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But Can You Fire Him? Robert Higgs on “Public Servants”

August 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Public “servants.” We pay their salaries, right? So they work for us, right? Well… no. The great libertarian writer Robert Higgs recently posted this imaginary dialogue at his always-enlightening Facebook page: Did you hire him? No. Can you fire him? No. Did you [...]

VIDEO: Remy’s Tips for Improving the TSA

August 15th, 2014 (No Comments)

The Transportation Molestation Administration — oops, we mean the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — recently announced they were seeking suggestions from their victims — oops, we mean the public — for how to improve airport security lines. They even offered $15,000 in prizes for the best tips. And that inspired the great liberty-minded comedian Remy to offer [...]

“A Masterwork”: Rave Review for Libertarianism in One Lesson

August 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) David Bergland’s classic introduction to libertarianism, Libertarianism in One Lesson (published by the Advocates), has been given a rave review by longtime libertarian activist and writer Charlie Burris at LewRockwell.com. Burris begins by complimenting “the brilliant strategic insight of 1984 Libertarian Party presidential candidate [...]

New York Times: End the Federal War on Marijuana

August 5th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In a major and historic breakthrough for libertarians and other advocates of marijuana re-legalization, the New York Times editorial board has called for ending the federal war on marijuana. Here are excerpts from the July 27 editorial, entitled “Repeal Prohibition, Again”: “It took 13 years [...]

Buckley for Senate

August 4th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) One of the most famous family names in American political history is once again on the ballot and in the national news. John Buckley — cousin of the renowned late conservative icon William F. Buckley and former U.S. Senator James L. Buckley [...]

VIDEO: Remy’s “What are the Chances? (An IRS Love Song)”

August 1st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) A new video by the great liberty-minded comic Remy is always a cause for celebration. Here’s his latest: “What are the Chances? (An IRS Love Song)“. Remy, decked out handsomely in country music duds, croons a country-flavored ode to the IRS scandal [...]

But… Who Will Build the Roads?

July 31st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Yeah, we’ve all heard that one ad nauseam. Now a British grandfather has pretty much settled it. From “Rolling in money: Man makes toll road to get around roadworks“, Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland: “A grandfather sick of roadworks [road construction] near his home [...]

THEY SAID IT…

July 30th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the They Said It section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) RAND PAUL’S ADVICE TO SILICON VALLEY: “Don’t be depressed with how bad government is. Use your ingenuity, use your big head to think of solutions the marketplace can figure out, that the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up [...]

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 [...]

Harvard Study: Young Americans Want Far Less Interventionist Foreign Policy

May 27th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Young Americans want a far less interventionist foreign policy, and they don’t trust the United Nations or the federal government in general. And they have strong libertarian leanings on other key issues. That’s according to the latest Harvard Public Opinion Project, a highly-respected national [...]

Hey, Media: “Isolationist” Is an Insult and a Lie

May 26th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “When tea party or libertarian Republicans oppose U.S. military intervention or aid in Ukraine, Syria or any other hot spot, they are regularly labeled ‘isolationist’ by mainstream media outlets. The same term is now commonly used to describe the growing number of [...]

Great News! The World Is Getting Better: HumanProgress.org

May 24th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) There is a large and growing body of evidence showing dramatic and remarkable improvements in human well-being in recent decades, especially in the developing world. Unfortunately, this evidence is little-known and often overlooked. Bad news and predictions of doom and gloom are [...]

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