Liberty

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray N. Rothbard An absolutely awesome book. If you are interested in liberty, this is, in my opinion, the most important book to read. I think Lew Rockwell, who I recently had the pleasure to meet at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, says it best about this book: Once you are exposed to the complete picture -- and For a New Liberty has been the leading means of exposure for more than a quarter of a century -- you cannot forget it. It becomes the indispensable lens through which we can see…
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The Perverse Kansas Gambling Law

As humans, we have the right to gamble, as it is an activity that people may voluntarily take part in, and it causes no harm or violence to others. As such, we have to wonder why most forms of gambling have been illegal in Kansas for so long. More importantly, what has changed this year that would cause the state to allow us to gamble in casinos? What has happened that would cause this activity, formerly considered a vice by the state, to be allowed and even desired? The answer is simple: the anticipation of millions of dollars in new…
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The Kansas Gambling Law I’d Vote For

Here's the one law concerning gambling in Wichita and Kansas that I would vote for: "All laws prohibiting and regulating gambling in Kansas are hereby repealed." That's the only law consistent with personal freedom and liberty. The law that has been passed, however, provides more power for the state and more opportunities to regulate our lives. Even casino supporters concede large social costs will accompany a casino. As we have government that stands willing to pay these costs, the taxpayer will suffer these costs. In the balance, the expansion of state bureaucracy, tax collection, and regulation, plus the social costs…
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Toward a Free America

The ending of For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, by Murray N. Rothbard: Toward a Free America The libertarian creed, finally, offers the fulfillment of the best of the American past along with the promise of a far better future. Even more than conservatives, who are often attached to the monarchical traditions of a happily obsolete European past, libertarians are squarely in the great classical liberal tradition that built the United States and bestowed on us the American heritage of individual liberty, a peaceful foreign policy, minimal government, and a free-market economy. Libertarians are the only genuine current heirs…
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A Free Society: It’s Not All About Country

The opening words of Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman, written around 1962: In a much quoted passage in his inaugural address, President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.” It is a striking sign of the temper of our times that the controversy about this passage centered on its origin and not on its content. Neither half of the statement expresses a relation between the citizen and his government that is worthy of the ideals of free men in a free society. The paternalistic “what your…
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The miracle and morality of the market

The Miracle and Morality of the Market Richard M. Ebeling Click here to read the article. In this short article we learn the simple mechanism that makes our economy work so well. Interfering with that mechanism is not only harmful, it is immoral. Prices convey the information that we need to make our economy work. Here is why: How are the activities of an increasingly larger group of individuals successfully coordinated, so that all the multitudes of demands and supplies are brought into balance and harmony? The Austrian economist and Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek showed how all of the knowledge…
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Gambling study flawed. Ask casino workers.

Did you know that a study used to promote the economic development benefits of gambling in Wichita has casino workers paying for a large part of the social costs of gambling? There is a document titled "Economic & Social Impact Anlaysis [sic] For A Proposed Casino & Hotel" created by GVA Marquette Advisors for the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and the Greater Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, dated April 2004. One presentation concludes that the average cost per pathological gambler is $13,586 per year. Quoting from the study in the section titled Social Impact VII-9: Most studies conclude that nationally…
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A free society means inalienable rights

From Dan Mitchell: Walter Williams Warns Against Tyrannical Majoritarianism. Most people assume that decisions should be made by majority rule, but that assumes 51 percent of the people should have the right to rape and pillage 49 percent of the people. The sign of a free society, as Walter Williams explains, is that people have inalienable rights: What's so great about majority rule? Let's look at majority rule, as a decision-making tool, and ask how many of our choices we would like settled by what a majority likes. Would you want the kind of car that you own to be…
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No more smoking laws, please

There is no doubt in my mind that smoking cigarettes and breathing secondhand smoke are harmful to health. If a young person asked my advice as to whether to smoke cigarettes, I would strongly urge them to avoid smoking. But it doesn't follow that we should have laws against smoking, or laws that govern how businesses such as bars and restaurants must accommodate smokers and non-smokers. Smoking is (and should continue to be) a legal activity. It seems unlikely to me that there are adults who are not familiar with the data about the risks of smoking, and they are…
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I have nothing to offer

Writing from Charlotte, North Carolina One of the appeals of big government is that is has so much to offer everyone. Those, myself included, who want government to radically reduce its size, intrusiveness, and power have nothing to offer except freedom and liberty. Sadly, those things don't seem to matter to many people today. Or perhaps people have forgotten what these words mean and how much government infringes on both. How has government become so big, and why are calls for smaller government so unpopular? In an article titled Handing Out The Goodies, Gene Callahan quotes Jim Henley as follows:…
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