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Stephen Colbert: Libertarian or conservative-baiter?

Stephen Colbert, the current comedic occupant of "The Colbert Report," has officially been anointed by CBS as the Chosen One to sit upon the "Late Night" throne once Sir David Letterman relinquishes the reins of his reign next year.

While somehave described the move as "replacing one liberal with another" libertarians are renewing their quest for an answer to the question, "Is Stephen Colbert a libertarian?" To find out, one could simply ask Colbert himself:

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The police state isn't coming – it's here

Since 9/11 more innocent Americans have been killed by police than terrorists.

The Kelly Thomas case, in which a jury awarded two cops 007 License to Kill passes after hearing witnesses and watching a video of them brutally beating him to death, has awakened people to the reality of the police state.

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Outing the NSA's perverted peepers

Edward Snowden recently leaked proof that the National Security Agency is spying on people's online porn habits.

NSA's reason/justification/rationalization/excuse is to discredit Muslims who attempt to "radicalize" others into committing terrorist attacks by catching them visiting online porn sites and exposing them to the world.

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Sheriff fired for enforcing rights rather than 'The Law'

We've all heard the old bromide that America has "a government of laws and not of men." John Adams even enshrined that phrase in the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780.

There are reasons why libertarians don't find this concept to be the lofty ideal that so many other Americans do.

Liars and Thieves?, Thieves and Liars?, Do I really have to pick one?

“Reform politicians not only tend to be dishonest but stupidly dishonest—whereas the business politician is honest.

“I don’t see that Lazarus. History seems to show—”.

“Use your head, Ira. I don’t mean that a business politician won’t steal; stealing is his business. But all politicians are nonproductive. The only commodity any politician has to offer is jawbone.

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New Hampshire becomes New Hateshire

Yesterday members of the Free State Project sent New Hampshire State Rep. Cynthia Chase a "thank you" card and flowers for the free media coverage generated by her anti-freedom comments because they expect it will boost their recruiting efforts.

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Government, not 'gun culture,' is America's most violent culture

Ever since the Connecticut massacre of innocent children politicians have been posturing about ending the "Gun culture" that "glorifies gun violence."

But libertarians know that the single most violent institution in the world today is the United States government.

So does that mean politicians will end our "glorification of gun violence" by ending our senseless wars and our obsessive empire building?

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Libertarians and the Concert for Sandy Relief – a metaphor

Besides raising millions of dollars for a praiseworthy cause the second half hour of 121212 The Concert for Sandy Relief served as a metaphorical stereotype for liberals and conservatives.

Both ideologiesare groupthink oriented, the left believing that "society" or "public" is a single organism with persons as little more than molecules in a living body while the right holds to "family" or "religion" as its single enduring entity while individuals merely come and go.

The difference is in the attitudes they bring to their existence.

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Where do libertarians come from?

A personal letter to libertarians...

Some readers took exception to an article I wrote that asked, "Are Ron Paul Republicans hijacking the libertarian movement?"

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Are Ron Paul Republicans hijacking the libertarian movement?

Libertarians started the Tea Party movement and mainstream Republican Party operatives hijacked it.

Dissident young liberals started the Occupy movement and mainstream Democratic Party operatives hijacked it.

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Libertarians have a future because Republicans are wimps

Politicians are partners in crime.

Democrat politicians take the lead on social issues and expanding entitlement programs because that's what their base wants. Republican politicians want it too but they loudly protest against it while obediently trotting along behind because they don't want to be accused of being "intolerant" and "insensitive."

Republican politicians take the lead on empire building and expanding the police state because that's what their base wants. Democrats want it too but they loudly protest against it while obediently trotting along behind because they don't want to be accused of being "soft on crime."

Both factions of the OneParty political mob get what they want: more power, more wealth and more ego gratification through big intrusive authoritarian government.

But they're not equal partners in crime; it's more like a host and parasite relationship.

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But who protects the workers from the union bosses?

An article from the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) celebrates a "model of networked labor activism" exercised by workers against Wal-Mart during their Black Friday protests.

This model ignores traditional union organizing in favor of wildcat strikes, boycotts, walkouts, flash mobs, picketing, leafleting, and strikes by workers with no ties to any recognized union.

"This model of activism," the article explains, "is just another example of the way agile networks run circles around twentieth century-style bureaucratic, hierarchical institutions like giant corporations and government agencies."

The point, of course, is to protect the ordinary worker from the abuses of the corporation.

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GOP has a libertarian problem? Think again

Washington Post writers Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan did an outstanding job of getting almost everything wrong in a recent article, including the headline: "The GOP's growing Libertarian problem."

After reviewing Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson's "historic election" they moved quickly on to the stereotypical presumptions that without "spoiler" Libertarians in the race voters would have chosen Republicans, thereby ignoring several polls that showed Johnson himself taking votes equally from Republicans and Democrats in six western states.

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Libertarians to progressives: We have a better 'social contract'

An article by The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, "Musing the social Contract," essentially claims that people like libertarians who haven't voted with their feet by leaving this country have therefore in fact "signed" the progressive's social contract and should shut up about it.

But the article never actually nails down exactly what this social contract is.

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Florida GOP politicos experience fake epiphanies

The kingpins of the Republican wing of the OneParty Cartel in Florida were showing off their politically convenient epiphanies last week according to "The News Service of Florida" wing of the National Media Cartel.

After more than two years of fighting against implementing Obamacare Florida Republican Boss Hoggs are now saying "they need to prepare to carry out the law."

Why now? Because, following Obama's re-election and Romney's humiliating defeat, they've suddenly had an epiphany that:

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