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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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A Few Modest Proposals To Rid our Inner Cities of Gang-Related Violence: The Libertarian Solution

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Gang violence is afflicting some of our major cities, Chicago chief amongst them. As I write, there are reports coming in regarding a shooting of 13 people at a basketball court in the Second City. Fortunately, no one was

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Online Black Market “Silk Road” Shut Down; FBI Connects Owner to the Mises Institute

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Lifestyle, Trade, War on Drugs.

The online black market Silk Road, that served as a haven for those interested in purchasing illicit materials (along with perfectly legal goods like books and clothes), has been seized and shut down by the FBI, along with the arrest

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And I Would Have Gotten Away With It…

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy.

“And I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for that meddling kid!” The NSA surveillance scandal just keeps getting worse. As the leaks continue to drip new information into the news cycle, we are only gradually beginning

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Uruguay Legalization a Model for Canadian Pot?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation, Socialism, War on Drugs.

I’m afraid so. Like I wrote in a previous post, legalizing marijuana gives the government more tax revenue and regulatory powers. This option should always be discouraged. But as more and more politicians jump on the pro-pot bandwagon, it’s likely

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Wellarc Ain’t Doin So Well

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation.

A 17-year-old named Xavier Ménard has started his own graphic-design company. Although I don’t know him (nor speak his language) I’m very fond of this Xavier guy. This young entrepreneur is against some tough odds. For starters, he’s a small-business

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Why Legalize Marijuana?

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.

Marijuana is the hot issue again. Legalize it or keep it criminalized, that is, in the black market? Personally, I like the black market idea. At least it remains untaxed and unregulated. Legalizing marijuana would increase the government’s revenue and

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The Canadian Police State?

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Law.

They’re watching you. Even if you’re not doing anything wrong – everything you do online is being recorded. Who are “they”? Well if you’re an American it’s the National Security Agency. But this distinction may be superficial. “There is no


Gupta Mea Culpa

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Dr. Sanjay Gupta has recently reversed his opposition to marijuana legalization and apologized for supporting marijuana prohibition. The brain surgeon and CNN medical correspondent obviously takes his own viewpoints very seriously and his mea culpa should be a big

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Prohibition in Ontario: A Brief History & Current Analysis

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, History, Law, Regulation.

There is only one way Ontarians can buy alcohol for private consumption. You can’t buy beer at the bar and then take it home – like in Alberta. And you can’t buy beer at the grocery store – like in

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Sow it Everywhere

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by posted in Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Review of Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012), vii + 519 pgs., hardcover. Although I don’t use marijuana for medical, recreational, or scientific purposes, I highly recommend this book to

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No Censorship for Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation.

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is no fan of censorship. So when the Chinese government asked him to comply with new regulations that require online identities to be linked with real names, he flatly refused. The internet has proved

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The Just War Theory

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Law.
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The Just War theory of theologian Thomas Aquinas is said to influence the foreign policy decisions of the United States government. A hallmark of Western philosophy, the theory establishes a time in which it is morally permissible to engage in

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Toronto: Anarchy in the Streets

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

A Toronto cop shot a young man nine times on a streetcar. The cop has been suspended with pay. This story is not an isolated event. There have been other questionable actions by the Toronto Police, as well the RCMP

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Drones and Right to Privacy

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.

On August 6th, the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is set to vote on an ordinance that will permit the hunting of unmanned surveillance drones. The author of the ordinance, Phillip Steel, claims the gesture is “symbolic.” In an

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Just Another Marijuana Bust in Alberta

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.

The other day a 34-year old man from Edmonton was busted for driving a van full of marijuana. The RCMP pulled him over on Highway 1 near Canmore; they found over 300 pounds of product. Now the man is out

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The Winner in the Verdict

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics.

The “not guilty” ruling in the Trayvon Martin case has predictably sparked outrage across the United States. When the verdict was announced, social media exploded with a bunch of iterations of “I am ashamed of my country.” The erroneous conflating

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Shiprider: How US Agents Are Becoming Canadian Police

Monday, July 8th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

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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