Cop Injures Self, Innocent Man May Go to Prison →
Last June, Brian Hitchcock was rear-ended by a police motorcycle driven by Officer Anthony Parente of the Hermosa Beach, California Police Department. Parente had pulled behind Hitchcock at a stoplight; when the light changed, he pulled in even tighter and inexplicably hit his siren and running lights. When Hitchcock reflexively stopped, Parente plowed into the back of the BMW. The officer was...
U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By... →
Oops! Nothing to see here folks. Unintentional warrantless discharging of an anti-free-speech weapon. Accidents happen. You can still trust us with the power to control communication and information! Move along.
Cubicle Worker Found A Day After Dying At Work →
If you need a sad reminder that cubicles are soul-crushing ways to divide an office, here’s a story of a LA County employee that died at hers, but wasn’t found for an entire day. I take this as more an indictment of the inactivity of government work than the dehumanization of cubicles in the workforce. With respect to the deceased: as a resident of LA, I can understand how...
Obama's Unsustainable Budget →
In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama declared that “we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable.” He was right then, and unfortunately, he’s still right: The budget proposal his administration is releasing today wouldn’t do much to change the facts about our country’s dismal fiscal future. Echoing the...
Another Tale of TSA Bullies →
Self-Inflicted Poverty →
Those countries with greater economic liberty and private property rights tend also to have stronger protections of human rights. And as an important side benefit of that greater economic liberty and human rights protections, their people are wealthier. We need to persuade our fellow man around the globe that liberty is a necessary ingredient for prosperity.
Rand Paul’s Letter Opposing the Patriot Act →
James Otis argued against general warrants and writs of assistance that were issued by British soldiers without judicial review and that did not name the subject or items to be searched. He condemned these general warrants as “the worst instrument[s] of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty and the fundamental principles of law, that ever w[ere] found in an English law book.”...
There is not a man in the country that can’t make a living for himself and...– Will Rogers (via coeus)
It’s a fallacy to say that people have a right to somebody else’s service. No,...– Ron Paul on the notion that Universal Healthcare is a right. (via evilteabagger)
Evil Teabagger: Tumblr Tuesday →
evilteabagger: DON’T RECOMMEND ME. I want 0 recommends this week. Followers, I want every single of one you to recommend laliberty this week. He’s recommended me quite a few times and I always forget to return the favor when Tumblr Tuesday rolls around. Not to mention that he is a total beast when it comes to the plight of the Anarcho-Capitalist. So at midnight you will recommend laliberty...
The Calculation Problem and Price Theory
Whether it’s the soft central planning of minimum wage laws or absolute unmitigated socialism, the shortcoming is the same: the economic calculation problem. Rational economic decisions - that is, social exchange of limited resources - requires money and prices. Money is simply an agreed-upon medium of exchange. Prices are merely information. In basic terms, prices relay the demand of the...
Police Have More, Better Rights than You →
On Ron Paul's "Financial Crack" →
This is a comment replying to Rick Ungar’s Forbes column denouncing Ron Paul and libertarians (mentioned in my last post), which I just had to post in its entirety. Your blog post [Ungar’s column] was almost completely misinformed and poorly thought out, but rather than react with the (deserved) anger of some other respondents, I will take you up on your challenge and try to answer...
I always like to point out that libertarians rely heavily on the economic ideas...– Rick Ungar, in his Forbes column denouncing Ron Paul and libertarians I always like to point out that Austrian economics has nothing to do with Austria’s economy or politics.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions...– Thomas Sowell (via reasonstohatecommunists)
The Leaked Campaign To Attack WikiLeaks and Its... →
For those who are still suffering the delusion that we do not live under a fascist regime under Barack Obama, with total disregard for the rule of law and Constitutional safeguards for essential rights and liberties, this Glenn Greenwald article should open their eyes. Greenwald is the most intrepid and courageous progressive voice in the media today. The fact that he was targeted in this...
Paying for Bad Cops →
[I]n Colorado… a police officer kneed a handcuffed woman in the face, breaking her eye socket. He also didn’t bother to report her injuries. The Aurora police chief sensibly fired the officer, and the city paid the victim an $85,000 settlement. But then … That was not good enough for the civil service panel considering the officer’s firing, which said excessive force...
Lincoln's True Legacy →
Protectionism, nationalized money supply, the crony capitalism of corporate welfare, income taxation, military conscription, huge public debt, waging war over tax collection, shutting down opposition newspapers, suspension of Habeas Corpus, interfering with elections, imprisoning duly elected state government representatives, deporting opposition members of the national legislature,...
Another Triumph for the Greens →
To go with toilets that don’t flush and light bulbs that don’t light, we now have dishwashers that don’t wash. At first, my Bosch was wonderful. Quiet as a wind’s whisper, the dishes were so clean you could eat off of them. But a few months ago I started noticing problems. A fork would come out with food between the tines; a glass would have bits of grime stuck to the bottom. Surely this was a...