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Vigilantism, Forgiveness, and Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by posted in History, Law, Philosophy.

Nelson Mandela recently passed away, and the hagiography that followed was about as predictable as the Eastern sunrise. Politicians – or at least their interns – took to social media to declare their reverence for the man and his fight

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Economic Reform (just) Before Keynesian Economics

Monday, December 9th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.

In 1928 Portugal was, as today, on the verge of economic crisis. For over a century its various governments had been running on accumulated deficits and crises were recurrent. In April, the military regime called upon Professor Salazar to head

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Why U.S. Economists Should Love Canada

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.

As I’ll be exploring in many future posts, Canada offers a great opportunity for U.S. economists interested in historical research. Because the U.S. and Canada are both wealthy countries with similar forms of government, their physical proximity sheds light on


“Human Action Versus Behaviourialism” Amanda Achtman

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
“Human Action Versus Behaviourialism” Amanda Achtman

Amanda Achtman, University of Calgary: “Human Action versus Behaviourialism: Can Praxeology and Experimental Economics be Reconciled? Presented at the 2013 Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference session on Behavioral Economics in conjunction with the debut of Mises Canada’s Journal of Prices &


The Cost of a Day in London–1971 vs. 2013

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.
london tease

My wife and I lived in England from 1971 to 1975, when I was in the Air Force. I was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford, just north of Oxford. We lived in an apartment in Oxford. About three or four


On the Pope’s Economic Understanding

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General Audience

Much ado has been made about Pope Francis’s questionable claims as of late. In an interview with an atheist Italian reporter last fall, the Bishop of the Vatican seemed to have relaxed the church’s stance on conception, abortion, and gay


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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American Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, History, Law, Regulation.

Today, Black Friday, millions of Americans are lining up at stores to get the bargains they have waited a year for. Many Canadians are probably also making the trek across the border to partake in this now great tradition. In

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The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson

Thursday, November 28th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
thanksgiving teaser

Reprinted from The Independent Institute Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest. But few understand how the Pilgrims actually solved their

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A Rejoinder to LaSorsa: The Historical Intentions of Copyright

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by posted in History, Intellectual Property, Law, Uncategorized.

Recently, Brian LaSorsa wrote an article for the Mises Daily titled, “Lawyers, Film, and Money: Copyrighting the First Movies.” It opens up with the statement, “Copyright originated hundreds of years ago as a legal and economic tool meant to protect

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Monday, November 11th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
Lest_we_forget teaser

Today many of us are wearing a poppy on our lapel in a show of remembrance. What exactly are we remembering? The Great War from 1914-18 saw many changes to the world. Many of them were bad, though as we

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Leftist Fanatics Responsible for Government Shutdown

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by posted in History, Law, Politics.
congress teaser

Reprinted from George Reisman’s Blog In 2010, a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, without a single Republican vote, passed “ObamaCare” by a margin of 219 to 212. In a staggering act of misfeasance, hardly a single member had read, let alone


Doug French – Austrian Economics: Radical Fringe to Mainstream

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
Doug French – Austrian Economics: Radical Fringe to Mainstream

The opening night reception speech given by Doug French at the 2013 Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference.

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Gandhi, a Libertarian Saint?

Friday, November 1st, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy.
Gandhi_spinning teaser

Can the Jews resist this organised and shameless persecution? Is there a way to preserve their self-respect, and not to feel helpless, neglected and forlorn? I submit there is. No person who has faith in a living God need feel


What’s Next in the Austro-Libertarian Movement

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by posted in Economics, Education, History.
rothbard teaser

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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The Case for Optimism

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, History, Politics.
wild-sunny-field-in-maine teaser

Reprinted from Antiwar.com 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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And Then There’s You

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by posted in History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
atlas teaser

When you’re a kid, you pretty much take for granted that the world is a coherent place, filled with rational individuals who know what they’re doing. Why not think the opposite you might ask? I mean, whenever you meet new


40 Years Later: Mises’s Lasting Legacy

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
MisesReading teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org Each year in early October, the world looks to Sweden and Norway, where the annual Nobel Prize winners are announced in the fields of literature, medicine-physiology, physics, chemistry, and peace-making. The great Swedish entrepreneur, Alfred Nobel did

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Who Are the Champions of the Common Man?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
men sitting on beam teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org The media’s caricature of libertarians is a pendulum that swings from one extreme to another. One minute we’re grasping plutocrats, championing the privileged, and the next minute we’re losers living in our parents’ basements. Not long ago,

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A Jacobian Theory on the Origin of the Market & the State

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy, Trade.

Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her work on urban studies. Her best known work, The Death & Life of Great American Cities, should be of interest of libertarians everywhere. Her concepts such as,