YAL in Action

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Tag: Property Rights
  • Ownership Society

    Last week, I mentioned the DNC video that claimed “government is the only thing we all belong to.” First of all, this is completely antithetical to one of America’s founding principles — that government derives powers from the consent of the governed. Ironically, George W. Bush first coined “Ownership Society”, although the main tenets had …

  • The Universality of Property Rights

    As seen on themendenhall.com  Ownership is an extremely rudimentary concept. Simply attempt to take a toy from a toddler’s hand and you can reasonably expect one very clear and emphatic response from that child’s mouth: “MINE!” Obviously this is an oversimplification of all the components of the idea of possession, but the basic premise behind it …

  • A Question of Free and Equal Rights for All — Not Race

    Rand Paul was recently criticized for not agreeing with Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.   Paul justifiably argued that the distinction between public and private institutions was blurred in the bill. The bill does take away rights from private business owners. All businesses should have the same right to discriminate against whomever they …

  • A Question for Rachel Maddow

    Watching Rachel Maddow attack Rand Paul with a typical, predictable, closed-minded, and intentionally dense line of questioning:  “Should restaurant owners be allowed to discriminate against racial minorities? Yes or no, please,” I have a question of my own for her. Rachel, should black restaurant owners be forced to serve white nationalists? Hmm? Say David Duke …

  • Green Libertarianism

    Amidst all the craziness that has been the recent healthcare bill, I’ve found some “fun” in taking a closer look at what is called “green libertarianism” or “free market environmentalism.”  It’s a really cool idea that basically argues that libertarian principles would work as great fixes for many of our environmental problems. The concept deals …

  • Avatar: A Pro-Freedom Movie

    It’s been out for a while, but I only just got around to seeing Avatar. Luckily for me, the local cinema is open even with the snowstorm here in D.C. (yes, the movie theater is open, but the Federal Government is closed). I wasn’t sure what to expect from it before going in. The day …

  • Goods for the Rich (at the Expense of the Poor)

    Getting into long debates with Objectivists about Intellectual Property can be fun.  Nonetheless, I think even they would agree that the United States taxpayer is insuring the property protection of huge corporations at a MUCH higher more and expensive rate than he pays for us poorer citizens.   Now our ever-so-benevolent rulers want to practice …