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The Lawyers’ Guild

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Education, Law.

Last month, thousands of recent law school graduates sat for a bar examination in their chosen state of practice. They were not undertaking a harmless rite of passage but overcoming a malicious obstacle: an artificial barrier to entry in the

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Six Current Economic Myths and Realities

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education.

The following are six of the most prevalent economic myths that appear time and again in the mainstream media.  I will give a brief description of each and a brief description of the economic reality, as seen from an Austrian

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Mises Canada’s Emerging Scholar Program

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by posted in Announcements, Education.

Do you like to write about the economy? Does central banking get you down? Do you have career ambitions in academia or finance? Do you like to write about economics? Then apply to Mises Canada’s Emerging Scholar Program! The Emerging

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Bastiat the Great

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, History.
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This article originally appeared as the introduction to Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms (FEE, 1962). Reprinted from Frédéric Bastiat was born at Bayonne, France, on June 29, 1801. His father was a wholesale merchant, but Frédéric was orphaned at the age of nine and

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Release of Jay Stuart Snelson’s Human Action Principles

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Philosophy.
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In October 2006, I attended a Liberty Magazine conference in Las Vegas. One of the speakers was Jack Pugsley. I had never heard of him before. Jack talked about the need to focus on solutions, not on problems. He talked


College is Expensive Because High School is a Failure

Friday, July 11th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education.
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It is easy to bemoan some prices for being too high. Economists, good economists at least, don’t take this tack. One of the great lessons in economics is that there is no such thing as a good (low) price or


The Theory of Education in the United States

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by posted in Education.

In 1931, political theorist Albert Jay Nock delivered a series of lectures at Virginia University laying out his understanding of the theory of education in the United States and the ways in which this theory goes badly wrong. Over the

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ORPP on CityTV Toronto

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Announcements, Education, Politics, Socialism.

On June 16, 2014 Chris Horlacher, Vice-Chairman of Mises Canada, appeared on CityTV Toronto with Melanie Ng to discuss the Liberal Party’s proposed new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).  Below is a video of the segment that aired. Chris has

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Technology Doesn’t Make Education Better

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by posted in Education.

Throughout the 19th century and much of the 20th, a liberal arts education meant basic knowledge of Greek and Latin, an understanding of mathematics, the basics of science, proficiency in music and art, in depth discussions of philosophy, and a


Solve Public Teachers’ Strikes Once and For All

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education.

The British Columbia’s teachers union just voted 86% in favour of an all out strike. If a settlement is not reached with the provincial government before the end of this week, nearly 40,000 teachers could be walking the picket line

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Ontario Teachers: A Failure According to Wynne Government

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In a great essay, Lawrence Reed points out that government’s constant efforts to reform its own policies is an implicit admission that they couldn’t get things right the first 50 attempts. This is instructive; as Ontario’s political debate now turns


Is College Expensive?

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education.
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I gave my last lecture of the semester on Monday, which means it´s that time of the year again. Graduates throughout the country will soon be walking the stage, in a proud display of their four (or more) years of


To Become Worthy of a Free Economy

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, History, Philosophy.

Panel Presentation Delivered at the 18th Annual Civitas Conference – May 3, 2014 Why is it that, every single time we board an aircraft, a flight attendant says, “In case there’s a loss in cabin pressure, please secure your own

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Minimum Wage in Under Ten Words

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education.

David Howden is Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, and professor of economics at St. Louis University, at its Madrid Campus, Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, and winner of the Mises Institute’s

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Revenge Costs Lives

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education.

One of the simplest lessons from any first year economics class is that blind retaliation leads to bad results. In the quest to find relevance for the economic theories they learn in class, students may be surprised to find this

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Happy Mother Earth Day, Citizen!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy.

I’ll bet you forgot to buy a card and gift, didn’t you? Boy, is your face red! Did you even know it’s International Mother Earth Day today, citizen? Socialist despot Evo Morales and his buddies at the United Nations sure


What the Education Debate Misses

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by posted in Education.

There is a constant, neverending debate about what should be done with education policy. Should we use technology in the classroom? Should we have stricter national standards? Should teachers be paid more? Should they be paid less? Should children go

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Politics.

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


What Academic Freedom?

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by posted in Education, Epistemology, Law.

“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.

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