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Swindles, Lies, and War

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy.
fingers crossed

To swindle is to achieve something by fraud or deceit. In stereotype form, the swindler is a snake oil salesman who promises miracles in a jar for an extra low price. While this sly vendor might be seen as unsavory

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The CRTC… Nazis?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Regulation.

OK. Obviously they’re not murdering people in genocidal ovens but they are being anti-competitive bureaucrats. The title actually comes from a conversation I once overheard on the bus. Some old guy was talking about phone companies to a young family.


Gun Control Does Not Mean Murder Control

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation.
soldiers teaser

In 2010 the RCMP gave its employees who roam about Parliament Hill Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns.  The MP5 can be configured for fully automatic operation.  Such a weapon is off limits to the average citizen, though.  Whereas the


No Vapour For You! Canada’s Ban on Smokeless Electronic Cigarettes

Monday, January 28th, 2013 by posted in War on Drugs.
electronic cig teaser

Reprinted from Le Quebecois Libre When I was a kid, my favourite aunt was a smoker. It bothered me that she smoked, because if I knew anything, it was that cigarettes were bad for you, and I worried for her.


Harper’s War on Pot Growers

Saturday, January 26th, 2013 by posted in War on Drugs.

Last fall, Health Canada announced the national government will be leaving the marijuana distribution business and privatizing the whole affair. For a conservative administration like Stephan Harper’s, this can be seen as a welcome step in taming Leviathan’s reach over


Arun Smith’s Victimology & Cognitive Dissonance

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Lifestyle.
Free speech wall

There is no better way to get an unwitting populace clamoring for more state power than instilling the pathological thought pattern of victimology. With much of the public believing themselves  to be victims of a nameless apparition, the allure of


Toronto Casino Is Not A Political Issue

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.

The idea of a casino in Canada’s largest city has been discussed on and off for the past few years, and the topic seems to have picked up ground in recent months. This week National Post, owned by Postmedia, whose


Equilibrium of Fear

The state of fear

Stateless market society—a peaceful social arrangement based on voluntary relations among individuals in which the state is not present—is not a popular idea. Many people believe that this society would lack the capacity to define and enforce property rights, and


Government in Crime: The Penetrating Realism of Boardwalk Empire

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation, War on Drugs.
Boardwalk empire teaser

Boardwalk Empire,the drama TV series set mainly in New Jersey during the Prohibition Era and chronicling the historical criminal kingpin and treasurer of Atlantic City Enoch L. Johnson (fictionalized as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson), is my absolute favorite television show. Is

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Do the Mentally Ill Need Locked Up?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
sleeping on grate

In the weeks following the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, the usual cadre of intellectuals spilled their insight on the opinion pages and television cameras across the nation and shared what they thought were meaningful solutions. The most inane of these

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Does Privacy Matter?

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by and posted in Civil Liberties.
Security teaser

Reprinted from – Mike Rozeff An item about surveillance of conversations in buses has again raised my concern about the vanishing of privacy in America. I view this disappearance and transformation of life into a Kafka-esque world as an


Mises Meet Toronto – December 13th, 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Trade.

The Toronto meet is being held at Paupers Pub – Thursday december 13th, 2012 7:00pm until 11:00pm 539 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6 Second Floor Speakers include Chris Horlacher of Maple Leaf Metals and Dan Simon of Euro

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Nearing the End of Serfdom’s Road

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Education, History, Law.
New national plan

In France, Minister for Energy and Environment Delphine Batho recently proposed a light curfew to pertain to “in and outside shops, offices, and public buildings” between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. beginning next July. Some merchants are up in arms


Should Puppy Mills Be Illegal?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

In October, the city of Los Angeles became the first major city in the United States to ban pet shops from selling dogs* obtained from commercial breeders. The law’s purpose is to curb the rise of puppy mills which are breeding facilities


Life, Risk, and Morals

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
lady freak out

In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times saw it fit to declare “A Big Storm Requires a Big Government.”  The premise was simple: government is the only entity capable of saving the people. 

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Brad Delong and Happines Fallacies

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Philosophy, Regulation.
Happy Face

In a new article for the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkley economist Brad Delong bemoans over the state of income equality in the U.S. economy.  In typical leftist fashion, he complains that wealth disparity in the U.S. hasn’t been as high

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Let’s Celebrate, the Politicians Have Gone Home!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Regulation.
Ontario Resize

If you listen to the MSM, you’re likely aware that the premier of Ontario has shut-down the province’s legislature before the current session would normally terminate.  Not only is it bad for Ontario, the MSM says, but it’s also bad

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The Squareless Manifesto/Le Manifeste Des Pas-de-Carré

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Education.
quebec student riot

Since the beginning of the student boycotts in Quebec, two main factions have been arguing. There are the red squares (carrés rouges, because tuition hike puts them “squarely” in the red): the noisiest ones, the uncompromising collectivists[1], those for whom

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Is There A Choice Between Rights and Security?

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Philosophy.
stop drones

In an impromptu interview with Luke Rudkowski of the media organization WeAreChange, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell was asked why he has failed to report or comment on President Obama’s use of the Espionage Act and the signing of the National

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Presidential Debates and Global Warming

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One thing that those of us who keep tabs on the environmental debate and it’s effect on individual liberty have noted in the latest series of Presidential debates is the complete lack of mention of the Global Warming and Climate

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