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  • The Case for Conservatism (vs. Libertarianism)

    02/17/2011 4:51:51 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | February 15, 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Anyone who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend knows that, although Republicans won big in November, the conservative movement is still facing an identity crisis. There are many facets to this, but one way of looking at it is to say that libertarian ideas are encroaching on conservatism. Of course, social conservatism -- which I would argue is an implicit component of traditional conservatism (though many Christian conservatives in America were politically dormant prior to the 1970s) -- has been, perhaps, the most vulnerable victim of the political times. Most people view the arguments relating to conservative...
  • YAF kicks out Ron Paul

    02/13/2011 8:42:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | February 12, 2011 | Byron Tau
    A prominent conservative activist group has given Ron Paul the boot. The Young Americans for Freedom has voted the Texas congressman off its national advisory board in the aftermath of his straw poll win at CPAC over his positions on national security issues. Continue Reading "It's a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative/libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America's needs for national security then our current socialist presidential regime," said the group's national director Jordan Marks. The dispute between Paul and the the group seems to stem from Paul's anti-war activities and the prominence...
  • A Critical Review of Libertarianism

    02/07/2011 11:01:08 AM PST · by grumpa · 24 replies
    Off Grid Blogger ^ | February 7, 2011 | Off Grid Blogger
    This is the conclusion of our 5-part series on libertarianism. (You may receive the other 4 by emailing us at offgridblogger@msn.com). We cannot miss the similarities between libertarianism and liberalism. It is not accidental that they have the same root word. Among the similarities is that both systems are at war with God—as are communism, humanism, and other non-theistic worldviews. As we pointed out last week in our blogmail, not all libertarians are atheists. Many are agnostic. History teaches that tyranny begins with eliminating God.
  • Libertarian In Name Only (The Incoherence Of Open Borders Advocacy)

    02/05/2011 8:08:27 AM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | February 5, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    First of all, let me apologize for being derelict in addressing Will Wilkinson’s series of columns for The Economist. I had wanted to to respond to these short polemics, written as an ongoing dialogue between he and David Frum during the height of the DREAM Act’s legislative push during a lame duck session of Congress, earlier but multiple factors prevented me from doing so. Since the focus of this site at the time was on preventing passage of DREAM, I felt that our resources could be better utilized by conveying information that you could use in persuading key senators to...
  • Libertarianism

    11/07/2010 8:46:20 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 4 replies
    Pizza Trays & Beer Bottles ^ | November 7, 2010 | Australian Satirist
    Irony alert! Students of history know that your average libertarian has had trouble branding himself.
  • Rocco Buttiglione: It is False to be Gay

    10/29/2010 12:23:07 AM PDT · by 0beron · 14 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/28/2010 | Tancred
    Famous Italian politician and christian philosopher speaks clearly and has been reviled for that reason by Homosexual Groups. These speak of "racism" and of a "Taliban Party" Rome [kath.net] The former Italian Minister Rocco Buttiglione and President of the Christian Democrat Party UDC, had explained in an actual radio interview that homosexuality is immoral. Buttiglione was quoted: "I have nothing against him (By which he means Nichi Vendola, the new President o f the newly constructed Left Party "Sinistra Ecologia Liberta" and known homosexual ). On a political and social level I am against the discrimination of homosexuals, but morally...
  • The Libertarian Trend

    10/28/2010 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Sakity Yaks · 74 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 10/28/10 | David Boaz
    There's been lots of talk lately about a turn to the right in American politics. President Obama's declining poll numbers, the sharp rise in opposition to his health-care plan during 2009, the growth of the grass-roots Tea Party movement, and the polls predicting a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives all point to a resurgence of conservatism in the electorate. But as I noted last year, there are also trends in the direction of social tolerance these days. Some indeed have described current political trends as a libertarian resurgence. California voters are getting ready to vote on a marijuana...
  • Too many babies in buckets for pro-life libertarians

    10/23/2010 4:10:41 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | October 23, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    The Libertarian Party’s Michael J Labno who is running for the U.S. Senate also shares similar messages: “Unborn children are not given the right to life that other Americans enjoy.” As he sees it, “All persons are created—not simply born—equal and the 5th and 14th Amendments state that all persons shall not be denied the right to life without due process of law. Roe v Wade wrongfully ignores this right.”
  • Yes, Folks, We All Would Legislate Morality (Psst, Even You Libertarians)

