporting roles in such RKO musicals and comedies as RADIO CITY REVELS (1938) with Kenny Baker and HAVING WONDERFUL TIME (1938) (again with Ball, Rogers and Arden), Ann was borrowed by director Frank Capra to play the eccentric Sycamore family's fudge-making, ballet-dancing daughter in Columbia's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938). Co-starring Jean Arthur, Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold and Spring Byington, the film earned seven Academy Award nominations and won the Oscar as the year's best picture. "



Books, Movies, TV, Media, Music, poetry, etc.

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

      Reviewed by Tom Ender from Endervidualism

Extreme screwball comedy stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, John Vernon, Verna Bloom; directed by John Landis. "This movie -- set in 1962 -- tells of a strange set of misfits attending ... Faber College, named after Emil Faber, who according to the film said 'Knowledge is good' and founded the school."


Cute Schizophrenia -- Ray Davies: Pratfalls and preservation

      by Jesse Walker from LA Weekly

"I don't demand consistency from songwriters -- I like loud, crude music, and I like those nostalgic odes to the old ways, too -- but I've never been sure how the same fellow could spend a noisy concert quaffing beers onstage and then compose a little ballad in the morning about the coarsening of the culture. You can curse modernity all you want, but what's more modern than a rock star?"


Rewind: A Natural Woman In Six-Inch Heels

      by Karl Heitmueller from MTV

"In 'The Notorious Bettie Page,' Mary Harron's biopic of the titular 1950s pinup queen, Gretchen Mol plays a sweet Christian Southern gal whose photos and films have become icons of that era. Whether posing nude, as a jungle empress or even bound and gagged, Bettie Page brought an entirely new attitude to sexuality. She made it seem -- well, natural."


The lighter side

Humor, satire, cartoons, parodies, food, popular music and other things to amuse.

Libertarian ScamBlogger Covertly Quizzes Bee Bureaucrat

      by Garry Reed from The Loose Cannon Libertarian

"The USDA's National Animal Identification System (NAIS), announced in 2004, is plodding relentlessly ahead, first by registering every farm, ranch, dairy, pigsty, chicken coop, sheep shed and commercial fish hatchery in the country, then by tagging and RFIDing every kind of creature destined for grocery store shelves or restaurant menus. And it's all being done to protect the health and well being of the American eater. Or is it?"


Texas Oil Buffoon Pumping 8,000 Barrels Of Oil Into Ground Every Day

      from The Onion

"Known far and wide as "the biggest oil buffoon in Texas," T. Ludlow Banks earned his unmatched reputation by doing things his way. He pioneered the practice of cutting in as many middlemen as possible. At a time when others were reducing costs, he put employee comfort first, issuing free cigarettes and Zippo lighters to every person working at his refineries, drilling platforms, and filling stations. And, in his most unorthodox move to date, he imported custom-built Italian machinery to pump more than 8,000 barrels of high-grade oil right back into the ground each day."



      by Mark Fiore from MarkFiore.com

Animated flash cartoon (video with audio)


Deep Thought

Scientific and scholarly studies, philosophical essays, in-depth and longer articles

Just Rambling -- And Not A Law Firm In Sight

      by Fred Reed from FredOnEverything

"Children are happier, and turn out better, amid woods and fields than in suburban malls, if I may judge by observation. Family farming is not to be sneezed at. Running a good spread requires greater ability and self-reliance than, say, being Supervisor of Stultifying Business Records for some urban government. Plowing a field is more dignified, actually produces something of value, and you can think while you are doing it. Not so with the stultifying records. ... I wonder whether we haven't built a world that we don't want quite as much as we thought we were going to."


The Gospel of Judas

      by Matt Hutaff from The Simon Magazine

"Faith-shattering or unremarkable? Whatever your belief, the newly translated Gospel of Judas reminds us that Christianity may have been inspired by God, but it was edited by Man."


Vital lessons at orang-utan 'Oxbridge'

      by Robin McKie from The Observer

"It is the orang-utan equivalent of going to a good school, an act that can confer critical advantages in later life just as it does with a human child. However, there is more to social learning than explaining why some youngsters get on in life and others do not, Schaik argues."



Articles not easily classified

Why We Need More 'Uninsured' Americans

      by Carla Howell from LewRockwell.com

"Big Government is directly responsible for these high costs. Thousands of state and federal laws, regulations, mandates, and subsidies drive up the cost of health care. What should be a minimal part of the family budget is a backbreaking expense. If we end Big Government Health Care, prices will drop dramatically. Far fewer people will need or want insurance."


A Neutral Panic

      by Julian Sanchez from Reason

"On current wired broadband networks, under the common system of flat rate pricing, we've discovered that the demand for bandwith will expand to fill the available pipes--a problem, since heavy use by a few slows down the network for others in the neighborhood. At present, low-traffic users frequently subsidize compulsive downloaders."


A Death in Hardyville

      by Claire Wolfe from Backwoods Home Magazine

"[A]nybody looking and listening around that circle could know that Mrs. Nat had done all the things that really counted. She had loved and been loved. She had given and received graciously. She had laughed hard and softly cuddled her grandbabies. And in her gentle, peacemaking way, she had been free and helped raise generations of children in freedom."


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