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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.
ferguson

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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How Smugglers Made America

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America by Peter Andreas, Oxford University Press, 2013.] Whenever I receive a book to review that is written by some hotshot ivy leaguer, I brace myself for all the deception and tomfoolery

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MH17 Madness

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Events.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The furor over the downing of MH17 has brought forward the predictable public ire. Blood for blood seems to be the most advocated solution now, and politicians in the Western

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New digital currency backed by gold

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Gold backed digital currency People often ask me how gold can be used as a currency, since it would be almost impossible to create a coin that would be small enough to conduct everyday transactions, such as buying a cup

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The “Free” Market in Marijuana

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, War on Drugs.

Washington may have recently become the second State to legalize marijuana sales, but that doesn’t mean selling weed has gotten any easier. A myriad of regulations have all but frozen some willing entrepreneurs into a state of inaction, fearful of

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Peacefully Staring Down the State

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com How do you think the American public, even as supine as it is, would respond if the Federal government were to attempt to re-assign everybody’s children to other parents; to force everybody to burn their Bibles and

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A Weak Critique on Libertarianism

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
Mark Lilla

When Adam Smith wrote about the division of labor in The Wealth of Nations, the industrial revolution was just getting under way. For the first time in human history, economic growth of 2% per annum was beginning. Agrarian countries started

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In Defense of the Silk Road

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Remember Napster? It was a solution that was strangled by government. But this action killed nothing. It started a new era of file sharing and online music distribution that has changed the dynamic of the world economy.

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Persecuting the Mentally Ill Based on Anecdotes

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.
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In the last several weeks we have seen another mass shooting by a disturbed teenager, as well as a horrific murder committed by two clearly troubled 12-year-old girls at the behest of internet fiction Slender Man. Predictably, tragedies like this

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America’s Electronic Police State

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Intellectual Property, Regulation.
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Reprinted from FEE.org The modern surveillance state is referred to as an electronic police state because it uses technology to monitor people in order to detect and punish dissent. The authorities exert social control through spying, harsh law enforcement, and

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My letter to the NY Times re: UKIP is neither left nor right

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics.

Re: Populist Party Gaining Muscle to Push Britain to the Right Dear Sirs: It is about time to end the inaccurate labeling of all political parties as either of the left or of the right.  The ultra left is always

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Freedom of the Press

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality (1954)] Freedom of the press is one of the fundamental features of a nation of free citizens. It is one of the essential points in the political program of old classical liberalism. No one has

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Ontario Teachers: A Failure According to Wynne Government

Premier Wynne

In a great essay, Lawrence Reed points out that government’s constant efforts to reform its own policies is an implicit admission that they couldn’t get things right the first 50 attempts. This is instructive; as Ontario’s political debate now turns

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The end game of Keynesianism: Savings confiscation to force spending now

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Reuters: ECB readies negative deposit rate and target liquidity for June WSJ: Bundesbank ready and willing to back further easing of ECB policy Reuters reports that the ECB is working on detailed policy plans

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First airplanes, now cars…people are next

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.

From the Open Europe news summary of May 12, 2014 The Mail on Sunday reports that the European Commission has ruled that all new vehicles must be fitted with a “black box” for use in emergencies quoting a letter from Transport Minister

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Technology Against the State

Monday, May 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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One of the first proverbs of the Chinese essay Thirty-Six Stratagems is “kill with a borrowed sword.” It means you should attack an enemy using their own strength against them. Such a tactic has the element of surprise in addition

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