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Where Are the Rothbardian Defense Agencies?

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

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The “Free Market” Medical Marijuana Industry

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

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Giving Ex-Cons a Fighting Chance

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

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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

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In Defense of Quackery

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

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Pot and Proper Living in Free Communities

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

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Gupta Mea Culpa

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Mises.org 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.
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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 LewRockwell.com 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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