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Misunderstanding Machiavelli

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics.

An op-ed page discussion of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is the last place to expect another bit of carping about present-day inequalities of wealth. But that’s what the Toronto Star presented its readers today in a mini-symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of

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Stalin’s Apologists

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History.
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It’s a sad fact of the world today that there are people still enamored with the murderous rule of socialist tyrant Joseph Stalin. There are various groups around the world dedicated to washing the blood from his hands and transforming

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Say’s Law and the Permanent Recession

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Mainstream media discussion of the macro economic picture goes something like this: “When there is a recession, the Fed should stimulate. We know from history the recovery comes about 12-18 months after stimulus. We stimulated, we printed a lot of


Mises and Schumpeter: Friendly Rivals?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Ludwig von Mises and Joseph Schumpeter are the most famous economists trained by the older Austrian School, although generally Schumpeter has received the lion’s share of attention.[1] This is especially true, for example, in the field of entrepreneurship.

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Turning Their Backs on Sweden’s Welfare State

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Circle Bastiat As noted by e.g. Reason.com, Yahoo! News recently reportedthat Swedes are increasingly turning their backs on their globally lauded utopian welfare state. While very little known, Sweden’s welfare state “worked” through the early 1970s thanks to deliberately preserving

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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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Conrad Black’s Faulty Economic History Lesson

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History.

Conrad Black has a capacious knowledge of history, which often makes for an enjoyable read of his regular Saturday column in the National Post. This Saturday, however, Black’s attempt to put the current economic recovery, as sluggish as that has been

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Johann Gutenberg: Genuine Inventor and Benefactor of Mankind

Friday, January 31st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from Strike-the-Root.com In a previous essay, NASA, the Aerospace Welfare Queen, we explored what happens when technology is grafted onto big-government militarism and the bread-and-circuses mentality of the state. The result? The kind of scientific ‘achievement’ described by Ayn Rand


My letter to the NY Times re: Reviving New Deal Fallacies

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics, Regulation.

Re: Confronting an Old Problem May Require a New Deal, by Eduardo Porter Dear Sirs: Mr. Porter recently trotted out every discredited economic idea of the New Deal, from Keynes’ fallacious idea of permanent, structural unemployment to the fallacious idea

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The New Republic’s Guilt by Association

Monday, January 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Philosophy.

Plenty of ink has been spilled on the Edward Snowden leaks, and government leaks in general. Opinions on the bespectacled whistleblower run the gamut between savior and treacherous cretin. Libertarians and progressives love the guy. Political elites loathe him. California

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A Note on Canadian Culture

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by posted in History, Philosophy.

There is a myth about Canadian culture propagated by the state’s intellectual class. Some these “opinion-molders” include (but are not limited to) George Grant, C.B. Macpherson and Charles Taylor. Since the state needs to justify its collectivism, it has an

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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.


The 60th Anniversary of Orwell’s 1984

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics, Socialism.
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Reprinted from the New American Sixty years following its first publication and twenty-five since the fateful year, George Orwell’s 1984 remains a mystery to the experts. They convene often in exotic places to agree that Orwell wrote a dystopia on the communist

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The Mechanism of War: A Survivor’s Account

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by posted in Education, History, Politics.

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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Mandela and the Economics of Apartheid

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from Circle Bastiat Nelson Mandela, public face of the anti-Apartheid movement and South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president, has died. Much will be written about Mandela in the coming days, but little of it will deal directly with the Apartheid

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We Are the Radicals Now

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Bogpaper.com It is said that the modern political landscape was shaped by the baby boomers of the post-war era. In fact, the progressive philosophy they embody pre-dates them, but it is true that much of what passes for


The Economic Lessons of Bethlehem

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com At the heart of the Christmas story rests some important lessons concerning free enterprise, government, and the role of wealth in society. Let’s begin with one of the most famous phrases: “There’s no room at the inn.”

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Generation Wars

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics, Socialism.

I’ve written before on the raw deal Canadians are getting on the CPP, and it isn’t pretty.  I estimate that by being forcefully enrolled in to the Plan, Canadians are losing out on potentially earning an additional million over the


Permanence and the State

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.

Engraved outside the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. is the phrase: “This building holds in trust the records of our national life and symbolizes our faith in the permanency of our national institutions.” It’s an uplifting quote meant to

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Gettysburg Gospel

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from The American Conservative Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has achieved a status as American Scripture equaled only by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Washington’s Farewell Address. In merely 271 words, the wartime president fused his epoch’s most powerful

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