    10/17/2010 2:58:42 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 257 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 17, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Really, I must be a glutton for punishment. Over the past couple of weeks, I wrote two articles on libertarianism and made the point that for a law to be just, it must have a basis in morality. These commentaries evoked quite a response, ranging from lauding me as brilliant to lambasting me for not having two brain cells to rub together. And the negative responses were most notable. For daring to mention morality and law in the same breath, some implied I was like the Taliban, one respondent called me a "neoconservative," and a blogger said I was a...
  • Libertarianism's folly, Part Two

    10/14/2010 7:26:49 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 13, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    In a piece I recently wrote about the dangers inherent in libertarianism, I pointed out that libertarians, by applying their live-and-let-live philosophy to the moral sphere as well as the governmental, do nothing to maintain the societal moral framework that enables people to govern themselves from within and that ensures Big Brother won't have to do so from without (I recommend you read the piece). Not surprisingly, this provoked some angry responses and fallacious counter-arguments. This article is my response to them. I will start with the one thing that characterizes libertarians as much as anything else: a misunderstanding about...
  • What Libertarians Misunderstand

    10/11/2010 9:55:48 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Recently, in a piece about the dangers inherent in libertarianism, I pointed out that libertarians, by applying their live-and-let-live philosophy to the moral sphere as well as the governmental, do nothing to maintain the societal moral framework that enables people to govern themselves from within and that ensures that Big Brother won't have to do so from without. (I recommend you read the piece.) Not surprisingly, this provoked some angry responses and fallacious counter-arguments. This article is my response to them. I will start with the one thing that characterizes libertarians as much as anything else: a misunderstanding about the...
  • Libertarianism's Folly: When 'Live and Let Live' Fails

    10/03/2010 6:22:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 123 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 03, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    While there was a time when I might have described myself as a libertarian, those days are long gone. In fact, I don't even call myself a conservative anymore. Oh, don't get me wrong -- I agree with libertarians on many issues, and their governmental model is vastly preferable to what liberals have visited upon us. Yet there is a problem: However valid their vision of government may be, their vision of society renders it unattainable. Thomas Jefferson once said, "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no...
  • Stop stealing my retread ZOT!

    09/09/2010 1:28:10 PM PDT · by MrShine · 1,802 replies
    SmallGovTimes ^ | 9/8/10 | John Jay Myers
    Originally the message of the Tea Party seemed clear “Less taxes and spending”. Simple enough, Right? Somehow they have gotten distracted. Very, very distracted. I know that all Tea Parties and their participants are different, so it is not fair for me to throw them all under the bus. So for those who are distracted; let me attempt to recapture your attention. You wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of breaking glass, when you stumble out of your bed into the living room you find a man standing there with your TV in his arms....
  • America's Defeat in Iraq

    09/01/2010 3:21:17 PM PDT · by Zanton · 39 replies
    It was called Operation Iraqi Freedom but it should have been called Operation Iraqi Self-Rule. "Autonomy" and "self-rule" are the political values which largely dominate the US and the world. Certainly more so than "democracy." And almost infinitely more so than "liberty." After over 7 years, $700 billion, and 4000 killed, a fairly-bad, socialist, shariaist dictatorship (headed by Saddam) was replaced by a moderately superior one (headed by Maliki). Was this death-agony of effort worth it? Did this unending exercise in nation-building and self-sacrifice profit us? Consider all the resultant violations of civil liberties at home, and support for friendly...
  • Joe Joins The Food Police

    08/31/2010 6:42:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Ron Paul were dead, he'd be turning over in his grave . . . Joe Scarborough casts himself as a conservative with a libertarian bent. Earlier this year, he listed Ron Paul as one of the people he admires, because of Texan's devotion to "championing less government." But at least when it comes to counting calories, Joe has volunteered for the ranks of Mika's Nanny State Food Police. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough declared that he favors forcing all restaurants to put calorie counts on their menus. Joe was responding to Mika's report that, under the umbrella of ObamaCare,...
  • I am Done With Glenn Beck! He is now boring, idiotic, and not conservative.

