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They Said It…

July 16th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) RAND PAUL ON WHY WE SHOULD MINIMIZE GOV’T: “You want to minimize how much government we have because government frankly isn’t good at anything.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweet, July 19, 2014. P.J. O’ROURKE ON LEGISLATING PERSONAL MORALITY:  “Imagine trying to make the Ten [...]

Best Libertarian Science Fiction/Fantasy of the Year Announced

July 15th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Want some great libertarian-oriented reading? The Libertarian Futurist Society has some new recommendations for you. For more than three decades, the Libertarian Futurist Society has given its coveted annual Prometheus Awards, which celebrate outstanding current and classic works of science fiction and fantasy that [...]

VIDEO: Reporters Openly Laugh at State Department Defense of Obama

July 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms,” declared the great libertarian H.L. Mencken. So when mainstream reporters start snickering publicly at the president, that’s a very good sign. Enjoy, then, this very short (one minute 36 seconds) video clip from a State Department press [...]

SWAT Teams: We’re Above the Law

July 11th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) From a recent Washington Post column by libertarian Randy Balko, entitled “Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws”: “[A] number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These [...]

Marijuana Shockers Propel New Re-Legalization Effort

July 10th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “The Uncovery” is a new online program by the American Civil Liberties Union designed to facilitate mass online activism in support of marijuana re-legalization. The Uncovery website lets users select facts about the failures of marijuana prohibition, both national and state by state, and [...]

TIME Magazine: The War on Drugs Is a Real War

July 6th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) From “This Is Why Your Local Police Department Might Have a Tank,” TIME Magazine, June 24: “Forget Officer Friendly. A new report finds that local police departments are becoming excessively militarized, equipped with weapons, uniforms and even vehicles formerly used by the U.S. [...]

VIDEO: Remy’s “God Bless the USA (Veterans Affairs Scandal Edition)”

July 6th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) If the VA hospital scandal has you outraged, you’re gonna love this smart and savage satire by the great pro-liberty comedian Remy. Remy reworks the 1984 Lee Greenwood radio hit “God Bless the USA”… for today’s Veterans Affairs administrators. Your jaw is [...]

Gallup: Almost No One Has Confidence in Congress

July 5th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Only seven percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress, according to a new Gallup poll. About one-third of Americans report having “some” confidence, while half have “very little,” and another 7% volunteer that they [...]

Cost of Government Day: July 6

July 3rd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) While Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4, we are far from being able to celebrate fiscal independence. Indeed, according to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), this year Cost of Government Day fell on… July 6. Ouch! Cost of Government Day — calculated each year by ATR — marks the point during the [...]

They Said It…

April 12th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the They Said It… section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) THE MOST LIBERTARIAN GENERATION EVER:  “Today’s youth is the most libertarian generation that has ever existed. Today’s youth have grown up socially tolerant, but at the same time skeptical of government intervention in the economy. And we’re fed up with excessive [...]

TV and Film Star Rob Lowe: Is He a Libertarian?

April 10th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Renowned TV and film star Rob Lowe is promoting his new autobiography Love Life. And he’s been making some very libertarian-ish statements along the way. In an interview with the New York Times, he described his politics this way: “My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms [...]

VIDEO: It’s Almost Illegal to Start a Business in the U.S.A.

April 8th, 2014 (No Comments)

Believe it or not, in what was once the land of the free, fully one in three Americans must seek and win a government-issued license before they can start a business. No wonder unemployment’s so high! This funny — and horrifying — animated cartoon from the libertarian Institute for Justice (IJ) brings this important issue to life. Watch prospective entrepreneur Chuck [...]

Libertarian Party Voter Registration Increases 11% As Republicans, Democrats Wane

April 6th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Voter registration in the Republican and Democratic parties has decreased significantly in recent years. However, according to American’s leading ballot access expert Richard Winger, Libertarian Party voter registration in the U.S. is growing — by a whopping 11.4% since late 2012. According [...]

Worse and Worse: 101 Years of the Federal Income Tax

April 4th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “The American income tax is perhaps the most dramatic example of how government grows at the expense of liberty,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), last week. “Slowly. Constantly. Inexorably.” Indeed, the 101-year history of the federal income tax has [...]

They Said It…

March 27th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) FACES TO VOICES: “President Obama now is meeting with the G-7 leaders… it must be fun for him to put faces to the voices he hears on the wiretaps.” — David Letterman, March 24, 2014. PERVERSE INCENTIVES: “The War on Drugs creates perverse incentives. When the [...]

Mises Institute: Free Downloadable Libertarian Library

March 26th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) The Ludwig von Mises Institute has created one of the great online libertarian treasures. It has made hundreds of classic libertarian books available online — for free. If you have an e-reader, or don’t mind reading on your computer, then an intellectual feast awaits you. [...]

VIDEO: “Isn’t it Ironic”: Remy Rips Feinstein on Spying

March 24th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Okay, admit it: you had to laugh when Senator Diane Feinstein — long one of the Senate’s biggest defenders of NSA spying — was suddenly filled with outrage when she found out that SHE, too, was being spied on. Hey! That’s going too far! The irony [...]

“House of Cards” Is Alive and Real in Maryland

March 23rd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) And you thought Netflix’s “House of Cards” was just fiction. Reports the Washington Post: “A few weeks before Season 2 of ‘House of Cards’ debuted online, the show’s production company sent Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a letter with this warning: Give us millions more dollars in [...]

Rand Paul: Who is Running the Government?

March 21st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Even U.S. senators are scared of the run-amok NSA, said Rand Paul on March 19 at the University of California at Berkeley. Paul, currently running at the front of the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls, won applause and standing ovations for his [...]

They Said It…

March 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the They Said It… section in Volume 19, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) NSA HEAD PREDICTS LEGISLATION TO RESTRICT FIRST AMENDMENT: “I think we are going to make headway over the next few weeks on media leaks. I am an optimist. I think if we make the right steps on the media leaks legislation, then [...]

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