Op-Ed Columns 2001
Tim O'Brien, former
Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Michigan and noted libertarian
author and lecturer, has offered this regular opinion column free to Michigan
newspapers. The monthly column will present the libertarian position on issues
of the day -- both state and national. See the press release on this subject.
ATTENTION EDITORS: Feel free to reprint the articles listed below,
please inform the author, Tim O'Brien (at
when doing so, thank you.
- October 2, 2001 - Gothic Foreign Policy
- The search for who was behind the horrifying terrorist attack on
our country a few weeks ago is actually more problematic than the
current thirst for retribution will long tolerate.
- August 10, 2001 - A Fairy Tale of Two Cites
- Once upon a time the American ideal for governance was what has
been called the "Night Watchman" state. Government as nothing
more than an impartial arbiter. A protector against force and
fraud that, otherwise, left citizens free to buy and sell their
goods and services in the voluntary marketplace.
- July 3, 2001 - An Important Day
- As we celebrate our country's 225th birthday with pomp and
circumstance, parades and picnics and fireworks, it's worth
taking at least a few moments to reflect on some of the facts
(and misconceptions) surrounding our nation's birth announcement,
the Declaration of Independence.
as published in the
- June 5, 2001 - Selling Us a Sales Tax Bill of Goods (Add 6%)
- If there is one, universal, defining characteristic of politicians,
it would have to be: covetousness. ...
- May 22, 2001 - Child Support and Responsibility
- The sound and fury continue over the problem of what
self-proclaimed children's advocates used to alliterate
"Deadbeat Dads," but have now politically corrected to the
much less lyrical "Deadbeat Parents." (Mere posturing,
really -- only 3% are "Deadbeat Moms.")...
as published in the
- February 16, 2001 - Civics Lessons
- A group of Allen Park high schoolers got a wonderful, real-world
lesson in how government works when they went on a field trip to
a recent meeting of our city council.
As luck would have it, there happened to be an item on the
agenda that was of particular interest to these young citizens.
as published in the Detroit News