    08/23/2010 8:52:45 AM PDT · by big black dog · 140 replies · 2+ views
    When Glenn Beck came to Fox News his show was brilliant and a can’t miss program that was interesting, creative, and a real threat to Obama and the Liberals. During the past year and half is show has steadily declined since it began and has now become completely unwatchable. For his first 6 months I never missed a episode and now I could care less about Beck. There are many reasons I lost interest in Beck and no longer watch and listen to him. Glenn Beck is not a conservative and both his TV show and radio show have become...
  • Libertarian Politics in the Media

    08/16/2010 7:06:36 AM PDT · by detritus · 5 replies
    Cato ^ | 8/12/10 | David Boaz
    Peter Wallsten of the Wall Street Journal writes, "Libertarianism is enjoying a recent renaissance in the Republican Party." He cites Ron Paul's winning the presidential straw poll earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rand Paul's upset victory in the Kentucky senatorial primary, and former governor Gary Johnson's evident interest in a libertarian-leaning presidential campaign. Johnson tells Wallsten in an interview that he'll campaign on spending cuts — including military spending, on entitlements reform, and on a rational approach to drug policy. Meanwhile, on the same day, Rand Paul had a major op-ed in USA Today discussing whether...
  • Red Meat Libertarians for Capital Punishment

    07/15/2010 7:55:00 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 11 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsREal Blog ^ | July 15, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    The libertarian Murray N. Rothbard (1926–1995) wore many hats. Economist. Economic historian. Libertarian political philosopher. Dean of the Austrian School. Capital punishment advocate. “Capital punishment advocate”? Yes that’s right. Capital punishment advocate. This week, one of his old articles has resurfaced online, “The Libertarian Position on Capital Punishment” (originally “The Plumb Line: The Capital Punishment Question” in the Libertarian Review, Vol. 7, No. 5, June 1978, pp. 13–14). Here Rothbard states: The liberal thesis that capital punishment is brutal because it condones murder is fallacious because it takes the isolated act of killing the murderer out of context: the context...
  • Freedom, Virtue, and the State

    07/13/2010 8:08:58 PM PDT · by Delacon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | Sept. 10, 1963 | William F. Rickenbacker
      As the discussion of individual liberty and civil order enters its 2,363rd year, the forum welcomes a new voice, pleading for definition, definition. In the September 11, 1962 issue of National Review an essay of signal importance was published under the title, “Freedom or Virtue?” Written with the grace and knowledge typical of all of Brent Bozell's work, the essay mounted an attack on the “fusionist” efforts of Frank Meyer and Stanton Evans, in effect affirming that there can be no peaceful coexistence of the “libertarians” and the “traditionalists” among conservatives. First, let’s take a moment to review Mr....
  • Libertarianism Fails against Illegal Immigration (John Stossel's Doctrinaire Libertarianism)

    07/13/2010 2:13:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Cross Walk ^ | 07/13/2010 | Dr. Mark Hendrickson, Grove City College
    Recently, Bill O'Reilly interviewed John Stossel about the dangerous situation along Arizona's porous border with Mexico. Stossel is probably my favorite reporter. I admire the way he demolishes popular myths, particularly economic myths. However, on the topic of how to deal with waves of illegals (some of them perpetrators of violent crime) in Arizona, his remarks were perplexing. Stossel's arguments showcased "doctrinaire libertarianism"—defined here as the rigid belief that government is always the greater evil. Essentially, though by no means condoning crime, Stossel was more willing to tolerate illegal aliens imposing murder, mayhem, and an oppressive sense of danger on...
  • 24 Types of Libertarians

    07/02/2010 9:43:22 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    The Big Picture ^ | July 1, 2010 | Barry Ritholtz
  • Ron Paul: 13th Amendment bans income tax

    06/28/2010 7:49:04 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 203 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | June 27, 2010 | RidleyReport
    Who agrees and who disagrees with Dr. Paul? I would like to see income tax abolished (it is socialism light) but what say other Freepers? Watch the video of course.
  • End of the culture wars

    06/27/2010 3:20:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 27, 2010 | Kyle Smith
    You know something is changing in American mores when the supposed leader of the culture wars from the right, Sarah Palin, declares that smoking pot is “a minimal problem” and that “if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in.” Like many other pointless wars, the culture conflict has mainly resulted in exhaustion. Now the troops are laying down their arms and going home. More and more Americans, particularly in the youngest generation of adults, are shrugging at drug...
  • Wall Street Journal : Laissez-Faire Meets the Oil Spill (The idiocy of Pure Libertarianism)

