Welcome to the On Liberty Watch Blog. The purpose of this blog is to provide commentary and analysis of politics, culture and current events from a mostly libertarian perspective. Among other things that means that we believe what it says in the Declaration of Independence: that all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights endowed by their Creator, among them Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That these rights exist independent of government; in that sense they are pre-political. The proper role of government then is to secure these inherent human rights. That is its only proper role. Government ought not, and indeed lacks the authority to use its police power to impose its view of the good society on its citizens.