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The LEGO Movie Is AWESOME

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Politics.
Chris-Pratt-Lego

I held off on writing this review to avoid giving (mild) spoilers to the parents who were taking their kids anyway. But now that the initial rush is over, I want to tell fans of liberty that the box office

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What Academic Freedom?

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by posted in Education, Epistemology, Law.
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“Academic freedom” is one of those phrases that evokes little protest and little emotion. In fact, these days it has become pretty boring. The concept is taken purely at face value. In our liberal age, the open vetting of ideas

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All Drugged Up: The Overmedication and Overschooling of Today’s Youth

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Education.
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What are we going to do about those little monsters called children? They won’t be quiet, won’t sit still and won’t pay attention. They aren’t succeeding in school, and no matter how many drugs we pump into them, they don’t

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Sochi Day 14: The Price of a Gold Medal

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Events.

Success is its own reward, but sometimes it also means punishment. In few instances is this more apparent than with medal winners in Sochi. Athletes are trying their hardest to stand atop the podium and to do so they have

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Outlawing “Bankruptcy” in Europe

Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Education, Events, Politics, Politique, Regulation.

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing banning “bankruptcy.” Not the actual financial act, but the word. Apparently there is a stigma attached to going bankrupt. It leaves people thinking that perhaps you are not credit worthy and that they

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Sochi Day 3: The Most Corrupt Games Ever?

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Events.

The Olympics are supposed to be the epitome of fair play and honest competition. Why can’t the International Olympic Committee practice what it preaches? The high prestige associated with securing the Games to be held in a candidate city has

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My letter to the NY Times re: A balanced government budget is NOT the definition of success

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Politics.

Re: Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rico Exodus Dear Sirs: Reporter Lizette Alvarez makes the common mistake of equating a balanced government budget with success.  She lauds new Puerto Rican president Garcia Padilla for reducing the deficit by seventy

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Sochi Day 2: The “Right” to Sport

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education.

The Olympic Charter which supposedly guides the spirit of the Games makes the following claim: The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the

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Journal of Prices & Markets

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education.

The first issue of the Journal of Prices & Markets is now available as a paperback. Published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, JPM is a journal that seeks to improve the understanding of the role of markets in

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The Case against Public Science

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by posted in Education, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from Cato Journal For libertarians, economic growth is the growth that barely speaks its name. That is because conventional opinion asserts that economic growth is the gift of government. Secondary issues such as the efficient distribution of goods and

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JANUARY 20TH IN VANCOUVER: Mises Canada Accredited Courses for Financial Professionals

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Events.
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Mises Canada is proud to partner with Cambridge House International to offer financial professionals the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest minds in the School of Austrian Economics. Mises Canada is the leading voice of Austrian Economics in

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Help a Real Victim of the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, Politics, Regulation.

It is easy to sympathize with 33-year-old Acsana Fernando. Since immigrating to Canada from Bangladesh as a refuge in 2002, she has struggled to find her footing. Bouncing from job to job trying to eke out a living, Ms. Fernando

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The Mechanism of War: A Survivor’s Account

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by posted in Education, History, Politics.
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War is a terrible thing. Almost everyone agrees about that. Also, almost everyone agrees that most people in a war, on both sides, lose. Maybe we don’t all agree that most people lose more than they gain in all wars.

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A Simple Math Question for Bankers

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Economics, Education, Law, Regulation.

Think back to your high-school math class, and reminisce about this question: “Train A departs from Union Station at noon travelling eastward to Halifax at a speed of 80km/hr. Train B departs three hours later from the same station travelling

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The Cowboys: Learning Life on the Job

Friday, December 27th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, Lifestyle.

There’s plenty of fretting about children. They’re obese, mentally weak, lack ambition, feel entitled, and must have instant gratification. This is all the result of walling off children from adults with child labor laws and an increasing minimum wage. Now

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Memo to Ed Miliband: My Marxist father was wrong, too

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Education, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from the Telegraph Edward Miliband and I have something (not much) in common: we both had Marxist fathers. In my case, however, it turned me against all that my father stood, or pretended to stand, for. I saw that

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A Letter to Mises Canada Readers

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Education.
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This is shaping up to be a watershed year for Mises Canada. We had record attendance at our second annual Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference, and we welcomed Walter Block to the Board of Directors and Eric Sprott to the newly

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What’s Next in the Austro-Libertarian Movement

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by posted in Economics, Education, History.
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I remember in 2005 talking to a money manager who formerly had been in charge of a $200 Million dollar bond portfolio for a large mid-west bank. Somehow our conversation got onto the Federal Reserve and somehow I brought up

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Watch Toronto Austrian Scholar’s Conference Live On November 2

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by posted in Economics, Education.
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Can’t make it to Toronto for the 2nd annual Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference? No problem! Mises Canada will be live streaming TASC through eProf. In order to help fulfill its mission, the Mises Institute of Canada hosts the second annual Toronto Austrian

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Science is More than Mathematics

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Earlier this year, the distinguished Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson wrote of the limitations of mathematics in the sciences in the Wall Street Journal. This native son of Mobile, Alabama — better known elsewhere as the Father of Sociobiology — argued

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