Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride: A Christmas Gift of Liberty

If your family celebrates Christmas, then you probably know Christmas is five days away.  If you are a conservative or libertarian and have a young child, maybe you’re searching for a gift to give him or her about liberty and our nation’s history. Look no further than Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, … [Read more...]

HHS’s “Medical Loss Ratio” Rule: Keep Your Health Plan?

“[I]f you like your…health care plan, you can keep it.” -President Obama on ObamaCare, August 15, 2009 Invoking ObamaCare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued the new "Medical Loss Ratio" rule that could decimate Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). HSAs are accounts … [Read more...]

Centro Tepeyac: Pro-Lifers’ First Amendment Martyr?

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble... On February 2, 2010, the Montgomery County (Mo Co) Council in Maryland commanded Centro Tepeyac and other area pro-life centers to "post at least 1 … [Read more...]

Forced to Be Free

Over 200 years ago, the French Enlightenment’s political philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau posited that humans must be “forced to be free.” Rousseau’s counterintuitive principle held that there was a so-called general will, which he roughly defined as “one will which is directed towards their common … [Read more...]

Movie Review: “For Greater Glory”

Over the last several years Catholics in America and Europe have experienced what they believe are the stripping of religious rights, and many are concerned the situation could easily turn into a public confrontation with various governments. One example of this is in England, where just this week … [Read more...]

Copy the Thermometers? Scarcity and Rights to Medical or Health Care

If the good can be [copied or] taken (shared) without displacing the original, it is always nonscarce. If taking the original means that it can no longer exist in the possession of the original owner or possessor, it is a scarce good. -Jeffrey Tucker & Stephan Kinsella, 2010 For the past 70 … [Read more...]

Portland Protects Taxicabs from Luxury Competition

In 2009, officials of Portland, Oregon, instituted protectionist regulations on the city’s limousine and sedan service companies to protect larger taxicab companies from luxury competition. The regulation requires limousine and sedan services to 1) charge a minimum price of $50 from downtown … [Read more...]

John Stossel Hits the Road in ‘No, They Can’t’ Book Tour

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending a reception at the Reason Foundation in Washington, DC. The occasion was to celebrate the recent release of John Stossel’s latest book, No, They Can’t: Why Government Fails—But Individuals Succeed. John Stossel was an anchor on ABC for two decades and … [Read more...]

The Awakening: Fighting for Religious Freedom

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke The final count has arrived. The Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies on March 23 attracted over 63,000 Americans in over 140 cities – more than six times the initial estimates of participation. The rallies … [Read more...]

Honduras and the Future of Competitive Governance

If you’re familiar with Honduras, you’ll know the country has more than its share of challenges. In addition to the 2009 constitutional crisis—a conflict between different branches of government—the nation struggles with the world’s highest murder rate, drug trafficking, and systemic … [Read more...]