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State of the Empire

In Censorship, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Crime, Democracy, Drug War, Economics, Environment, Health, Immigration, Iran, Iraq War, Libertarian, Middle East, Personal Responsibility, Politics, War on January 31, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Another outreach piece from Susan Hogarth of
LP Radicals.


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The Energy Vortex

In Drug War, Economics, Environment, Health, Libertarian, Middle East, Taxation, War on January 31, 2007 at 6:47 pm

An exchange provoked by the Libertarian Response to Bush’s State of the Union Speech

Andrew L Sullivan writes…

You have a choice of drilling for oil in your own damn country or fighting for it in the Persian Gulf. PICK AND CHOOSE!

Well, yeah, those are a couple of choices. But there are others such as biodiesel from hemp, biodiesel from other sources, hydrogen, elctric based on wind, wave, geothermal, solar, fusion etc.

Currently the market incentives for developing alternative energy are pretty badly distorted: one way of looking at half a trillion for Iraq, among other military expenditures, is as a subsidy for petroleum. There are also non-military subsidies like highway spending (actually, in a sense military spending as well, they are technically Defense Highways).

Then there is the prohibition related ban on industrial hemp, even though it can’t possibly get anybody high.

Also, corporate personhood and limited liability absolves corporations of the true costs and risks of petroleum drilling, refining and burning, thus throwing off the cost/benefit/risk of petrol against other types of energy.

Taxes and regulations fossilize the market, destroying the natural turbulence that keep new companies from forming and rising and artificially keeping the big players securely on top.

That, and the SS system, keeps potential venture capital locked up.

The linkage of health care to employment is another system that keeps people, on the margin, as corporate employees rather than starting up entrepreneurial ventures, and the government school system teaches regimentation and unthinking leader-following for the purpose of
docile corporate and government employment.

Those are just a few of the factors.

Steve Kubby’s Energy Policy:

Originally posted at pauliecannoli wordpress

Michelle Shinghal rocks the national television thing

In Libertarian, Media, Politics on January 31, 2007 at 4:04 am

LFV’s very own Michelle Shinghal took part in a nationally-televised forum regarding the President’s State of the Union Address. We’ve got pics. Michelle’s the brunette looker holding down the Libertarian fort in the back row. We’re working on obtaining video for our beloved masses.

Link, link, and link.

Blair impedes religious rights

In Civil Liberties, Libertarian, Politics on January 31, 2007 at 3:46 am

This comes by way of everyone’s favorite Aussie Libertarian, GreginOz. He linked me to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald describing how the UK is set to force religious adoption agencies to help gay couples adopt children.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for gay marriage, adoption, etc. But for the government to step in and force a religious organization to do something that violates their beliefs? That’s wrong. I’ll let GreginOz have his say here, since I essentially agree wholeheartedly.

Cutnpaste the above link and one finds a story on how The Church will not be able to discriminate against gay couples seeking to adopt children. It seems innocuous and I can imagine many wise (sic) liberals nodding into their latte,
double non-sugar, tiny, elegant cafe cups at the logicality. And yet…and yet…although I am basically a Militant Secularist this makes me very uncomfortable. The Libertarian in me will recognize anyone’s right to worship and I don’t care if you pray to Allah, Elvis Presley or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Here we have The State, in the form of the E.C. and U.K. governments, imposing their own morality on an institution with it’s own, carefully articulated, 2000 year old morality.

If someone thinks it crazy to let a couple of sodomites: high on amyl nitrate, viagra and E (“…oh what a night, late December back in ’63…) , with pink butt plugs waving from their ritually scarred, taut and stretched anuses, actually bring up children, does that mean they are prejudiced? What does ‘prejudice’ mean? Does it mean not having a State sanctioned opinion? The State
DOES attempt Social Engineering but then, so do families. Can one legislate opinion? Or manufacture it, perhaps? I think I have a reasonable grasp of what the Catholic Church is about, there IS the odd book about it out there. What do I know of the officials that crafted these anti-discrimination laws? What are THEIR values? What agenda? Quo bono? Do anti-hate laws simply disempower every single, straight, western, white, (nominally) christian male? Or is that me, droppin’ acid and turning into an even more paranoid Alex Jonesesque parody?

Cultural Relativism = all things being equal…except all things ARE NOT equal, are they! Unless you swallow my jism, maybe. Regards GreginOz.

“And like some sort of fungus, we’re growing every day…”

In Economics on January 31, 2007 at 3:33 am

Gotta rock the random Project 86 quote. Especially in light of the excellent excellent news I have for all of you out in Readerland.

We’re going to move to a real server. We should have our own domain,, here soon. There’ll be many site upgrades, and I’ll let you know when to migrate over yonder. There will be ads, and there will be much more flexibility for the site.

We won’t lose any of our posts, all the authors will be set up as they are now, everything’ll be fine.

Now I know the ads might piss a few people off, but I’ll be upfront where the money’s going. It won’t go to fund the latest, greatest beat-the-shit-outta-Kos effort. It won’t go to buy me alcohol (well, not more than my personal share anyway). It’ll go where money generated by this sort of thing should be going all along: into the pockets of the editors, all of them.

It won’t do that right away, but as soon as I’ve got enough revenue to justify it (about $60 a month), every regular contributor will be getting paid. It’s only fair to them, because they labor to bring you, my lovely lovely readers, the latest in news from the internets. And they’re very good at what they do, and this will encourage them to hone their skills. You are a wonderful readership and deserve the highest-quality blogging that money can buy. So with this, I hope to bring LFV forward quite a bit.

However, ads will be meaningless without readership… but our readership has been growing by leaps and bounds. In no small part, this is thanks to the efforts made to Digg our articles. So please, go here and Digg everything you see. We’ll have actual “Digg This!” buttons on the posts on the new site, but until then… this is the quickest way to help us out over there.

I’m really excited for the future of this blog. We’ve got nowhere to go but up, and I couldn’t ask for better comrades. Thanks for keeping the community alive! 😀