Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

Today is the 235th anniversary of Patrick Henry's famous Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech before a meeting of the colony's delegates held in St. John's church in Richmond.

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

In honor of Patrick Henry, I encourage you to join the peaceful fight to reclaim our God-given liberties. Your brothers (and sisters) in liberty are already in the streets protesting the government's power grab. Will you join them or continue to sit on your couch talking back to the TV?

How a Bill Really Becomes a Law

The old Schoolhouse Rock video "How a Bill Becomes a Law" is educational and totally appropriate for elementary school age children. However, cynical middle schoolers are ready for the ugly truth of politics.

and the original -

Monday, March 15, 2010

Essay Contest on Ayn Rand's Anthem

The Ayn Rand Institute has an annual essay contest for 8th, 9th and 10th graders on Rand's novel Anthem. The winner gets $2,000 but 235 runner ups will receive some level of cash award.

Select ONE of the following three topics:
  1. Why do you think the Council of Vocations assigns Equality the job of Street Sweeper? Is it due to error, incompetence or a more sinister motivation? Explain.

  2. The old locks and lack of guards in the Palace of Corrective Detention indicate that prisoners never try to escape. Why do you think they do not? Explain.

  3. In a single, unified essay, explain the meaning and wider significance of EACH of the following quotes in the story:

    1. “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers.” (Ch. 12)
    2. “It is the mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only searchlight that can find the truth.” (Ch. 11)
    3. “And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear with this being.” (Ch. 8)

The Great Lie of the Nanny State

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Visualize Fake Budget Cuts

Making fun of Obama's fake budget cuts is apparently like shooting fish in a barrel. Everyone is getting in on the act. See more here.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Music Video: Liberty

"They keep telling me it is a sin to be free
and that is more than I am willing to stand."

Jordan Page

How many songs do you know that rhyme hyper inflation with bad legislation?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Video: The Importance of Profit

Is profit necessary or is it the reason products are so expensive? In this video on The Importance of Profit from the "purveyor and causer of awesome" Sean Malone, a proper understanding of profit is explained. So next time someone says the word "profit" with contempt in their voice, maybe you can enlighten them as to the role profits play in seeing that the products they like get produced.