    06/02/2010 8:37:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 745+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/02/2010 | Thomas Frank
    Among the chatterati these days the favorite topic of conjecture is what the catastrophic Gulf oil spill means for President Obama. Pundits argue hotly over the correct historical comparison: Will the spill prove to be his Hurricane Katrina? His Three Mile Island? Or maybe his Iranian Hostage Crisis? Meanwhile, a strange reticence has taken hold of Mr. Obama's ideological opponents. Where are the livid patriots who enthralled us for months with their fevered dreams of a socialist-minded, power-hungry federal government? Only a short while ago, of course, the populist right was riding high, sweeping the primaries and insisting that the...
  • What do Jim Crow and Today's Liberals Have in Common?

    05/30/2010 5:45:01 AM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Western Hero ^ | 30 May 2010 | Silverfiddle
    Is libertarianism's (and our founders')belief in property rights racist? I stumbled across two pieces that put everything in proper context. First, David Paul Kuhn did an excellent job explaining why sincere civil rights champions were so incensed.  Then along came Jacob Sullum to reiterate basic libertarian fundamentals and apply them in defense of civil rights for all. Some Anger is indeed Righteous David Paul Kuhn explains why sincere liberals and civil rights activists are upset over Rand Paul's comments concerning the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Shorn of the MSNBC screeching and community activist bullhorn shouting, the argument makes a...
  • Obama’s Faith Advisor Says It’s Wrong to Question Faith But Then Rants ‘Is Libertarianism Christian?

    05/29/2010 12:52:43 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 14 replies · 416+ views
    Obama’s Faith Advisor Says It’s Wrong to Question Faith But Then Rants ‘Is Libertarianism Christian?’ http://www.breitbart.tv/obamas-faith-advisor-says-its-wrong-to-question-faith-but-then-rants-is-libertarianism-christian/
  • Rand Paul and the Perils of Textbook Libertarianism

    05/23/2010 5:25:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies · 1,049+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | Libertarianism
    When Rand Paul, the victor in the Republican Senate primary last week in Kentucky, criticized the Civil Rights Act of 1964, singling out the injustice of non-discriminatory practices it imposed on private businesses, the resulting furor delighted Democrats and unsettled Republicans. Mr. Paul hastened to state his abhorrence of racism and assert that had he served in the Senate in 1964, he would have voted for the measure. On the surface Mr. Paul’s contradictory statements might seem another instance of the trouble candidates get into when ideological consistency meets the demands of practical politics. This was the point Senator Jon...
  • The libertarian challenge to John Humphreys

    05/17/2010 5:08:35 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies · 172+ views
    Menzies House ^ | 17 May, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Humphreys also likes to portray libertarians as victims, as this statement demonstrates: The mix-up between morality and politics is common in public discussion, and leads to a lot of confusion and misunderstanding. Libertarians are often accused of personally supporting drugs, abortion, prostitution, divorce, risky behaviour etc, which is often not true. But when professional libertarians are defending drug-taking criminals, and ignoring the rights of their victims what is one to expect? When adults-only libertarians rush to defend a madwoman’s right to abort her useless eater twins, but are slow to defend a conservative’s right to expose the abortion industry’s dirty...
  • The Drug War's Immorality and Abject Failure

    04/20/2010 9:37:34 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 84 replies · 832+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-04-20 | Anthony Gregory
    If the idea is to create a drug-free America, then we can safely say that after hundreds of billions of dollars spent, millions of arrests, and decades of escalating police and military efforts, the war on drugs is a complete failure. The reason is clear if you think about it. The attempt to use government force and central planning -- violence and socialism, essentially -- to effectively mold society by preventing people on an individual basis from growing, producing, transferring, and ingesting drugs of their choice, is a ridiculous fantasy and always has been. There will forever be ways to...
  • What Am I?

