Archive for April, 2012

The Economics of Water

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by posted in Environment.
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Water is the fundamental pillar of Life.  All life requires water, thus making its demand extraordinary high.  All living things are in constant competition for fresh, drinkable, healthy water.  Humans are no different. Most of our access to this necessity

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SS Agents and Prostitutes- Another Case of the Worst Rising to the Top

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 by posted in Politics.
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(Pic via New York Daily News) Austrian economist F.A. Hayek’s most famous work, The Road to Serfdom, is renowned for identifying two general rules in regards to politics and the state.  As the title of the book suggests, Hayek was

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Sweden, Capitalism, and the Welfare State

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Article originally appeared at LewRockwell.com on June 8, 2005 Supporters of the welfare state around the world have for many decades pointed out the Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden, as proofs of how this system can generate both wealth and social

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When You Start Working For Yourself And Not The Government

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics.

On 17 April 2012 the United States celebrated its annual Tax Freedom Day. Wikipedia explains the concept: “Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the year in which a nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to fund its annual tax

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Meet the Man Bankrupting the Eurozone (and Maybe the Rest of the World)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism.
Ed Houben, Samenspender, am Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld

No, it’s not Greece Prime Minister and bankster puppet Lucas Papadermos who serves his former masters at Goldman Sachs rather than the people of the country he was “appointed” to lead.  No, it’s not German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is

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‘Liberal Democracy’ – Ideal? or Oxymoron?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, History.
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Democracy gets a good press these days (the last couple of centuries’ worth of days). People tend to identify democracy with freedoms – the various liberal freedoms we lovers of liberty extol. But this reputation is ill-gained, once we look

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The Current State of World Affairs | Murray N. Rothbard

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by posted in Uncategorized.
The Current State of World Affairs | Murray N. Rothbard

Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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Carney Ready to Raise Interest Rates Soon?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by posted in Economics.
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At least that’s what The Globe and Mail is speculating: The Bank of Canada left its main interest rate untouched at 1 per cent Tuesday, while painting a brighter economic outlook and hinting for the first time since last summer

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Anarchy Defended

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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This article originally appeared in The Journal of Libertarian Studies Volume 21 No. 1 (Spring 2007) Jordan Schneider’s article1[i] is directed in part against a talk I gave in 2004 titled “Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections,”[ii] in which I

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David Axelrod Admits to the Anatomy of the State

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
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Recently on Fox News Sunday, David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser to President Obama and now communications director for his reelection campaign, let slip a sneering remark on the true essence of government.  When pushed by anchor Chris Wallace on whether

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Apple, Sweatshops, and the Media’s Latest Attempt to Demonize Productivity

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism.
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Last month, Public Broadcasting Service ran a story on the poor working conditions reported in Foxconn factories within China.  Foxconn is, of course, most famous for being Apple’s main contract manufacturer in the world.  Since Apple as a company has

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Chobani vs. Supply Management: Happy Marriage, Ugly Divorce or a New Chapter?

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation, Trade.
On average, Canadians consume 30 ml of 3.25 milk per day

I love yogurt. Soon after I immigrated to Canada from Serbia in 2001, I realized that Canadian yogurt, feta and cream cheeses  are not to my taste, so I started discovering little ethnic speciality stores with dairy products from Macedonia,

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Murray Rothbard on the EU – 1989

Sunday, April 15th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, History, Politics.
Murray Rothbard on the EU – 1989

Murray Rothbard on the EU, ECB and the currency union from 1989. Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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Jonathan Kay and the Foolishness of the Paradox of Thrift

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 by posted in Economics.

There is no question that the Keynesian paradigm is beginning to lose influence.  Years after the financial crisis and the implementation of massive bouts of government-financed stimulus, the world economy has yet to recover.  The Keynesian prescription to our ills

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Health Care – The Insurance Odd Ball

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 by posted in Health Care.
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My car was recently broken in to, and I had to work together with my auto insurance company in order to replace the damage.  I was a bit unfamiliar with how this process would work because I do not need

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Austrian A/V Club with Jeffrey Tucker

Friday, April 13th, 2012 by posted in Uncategorized.
Austrian A/V Club with Jeffrey Tucker

Recorded April 10th, 2012   The Mises Institute of Canada is the centre for the study of the Austrian School of Economics in Canada. http://www.mises.ca/ Laissez-Faire Books has been publishing and distributing books on liberty, with a focus on economics

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George Monbiot, Please Understand Objectivism Before Criticizing It.

Friday, April 13th, 2012 by posted in Philosophy.
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Philosophies need to be challenged. No philosophy has escaped criticism and no philosophy should escape it. One should never accept or reject an idea at face value; it must be dissected, analyzed and debated before conclusions are drawn. If the

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Ontario’s Consumer Protection for Cell Phone Users Means Less Cell Phone Users

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by posted in Economics.
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It’s hard to imagine that even 150 years after the publication of french political philosopher Frederic Bastiat’s classic essay “That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen,” tired examples of politicians attempting to supersede the laws of scarcity

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“Digital Future”- Just Another Phrase for Keeping Track of the Serfs

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties.

Thus one government intervention begets a further government intervention.  Because government has failed in its primary task…politicians ask, in effect, for price and wage fixing; and we are driven toward totalitarian control. – Henry Hazlitt “What You Should Know About

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Tribalism and the Local Food Movement

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by and posted in Economics, Lifestyle, Trade.
Buy Local

A few years ago we attended a lecture in which a distinguished academic speaker not only sang the praise of “locavorism” (i.e., the notion that by producing an ever increasing portion of our food supply closer to where we live

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