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Liberalism and the American Revolution

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Sat, 2010-02-27 04:26

The following is an essay I've written for school. As my history class is learning about the American Revolution, that's the topic we're writing about.

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Neil — by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2010-03-04 01:33
Regulation, tax and prices — by Neil on Wed, 2010-03-03 02:30
Thanks for the great effort — by gregster on Mon, 2010-03-01 03:09

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Welfare Strikes Again

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2010-02-16 03:09

[This originally appeared as my guest post over at Not PC.]

The welfare state and "multicultural" government policy of many European governments has yet again led to riots. As reported in Stuff:

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I think it becomes more — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2010-02-19 06:03
"Both rich and poor alike — by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2010-02-16 09:24
Without any way to get up, — by Richard Wiig on Tue, 2010-02-16 08:10

Annie Fox

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2009-12-02 08:01

I am sad to report that libertarian blogger Annie Fox (Anna Woolf) passed away today at 12:05 pm.

Her courage and strength were a source of inspiration for the entire Kiwi blogging community.

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Thanks for putting this up — by Mark Hubbard on Sat, 2009-12-05 05:39
Funeral — by Kasper on Sat, 2009-12-05 05:37
I did not know Anna — by Sandi on Thu, 2009-12-03 05:47

SOLO-Youth Press Release: Straitjacketing Students?

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2009-10-28 03:42

SOLO-Youth Press Release: Straitjacketing Students?

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October 24, 2009

Although the National Government's introduction of new, across-the-board national standards may have some positive short-term benefits, little good can come of further straitjacketing of New Zealand's educational system.


Reply to Richard Goode

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-09-10 10:54

The following is an excerpt of a discussion on the Libertyloop. Although a larger variety of topics are being discussed, I decided to take issue with one particular statement by Richard Goode.

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Why thanks — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2010-02-02 22:23
Egoism and Rights — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2010-02-02 08:10
Kasper — by Rosie on Sun, 2009-09-27 06:31

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The Evil of Appeasement

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-08-06 09:30

Today, 6 August 2009, marks 64 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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Callum — by 0 on Fri, 2009-08-14 20:08
For — by Brant Gaede on Sat, 2009-08-08 08:42
Straw — by Curt Holmes on Sat, 2009-08-08 01:23

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The "Rights" of Beneficiaries

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-07-30 10:13

Although one lady has already realised that her little gesture actually did little to compromise her security at all, the other is still unrepentant.

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Richard, since when was — by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2009-07-31 10:26
More freedom, less government — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2009-07-31 09:59
Yeah — by Kasper on Thu, 2009-07-30 23:08

SOLO-Youth Press Release: The Place of Principals

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2009-07-06 10:35

SOLO-Youth Press Release: The Place of Principals

July 6, 2009

As a consequence of the National Government’s policy to publicly display school performance data, hundreds of New Zealand Primary School Principals are threatening to boycott literacy and numeracy standards.

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Thanks for all the — by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2009-07-07 09:54
The lunatics — by gregster on Tue, 2009-07-07 01:26
Fine PR... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2009-07-06 23:07

Open University for Maori?

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2009-06-19 09:56

From the same people talking about the horrid amount of racism that exists in New Zealand society, comes this: no need to have any qualifications to get into University!


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An Irony of Sorts

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Sun, 2009-05-31 10:39

The Green Party has elected Metiria Turei as their number two -the lesser of two evils, as her rival was Sue Bradford, of Anti-Smacking Bill fame.


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SOLO-Youth Press Release -- Warning: Following Dreams "Irresponsible"

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2009-05-19 00:03

Warning: Following Dreams "Irresponsible"

With the full support of her parents, 15-year-old Aussie Jessica Watson has a goal: to become the youngest person ever to individually circumnavigate the globe. However, her biggest challenge isn't lofty waves, strong winds and faulty equipment - it's Australian "family groups."

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What a sad old bastard John — by PhilipD on Tue, 2009-05-19 00:47

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A Culture of Fear

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2009-05-13 11:07

Much to the annoyance of the many conservative bloggers on the Kiwi blogosphere, most libertarian commentators on the internet on this side of the ditch have been out in full force protesting the Drug

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Thanks Kasper and — by Callum McPetrie on Sat, 2009-05-16 10:21
Yes, Callum, good piece. — by Sam Pierson on Thu, 2009-05-14 11:27
Good Piece Callum — by Kasper on Wed, 2009-05-13 22:02

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Has Your Country Caught Chicago Fever?

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-04-30 09:37

I'm getting so fed up with constant chatter, on all news channels, about the Swine Flu epidemic that has killed, according to the WHO's revised figures, seven people.

