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The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Philosophy.
civilwar teaser

Reprinted from Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient

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The Decline of Influence

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, History, Philosophy.
Mideast Iraq Violence

The world is seemingly aflame in chaos right now. The Israeli military has invaded the Gaza strip after the breaking of an 18-month cease-fire agreement. Which side broke the accord is still an open question. A commercial airliner was shot

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War for Prosperity

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy.

Economist Tyler Cowen always has an interesting view on things. He eschews the Austrian, deductive school in favor of a more data-driven approach. But he has sympathies for the heterodox view, and his own politics are described as generally libertarian.

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Negotiating with Terrorists

Friday, June 6th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics.

Can you imagine being held captive by radicalized militants for five years? The confusion, anxiety, and fear over whether you get to see your family or friends again must be excruciating. For loved ones, the pain goes even deeper. Unanswered


Honoring War Heroes

Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Uncategorized.

On May 9th, the Globe and Mail featured “In photos: Faces of honour on a day marking Canada’s Afghan mission.” The piece was introduced with the words, “Day-long event commemorates Canada’s sacrifices during guerilla war that claimed the lives of

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The Truth in Non-Intellectuals

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.

According to a new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, average Americans are becoming increasingly wary of Uncle Sam’s prominent role in global affairs. Almost half of those surveyed want Washington to be “less active on

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How Regulated is Canadian Agriculture?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, History, Law, Regulation, Trade.

The 2014 Farm Bill has been passed. While some are complaining that the newest iteration of the Bill did not retain enough of the provisions from the previous, 2008 version, some are claiming that even passing it was quite an

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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.
Ukraine_Protest_Cong teaser

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.
Zurich-at-night teaser

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.
peace dove

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.
Old_Havana_Cuba teaser

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.
free_trade_agreements teaser

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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