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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.
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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.
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.

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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.
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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.
apartheid teaser

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

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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.
generation-war

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

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Permanence and the State

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

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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The perennial question of modern economics is simple: how are market downturns best combated? It’s a good question, if you are trying to deduce truth in matters. It also makes for good fodder to appease career-granting benefactors, i.e. the government.

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Vigilantism, Forgiveness, and Nelson Mandela

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

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“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 &

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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

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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

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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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