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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 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.
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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

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40 Years Later: Mises’s Lasting Legacy

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

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Eulogy for Ludwig von Mises

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [Eulogy for Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973)] Those of us who were privileged to know Ludwig von Mises have lost a dear friend who meant much in our lives and deeply influenced the direction of our thought and

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The Case for Investing in Gold

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Politics.
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The last two years have been disappointing for gold investors and what happened this week to the yellow metal epitomized the frustrating price movement. After the Fed startled the markets by announcing that it was going to continue with its

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A Brief History of the Canadian City

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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The end of World War 2 marks a good beginning point for this history. North American society went through some big changes and the cities reflect that. In Canada, The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation was created and with it

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The Habeas Corpus Myth

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by posted in History, Law.
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Reprinted from Mises.org We know many things about habeas corpus. We know that it goes back to the Magna Carta and that the U.S. Constitution affirmed this bulwark of Anglo-American liberty. We know that habeasprohibits jailing people without cause, and that it

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Prohibition in Ontario: A Brief History & Current Analysis

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, History, Law, Regulation.
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There is only one way Ontarians can buy alcohol for private consumption. You can’t buy beer at the bar and then take it home – like in Alberta. And you can’t buy beer at the grocery store – like in

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Hegel and the Man-God

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 11 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995).] The key step in secularizing dialectic theology, and thus in paving the way for Marxism, was taken by the

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It’s The Law

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 by posted in History, Law.
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There is much casual talk about law and order among all classes of people. It is not considered awkward when discussing the peculiarities of life to declare something is “against the law.” It easily slides off the tongue and applies

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Materalism

Friday, August 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Excerpted from Theory and History: An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution (1957). Two Varieties of Materialism The term materialism as applied in contemporary speech has two entirely different connotations. The first connotation refers to values. It characterizes the mentality of people who desire

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Is Libertarianism Naive about Foreign Policy?

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, History, Politics.

Like David Frum, Charles Krauthammer is one of those Republican party sympathizers apprehensive at the way the GOP has assumed a more libertarian hue with the ascent of the Ron Paul wing of the party. This sentiment expressed itself again

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George Orwell and the Cold War: A Reconsideration

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [From Reflections on America, 1984: An Orwell Symposium. Ed. Robert Mulvihill. Athens and London, University of Georgia Press, 1986.] In a recent and well-known article, Norman Podhoretz has attempted to conscript George Orwell into the ranks of neoconservative

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Mises vs. Mises: The Death of Socialism

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from GaryNorth.com The most influential thing that Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) ever wrote was a brief article in 1920 onsocialist economic calculation. He argued that socialist central planning is impossible, because without a system of free markets, nobody knows

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Lincoln and the Surveillance State

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 by posted in History, Law.
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Jack Hunter, aka “Southern Avenger,” has been purged from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s staff. Given the outcry by the Beltway autocrats over his criticism of what’s known as the Civil War, the departure was expected. When the Gilded Class of

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The Truth About SwedenCare

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Health Care, History.
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Reprinted from Mises.org As a Swede currently living in the United States, with actual experience of Swedencare, I must reply to the delusions propagated by professor Robert H. Frank in his June 15 article in the New York Times, titled “What Sweden

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Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy.
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This article, which first appeared in Modern Age for Fall 1973, is collected in Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays. For well over a century, the Left has generally been conceded to have morality, justice, and “idealism” on its side;

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Cuba Moving Toward Liberty?

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Regulation.
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“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.” – Fidel Castro, 2010 The word on the street is that the Cuban government will soon begin deregulating state-run companies in 2014. In a recent report from the Financial Post, an adviser with

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