    04/08/2010 7:21:50 AM PDT · by Onelifetogive · 50 replies · 858+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 07, 2010 | John Stossel
    I used to be a Kennedy-style "liberal." Then I wised up. Now I'm a libertarian. But what does that mean? When I asked people on the street, half had no clue. We know that conservatives want government to conserve traditional values. They say they're for limited government, but they're pro-drug war, pro-immigration restriction and anti-abortion, and they often support "nation-building." And so-called liberals? They tend to be anti-gun and pro-choice on abortion. They favor big, powerful government -- they say -- to make life kinder for people. By contrast, libertarians want government to leave people alone -- in both the...
  • Future Shock

    04/07/2010 1:57:23 PM PDT · by Zanton · 4 replies · 278+ views
    The bigger the government, the worse the government. The more powerful the government, the worse the government. The more the government taxes and regulates -- the more it spends and controls -- the worse the government. That government which guides and directs us -- unifies and leads us -- is that government which destroys us. All these recent government "bail-outs," "rescues," "recovery packages," and "stimulus programs," are machetes thrust directly into the heart of the economy. All are heartless and brutal backstabs of the society and the nation. All of them devastate our businesses, finances, lifestyles, and civilization. It's almost...
  • The Mommy State

    04/05/2010 10:33:12 AM PDT · by Zanton · 22 replies · 506+ views
    It's sloppy and incorrect to call Obama and his radical leftist allies "socialists." A handful are, no doubt. But most of them don't want to nationalize anything. Not even health care! They do, however, seek to significantly expand the size and power of the state. They do quietly seek to have a friendly, European-style Leviathan monitor and control business and the Individual a great deal more than currently. And it's all for our own good. The Obamanites fundamentally think they know more than the citizenry who elected them, and whom they theoretically serve. And, of course, they're morally superior. So...
  • Never trust an Obama-first libertarian

    03/28/2010 5:29:22 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 84 replies · 960+ views
    Australian Conservative ^ | 28 March, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    For years, I’ve heard supposed libertarians pontificating about low-taxes, on the one hand, while supporting welfare-dependent drug addicts, on the other. Which begs the question: Are the media’s favourite libertarian thinkers, Alzheimer’s victims or fifth columnists? Take Reason magazine – and let’s revisit 2008. Before the last election, Peter Bagge a Reason contributing editor was asked which way he was swinging. The libertarian-minded elitist pontificated: If the polls in my home state are close: Obama (McCain is simply too incompetent these days to be president). If not, I’ll make a protest vote for Barr. And how did that work out?...
  • The Infantile SIMPLICITY of Health Care Reform

    03/03/2010 7:15:46 AM PST · by Zanton · 7 replies · 315+ views
    The key to highest quality and lowest cost in doctoring is this: No Welfare State mandates on health care. No "helpful" regulations on doctors, medicines, medical procedures, or overall treatment plans. Let people buy any kind of drugs, health care, or medical insurance they want, from anyone they want, from anywhere on earth. It's called freedom. Case closed. Nothing else to discuss or debate.
  • Libertarianism's foreign policy folly

    02/26/2010 8:13:12 AM PST · by caldera599 · 32 replies · 437+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 02/26/2010 | Justin Jurek
    Libertarians have many good things going for them. They oppose massive federal spending and the growth of the welfare state in America. They support liberty for all Americans. They believe in curbing federal power over the economy by getting rid of the Fed and promoting sound money at home. All essentially good ideas. Though, as the old saying goes, no one is perfect.
  • The Ron Paul Delusion

    02/24/2010 4:42:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 847+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | David Harsanyi
    What are we to make of the Republican Party's future now that libertarian Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the well-attended Conservative Political Action Conference last week? Is the GOP about to transform into the party of the gold standard? Let's, for a moment, forget Paul (and how I wish this could be a permanent condition, considering the congressman is neither a serious politician nor -- and I can't stress this enough -- a serious thinker). Libertarianism offers conservatives -- many of them new to political activism -- an earnest ideological alternative to the process-heavy politics that...
  • My review of Avatar

    02/20/2010 1:19:42 PM PST · by mainestategop · 71 replies · 1,287+ views
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | 2/20/10 | MAINESTATEGOP
    Last week for the Second time, i got to see Avatar. having been watching the blog sphere lately I have been quite surprised by some of the responses to the movie, Allegations that the movie promotes environmentalism, and liberalism. probably the biggest problem I have heard is that the humans instead of the aliens are the bad guys. A major departure from traditional science fiction orthodoxy that is rare. That, and James Cameron has used his fame to attack and ridicule conservatives and libertarians. my review concentrates on some of the ridiculous remarks made against the movie in the blog...
  • Elusive Libertarians: Do “libertarian leanings” constitute a significant political movement?

