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The New Republic’s Guilt by Association

Monday, January 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Philosophy.

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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Alcohol Versus Pot Debate Asks the Wrong Question

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by posted in War on Drugs.

In a recent interview in the New Yorker, President Barack Obama, whose proclivity for engaging in illegal drug use has been well-documented, went on record as saying that he thinks smoking marijuana is less harmful to the individual than drinking

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Equality of Opportunity Does Not Mean Equality of Results

Monday, January 20th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics.

Last week, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) edged closer to requiring companies that are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange to impose gender quotas on their boards and in executive offices. The OSC wants more women in prominent positions. On

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Tens of thousands of Canadians flee Canada

Sunday, January 19th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Health Care, Politics, Regulation.

Canada is amongst the top countries in the world when it comes to safety and security. So what could be so bad that it enticed tens of thousands of Canucks to flee the country in 2013? How about socialized healthcare?


The Government Versus God in Health Care

Monday, January 13th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties.

by Wendy McElroy Do Canadian taxpayers have a right to freedom of religion? It is a neglected question that underlies two political conflicts in health care. In the United States, pro-life individuals and groups passionately object to Obamacare’s mandated funding


Decriminalize or Legalize?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, War on Drugs.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was on “The Sports Junkies” a US-based sports radio show. One of the topics that came up was marijuana legalization. A marijuana user himself, Ford questions why the Conservatives don’t at least try to draw a

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The 60th Anniversary of Orwell’s 1984

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics, Socialism.
george-orwell teaser

Reprinted from the New American Sixty years following its first publication and twenty-five since the fateful year, George Orwell’s 1984 remains a mystery to the experts. They convene often in exotic places to agree that Orwell wrote a dystopia on the communist

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The Mental Illness Scapegoat

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

In the unrelenting quest to appease gun control advocates and other enemies of freedom, the latest blow has come in the form of an attack on those citizens least able to defend themselves, the mentally ill. Mental illness is such

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Drug Gangs and Private Law

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by posted in Economics, War on Drugs.

In a previous post, I responded to a claim (made by Gene Callahan in this instance, but it is quite common) that we can see “private law” in action by looking at the operation of real-world drug cartels. In the

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Religious Freedom Is in Danger in America

Monday, December 16th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics.
cross at a graveyard

Those with even the most cursory familiarity with the United States Constitution know that the first right in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights is that of religious freedom. The founders made it abundantly clear that the state

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Where Are the Rothbardian Defense Agencies?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.

For some time now, I have thought that a standard libertarian argument against Drug Prohibition ironically supported statism. In a recent blog post, Gene Callahan (author of an excellent introduction to Austrian economics) illustrated my point perfectly: Callahan pointed to


The “Free Market” Medical Marijuana Industry

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Politics, War on Drugs.

Government is the antithesis of a free market. Governments, by definition, use coercion to extract funds while the market relies on voluntary exchange. So while the necessity of the Harper Government’s medical marijuana policy may be debated, it is certainly

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American Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, History, Law, Regulation.

Today, Black Friday, millions of Americans are lining up at stores to get the bargains they have waited a year for. Many Canadians are probably also making the trek across the border to partake in this now great tradition. In

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Norway Spying Undermines American Credibility

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy.

America is not very popular on the world stage these days. After eight years of George W. Bush’s unilateral approach to foreign policy and constitutionally questionable counterterrorism methods, many thought it couldn’t get any worse. Barack Obama campaigned on a

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Libertarianism in One Sentence

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
Dictionary Series - Politics: libertarian

We libertarians tend to be a thoughtful bunch. Most of us were not raised in households espousing the views of individual liberty and personal responsibility, but rather came from more traditional Republican or Democrat families. We could not simply adopt


Giving Ex-Cons a Fighting Chance

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

What is the purpose of prisons? It seems like an obvious question, but it’s one I think we need to spend more time thinking about. Do prisons exist to punish wrongdoers for their misdeeds, or as a threat to deter

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Out of the Red through the Black Market?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa wants to eliminate the province’s $11.7 billion deficit without raising taxes. Besides eliminating tax credits and loopholes to raise the effective tax rate (while getting the satisfaction of saying that he didn’t increase the marginal


More French Fury

Two years ago, the French government lost its precious AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s. Last week the agency cut the beleaguered nation’s credit rating again, this time from AA+ to AA. As recently as August, French President Francois


In Defense of Quackery

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Health Care.

Alternative medicine has been a popular target of late for the ongoing “which party is more anti-science” debate. While Republicans are derided for not buying into global warming or evolution, Democrats are attracting an equal amount of ridicule for their


Pot and Proper Living in Free Communities

Monday, October 21st, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation, War on Drugs.

The recent nullification of federal marijuana prohibition in Colorado is setting the groundwork for new social arrangements in an otherwise inconspicuous state. Last November, a ballot measure for legalization passed through the tumultuous process of citizen voting. Less than a

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