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The Bee Gees, government and the myth of property ownership

By William R. Toler 70s disco icons The Bee Gees aren’t usually considered to be a source of libertarian thought. But a line in the band’s 1977 hit ballad “How Deep is Your Love” recently struck a chord with me: … Continue reading

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Homeowner questions city cleanup

By William R. Toler [Note: the following was written as an article for the Richmond County Daily Journal.] ROCKINGHAM — A man says the city sent people into his yard to take his property, then stuck him with the tab. … Continue reading

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N.C. develops plan to regulate drones, including photography limits

By Corey Friedman If loose lips can sink ships, loose language can crash a statewide plan to regulate drones before the first unmanned flying machines even get off the ground. Lawmakers on a special state panel approved a working draft … Continue reading

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‘Screwed’ again…this time by the court

By William R. Toler “First, he was ‘screwed by the town of Cary,’…Now he’s been screwed by the Fourth Circuit…” That was the reaction of the IR’s Corey Friedman when he heard the news of a appealate court’s decision to … Continue reading

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Occupancy rule in question

By William R. Toler A housing ordinance in one eastern Carolina city has the potential to be overturned, but it’s not looking good for those that want it gone. Greenville has had a rule on the books  since 1981 that prohibits … Continue reading

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Local governments run amok

By William R. Toler The uprising of political activity by conservatives often focuses on the overreach of the federal government. However, local governments can be just as opressive…as the following stories will demonstrate. Growing pains A woman in Oak Park, … Continue reading

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Green thumb costs gardener

By William R. Toler A Georgia man is being sued by his county. The reason: too many crops. Landscaper Steve Miller faces $5000 in fines from Dekalb County for zoning violations on his 2-plus acre lot in Clarkston, according to … Continue reading

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Receipt check causes scuffle, arrest

By Corey Friedman A city alderman from Berwyn, Ill. was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a scuffle with Walmart security guards who tried to detain him for refusing to show his receipt at the door, the Chicago Tribune … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart: Receipt check is voluntary

By Corey Friedman A Wal-Mart manager admitted Tuesday that employees can’t detain a customer for declining a receipt check — even when the security alarm is activated. Johnny Wilkins, co-manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3000 E. Franklin Blvd. in … Continue reading

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My Wal-Mart sales receipt standoff

By Corey Friedman Call it irony. Call it self-fulfilling prophecy. I call it pure probability — it was just my turn. The night after posting an 800-word screed on this very blog about the insulting prevalence of retail store receipt checks … Continue reading

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