Archive for February, 2012

Making Government Work Like the Private Sector: Can We Square the Circle?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Socialism.
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[Published in Le Quebecois Libre, September 15th, 2011, No 252] After writing last month about the ills of government, I received some welcome feedback from a reader. Although open to the argument that the state is more failure-prone than the

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Bernanke Proves Critics Wrong? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by posted in Banking.

With relatively tame inflation and a recovering, almost bullish, economy, Caroline Salas Gage of Bloomberg has come out heaping praise upon money printer extraordinaire Ben Bernanke today: The numbers are proving Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s critics wrong. More

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Are Libertarians “Anarchists”?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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[This article was written in the mid-1950s under the byline "Aubrey Herbert," a pseudonym Rothbard used in the periodical Faith and Freedom. It was never published. Originally posted on Mises.org] The libertarian who is happily engaged expounding his political philosophy

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San Fran Fed Finds Problem with Econometric Multipliers

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Epistemology, Methodology.

Despite the obvious bias which engulfs the incestual working relationship between the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. financial sector, and the U.S. government, occasionally some grains of truth trickle out from these Ministries of Truth.  In a new report by

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The Keynesian Fallacy

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, History.

Unfortunately, this theory is still dominant in 99% of the economics departments. This is what we learn when we enrolled to get a degree in economics. Deficits don’t matter; government spending will win the day, etc. It is taught that

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Scratching By: How Government Creates Poverty as We Know It

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Regulation.
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[Originally published in The Freeman, December 2007, Volume 57, Issue 10] The experience of oppressed people is that the living of one’s life is confined and shaped by forces and barriers which are not accidental or occasional and hence avoidable, but are

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Socialism in Sports vs The Economy

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Socialism.

The following video was shared with me, either in the hopes of convincing me Socialism is good or as a joke, by someone who believes in socialist ideas. Although it may have been shared only in jest, it is very

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Joe Stiglitz Thinks the ECB Is Beholden to Special Interests…

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism.

Though I find it excruciatingly hard to agree with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stilgitz on anything, I can’t say he is wrong on his latest hunch.  In his Project Syndicate column today, Mr. Whither Socialism suspects that perhaps the European Central

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Walking the fine line

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by posted in Economics.

Please, click here to read this article in pdf format: February 6 2012 When we last wrote two weeks ago, we took the time to lay out an analytical framework that would act as our guide. We invest following the approach

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Sweet Sorrow

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Health Care, Regulation.

It all started four days ago, when Nature published an article [gated] written by a group of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, calling for the regulation of added sweeteners, “controlling them like alcohol.” The media pounced like a lion

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There’s No Such Things as a Stable State

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by posted in History, Politics, Socialism.
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Twenty years ago, and much to the shock of just about everyone, the mighty Soviet Union, the very embodiment of Hegel’s view of the state as the divine on Earth, dissolved and disappeared. The malicious foe of the U.S., the

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Marc Faber Mentions Canada Housing Bubble

Sunday, February 5th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism.

In another interview filled with dire predictions of money printing and inept central banking, the always great Marc Faber makes a passing mention of housing bubble in Canada- click on the provided link and see around the 4:00 mark. Marc

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Banksters, Busts and History – The Facts Driving the Financial Crises

Sunday, February 5th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.

Here is an excellent historical breakdown by Stefan Molyneux on how we have ended up with the spectacularly volatile markets and outsized profits that the “banksters” receive in the present day. Hint: it has NOTHING to do with the “free market”.   Redmond

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Candian Savers Aren’t the Only Ones With a Sinking Feeling…

Saturday, February 4th, 2012 by posted in Banking.

With three straight years of anorexic interest rates, it looks like The Globe and Mail finally realized the winners and losers of central banking: It’s the saver’s dilemma. Life for these Canadians has become an uncomfortable squeeze between weak returns

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The Importance of Individual Methodology as a Tool for Argument

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Trade.

I got into a verbal discussion/debate with a coworker today.  As anyone who follows the Austrian school or the doctrine of natural rights may know, a casual discussion on the efficiencies of a market can be unpleasant when speaking with

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Education grants not loans!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by posted in Education, Politics.

Ever heard that one before? Sounds great, doesn’t it? In this, my first blog, I will argue how both grants and loans are to the detriment of the aspiring student – and most importantly, to the poor and the lower

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Worship of the Mob

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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[Originally posted on mises.org, January 30th, 2012] Several months ago, I was visiting some friends in Sydney and was invited to the house of a friend-of-a-friend for some late night drinks and a chat. My host and his friends were left-wing

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Mises Circle + SFL Meet

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by posted in Uncategorized.
You don't want to sleep in for this!

You don’t want to sleep in for this! This month the Mises Circle in Ottawa will be meeting with Carleton University’s Students for Liberty. Come on down to Havana Cafe. There will be good food, great conversation, and, of course,

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Bill Gross Semi-Endorses Ron Paul for President?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by posted in Banking.

When Bill Gross speaks, many people listen.  He doesn’t head the largest bond investment company in the world, PIMCO (Pacific Investment Management Company), for nothing. Though not an Austrian or Austrian minded by any means, Gross has been critical of

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Central Banking 101

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Since the crisis hit in 2008, we have all heard the term “printing money”. But what does that mean? Certainly, the central banks and the government do not want you to understand how it works.  At best, they are misleading:

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