All Articles by Laurence Vance

Economics

Americans Are Quadruple Taxed

It has often been pointed out that corporate profits are double taxed when a corporation pays income tax on its …

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Libertarianism

Patriotic Services

For the past two weeks, the sign in front of a church near my house has advertised a “patriotic service” …

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Politics

Would Jesus Celebrate Memorial Day?

Memorial Day, as we all know, is not just the official beginning of the summer vacation season. It is a …

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dying senselessly
War and Peace

Dying Senselessly: Saying What Needs to Be Said About the Military

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Dying …

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Politics

The Conservative Christian Lie about Obama and the Military

That the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama was an “obomination” there is no question. During his presidency I wrote of …

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Libertarianism

What Libertarians Want From the Government

Americans of all political persuasions want something from the government, including libertarians. But what libertarians want from the government is …

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Libertarianism

Conservatism versus Libertarianism

When conservative politicians are trying to get the votes of libertarians and “libertarian-leaning” Republicans, they often tout the supposed affinity …

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Libertarianism

The Drug Test That Could Cost You Everything

Although I have written over fifty articles on the injustice, hypocrisy, insanity, senselessness, inhumanity, and evils of the government’s war …

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War and Peace

Ending Wars, Once and For All

“Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.” ~ Albert Einstein “Older men declare war. But it is the …

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Politics

Should Christians Support Laws Against Prostitution?

Poor Jimmy Carter. It must be tough for a life-long liberal Democrat to almost sound like a conservative Republican. In …

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Politics

Do Americans Live in a Free Society?

Whenever I hear someone say that U.S. troops fighting overseas somewhere, anywhere—it doesn’t matter where—are defending our freedoms, it makes …

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Libertarianism

The Libertarian Priority

“I am getting more and more convinced that the war-peace question is the key to the whole libertarian business.” ~ …

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Theology

Old Testament Christians

There is, of course, no such thing as an Old Testament Christian, since the disciples of Jesus Christ were “called …

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Libertarianism

Religious Liberty Bills Miss the Real Issue

Same-sex marriage was first legalized in the United States in Massachusetts in 2004. That came as no surprise. But then …

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Book Reviews

The Moral Bankruptcy of Just War Theory

Review of Robert Emmet Meagher, Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War (Cascade Books, 2014), xxi + 161 pgs, …

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Libertarianism

Should Adultery and Fornication be Criminal Offenses?

Like most Islamic states, some states in America use criminal penalties to police the morality of their citizens. A recent …

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Christian Worldview

The Prince of Peace, or the God of War?

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his …

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Christian Worldview

Look out for Christian Jihadists

Christian jihadist—now there is an oxymoron for you. This sounds even stranger than constitutional conservative or libertarian Republican. Nevertheless, there …

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Christian Worldview

Conservatism Laid Bare

“Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny. It’s the only one. It’s based on thousands of years of human experience. There …

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Politics

Ben Carson the Welfare and Warfare Statist

It happens every four years. Candidates for president issue books to sucker people to vote for them using the written …

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Libertarianism

Do you own your body?

If there is one thing that the smelliest, most down-and-out, most destitute, most forsaken homeless guy who sleeps under a …

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Libertarianism

Christianity, Libertarianism, and the Drug War

This talk was given on August 8, 2015 as a keynote address at the Christians for Liberty Conference in Austin, …

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Economics

Why Do Libertarians Pay Taxes?

It never fails. Every time I write anything about taxes I get long, rambling e-mails from tax trolls who scour …

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Book Reviews

Real Dissent – A truly radical libertarian book

Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion by Thomas E. Woods Jr. (CreateSpace Independent …

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Economics

The Flat Tax Revisited

Every four years, during the presidential election season, Republican candidates criticize the abuses of the IRS and the complexity of …

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Culture

Who denigrates marriage? Maybe you and I do.

Conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christians are not going to like what I am going to say. And neither are most …

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Theology

Ye Shall Be As Gods

  Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And …

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Politics

Why Don’t Conservatives Follow Their Own Constitution?

  The relationship between conservatives and libertarians is sometimes a confrontational one. A reader recently forwarded to me a response …

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Libertarianism

Are you really for liberty? The Drug War Litmus Test.

Conservative Republicans are sometimes said by the media to be “libertarian” or “libertarian-leaning.” This is especially true if they say …

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Theology

Joseph Judson Taylor, Man of Peace

Since the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, two words that have rarely been seen together are “Baptist” and “pacifist.” We have instead been subject to things like high-profile Baptist leader Jerry Falwell writing a defense of the Iraq war titled “God Is Pro-War” …

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