    02/18/2010 6:06:02 PM PST · by Delacon · 88 replies · 1,446+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 18, 2010 | John Zogby & Zeljka Buturovic
    A number of commentators have recently taken up the notion that libertarianism has become a significant force in contemporary American politics. This conviction is partly based on the assumption that, by being different from both liberals and conservatives, libertarians can enter coalitions with both, thus boosting their political power beyond their numbers. For example, David Kirby and David Boaz of the Cato Institute recently argued that, although unaware of the appropriate label for their beliefs, a significant number of Americans have “libertarian leanings” and that they are not only swing but bellwether voters; their support for Republicans, for example, ominously...
  • Monstrous Islam

    01/25/2010 5:51:26 PM PST · by Zanton · 24 replies · 882+ views
    Islam is an ideology for monsters. It's like Nazism and Communism in its shocking level of theoretical and intellectual evil. Islam harbors a simply stunning level of love for war (jihad) and slavery (sharia). That's why unless a person is brainwashed into it as a child, or conquered into it as an adult, few, if any, good and decent people freely convert to the philosophy of Islam. Only monsters. Any normal, humane, tolerable, at least semi-respectable person morally condemns and personally loathes what the belief-system of Islam essentially constitutes and entails, namely: jihad and the jihadis, plus sharia and the...
  • Why Christianity and social libertarianism are incompatible

    01/21/2010 1:55:17 PM PST · by aSeattleConservative · 107 replies · 1,383+ views
    After an attempt by a very knowledgeable Freeper to enlighten me to the ways of "It's my body and I can do what I want with it" social libertarianism, I discovered the following as the major difference between Christianity and those that identify themselves as libertarians, "Christian libertarians","libertarian Christians",or any other of the many factions of libertarianism: that the three fundamental institutions for the governance of men are the family, the Church, and civil government. Libertarians fail to acknowledge the important role that a civil government plays in a freedom loving "moral" nation. Please make note that I am NOT...
  • Democracy vs. Freedom

    01/18/2010 3:57:22 PM PST · by Zanton · 10 replies · 626+ views
    The world today has replaced the medieval, Christian-dominated Dark Age theory of "the divine right of kings" with the current, socialism-dominated Dark Age theory of "the divine right of the majority." This means embracing and sanctifying mob rule. This means democracy is privileged to crush freedom. This means "the will of the people" is allowed to legitimately rip asunder and trample underfoot the rights of the sacred Individual. In todays' absurd and depraved era, 50%-plus-one can do no wrong. The majority, by definition, can never do or be politically evil. Such a group, by its very nature, can never be...
  • Controlling When You Relieve Your Yourself, Not Body Scan, Invades Privacy (Idiots Alert)

    01/04/2010 11:55:52 PM PST · by goldstategop · 30 replies · 1,491+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/05/2010 | Dennis Prager
    If the government prohibits airline passengers from getting out of their seats during the last hour of a flight, I hereby announce that I will get out of my seat either to escort someone who needs to use the lavatory or because I do. I understand that I may be arrested, but I am willing to make this a cause celebre. Aside from a genetic incapacity to be directed by irrationality, I will make this protest on behalf of fellow passengers who are in pain because of this idiotic rule. What are diabetics, for example, supposed to do? And considering...
  • After the collectivist winter, will come the spring

    01/02/2010 4:34:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 692+ views
    Vin Suprynowicz ^ | January 2, 2010 | Vin Suprynowicz
    And so the solstice passes and a new year dawns, leaving “newsmen” everywhere with a dearth of “news” to report (since the government bureaus close down, issuing no new edicts for the “newsmen” to interpret and praise, which should give you some indication of what really passes for “news,” these days.) Traditionally, those in the “news” business respond by taking a stab at predicting noteworthy events of the year to come. We can predict the future quite accurately. Unfortunately, accurate predictions are a bore. The sun will rise 363 more times this year. When I ask for extra salt and...
  • How the West Should Deal With Our Enemies, the Muslims

