“Money Is Not Speech.” Really?


“Money Is Not Speech.” At first, this phrase sounds so self-evident as to be almost indisputable. This phrase is currently riding a wave of popularity among the political classes, such that former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was greeted with praise for uttering this phrase during a … [Read more...]

Private Property, the Least Bad Option


Libertarians tend to see two worlds: one with private property that works reasonably well, and one without that farcically implodes. What they often miss, however, is that this dichotomy is conditional. Private property isn’t morally meritorious or great in itself, but only insofar as it is the best … [Read more...]

Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County: Great Outcome but Flawed Reasoning

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Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County (Mo Co) that Mo Co can’t force Centro Tepeyac and other pro-life centers to post pro-abortion signs on their property.  For procedural reasons, this case has gone back and forth several … [Read more...]

Another Round: My Debate with a Pro-Abortion Libertarian


J.D. Bridges of TowardLiberty.com and I have been having an ongoing debate about libertarianism and abortion. Bridges has consistently maintained that “a woman has a property right in her body” and so “abortion … is not murder but really eviction.” In both my responses, I’ve countered that, … [Read more...]

My Debate with a Pro-Abortion Libertarian


The past two weeks, J.D. Bridges of TowardLiberty.com and I have been having an interesting debate about libertarianism and abortion. Our debate started with my article “2014’s March for Life: C’mon, Libertarians!,” which argued that libertarians should view all abortions as violations of unborn … [Read more...]

My Response to a Libertarian Case for Abortion


Over at TowardLiberty.com, J.D. Bridges responded to my recent article “2014’s March for Life: C’mon Libertarians” with his interesting article “No Libertarian Case for Abortion?” My article made a libertarian case against abortion, but Bridges argued “a woman has a property right in her body” and … [Read more...]

2014’s March for Life: C’mon, Libertarians!

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With 2014’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., approaching on January 22nd, I ask: Will many libertarians attend? A recent Cato Institute study said 37% of libertarians are pro-life, versus 31% of Democrats, 45% of independents, and 68% of Republicans. Many libertarians believe the false claims … [Read more...]

Liberty Blog’s Top 10 Articles in 2013

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We launched LibertyBlog.org (LB) in April 2012 to help citizen journalists promote liberty. In just 2013, readers in over 120 countries have visited LB, showing the global appeal of the liberty movement. This year, LB published many insightful articles on various liberty topics, such as the … [Read more...]

The Origination Clause III: ObamaCare’s a Good Amendment to Die Hard


In June 2013, Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF)'s case that ObamaCare violates the Constitution's Origination Clause.  This clause reads, "All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of … [Read more...]

Overpopulation’s False Doom and Gloom


There’s a widespread belief that the world is or could soon become overpopulated. Some career-driven women don’t want children because of “overpopulation,” and others think war can be necessary to cull overpopulation. Although most commonly seen in the environmentalist left, some political moderates … [Read more...]

Partisanship Makes You Stupid


I spent nearly two years in the political weeds monitoring the blathering of professional lunatics, and the experience nearly drove me mad. I learned many things during this time, but one lesson stands out above all others: Partisanship makes you stupid. Partisanship demands total devotion to the … [Read more...]

Pew’s New Survey Gives Pro-Lifers Some Hope


Recently, the Pew Research Center released a report on a survey of US adults’ opinions on the morality of various issues relating to the unborn. As shown below, about half of the respondents believed abortion was morally wrong, but low percentages claimed embryonic stem cell research and the use of … [Read more...]

Errors Galore in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County

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Centro Tepeyac, a pro-life center in Montgomery County (Mo Co), Maryland, is officially a First Amendment martyr.  On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County that Mo Co can force Centro Tepeyac and other pro-life centers to post … [Read more...]

Health & Human Services: Religious Employers Still Ain’t “Religious”


First Amendment: Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise [of religion.] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently blew a chance to exempt any conscientious “religious employer,” such as Christian-owned Hobby Lobby, from HHS’ contraception/abortifacient … [Read more...]

PoliTwix: Are Left and Right Really Different?


The world is full of puzzling questions. Do ghosts exist? What is the meaning of life? Why are there two Twix bars in one wrapper? Finally, after years upon years of vexation, the Twix company has shared the details of its troubled past, shedding light on the question of candy bar bifurcation. … [Read more...]

Future Kennedy: “States Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriage”


We've all heard that, in the United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court just declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.  In part, Section 3 stated that any mention of "marriage" in federal laws, rules, and regulations referred only to a union between one man and one … [Read more...]

Restraining “Judicial Activism of the Most Pernicious Sort”


As Mark Twain said of the weather, people grumble a lot about federal courts, but nothing is done about them.  For instance, when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate as a tax in June 2012, Jim Huffman, dean emeritus of Lewis & Clark Law School, complained the ruling was … [Read more...]

A Renegade Student’s Spotlight on School Prayer


Roy Costner IV, the 2013 valedictorian at Liberty High School in South Carolina, recently made headlines for reciting the Lord's Prayer at his graduation. His prayer was effectively a finger in the eyes of atheist activists and highlighted the thorny issues of free speech and school prayer. Here’s … [Read more...]

NSA’s Digital Surveillance: Kiss Private Data Goodbye?


It’s no secret that the U.S. government watches its citizens. First came reports about daily collection by the National Security Agency (NSA) of Verizon customers’ phone records. Then word broke about the NSA surveillance program named PRISM, which extracted emails, photos, audio and video chats, … [Read more...]

Say What? Linguistic High Ground in Political Debates


The development of debating skills is vital for advocates of liberty, as political discussions are a primary method of influencing others’ opinions. However, debates have a nasty habit of getting bogged down in squabbles over the definitions of particular words. Fights over the definition of a … [Read more...]