A brief look at the 9th Amendment and “gun control”

By Nathan Barton

In 2019, much of the Bill of Rights has become a dead letter, honored (but threatened) by words and largely ignored (or avoided through loopholes) in practice.  L Neil Smith, in his BORE initiative, points this out clearly.

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

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We’re back!!!

By Nathan Barton

The resolution of the shutdown of ThePriceofLiberty.org is complete!  After two weeks, Mama Liberty’s work is back on-line. Thanks to many people for their help – my own lack of skill and knowledge worked against me, and they helped me figure things out.

At the same time, the temporary TheNewPriceofLiberty at WordPress has had some postings and feedback, and I plan to keep it going, or a weekly or monthly basis.  This is in addition to the 2-3 postings per week on ThePriceofLiberty.org. It will feature new, short commentaries, news of interest, responses to the community, and such things.

There will also be some changes to TPOL itself, with more shorter articles and hopefully new commentary by others. Your participation is encouraged and very much wanted in both webzines.

My family and I will continue to preserve and expand the legacy of Mama Liberty and her love of self-government, personal responsibility, and especially people.  And not just those who love liberty.

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Where is there liberty?

By Nathan Barton

This is a test posting.  If you are able to read this, please let me know at TPOLNathan@gmail.com.

 

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Win-win for humankind?

By Nathan Barton

As I’ve pointed out before, madness seems to be growing (or at least more visible) in the Fifty States today.  Much of that is a nihilistic sort of insanity: people who are self-destructive and reject not just societal norms but what has been considered moral and even what has been considered self-interest in the past.

Ran across a news tidbit about Miley Cyrus, the daughter of Country Western singer Billy Ray Cyrus.  She joined many other Regressives, Tranzis, Environists, and Social Justice Warriors in declaring that she is going on a “baby strike” – that she will not have a baby until global climate change is stopped.

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End game for Canada?

By Nathan Barton

The legacy of the now-dead British Empire has four great stars. Australia and New Zealand, the Fifty States, and Canada. (I’ll leave the subject of the Fifty States for some future commentary.)  Yet, today, the great British experiment of Canada is on the verge of collapse. To the benefit of greater liberty.

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China, democracy and liberty

By Nathan Barton

What do Chinese Communists fear?

The Hill some weeks ago published an opinion piece about how Red China fears democracy. Since this, of course, China and its economy, the US trade war, and the situation in Hong Kong have been in the news daily, and the article is far from stale.

Seth Cropsey’s article makes a raft of really good points, and is one of many recent compositions that exposes the frailty, the weakness, and the vulnerabilities of the Beijing regime.  Seth (a Hudson Institute type, with a Navy background) makes a good presentation.  And he recognizes the weaknesses of China itself, not just its regime.

But Seth also (and typical for the political class here in the Fifty States, of which The Hill is an integral part) does not properly distinguish between forms of government, and what the regime in China (and elsewhere) fears. (I learned better as a young Army lieutenant, but I know the Navy raises its officers much, much differently.)

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Our improving planetary economy

By Nathan Barton

One of the amazing things about America, about the Fifty States, is that we have done so much to reduce poverty and deal with homelessness, hunger, lack of medical care, and more DESPITE the ever-increasing burden of government.  And the parasites who live off government and the money it steals from taxpayers. Just as our economy is somehow able to survive and even thrive despite being constantly bled by the bureaucrats and their clients and masters and contractors.

This may be the case worldwide.

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