    12/28/2009 4:34:30 PM PST · by Zanton · 42 replies · 1,667+ views
    How much more evil does Islam have to visit upon the West before the West finally decides to decently fight back? How many more attempted massacres of 289 innocents, like Christmas Day over Detroit? How many more successful massacres like Bali (10/12/02), Madrid (3/11/04), London (7/7/05), Mumbai (7/11/06), Mumbai (11/26/08), and New York (9/11/01)? Does anyone seriously doubt that the Muslims are fanatically determined -- at the very least -- to set off simultaneous suitcase nuclear bombs in Washington DC and New York City? The likelihood here is they will succeed! The West ought to hate Islam. We ought to...
  • Cassting Out Liberty

    12/28/2009 6:21:52 AM PST · by bs9021 · 384+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 28, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Cassting Out Liberty Bethany Stotts, December 28, 2009 At a recent CATO book discussion, one of the think-tank’s scholars condemned Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s “regulatory czar,” for coauthoring what is an argument against individual rights. “Consequently, according to Cass Sunstein, there are no rights whatsoever, which I think actually is the logical outcome of his entire legal theory, is the elimination of rights,” said Tom G. Palmer at the December CATO event. In the book he referenced, The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes, Sunstein and New York University Professor Stephen Holmes argue that all rights...
  • Not-So-Neutral Switzerland

    12/01/2009 10:57:34 AM PST · by Zanton · 10 replies · 906+ views
    Three cheers for the Swiss! As everyone knows, or should know, Islam is at war with the West. Yesterday, via a nationwide referendum banning Muslim minarets in Switzerland, the West finally somewhat fought back. Although this building prohibition is technically an attack on freedom, and only really constitutes a symbolic counter-attack on the evil ideology of Islam, it's still a beautiful thing to see! The ultimate tactic -- in this "clash of civilizations" and cultures -- is to intellectually refute the philosophy of Islam. The secondary tactic is to successfully morally condemn it. The tertiary tactic is to openly hate...
  • Collectivist Obsession with Race (Salon on Beck)

    11/21/2009 5:02:22 AM PST · by Anarchydeluxe · 4 replies · 602+ views
    Anarchy Deluxe ^ | 11/21/2009 | Michael Nichols
    The more I observe U.S. politics, the more I am sickened by racial politics. Don't get me wrong; this is also an observable trend in Europe. The fact is that race and nationality have always been explosive issues. Politicians and political interest groups know this and use it to damage or completely discredit the opposing ideology. Liberals in the U.S. would have you believe that conservatism or rightist politics is the source of all racist thought in America. To believe this, one would have to ignore history completely and the fact that many of the most brutal racist policies the...
  • Has Ron Paul Converted Michele Bachmann To Libertarianism?

    10/01/2009 7:02:32 PM PDT · by Palin Republic · 32 replies · 1,041+ views
    Smart Politics ^ | September 28, 2009 | Eric Ostermeier
    Bachmann focused her 15-minute speech on legislation authored by Paul in the House to audit the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve Transparency Act lists Bachmann as a co-sponsor, and the Congresswoman's call that the Federal Reserve, "Should be about protecting the soundness of our dollar, not inflating it, and not destroying it," drew chants of "End the Fed," in the crowd. In her introduction of Representative Paul, Bachmann lauded the former GOP presidential candidate, who is now joined by Bachmann in his "Thursday Liberty Luncheon" in D.C. - a luncheon in which issues of monetary policy and getting more liberty...
  • Palin Speaks to Investors in Hong Kong

    09/23/2009 9:39:36 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 661+ views
    New York Times ^ | 09/23/2009 | Mark McDonald
    Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first speech overseas, spoke on Wednesday to Asian bankers, investors and fund managers. Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Jeff Topping/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Jonathon Stone, the chairman and CEO of CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, with Sarah Palin at a meeting in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Blog The Caucus The latest on President Obama, the new administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join the discussion. More Politics News A number of people who heard the speech in a packed hotel ballroom, which was
  • A Libertarian’s Lament

    08/29/2009 6:54:17 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 54 replies · 1,221+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | August 29, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Having strong libertarian tendencies, I pay special attention to issues which present a reasonably good choice between libertarianism and statism – - libertarianism being, in essence, a philosophy that favors individual liberty, less government, and low taxes, and statism being the belief in better living through bigger government. While it seems to me that at least a strong plurality and probably a majority of Americans still hold to libertarian principles, our lives are controlled by the incessant, internecine “liberal-versus-conservative,” “Democrat-versus-Republican” political battles in which libertarian values are either ignored or honored only for show. How can it be, I lament,...