It’s Tuesday, time for Carnival of Liberty 30. Mover Mike is proud to be a member of Life, Liberty, Property and host of this 30th carnival. Life, Liberty, Property is a forum to showcase writing on individual liberty. The following submissions focus on how it has been restricted, or how it is growing, or some other facet of individual liberty.
The revolution begins on Ken Lays web site. by Steven Silvers at Scatter Box.
Arguing that nothing illegal happened at Enron, citizen Ken Layâ€™s personal web site promotes the notion that the corrupt, abusive federal government â€“ and not he â€“ is going on trial.
So much for free speech and association by Gullyborg at Resistance is Futile.
New Oregon law makes it harder for independents to get on the ballot.
Suldog For State Rep by Jim “Suldog” Sullivan at Suldog-O-Rama.
This is part one of a seven-parter. It is a history of my run for state representative in Massachusetts, 1992.
Might online-game virtual currencies become a viable alternative currency? by David Gross at The Picket Line.
A dream of the libertarian, anarchist and tax resister fringe is a replacement for government money. But most proposed alternative currencies haven’t really taken off. Increasingly, though, virtual assets purchased or won in the course of massively multiplayer on-line games are being traded for real-world currency (and more recently, game-world currency is being used to buy real-world products). Are virtual, game-world economies going to succeed where Time Dollars, labor notes, and PayPal have not? (And what are the tax implications?)
Rape, or Just Wrong? by Tom Wright at The Wrightwing.
Putting on my Nomex suit and kevlar armour
(is it rape when a female teacher has sex with an underage boy?)
How Far is Too Far? by Stephen Littau at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds.
Matt Welch over at ReasonOnline has a rather thought-provoking quiz asking pro-war Libertarians the question: â€œHow far are you willing to go to win the War on Terror?â€ Being a pro-war Libertarian, I thought these questions deserved some thoughtful answers.
The New Saudi Pioneer by mensa barbie at Mensa Barbie Welcomes You.
“We can help to put an end to oppression (anywhere in the world) by speaking up! This is essential, in parts of the globe where those lack the safety to do so, on their own.”
Social Security Part D by Brad Warbiany at The Unrepentant Individual.
The Bush plan to â€œprivatizeâ€ Social Security wonâ€™t get the government out of our retirement planning, it will push them deeper and deeper into it. Considering how well theyâ€™ve done with most of their other programs, I donâ€™t want that to happen.
Two “takes” on the news from BB&T Corp.:
BB&T Stands Up For Property Rights by Doug Mataconis at Below The Beltway.
From Tyler Cowen at The Volokh Conspiracy, who asks the question Is Atlas Shrugging?, comes news of an apparent ally for property owners in the fight against developers and local governments who use eminent domain for private benefit.
Taking a Stand Against Kelo by The MaryHunter at TMH’s Bacon Bits.
The Kelo decision has filled Americans with fear and anger. So imagine my glee when I saw this headline: “BB&T opposes eminent domain.” This DC area bank should be praised for taking a bold and principled stand.
Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County by Mike Landfair at Mover Mike.
Here the homeowners benefit and the threat of eminent domain isn’t used.
Freezing Point by Jamie K at The Sharpener.
Forget the flap about Google.cn for a bit. In China, the main media controversy right now is the closure of Freezing Point, a popular weekly supplement of the China Youth Daily, on the orders of individuals in the Central Propaganda Department.
Calif. Says Secondhand Smoke a Pollutant by Don Melson at Searchlight Crusade.
Unlike many confused libertarians, I welcome this.
Vote early and often from the cemetery by David Gerstman at Soccer Dad.
…the Voter Rights Protection Act is an attempt to paint modern Republicans as latter day George Wallaces.
The Radical Libertarian: The relationship between anarchy and capitalism by Francois Tremblay at The Radical Libertarian.
U.S. government in technical default by Michael Hampton at Homeland Security or Homeland Stupidity.
Last week the U.S. governmentâ€™s debt exceeded the debt ceiling of $8.18 trillion, passing $8.19 trillion as of Thursday, putting the government in technical default.
Why should you need the government’s permission? by Perry Eidelbus at Eidelblog.
Why should the government have the power to deny you medicine?
Google, Big Brother, and paranoia by Richard G. Combs at Combs Spouts Off.
Google put up a stronger defense against the US effort at getting information than they did fighting China’s censorship.
The Future of Liberty by Brad Warbiany at The Unrepentant Individual.
For those of us who decry the size of government and think it’s futile to change its character, Warbiany says
The internet, my friends, is the answer.
Libertarian â€œsocially responsibleâ€ business practices by David Gross at The Picket Line.
Some libertarian-minded folks scoff at â€œsocially responsibleâ€ business practices â€” â€œthe social responsibility of business is to increase its profits,â€ Milton Friedman wrote â€” but what will they think about a business that takes a libertarian view of social responsibility that goes beyond the profit motive?
An Easy Call by Doug Mataconis at Below the Beltway.
A libertarian Republican takes a look at the proposed amendment to Virginia’s Constitution to ban gay marriage.
The right to refuse to work means you should be fired by Perry Eidelbus at Eidelblog.
What happens when government tries to protect employees’ “right to conscience”? A big headache that couldn’t be cured by all the pharmacists in the world giving you aspirin.
That’s it for this week. Good reading! Next week, February 7, Carnival of Liberty 31 will be hosted by Louisiana Libertarian.
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