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Shiprider: How US Agents Are Becoming Canadian Police

Monday, July 8th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are not something to cheer about. Despite their rosy image as Dudley Do-Right patriotic heroes – they are in fact the federal police force that once dispersed and murdered First Nation communities to protect railroad

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Children Voting and Democracy

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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The recent hullabaloo over the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act was typical for a media class focused on spectacle over substance. First, you must ignore the fact the high court is not vested by the Constitution with

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In an Emergency, the Police State is Apparent

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Events.
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Talk about being in the right place at the right time. While my friends watched Cougar Creek and the Bow River overflow and destroy about sixty houses in the process – I sat in sunny Mount Forest sipping a beer

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The Calgarian Advantage – Low Taxes or Zero Taxes?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Socialism.
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In Alberta, property taxes are everything. Since the province levies a flat income tax of 10% and has no sales tax, property taxes are a vital part of the government’s budget. Recently, the Alberta government raised the property taxes of

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Disappearing Mr. Goro

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Socialism.
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On Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, Jan Goro didn’t show up for work. A 66-year old janitor in Banff’s Whyte Museum, the absence of Goro did not go unnoticed. His boss called the house where Goro lived alone with his cat.

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Debating the Legality of Prostitution

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Law, Philosophy, Politics.

Later this week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments in a constitutional challenge of our prostitution laws. As an experiment, I endeavor to answer this question using a method made famous by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa

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Sex Workers & Freedom

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Events, Lifestyle.
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Last Saturday Montreal’s sex-workers and their supporters took to the streets for a dance-a-thon. They weren’t protesting – as that requires complying with bylaw P-6 – but dancing in an effort to raise awareness about the Supreme Court’s decision next

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Taxation is Robbery

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Law.
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Excerpted from Out of Step: The Autobiography of an Individualist, by Frank Chodorov; The Devin-Adair Company, New York, 1962, pp. 216-239. The Encyclopaedia Britannica defines taxation as “that part of the revenues of a state which is obtained by the compulsory dues and

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Russell Taylor: In Praise of People

Friday, May 31st, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from Bogpaper.com The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee recently threatened the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League with intrusive legislation unless it becomes more ‘diverse’ and ‘inclusive’. If football clubs were embezzling fans or people

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The Danger of Involuntary Commitment

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting and the Boston bombing, there has been a veritable circus of finger pointing to determine who is responsible for such heinous acts of violence, and what can be done to prevent them

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The RCMP’s Drug Problem

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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“There’s more cocaine than marijuana in Canmore,” my friend tells me. Another friend, in a different context tells me the same thing, “It’s easier here to get coke than weed.” Makes sense, I reason. Every month I read about the

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Five reasons why the LCBO sad child posters should go down

Monday, May 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is “an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol.” Posters like the one below (Photo by: The Ethical Adman) can be seen in many LCBO

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Canmore’s Rabbit Problem

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.
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Rabbits plague the town of Canmore. They’ve been around for years, the result of a municipal failure. Someone once had a lot of rabbits on his property; this went against the town’s by-laws. After an unsuccessful legal battle, the rabbit

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Bravery

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
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Following the bombing at the Boston marathon, the mandatory condolence period of three days came and went before the news media fixes its gaze on another topic of little relevance. The tears, mourning, tributes, and pledges of vengeance played out

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Nullify the War on Drugs

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Public opinion now favors the outright legalization of marijuana with nearly three-out-of-four adults in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. These numbers should continue to grow, because the polls exhibit a type of “generation effect,” in that people

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Rethinking the Drug War

Monday, April 29th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, War on Drugs.

A number of recent polls reveal that over half of the U.S. population favors the abolishment of marijuana prohibition. This includes many young followers of Christianity who, if you consider the bombardment of “tolerance” evangelism preached everywhere, probably find it

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Those Darn Conspiracies

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.

As a born-in resident of the nation-state known colloquially as America, I recognize my thumb lies not on the pulse of the Canadian citizenry. But even so, I can postulate that being firm allies of United States global hegemony, Canucks

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Cuba: The Revolution Continues

Cuba: The Revolution Continues

Recently, the media has been abuzz with the story of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s visit to Cuba.  Like Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea, it is beginning to appear as though the Obama administration’s new tools of foreign policy are coming

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The Boston Ratchet Effect

Friday, April 19th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.

The recent bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon had America scared – until the next fad in reactionary emotion begged for attention. Before the shootout and present manhunt began, the incident was slowly drifting out of the

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Nullify the War on Drugs

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Public opinion now favors the outright legalization of marijuana with nearly three-out-of-four adults in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. These numbers should continue to grow, because the polls exhibit a type of “generation effect,” in that people

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