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There is No Right to be Forgotten

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.
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The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance

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Changing the World: Technology Versus Politics

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.
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Reprinted from Casey Research We were all supposed to go vote on Tuesday. It’s our civic duty, we’re told. If you want change, your vote is more important than anyone else’s. What a crock. Technology has replaced politics as the

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Catcalling as Free Speech

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.
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Lately, a series of videos have been making the rounds illustrating the kind of provocative comments women have to put up with when wandering the streets of busy cities by themselves. Men with low thresholds of personal shame frequently holler

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One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, War on Drugs.
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The libertarian movement is often dismissed as consisting of a bunch of hippy stoners who just want to take drugs and do whatever they want. Of course, this is an unfair and untrue generalization that ignores the centuries of political

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National Security: The New State Religion

Friday, November 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Salt Lake City is a religious town. The awe-inspiring Mormon Temple dominates a SLC skyline framed by the majestic Wasatch Mountains. Virtually all of downtown is owned by the church, and everyone is welcome to come

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Regulate through taxation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

One lesson from the United States’ Obamacare debacle has been that if Congress can’t get its way through regulation, it can always resort to taxes. At least that’s the Supreme Court’s view, after it declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional

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Crony Phony Drug War

Friday, October 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from the Freeman The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the FedEx Corp. pleaded not guilty in a San Francisco federal court “on 15 charges related to transporting painkillers and other prescription drugs that had been sold illegally.” The

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A Nation of Children

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Imagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of

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Venezuela’s Biggest Shortage

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Regulation.

Venezuela’s socialist government has beset the population with all sorts of terrible travesties, from high inflation to shortages of toilet paper. Now the country’s poor citizens have one more shortage to grapple with: breast implants. Apparently the country’s restrictive currency

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The Ethics of Disease Control

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.
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As the threat of the ebola virus looms large and the Center for Disease Control issues what are undoubtedly hyperbolic projections of over a million casualties to the disease by January, we owe it to ourselves as libertarians to ask

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Civil Society and Order

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation.
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This past summer was anything but good for limited government supporters. We saw yet another killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white cop, followed by a military-style occupation by police of a suburban community. Parentless children along America’s

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Forced Organ Donations

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Health Care.

In his work  A Critique of Interventionism, Ludwig von Mises concluded that an endless progression of interventions was the inevitable consequence of otherwise well-intentioned policy makers “In a private property order isolated intervention fails to achieve what its sponsors hoped

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The Scottish Referendum

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.

I’ve refrained from comments on the Scottish referendum on independence. Let people decide their own path is a reasonable stance to take, so let the Scots decide the future of Scotland. Yet in discussion with one of my past students

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Lock Up Your Daughters

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.
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It turns out the hysterical warnings we constantly hear, telling us that our children are unsafe and the most terrifying of dangers lurks around every corner were right all along. Only instead of the danger coming from murderers or kidnappers

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The Death of Minarchism

Friday, September 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me As incredible as it seems, the bourgeoisie seem to be turning against the police. In the wake of Ferguson, polls say that about half of us don’t trust them. Obviously, blacks remain way ahead of the curve

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The Moral Blindness of Government Agents

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Those of us who have watched the scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, have been stunned at the brutality of the police. Most striking is their presumption that they have total control, that people are mere subjects, that all

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Judgement in Ferguson

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on the misinterpretation of classic Shakespeare line: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Uttered by Dick the Butcher in “Henry VI, Part 2,” the phrase is interpreted as

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World War One and the End of the Bourgeois Century

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Last week (two weeks ago – ed. note) marked the 100 Anniversary of the beginning of World War I. That war, which produced over 37 million casualties, not counting the related famines and epidemics that came in the

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Ferguson’s Segregated Ruling Class

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics.

There might not be any easy answers to what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri, but there are points that might make it just an extreme case of a more general problem. Some commentators have chimed in to claim that the

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The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient

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