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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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The Anti-Rothbard Cult

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 297 with Tom Woods discussing the Anti-Rothbard Cult (Reprinted from LewRockwell.com) ROCKWELL: At the recent Mises University, Tom Woods gave quite an extraordinary talk on the anti-Rothbard Cult within some parts of the Libertarian

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Milton Friedman: Freshwater Keynesian

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Reprinted from Mises.org (Excerpt from The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America by David A. Stockman. Published by PublicAffairs.) When Professor Friedman Opened Pandora’s Box: Open Market Operations At the end of the day, Friedman jettisoned the gold standard

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Grow Up, Libertarians

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from TomWoods.com That’s what Michael Lind is saying now. You see, we’re not “experimental” like he is. He’s willing to try out lots of things: freedom, semi-freedom, and full-on coercion. And we keep sticking to our whole freedom thing, and

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The Untold History of Canadian Confederation

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Politics.
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 “British businessmen played a crucial role in the achievement of Canadian Confederation. Without the support of a small but influential group of investors, Confederation would have not occurred in 1867, if at all.” [1] That is how Andrew Smith begins

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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.
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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.
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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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