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Contra Rand Paul: The Libertarian And Constitutional Case For The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Made by several of the most prominent libertarian scholars out there:
“I think Rand Paul is wrong about the Civil Rights Act,” libertarian Cato Institute scholar Brink Lindsey wrote in an e-mail. “As a general matter, people should be free to deal or not deal with others as they choose. And that means [...]

Rand Paul, The Civil Rights Act, And Individual Liberty

It looks like Rand Paul may have stepped into the first controversy of his campaign:
Paul has suggested in the past — and been attacked for suggesting — that the federal government has no place regulating private business decisions, even on issues like race and accomodations for the disabled, and was pressed on the [...]

Why Should Obscenity Be Illegal ? Answer: It Shouldn’t

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Privacy, Right to Contract

Another classic from Reason TV:

The Right To Marry Is The Right Of Free Association

From Friday’s Cato Daily Podcast, The Cato Institute’s Chairman Bob Levy discusses the challenge to Proposition 8 out in California and makes the point that, in the end, the right to be married is nothing less than the right of free association, and the government should not interfere with that right:

How The Supreme Court Aided The Rise Of The Leviathan State

Americans have long looked to the Supreme Court as the last bastion of their liberties and as the one institution that stands as a check against the encroachments of an Executive Branch eager to expand its power and and a Legislative Branch intent on satisfying the whims of a grasping majority. As Robert Levy and [...]

Beer And Liberty: An American Revolution

by @ Wednesday, March 18th, 2009. Filed under Individual Liberty, Right to Contract

Reason.tv takes a look at how removing restrictions that protected large breweries revitalized the art of brewing in the United States:

How About We Try Freedom ?

Stephen Littau has a great post up at The Liberty Papers about the gay marriage debate that deserves to be read in full.
Here’s the money quote:
[W]e should be advocating for more freedom for everyone rather than restrict freedom of a group or class of people. The state should recognize the same contract rights** for a [...]

Once Again, The Law Is An Ass

by @ Thursday, November 20th, 2008. Filed under Individual Liberty, Legal, Right to Contract

I support gay marriage. I think gay people should be allowed to serve in the military and adopt children. I think people who refuse to hire people based on sexual orientation are stupid and bigoted. And, I thought that laws against sodomy were stupid unconscionable intrusions into individual liberty long before Lawrence v. Texas.
And yet, [...]

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Bacon Dogs

by @ Friday, April 25th, 2008. Filed under Dumbasses, Individual Liberty, Right to Contract

Drew Carey is back with his latest Reason.tv installment, this time he takes on the food police in Los Angeles:

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, there exists another world, an underground world of illicit trade in—not drugs or sex—but bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Street vendors may sell you an illegal bacon dog, but [...]

A Really Bad Idea Out Of Maryland

by @ Friday, February 8th, 2008. Filed under Individual Liberty, Right to Contract

A Maryland Delegate is proposing legislation that would restrict the ability of banks and lenders to adjust lending practices based on changes in their exposure to risk:
Maryland could soon change the laws governing the credit industry by prohibiting companies from adjusting interest rates for what critics say are arbitrary reasons, such as a customer opening [...]

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