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O’Brien At It Again

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.
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I confess: I am unable to fathom why Matthew O’Brien holds a serious position writing about economics in The Atlantic. On one hand, he is an acolyte of mainstream Keynesianism to a tee. His playbook is as predictable as the

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H. L. Mencken: The Joyous Libertarian

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by posted in History.
mencken teaser

This article originally appeared in the New Individualist Review, vol. 2, no. 2, Summer 1962, pp. 15–27. The extortions and oppressions of government will go on so long as such bare fraudulence deceives and disarms the victims – so long as

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Cuba: The Revolution Continues

Cuba: The Revolution Continues

Recently, the media has been abuzz with the story of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s visit to Cuba.  Like Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea, it is beginning to appear as though the Obama administration’s new tools of foreign policy are coming

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Chicago School ‘Market Socialism’

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com In the April 8 issue of the Wall Street Journal George Schultz and Gary Becker advocated a massive new carbon tax. Their arguments are based on very poor economic reasoning and an extremely naïve view of politics

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Socialism and Communism

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
Communist village teaser

Reprinted from “Planned Chaos“ 3 Socialism and Communism In the terminology of Marx and Engels the words communism and socialism are synonymous. They are alternately applied without any distinction between them. The same was true for the practice of all

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We Should Be Listening To Susan Crockford

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment, History.
sun over Earth teaser

Republished from The Global Warming Policy Foundation Foreword To Susan Crockford’s Ten Good Reasons Not To Worry About Polar Bears In 1978 three friends and I spent six weeks camped in a valley in Spitsbergen. The possibility that we would

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Remembering Hugo

Monday, March 25th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
Chavez teaser

Republished from Taki’s Magazine You will be missed, Hugo Chavez. The world has lost a man who was larger than life, and we don’t only mean your Body Mass Index. We will always love and admire you, even though you

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In Instanbul: The Rise & Fall of Society

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, History.
Instanbul City teaser

Reprinted from Laissez Faire Today It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople, as the song goes. In this history is an omen for any powerful state (read: the U.S.). A somewhat obscure essayist knew all about it back in 1959. His little book

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The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism

Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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Krugman’s Call for a Housing Bubble

Monday, March 4th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
Krugman teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org In 2009, Lew Rockwell posted this quote of Paul Krugman’s from a 2002 New York Times editorial: To fight this recession the Fed needs…soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. [So] Alan Greenspan needs to create

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So total is the Left’s cultural ascendancy that no one likes to mention the socialist roots of fascism

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by posted in History.
national socialism

Reprinted from the Telegraph ‘I am a Socialist,’ Hitler told Otto Strasser in 1930, ‘and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow’. No one at the time would have regarded it as a controversial statement.

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What Happened to the Businessman

Monday, January 14th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History.
nazi germany teaser

Reprinted from The Vampire Economy: Doing Business Under Fascism. New York: Vanguard Press, 1939 . Chapter 1 BUSINESSMEN all over the world are dissatisfied and apprehensive. The depression has proved to be not only the most drastic and widespread in

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The Problem with the League of Nations

Friday, January 11th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, History.
league of nations teaser

[This article is excerpted from Liberalism, Chapter 3] 10. The League of Nations Just as, in the eyes of the liberal, the state is not the highest ideal, so it is also not the best apparatus of compulsion. The metaphysical

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Abolish Social Studies

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy.
classroom teaser

Reprinted from City Journal Emerging as a force in American education a century ago, social studies was intended to remake the high school. But its greatest effect has been in the elementary grades, where it has replaced an older way

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Obsessed by Megalomania: Interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Law, Politics.
state guard teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com The following interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe first appeared in the German weekly Junge Freiheit on November 2, 2012, and was conducted by Moritz Schwarz. It has been translated here into English by Robert Groezinger. Are taxes nothing

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The Marxian Doctrine of “Ideology”

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by posted in History, Philosophy, Socialism.
marx ideology teaser

[This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 12 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995). Reprinted from Mises.org] Even Marx must dimly recognize that not “material productive forces,” not even “classes,” act in the real

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Santa Keynes and the Hayekian Grinch

Friday, December 21st, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
santakeynes

A great article by Peter Foster over at the Financial Post Keynesianism has extended ­downturn, despite recent praise We are now approaching the fourth Christmas of the great debate between the benign supporters of Santa Keynes and the walnut-hearted acolytes

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Stephen Harper and the Myth of Lincoln

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by posted in History, Politics.
Lincoln

Errol Mendes, a University of Ottawa law professor, has published an opinion piece entitled “Lincoln was a uniter, Harper is a divider.” In it, he cultivates the statist myth of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was driven by deep-seated, universal principles of human dignity

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Orderly and Humane?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by posted in History, Socialism, Trade.
World War 2 teaser

Reprinted from Peter Hichen’s Blog at U.K. Mail Online Some time ago I decided to write a book about the damaging and deluded cult of national victory which has done this country so much damage since 1945. No doubt it

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Vindicated by History: Statism’s 19th Century Critics

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by posted in Education, History, Law.
19th century America teaser

Reprinted from the Cobden Centre What is the single most important fact about the 20th century? The answer must surely be that it was the century which saw the birth and spread of totalitarian socialism. That is not what most

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