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Category Archive: Liberty

May 27 2014

The Amazing Chutzpah of Putin

Vladimir Putin is upset that Russian journalists have been detained in Ukraine and declared it to be “absolutely unacceptable” and proof that the government there is corrupt and illegitimate. No, I’m not making this up. He actually said it:

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Jun 28 2013

Kennedy, DOMA and ‘Equal Liberty’

Another fascinating aspect of Justice Kennedy’s ruling in the DOMA case is its dependence on the “equal liberty” guaranteed by the 5th Amendment. Not the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause? Well, kind of. The 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, Kennedy says, helps us understand the 5th Amendment guarantee of liberty better:

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May 29 2013

Congress and the 4th Amendment

Radley Balko has a story I’d never heard before that will make your eyes roll. In 1995, after Newt Gingrich led the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, a bill was submitted to water down the exclusionary rule. Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) submitted the following amendment to that bill:

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Apr 16 2013

Books That Changed Me

For any thinking person, there are bound to be a handful of books that had such a powerful impact on them that they have returned to them again and again throughout their lives. I thought it would be interesting to hear what books my readers would identify for them, so I’ll start by reposting something …

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Sep 13 2012

Santorum’s Bizarre Notion of Liberty

Rick Santorum spoke at a prayer gathering this past weekend and made one of the most bizarre statements I’ve ever heard about the founding fathers and religion. He actually claims that when the Declaration of Independence says that we have an unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, they only meant that we have the …

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Mar 10 2012

Badass Quote of the Day

‎”Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and …

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Feb 28 2012

Why Substantive Due Process Matters

Okay, this one goes out to all the con law geeks in the audience. Get your lighters in the air… Cato Unbound has a very interesting debate going on about substantive due process. What is substantive due process? Glad you asked. Actually, I don’t care if you asked, I’m going to explain it anyway.

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Feb 15 2012

Amusing Quote of the Day

Alan Keyes is easily one of the most entertaining figures in politics. He’s got tremendous charisma and talent as a speaker, but his eloquence is used to support some of the craziest ideas imaginable. But this quote from his latest WND column made me laugh:

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Jan 10 2012

NOM Continues to Conflate Homosexuality and Pedophilia

The vile National Organization for Bigotry Marriage, which is actually anti-marriage, continues its long history of ridiculous and bigoted anti-gay screeds by once again conflating homosexuality and pedophilia in a post by Douglas Farrow, a professor of “Christian Thought” at McGill University, which is actually just part of a longer piece in Touchstone Magazine.

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Jan 08 2012

Santorum Rejects Idea of Individual Rights

Of all the Republican candidates, Rick Santorum may actually be the most authoritarian and dangerous. In a 2006 interview with NPR, he actually rejected “this whole idea of personal autonomy.”

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Jan 05 2012

ACLU Ranks Presidential Candidates

The ACLU has put out a voter guide for all the 2012 presidential candidates, ranking them all on 7 issues: humane immigration policy, closing Gitmo and indefinite detention, gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, ending torture, ending the surveillance state, same-sex marriage, and reproductive rights. Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, writes:

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Jan 03 2012

Ron Paul on Sexual Harassment

As controversy over his now-infamous newsletters continues to rage, CNN has dug up some passages from a book written by Paul in 1987 and reissued in 2007. From that book, here is how he views sexual harassment:

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Dec 21 2011

Democratic Blindness to Obama’s Faults

I had a brief but absurd exchange with someone on my Facebook friends list on Saturday. His name is Mike Jordan, but I don’t know him; I assumed he was on my friends list because he’s a blog reader. And he quoted George Clooney saying something about how he was disappointed in people who were …

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Dec 18 2011

And Now Havel is Gone Too

Wow, this has been a bad week. Vaclav Havel, the brave leader of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, has died at the age of 75. Havel was one of the great anti-totalitarian leaders of the late 20th century and is as responsible as anyone for ending Soviet communism and bringing freedom to millions. A sad …

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Oct 20 2011

Stop Confusing Democracy and Liberty

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Here’s an cartoon that, while clever, expresses a fundamental misunderstanding that is very common:

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