The Nation's Capital

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. Washington is the principal city of the Washington metropolitan area, which has an estimated population of 6,131,977. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, the city is an important world political capital. Washington is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million annual tourists.

Birthplace of

Doug Bandow, Douglas Bandow, on 15 Apr 1957
Bettina Bien Greaves, Bettina Bien, on Jul 1917
Karl Hess, Carl Hess III, on 25 May 1923
David Nolan, David Fraser Nolan, on 23 Nov 1943

Deathplace of

Frederick Douglass, on 20 Feb 1895
Dwight D. Eisenhower, on 28 Mar 1969
Leonard Liggio, on 14 Oct 2014
Abraham Lincoln, on 15 Apr 1865
Woodrow Wilson, on 3 Feb 1924

Conferences and Conventions

Cato Institute, Cato Policy Forum, on 19 Aug 2004

Measures of Freedom

LP State-by-State Membership Numbers, Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 53


Confronting the Empire, by Justin Raimondo, 5 Jan 2007
Comments on the 2007 Iraq War troop surge, prior to its official announcement on 10 Jan, and suggests the antiwar movement camp out and protest in Washington, DC, to make the city unlivable and thus get the politicians to notice the "will of the people"
"The problem, as I see it, is summed up in a single word: Washington. The Imperial City is culturally as well as politically incapable of responding any longer to the national zeitgeist on the question of the war, and foreign policy in general. ... Washington is the problem, and the solution is to make that city ungovernable, and a thoroughly unpleasant place for our ruling elite to be ... By descending on Washington, and literally camping out, the millions who detest this war could make the city unlivable, or, at least, make it impossible for the mandarins of power to any longer discount us humble plebeians."
George Mason and the Bills of Rights, by Gary Williams, The Freeman, May 1992
Relates the life of George Mason, his primary role in writing the Virginia Declaration of Rights and his opposition to ratifying the U.S. Constitution
"He spoke out strongly against a 10-mile-square Federal district that ironically came to be located just a few miles from his home. Concerning the proposed District of Columbia, Mason said: 'This ten miles square may set at defiance the laws of the surrounding states and may ... become the sanctuary of the blackest crimes! Here the federal courts are to sit ... what sort of jury shall we have within the ten miles square? The immediate creatures of government!'"
How Empires Bamboozle the Bourgeoisie, by Lew Rockwell, Mises Daily, 28 Oct 2006
Comments on two issues, related to the U.S. population reaching 300 million, which Rockwell not being addressed: what kind of economy is needed to support that population and do all these people need to live under the same central government
"There is something intuitively plausible and honest about the statement that if a government can't control its own capital, it cannot control the rest of the country. In fact, I propose that the same approach be used domestically. Before the federal government makes any more attempts to bring their proposed utopia to the rest of the country, let them eliminate poverty, crime, gang war, hate, despair, abuse, corruption, and injustice in Washington, D.C. Once that city is cleared of all such vice, we can talk about moving on to other parts of the country. I think we can safely predict a quagmire."
Washington Logic, by Sheldon Richman, 22 Sep 2006
Commentary on the perverted logic used in Washington politics, as evidenced by lobbying for and against import tariffs
"Washington is a funny place, with its own unique 'logic.' It's a 'company' town, the 'company' being the federal government, the 'product' being public policy. ... If you sense something screwy about this story, it's only because you are not using Washington logic. Elsewhere, the negation of a true statement is false. ... But things are different in Washington. There negation does not have the same logical implication."
Related Topics: Government, Politics, Taxation
Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 1, by Jarret Wollstein, Future of Freedom, Jul 1994
Considers whether banning guns would reduce crime, citing studies, articles and statistics that show the apparent paradox that gun-control laws tend to increase crime and violence, and explores some reasons for the continued increase in violent crime
"Since 1976, it’s been illegal in Washington, D.C., to own any handguns or to keep any type of gun in your home fully assembled. Nevertheless, Washington, D.C., has among the highest murder rates in the nation. ... In both New York and Washington, violent criminals can easily obtain machine guns and other deadly weapons on the streets within minutes. ... Another major reason why crime is increasing is that ... in our tax-ridden, regulation-crushed economy, many people cannot economically survive through low-end jobs. ... In Washington, D.C., it costs $7,000 in city fees to open a pushcart."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Washington, D.C." as of 2 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.