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Legislation

Green Roofs: Prove it or Force it?

Originally published in the Front Range Voluntaryist, Issue #8, October 2017 By Nick Weber A new initiative in Denver, CO has edged out the signature requirements and is set to go on the ballot to determine whether or not the government is to forcibly implement green roof criteria for certain …

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Local

What Would You Pay for Emergency Services?

Earlier this year, the Denver City Council approved $550,000 for renovations to the Red Rocks First Aid Room for the purpose of better treating and responding to the emergency and safety needs of Red Rocks patrons.  According to the city website: the project is a complete interior and select exterior …

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Politics

The NFL Has a Problem, and It Is Not The Protest

By Larry Leiber Originally published on www.tropicalearthquake.com 2017/09/27 The NFL has a problem. Where the protests this past weekend have inspired many to think and take sides, the NFL should be wary about people questioning the value they offer. The problem the NFL has is not the protest, but the …

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Legislation

Your Dog, Lawful Plunder and the Regulatory State

Originally published in the Front Range Voluntaryist, Issue #7, September 2017 By Nick Weber Amid our never-questioned culture of endless regulation and law-making a simple, yet crucial, socio-economic concept is highlighted by recent pet-sitting legislation: should you stop lawful plunder or participate in it? Stories of government overreach abound: kids …

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Foreign Policy
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Baseball is Politics is War

Originally published in the Front Range Voluntaryist, Issue #6, August 2017 By Nick Weber with a contribution from Larry Leiber Break out your favorite jersey and start yelling at that other guy: my local sports team is better than yours and so are my politics.   A Baseball Parable: After idolizing …

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Legislation

On Legislation: Liberty Yields, Government Grows

Originally published in the Front Range Voluntaryist, Issue #5, July 2017 Often cloaked in flowery rhetoric and under a cleverly titled piece of legislation, political machinations roll on right before our eyes, subverting liberty and our personal freedoms while continually expanding government control.   Rarely via a massive takeover but …

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Local

Denver Repeals Tax That Was “Never” Collected

The Denver Libertarian On occasion, an hilarious little gem can be unearthed when following local government.  During a recent riveting Denver City Council meeting on June 19, 2017 the following appeared in the meeting notes about mid-way through: [A bill to] Amend Article X of Chapter 53 of the Denver …

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Legislation

On Beer: Three Tiers For Tyranny

Originally published in the Front Range Voluntaryist, Issue #4, June 2017 In what will surely be touted as a free market win for Colorado businesses, lawmakers have gone off the rails and proffered a bill allowing brewers to expand tasting rooms by a factor of…two. Current Colorado law allows for …

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Local

Dog Park Authoritarianism

Originally published in the Front Range Voluntaryist, Issue #3, May 2017 By Nick Weber with a contribution from Larry Leiber Nestled at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, a small community is under siege. An authoritarian regime has done the unthinkable act of shutting down a dog park. “By shutting this …

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