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Anthony Gregory is a Research Analyst at The Independent Institute, a Policy Advisor at the Future of Freedom Foundation, and a columnist at LewRockwell.com. His website is AnthonyGregory.com.

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Missing Bush
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Anthony Gregory 2007-07-16 16:00
Exclusive to STR July 17, 2007
Hating Bush
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Anthony Gregory 2007-07-09 16:00
Exclusive to STR I'm perplexed by anyone who still hates Clinton more than Bush. I've seen this in libertarian circles. I actually didn't hate Bush right away. I didn't like him or respect him. He was the president, after all. But I didn't loathe him the way I did Clinton . So I can see why, at one point, people might have still hated Clinton more. After 9/11, I told my friends I was glad Clinton...
Government as Mass Psychosis
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Anthony Gregory 2005-06-30 16:00
The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the prerogative of local governments to steal private property for the purpose of giving it to third-party private interests, so long as those interests can generate more tax revenue or otherwise contribute more to a liberally defined notion of 'public use' than can the original owners, has drawn ire from people across the political spectrum.
Government as Mass Psychosis
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Anthony Gregory 2005-06-26 16:00
Michael Savage enjoys saying that 'liberalism is a mental disorder.' He has even titled his new book with this phrase. I cannot personally agree with the statement as a generalization. Being somewhat of a Szaszian, I tend not even to believe in what are conventionally referred to as 'mental disorders.'
Expand the Minuteman Project!
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Anthony Gregory 2005-05-04 16:00
When I think of the Minuteman Project'the organization of Americans heroically stepping up to the plate, in the spirit of the American Revolutionaries from whom they inherit their namesake, standing on the Mexican border with shotguns and calling the federal government when they catch the migrating criminals crossing into the United States in pursuit of happiness, work and destruction of American...
The Mere Absurdity of Checks and Balances
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Anthony Gregory 2005-03-24 17:00
Most libertarians, even anarchists, often make constitutional and jurisdictional arguments against a given un-libertarian policy. Such arguments have their place and uses. It often helps in demonstrating the illegitimacy of the system to point out particular ways that the state violates its own laws and constraints. Sometimes, listing the transgressions of a government and contrasting them with...
Abortion, Coercion and the State
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Anthony Gregory 2005-03-22 17:00
Two of my fellow STR writers and guest editors that I much enjoy to read, weebies and John deLaubenfels, have each come out with a column on the eternally contentious abortion issue. On first glance, one might say that weebies' article is pro-life, while John deLaubenfels' is pro-choice. These two positions might initially appear diametrically opposed and therefore entirely irreconcilable. I do...
America Was a Great Idea
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Anthony Gregory 2005-03-10 17:00
Anarchists and libertarians are lofty people, bent on principle, stubbornly uncompromising even in the face of a real world that does not conform to such idealism. Or so we are told. Ideas have done far more for advancing civilization, and setting it back, than these people give them credit for.
Freedom Ain't Free: It's $2.57 Trillion Per Year
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Anthony Gregory 2005-02-28 17:00
Is it just me, or does it sound like many seem to equate freedom with government, and especially government in the act of murdering people? Freedom isn't free, say the realists, the non-na've grownups who think that the ideas of anarchy or even libertarianism are fantastic utopian dreams and nothing more.
Radical Solidarity and Moderate Anarchism
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-27 17:00
Libertarians, and especially anarchistic libertarians, are known for their principles and strong ideology. This has often been, but does not have to be, a double-edged sword in the fight for freedom. To be a libertarian, one must embrace the Non-aggression Principle, or at least come to the same policy conclusions as one would based on the principle. Some libertarians say they don't like the...
The Rise and Decline of Metallica and American Liberty
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-11 17:00
Note: Don't take this article all too seriously, for goodness sakes! There once was a band that achieved the best in its genre, and a land that achieved the best in its principles.[1]
The Labor Theory of Music
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-10 17:00
Nothing like the arts demolishes the case for the labor theory of value. I am a writer and a musician. I highly value my songs, far more than most people, and infinitely more than people who haven't even heard them. What determines the value of any given song I write? It's not labor, oh no. There have been times I've spent hours writing a relatively mediocre song. On other occasions, I have...
The Separation of Property and State
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-05 17:00
I have been discussing politics and economics with some left-libertarian anarchists, including STR's very own controversial writer, Bill Anderson, and have come to the conclusion that a lot of the dialogue between so-called anarcho-capitalists and so-called anarcho-socialists is muddled by semantics and arguments over nothing.
Thank You for the Honor!
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Anthony Gregory 2004-12-29 17:00
I was quite proud to be nominated for Root Striker of the Year, and joyfully surprised to win the honor. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You like me, you really like me! Or, at least a number of you like some of what I have to say. This honor is more flattering than some of you might imagine. I am especially grateful to have been chosen when the other superbly qualified candidates ' Jim...
Sixty-Three Years of Lies
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Anthony Gregory 2004-12-06 17:00
Sixty-three years ago, on December 7, 1941 , more than three hundred Japanese planes descended upon Pearl Harbor in a horrendous surprise attack. Or, at least it was a surprise for the American servicemen and civilians who resided at the base, some 2,400 of whom perished in the terrible onslaught. Despite the difficulties confronted by historians and others who attempted to reveal that Franklin...
The State: A Reductio ad Absurdum
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Anthony Gregory 2004-12-02 17:00
The state is a contradiction. Or, more precisely, a state that protects individual rights is an absurdity. A state is an agency that maintains a monopoly on the use of legal force in a given geographical area. The idea that such an institution can, on balance, protect individual rights, is fallacious. Let us think about it. In order for a state to exist, it must monopolize the 'service' it...
