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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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Country and Critics

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties.

Last month, journalist Robert Huber wrote a provocative article for the periodical Philadelphia on a subject off-limits for what passes as informed discussion: race relations from the point of view of a white person. The piece was titled in politically-incorrect

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Five Common Misconceptions about Employment “Off the Books”

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Law, Regulation.

There is a stigma attached to the productive activity commonly called employment “off the books” or “under the table”. This is the case in which the employer and the employee hide their relationship from the state and thus avoid being

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MSNBC and the Child Ownership Doctrine

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Regulation.

Libertarians and conservatives are often accused of finding encroaching totalitarianism in every miniscule piece of government legislation. Free reign to search homes, cyber monitoring, the extrajudicial murder of foreigners accused but never proven of terroristic crimes – bringing attention to

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The Misguided Crusade Against Hidden Bank Accounts

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 by posted in Banking, Civil Liberties, Law.

 With its latest budget – sorry, “economic action plan” – Canada’s government has taken a morally ominous turn. A provision in the budget proposes to empower the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with the ability to reward individuals who provide information

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The War on Hate Speech

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties.
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When approached by a raving evangelist touting a looming fiery deliverance, politeness dictates that you say “no thank you” and continue along. As bothersome as a street corner crazy may be, forcefully shutting him up and confiscating his literature of

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