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An introduction to minarchism

Minarchism, sometimes known as “minimal statism”, is a governmental framework that aims to keep government as small as possible and places an emphasis on constrained government power, minimal spending and minimal levels of intervention. Minarchism is in keeping with liberal tradition and has won particular favour amongst libertarians.

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Was the 2004 election stolen?

You can bet your Blackwell the 2004 election was stolen — by the Republican Party — right from under the nose of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who, election scholars who studied massive irregularities in the election say, would have won the election if not for massive fraud committed by the GOP in Florida, Ohio,

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Homeland security grants cut

The numbers for homeland security grant money for fiscal year 2006 are out, and while the budget for the program was cut by $120 million, nearly all of that cut was absorbed by New York and Washington, D.C. Now the politicians are out crying to the press because they won’t get all the pork-barrel projects

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Supreme Court rules against government whistleblower

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government employees who speak out aren’t always protected by the First Amendment. In the 5-4 decision in Garcetti et al. v. Ceballos, the Court ruled that government employees are not protected by the First Amendment when they speak about matters pertaining to their jobs.

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Hawaii gas price rises due to cap

Last September, Hawaii instituted a so-called cap on gasoline prices, and now has the highest gas prices in the country. As the oil industry pointed out at the time, setting a cap on gasoline prices would threaten the supply of gasoline for the island and thus cause prices to rise. WorldNetDaily reports on the impact

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Smoking bans not about health of non-smokers

A couple of interesting notes about smoking bans being passed or in effect in various places around the country. First off, it seems they aren’t about clearing the air for non-smokers after all. If you’ve gotten used to smoke-free bars, here’s a new concept to wrap your mind around: smoke-free cigar lounges. This innovation comes

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Online Freedom of Speech Act

H.R. 1606, known as the Online Freedom of Speech Act, comes up for a vote Wednesday in the House of Representatives. The act would protect people such as myself from the evil Federal Election Commission, which has proposed regulations which would stifle free speech on the Internet in the guise of campaign finance reform.

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Chertoff: “We need to re-engineer FEMA’

Department of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told a House committee Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina was “not without flaws” and that he was prepared to “re-engineer FEMA’ to respond better to future disasters. You can read Chertoff’s prepared remarks, as well as Associated Press and New York Times

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Arrest warrant issued for Tom DeLay; lawmaker to turn himself in

An arrest warrant has been issued for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in Travis County, Texas. DeLay was indicted for conspiracy and money laundering in two separate indictments by the Travis County grand jury. DeLay has maintained his innocence. Dick DeGuerin, DeLay’s defense attorney, said that DeLay would appear and post the $10,000 bond. DeLay’s first

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Adult website tries to shut down Google Image Search

Adult entertainment website Perfect 10 has sued Google in federal court, requesting an injunction to shut down Google Image Search. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has gone to bat (PDF) for Google in this case, saying that Google Image Search is fair use under copyright law. “Google Image Search helps millions of people locate and learn

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