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Mockingjay Part I: No Romance in Revolution

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Surely there has to be a better way. That was my non-stop thought through the whole of the viewing of Mockingjay Part I, a brilliant addition to the Hunger Games series. It picks up where the last

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How Far are you Willing to Go?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
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When I was in college (at the progressive stronghold Oberlin College in Ohio), the most profound influence I received was the tutelage of philosophy professor Tim Hall, a libertarian whose area of expertise was ethics. In his Philosophy and Values

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The Internet Memory Hole

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Imagine you are considering a candidate as a caregiver for your child. Or maybe you are vetting an applicant for a sensitive position in your company. Perhaps you’re researching a public figure for class or endorsing

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The Continuing Story of Involuntary Servitude

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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The word slavery conjures up the most horrific images of evil and injustice in modern mind, on par with just about any other atrocity we can imagine. And rightly so. Nothing interferes with the fundamentally human right to control ones

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Freedom of the Press

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Regulation.
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Reprinted from 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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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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