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How to Prevent Another Ukraine

Friday, April 4th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Law, Politics.

Today all nations treat the people, businesses, and natural resources within their borders as if they were owned by the state.  Some resources, such as oil and minerals, actually are owned by many national governments.  But even in the US,

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Mises’ Plan of an “Eastern European Democratic Union” (EDU) – A Solution for the Ukrainian Crisis?

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics.
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Once again, a conflict in Eastern Europe threatens world peace. The dispute about Ukraine’s status as an independent country puts the old problem of national sovereignty in Eastern Europe back on the agenda. Once again, the project has failed to

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Exceptionalism as a Foreign Policy Justification

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy.

American exceptionalism is a common theme in any policy debate surrounding the United States. We have to protect American manufacturing, protectionists ignorant of economics argue, because America is exceptional. We have to pass expansive welfare programs to care for the

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The wages of public control of the economy

Friday, March 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Foreign Policy, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: German Energy Minister warns that there is “no reasonable alternative” to Russian gas German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, yesterday warned that there is “no reasonable alternative” to Russian gas imports,

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How EU and Swiss Socialism Made Immigrants a Political Problem

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy.
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The Nationalistic Swiss people’s party recently succeeded in a referendum to limit Swiss immigration. The party blamed immigrants for a general lowering of incomes and for “stealing” jobs that otherwise would have gone to Swiss citizens. They also blame immigrants

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Libertarianism: They Only Peaceful Philosophy

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Law.
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 Inner peace is a tough thing to come by. In between the rush hour-style of life that defines the modern economy, few moments are given to

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China’s Dollar Trap

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics.

Re: China Digs Itself Deeper into Dollar Trap This short Bloomberg article is written from a Chinese point of view; i.e., that China finds itself in a trap having sold over a trillion dollars in goods in exchange for what

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The President and the Bomb

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, History, Law.

It’s funny how war makes you appreciate real acts of courage. Valor in wartime is usually reserved for the men and women who fight on the front lines. The generals who direct action from overseas are also given a fair

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Is Libertarian Sentiment on the Rise in America?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Law, Philosophy.

If the mainstream news is to be believed, libertarian sentiment is rising in America. The media enjoys attaching itself to fads, but there is some evidence for the claim. A number of liberty-minded congressmen are proving to be a headache

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Why Havana Had to Die

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, History.
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Reprinted from City Journal Decay, when not carried to excess, has its architectural charms, and ruins are romantic: so romantic, indeed, that eighteenth-century English gentlemen built them in their gardens, as pleasantly melancholic reminders of the transience of earthly existence.


Protectionism Strengthens the Nation

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy.
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Reprinted from Probably the most successful conceptual error that is promoted by defenders of tariffs is this one: “Tariffs are good for the nation.” Tariffs, being sales taxes, are good for the national government, but they are not good

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Thankful for the Iran Deal

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, History.
Food items are placed in trolleys as customers stand in line to pay for their goods in Tehran

It’s the time of the year when families gather and reminisce on what they are thankful for. Unfortunately, the message of Thanksgiving has become a clichéd sentimentality in our culture of surface-level entertainment. Still, it’s one worth revisiting from time

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War ≠ Prosperity

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has the common sense (decency?) to not take sides in the territorial dispute going on between Japan and China in the East China Sea. This doesn´t mean that he has the common sense to not commit some egregious

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Jobs or Immigrants?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy.
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The Saudi Arabian government has decided to crackdown on foreign workers. Writing for the Globe and Mail, Martin Dokoupil and Marwa Rashad argue that this will lead to a “stronger, more diverse economy.” In particular they focus on the plethora of businesses


Norway Spying Undermines American Credibility

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy.

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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Soaring High Without Big Data

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
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Now that the U.S. government shutdown is behind us it is instructive to review what we went without for those weeks. Recently writing for the Financial Times, Robin Harding reported that experts feared that the U.S. government would be “flying blind”

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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


Ron Paul Left His Mark on Future Political Discourse

Friday, November 1st, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics.
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Reprinted from the Middletown Press and Journal Back in the heat of the 2008 Republican primary, the candidate debate in South Carolina held a defining moment for the course of American politics. When then-Rep. Ron Paul was asked to clarify

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The Case for Optimism

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, History, Politics.
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Reprinted from We all get depressed, at some point or other: I’m sure even Pollyanna had her down moments. What’s troubling is that many anti-interventionists seem to be in a permanent state of depression: given the history of the past decade or

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Whine and Cheese

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Lifestyle, Politics, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.

First it was Canadian dairy producers who were upset with the proposed Canada-EU trade deal. Now it turns out Ontario’s wine producers are also riled up. The proposed deal will make it cheaper for many goods to trade across the

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