Anarchism Beats Statism, Once Again
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Anthony Gregory 2004-11-11 17:00
A recent article by Tom Nugent from National Review asserts that Bush's reelection means that 'capitalism beats socialism, once again.' After discussing Bush's commitment to tax cuts, Nugent points out that: President Clinton didn't have a capitalist agenda for America when he came into office in 1992 . . . . In contrast, today we have a confirmed capitalist as our president and a capitalist...
Why Anarchists Must Support Bush
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Anthony Gregory 2004-10-28 16:00
George W. Bush has not been the ideal president from the point of view of an anarchist. But, in following the lead of so many libertarians who have endorsed Bush, I must put forward my reasons for supporting our president in his reelection bid. John Kerry would be a catastrophe for this country. He would likely expand the welfare state, run huge budget deficits, strip away our civil liberties,...
Government Is a Weapon of Mass Destruction
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Anthony Gregory 2004-10-24 16:00
'Government is a tool,' so say most people who favor it. 'It has its functions, and its limitations. It's not good for everything, but it's necessary for some things.' I think this sums up the way, generally speaking, that most people see the government. Whether on the left or right, most non-totalitarians believe that government can do, has done, and currently does great harm, but that it is...
The Ralph Nader Liberty Litmus Test
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Anthony Gregory 2004-10-19 16:00
As an anti-state libertarian, who used to fancy himself a minarchist and, before that, a free-market conservative, I never had much use for Ralph Nader. I always considered him a paternalistic statist ' someone who saw himself as wise and prudent enough to tell us what kind of cars we should drive, with which countries we should trade, what kind of healthcare we could have, and what our...
The School Board Sickness
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Anthony Gregory 2004-10-07 16:00
Government schools are an atrocity. Not all government schoolteachers are evil, any more than all police officers are. But the system itself, funded through theft in the form of taxation, populated through kidnapping in the form of mandatory attendance, and serving the interests of state propaganda and social engineering, is an abomination constituting one of the very worst programs of American...
Radicalism in an Era of War and Terrorism
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Anthony Gregory 2004-09-15 16:00
Many libertarians have become increasingly mainstream since 9/11, shrugging off or outright defending numerous policies of the Bush administration ' including, in my opinion, its very worst ' and celebrating wildly every time Bush advances his phony 'privatization' schemes or mentions that he once sent us each a check for three hundred dollars of our own money the government had stolen (properly...
Assault Weapons Symbolism and GOP Totalitarianism
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Anthony Gregory 2004-09-14 16:00
Some readers assume that since I live in Berkeley , I look kind of like a hippie in some of my photos, and I hate war more than anything else the government does, I'm some kind of pacifist ' or, much worse, that I support the very non-pacifistic act of gun control, or, more accurately, victim disarmament. No. I'm a libertarian, I believe in self-defense, and gun control is the stuff of tyranny...
The Function of Government and the Criminality of the Justice System
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Anthony Gregory 2004-09-13 16:00
Aside from national defense, most limited-government libertarians say that the only legitimate function of government, in a free society, is the criminal justice system ' the police, courts, and prisons. To me, this system seems like one of the first ones we should scrap! Libertarians generally understand that the importance of a service does not mean it should be provided by the state. We...
The Worst Case Scenario Under Anarchy
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Anthony Gregory 2004-08-18 16:00
Let's pretend for a moment that governments on all levels vanished instantly. What would happen? Well, if the governments had vanished because people embraced the ideals of liberty, property, peace, and non-aggression, I honestly think that within a couple decades, poverty as we know it would be gone from most of the earth, warfare would nearly go extinct, and voluntary cooperation and the free...
Radical Solidarity and Moderate Anarchism
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-27 17:00
Libertarians, and especially anarchistic libertarians, are known for their principles and strong ideology. This has often been, but does not have to be, a double-edged sword in the fight for freedom. To be a libertarian, one must embrace the Non-aggression Principle, or at least come to the same policy conclusions as one would based on the principle. Some libertarians say they don't like the...
Anarcho-Statism
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Anthony Gregory 2004-07-13 16:00
If anarchism means anything, it is a rejection of the state, meaning, a rejection of an institution claiming and maintaining a monopoly on violence. Of course, anarchists find themselves in the real world, in which such monopolies clearly exist. Some of the things states do we might even approve of, at least circumstantially. If an anarchist is being mugged, and a police officer comes by to stop...
The Greatest Tragedy
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-16 16:00
The greatest tragedy in our culture is the widely accepted lie that the wars in U.S. history, since after the American Revolution, have been necessary, proper and even glorious. And this lie has been swallowed, parroted, and perpetuated by many of those who call themselves conservatives, liberals, progressives, socialists, constitutionalists, 'libertarians' and even 'anarchists'--all to the fatal...
Abortion, Coercion and the State
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Anthony Gregory 2005-03-22 17:00
Two of my fellow STR writers and guest editors that I much enjoy to read, weebies and John deLaubenfels, have each come out with a column on the eternally contentious abortion issue. On first glance, one might say that weebies' article is pro-life, while John deLaubenfels' is pro-choice. These two positions might initially appear diametrically opposed and therefore entirely irreconcilable. I do...
April 15: The American Citizen"s Final Exam
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Anthony Gregory 2004-04-14 16:00
It is no coincidence that government schools and income taxation are two of the modern statist's favorite American political institutions as well as two of the most inherently criminal. Also not a coincidence, perhaps, is the fact that the end of the school year comes about a month within April 15, which is the day of reckoning for the American citizen who has spent the 365 days since the last...