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Shutdown showdown

Yellowstone Park Closed – Courtesy bmills @ flickr

Andrew Cohen over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians argued earlier this week that the partial U.S. government shutdown is immoral on libertarian grounds. Cohen's opening analogy is confusingly opaque, but if you can get past the first paragraph, he does bring up some interesting points. 

First, Cohen avers that even though the government does a lot of things libertarians dislike, the shutdown won't actually stop many of them. 

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A terrifying excuse

Earlier today, I was debating whether to write a post about 9/11 or whether to leave that to the many others who are already writing, talking and remembering about that day. Instead, I was going to write about something more mundane, a personal goal reached. 

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When justices agree

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In the past week, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued unanimous decisions in two cases. The thing I like about both of these decisions is that the government makes clear, common sensible arguments admonishing various parts of the federal government for its nonsensibility.

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Jacobean counter-arguments on the benefits of tobacco

While looking up some info for a new project I'm working on with my friend Dave, I ran across an unexpectedly funny (in a "oh no he didn't just write that" kind of way) treatise by King James VI of Scotland and I of England — that is, the guy who authorized the creation of the King James Version of the bible.

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An earnest question about interstate health insurance

As the Supreme Court gears up to hear oral arguments about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – pejoratively referred to by some as "Obamacare" – I've been reading up various commentaries and blog posts about the potential constitutionality. For example, NPR has a good, uncharged guide to the questions involved.

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