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Yes, alas, it will certainly — by Callum McPetrie on Sat, 2009-05-02 11:58
The larger bowl — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-05-01 06:31

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Maori MP Swears at Student

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2009-04-27 10:18

In a lecture given last week at Waikato University, Maori MP Hone Harawira has been accused of swearing


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Prince Charles

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2009-04-21 08:36

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In Tahiti

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-04-09 09:02

Over the next week, I'll be enjoying my school holidays in beautiful tropical Tahiti, for a French trip with some fellow students at school.

Au revoir pour la semaine!


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A Foolish Mistake Repeats

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2009-04-06 09:24

On his big tour of Europe Barack Obama has landed in Prague, touting much the same message as the anti-nuclear prot


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One Dead (So Far) in London Riots

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-04-02 09:00

The riots in London over the G20 meeting have left one protester dead. Frankly, this doesn't surprise me.

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Protesters attacked Police trying to help — by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2009-04-04 03:07
Not a protestor — by jeffrey smith on Sat, 2009-04-04 00:52
A Good Start — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2009-04-04 00:05

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Racial Progress in Europe?

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-03-19 09:05

While the NAACP in the US is claiming that banks unfairly targeted black home-buyers with easy credit, a

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Got you coming and going... — by atlascott on Thu, 2009-03-19 22:10
In the Ghetto — by gregster on Thu, 2009-03-19 09:34

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Helping Form NZ Education Policy :-)

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2009-03-02 08:47

About a week and a half ago, I received this email:

Tena koe Callum

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Great work Callum — by Sandi on Tue, 2009-03-03 05:01
Well, Lindsay, as true as — by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2009-03-02 09:09
Callum — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2009-03-02 09:06

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Jeanette Steps Down, and...

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2009-02-24 09:07

Jeanette Fitzsimons is stepping down from her role as Green Party co-leader. This means that it's all up for grabs now -there's only one catch:

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Callum — by Brant Gaede on Tue, 2009-02-24 10:07

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SOLO-Youth Press Release: Protests and Factory Schools

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-02-19 20:28

SOLO-Youth Press Release: Protests and Factory Schools

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February 21, 2009

At Fairfield College in Hamilton this morning, a student protest against the school's leadership made big news across the country.

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Added to my (elite) section of fabulous quotes — by Sandi on Thu, 2009-02-19 20:50

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How Much Worse Will It Get?

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Mon, 2009-02-16 04:23

As expected Obama and Pelosi's 1000 page stimulus package has passed both the US House of Representatives and the Senate, to be signed into law by Obama ASAP.

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Scott said: — by 0 on Sun, 2009-02-22 09:04
Leonid, that comment was — by Callum McPetrie on Sat, 2009-02-21 20:20
Bad idea — by 0 on Wed, 2009-02-18 20:54

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PC Gone Mad

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Sat, 2009-02-07 09:31

Truly appalling. Gordon Brown is called names! It's an offense to everything good and decent! From the story:

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On talk-back radio the other day... — by Marcus on Sun, 2009-02-08 09:59

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Entry into the IPA Kennard Freedom Prize

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2009-01-23 09:16

This is my entrance into the 2009 Kennard Freedom Prize.

Or: How to repackage Objectivism.

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Thanks Sandi and Michael. — by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2009-01-30 00:20
Exceptional work Callum. — by Sandi on Thu, 2009-01-29 22:48
Callum...! — by mvardoulis on Sun, 2009-01-25 05:33

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US$5b for Breast Transplants

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-01-08 08:56

With the entire economy of America lined up in Washington to get handed free money from the Feds, few stories can be as downright bizarre as this: the US porn industry is

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Good pornographer in fact — by gregster on Fri, 2009-01-09 08:21
Gregster is correct, Callum — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2009-01-09 06:56
The Muckraker's Progress — by gregster on Fri, 2009-01-09 03:35

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The Gaza Conflict

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2009-01-08 08:40

Predictably, thousands of people around the world have, in recent weeks, been out marching against Israel, condemning every aspect of Israel's existence whilst ignoring the role of Hamas; TV news has

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Atlascott — by 0 on Tue, 2009-01-13 11:08
True — by atlascott on Mon, 2009-01-12 21:34
atlascott — by 0 on Mon, 2009-01-12 20:04

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Oh Yeah, They're the Government

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Tue, 2008-12-16 09:02

I'm pleased I'm not the only one who needs reminding of the new National Government:

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Hah! — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2008-12-16 10:03

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SOLO-Youth Press Release: Let Us Be!

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2008-12-12 21:58

SOLO-Youth Press Release: Let Us Be!

December 13, 2008

As of yesterday, the school year has ended for High Schools and Colleges all over the country, with Primaries and Intermediates finishing now or next week.


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The Best Thing About a National Government...

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Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2008-12-03 09:07

...is that, in Government, the Greens are ignored. From the article:

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Tama Iti — by gregster on Sat, 2008-12-13 05:56
You're going to be reported — by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2008-12-12 21:54
Re: Callums Gay Post — by 0 on Fri, 2008-12-12 21:52

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