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Margaret Thatcher, The New Love of My Life
By: Barry Belmont

I am absolutely enraptured by the beautiful, straightforward, and powerful way the former Prime Minister of England is able to defend classical liberalism. In these series of clips you can see her topple smug socialists, destroy the fallacy of self-sufficient governments, and rally for the globalization of free trade. How anyone could be opposed to free [...]

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Morality and Legality
By: Barry Belmont

I would like to put forth the notion that morality and legality, while containing overlap, are actually two different things, such that libertarians (when speaking about liberty) should only be concerned with the latter and leave the former to other individuals at other times. This is not to dismiss the value of either field of [...]

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Sanctity of Human Life Sunday?
By: John Russell

January 22nd has been designated by many pro-life groups to raise awareness regarding the issue of abortion and the sanctity of human life.  An article on Lew Rockwell entitled Pro-Lifers for Mass Murder highlighted the hypocrisy many members within these groups have when it comes to their ardent opposition to abortions but their complete approval in the [...]

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Reason TV: ‘We Need a Libertarian Che Guevara’
By: Barry Belmont

Check it out. Here’s an interview with libertarian activist “Starchild” saying that the libertarian movement needs to move forward with new and innovative strategies to move the cause of libertarianism forward. And while his choice of ‘Che’ is likely to ruffle a few feathers, I believe that is exactly his point. Hopefully we here at [...]

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Respect for Opinions and the Lack Thereof
By: Barry Belmont

I had a brief encounter with Mike (the new president) just the other day where he reminisced about the “good ol’ days” where debate at the SFL meetings were more about presenting arguments and respecting people’s opinions and less about a “what I am presenting is objectively right, and you are quantifiably wrong if you [...]

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Kinsella’s Intellectual Property Against Intellectual Property
By: Barry Belmont

Like the idea of intellectual property? Then clearly you’ve never read Stephen Kinsella’s Against Intellectual Property, nor signed up for his class (which started today and goes until December 17). Luckily, the first of his slideshows is available (and seen below), as well as a recent speech of his on the fact that intellectual property [...]

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Vaccinations: Part 3 of Several
By: Barry Belmont

Parents of children are those adults whom have homesteaded the rights of raising that child. While what these rights (to raise) entail is genuinely open to discussion and revision, what is known with as much certainty as anything could ever hope to have is that parents must earn these rights. They do this by fulfilling [...]

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Drug Legalization: Case Study
By: Keegan Idler

There is a lot of argument on the necessity of the drug war. The benefits would be revenue gained from taxation, less drug dealers and less drug war associated crime, less money spent on fighting the drug war (police, jails, customs, etc.), easier access to treatment, and of course freedom. The harmful effects are less [...]

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Vaccinations: Part 2 of Several
By: Barry Belmont

Just so we’re all on relatively the same page, I cede a portion of my time to the good Misters Penn & Teller: A few assumptions I’ll be making along the way: We live in a fairly modern society where the availability and price of (the relevant) vaccines are comparable to other products we expect [...]

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Vaccinations: Part 1 of Several
By: Barry Belmont

So, being an avid follower of the Skeptic’s movement for a good portion of my life, I have been bombarded with refutations of “anti-vaxers” for the past several years. For some reason, I have tried to pay it little mind, usually placating myself with “Well, it’s just a parent’s decision to raise their child” much [...]

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