Culture & the Libertarian Heritage

A Dictionary of Libertarianism

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Libertarianism, from A to Z by Jeffrey A. Miron (New York: Basic Books, 2010); 198 pages. More and more Americans are coming to realize that the liberal/conservative paradigm is deeply flawed. Disillusionment with Washington is at an all-time high. The old adage that there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties has never seemed more ... [click for more]

Misdefining Liberty

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The definitions of liberty devised in ivory towers and elsewhere have a profound impact on political and judicial thinking. Regardless of how wrongheaded some concepts of liberty prevalent early last century may now appear, America’s legal structure is now based on those ideas. And that legal structure continues binding today’s citizens to the intellectual follies of previous generations of ... [click for more]

The Declaration, the Constitution, and Liberty in Our Time

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The following is a non-verbatim transcript of a speech delivered by Jacob Hornberger at the Virginia Campaign for Liberty’s Liberty Fest in Richmond, Virginia, on September 18, 2010. Ever since the dawn of recorded history, people’s minds have been inculcated with the notion that government is the master and the people are the servants. Hardly anyone, for example, has questioned ... [click for more]

Leading Humanity Out of the Darkness, Part 4

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 During the entire 11 years of the sanctions on Iraq, the anger in the Middle East was simmering, not only among Iraqi parents but also among Muslims throughout the Middle East, who could only sit idly by and watch the deaths occur year after year. There ... [click for more]

The Dishonor of Militarism

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What a blown opportunity! Glenn Beck gathered thousands of people at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to urge a restoration of American honor — but not once did he mention the most egregious assault on America’s honor: militarism. It would have been a perfect time to call for dismantling the American empire, ending the bloody occupations and covert wars in ... [click for more]

None Dare Call It Tyranny

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If you want to know what tyranny is like, look around. The national government — specifically the executive branch — can do pretty much what it wants. It could bomb Iran tomorrow without a declaration of war from Congress. It can — and does — conduct secret wars and covert operations against countries that have done nothing to us. Of ... [click for more]

The Right to Discriminate

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The barring of women from a golf club may seem politically incorrect to some, but it is not illegal, according to the Irish supreme court. In a 3-2 decision, the court ruled that the Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin may continue to deny membership to women. The case arose in 2002 when the Equality Authority of Ireland filed a complaint ... [click for more]

V for Vendetta

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The movie V for Vendetta (V) is a thriller set in London’s dystopian future of 2020, where an anti-government anti-hero named “V” (played by Hugo Weaving) uses violence to bring down a totalitarian right-wing state called Norsefire. V's motivation is partly personal; he was brutalized by a state-run medical experiment. It is partly political; he wants to ... [click for more]

Leading Humanity Out of the Darkness, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Ever since it was established, the income tax has constituted an ever-growing assault on income, savings, and capital, which are the keys to a prospering nation, one in which the real standard of living is growing generation after generation. Here is how this corrupt and sordid process ... [click for more]
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