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October 8, 2006

Re: the libertarian perspective

Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 5:17 PM

I had no doubt that John held libertarian views on this subject and placed them at the top of the list. This is why I had the expectations that I did. 

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Try handicapping this race

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 4:01 PM

If you think the resignation of incumbent Mark Foley is the only bizarre factor in his U.S. House district race, you haven't read this piece

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Re: Gay Patriot live blogged

Posted by Daren Bakst at 3:13 PM

One of the topics discussed was the McCain-Feingold bill and its impact on bloggers.   This is an issue that bloggers certainly will need to track.  This FEC page (scroll down to where it says "The Internet: Definitions of 'Public Communications'...) provides a lot of helpful background.  For now, as a result of recent FEC regulations, bloggers generally don't need to worry about this law.  I do stress "for now."

There also was discussion of the new state law, HB 1843.  The point made at the conference is that the law's impact on bloggers is unclear.

Two sections of the law that should be of primary concern are 120C-100(13)--the definition of "Solicitation of Others" and section 120C-404--disclosure requirements for "solicitors."  For many bloggers (not all), this law clearly would not apply--it depends on the nature of the blog and how the law is interpreted through the regulatory process and by the courts.

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Re: Where's the libertarian perspective?

Posted by John Hood at 1:14 PM

Roy,

The show ran long. The segment was cut short. I had dominated the time on other segments, so I pulled back. That's all there was to it.

I have made the libertarian argument on video poker many times, including in this statewide syndicated column.

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Where's the libertarian perspective?

Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 06:56 AM

I was just watching the discussion on NC Spin of video poker and whether it should be banned. This was the perfect opportunity for makinig a solidly libertarian argument, namely that not only should video poker not be banned but current regulations on the awarding of cash prizes should be abolished. The only regulations that should be in place would be those against fraud. With all due respect to John Hood, after waiting with great expectation I didn't hear it. This is an issue where the libertarian perspective can shine through the standard left right debate, and we should be making freedom arguments whenever the topic comes up.   

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