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Private Property the Only Real Solution on Immigration

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.
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In the United States, people from “the left” and “the right” fight over battles that have no chance of resolution, so long as issues are left to the State. For example, should “public” schools be able to teach religion? This

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Skate Safe & Avoid the Cops!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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The recent video of a cop stopping longboarders with his SUV is going vial. And for good reason. The West Vancouver police officer is acting carelessly, using his SUV to cause the longboarders (who can easily get up to 50km

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More Intimations by the European Central Bank of Currency Confiscation

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Draghi suggests that the ECB could ease policy further to tackle strong euro Speaking at the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank over the weekend, ECB President Mario Draghi said that the

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The Source of Economic Progress–the Primacy of the Individual

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Philosophy, Politics.

Members of an Austrian school of economics forum to which I belong have been discussing the source of economic progress.  It began with the usual elements of capital, technological development, and managerial expertise before getting more philosophical when a member

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The Economics of the MMPR

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, War on Drugs.
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A court-ruled injunction means medical marijuana patients and growers can still operate under the old MMAR laws. Even though as of April 1st, the new MMPR laws have taken effect, meaning that medical marijuana can only be obtained through the

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How the Drug War Failed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Now that sufficient time has passed since the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it is time to assess if there is anything positive that we can learn from this tragic and horrific event. Some questions may never

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Fraud or Freedom?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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Most libertarians recognize fraud as a form of theft, and therefore a form of coercion that violates the non-aggression principle and should be subject to legal reprisal. In general, I agree. But what constitutes fraud? The case of Kevin Trudeau

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A Typical Day in Europe: getting a handout or desiring autonomy

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics.

(My comments in italics below the news reports) From today’s Open Europe news summary: The Greek government reached a deal with the EU/IMF/ECB Troika yesterday, paving the way for the next disbursement of €10bn in bailout funds, which Greece hopes

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Some Thoughts on the Latest Medical Marijuana Mayhem

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, War on Drugs.
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We can all sleep safe and sound tonight knowing that Health Canada and the RCMP are working to ensure “public safety.” In two weeks, 37,000 licensed marijuana growers will effectively become criminals when the new medical marijuana law takes effect.

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Google: Friend of Liberty or Tyranny?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Regulation.
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One of the biggest themes in science fiction has always been paranoia, and the dark implications of new technologies – technologies that initially seem like unalloyed positives but which are found to have set the stage for society to evolve

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New Laws on Prostitution Will Victimize the Women

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation.

Laws against the economic associates of prostitutes are likely to increase the abuse and death rates of the women. The best way – and, perhaps, the only sure way – to protect prostitutes is to decriminalize all aspects of the activity and allow them to access fully the legal rights that other women enjoy.

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My letter to the NY Times re: The Fallacy of Planning–set Detroit free

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Re: A Picture of Detroit in Ruin Dear Sirs: Detroit does not need another worthless plan in order to deal with its problems.  To what end will a “blight plan” be put?  This is the question that should have been asked

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The Economic Harm of Prohibition

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
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According to the United Nations, cannabis, the plant from which marijuana is derived, is the most widely used, produced and trafficked drug. Governments across the globe have invested heavily in fighting drug production and consumption. Notwithstanding, even though the war

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Free Speech and the Police

Friday, February 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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The traffic cop stands alone as one of the most unpleasant and unnecessary forms of law enforcement. Under the halfhearted guise of protecting public safety – a pretense that no one really buys into – these government agents spend most

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First step in raiding Europe’s private savings

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: According to a leaked document, seen by Reuters, the European Commission is probing ways to unlock the investment potential of EU citizens’ savings to boost the economy. The Commission will also ask the European

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My letter to the NY Times re: A balanced government budget is NOT the definition of success

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Politics.

Re: Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rico Exodus Dear Sirs: Reporter Lizette Alvarez makes the common mistake of equating a balanced government budget with success.  She lauds new Puerto Rican president Garcia Padilla for reducing the deficit by seventy

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Sochi Day 2: The “Right” to Sport

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education.

The Olympic Charter which supposedly guides the spirit of the Games makes the following claim: The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the

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Can the State Justify Welfare Spending?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Epistemology, Law.

The purpose of this brief essay is to present an argument that state spending on welfare, which necessarily rests on the state’s power to extract funds from the public, cannot be justified.  An argument in favor of state sponsored welfare

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Some Pros of MMPR

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, War on Drugs.

MMPR stands for Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. This is the so-called “free market” in medical marijuana delivery. On April 1st it will officially replace the MMAR (Marihuana Medical Access Regulations) by restricting the supply of marijuana growers to designated

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The New Republic’s Guilt by Association

Monday, January 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Philosophy.
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Plenty of ink has been spilled on the Edward Snowden leaks, and government leaks in general. Opinions on the bespectacled whistleblower run the gamut between savior and treacherous cretin. Libertarians and progressives love the guy. Political elites loathe him. California

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