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Jane Jacobs: Libertarian Outsider

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by posted in History, Politics.
Jane Jacobs teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org When Jane Jacobs died five years ago (the exact date was April 25, 2006), there was a brief flurry of interest in a couple of libertarian publications — one brief obit ran on Mises.org, for example —

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Nearing the End of Serfdom’s Road

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Education, History, Law.
New national plan

In France, Minister for Energy and Environment Delphine Batho recently proposed a light curfew to pertain to “in and outside shops, offices, and public buildings” between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. beginning next July. Some merchants are up in arms


Machiavelli and State Power

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History.
Machiavelli teaser

This talk was delivered on September 15, 2012, at a seminar sponsored by the Columbia University Department of Italian in association with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Reprinted from LewRockwell.com As libertarianism has acquired a higher profile in American life

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The U.S. Constitution: Tool of Centralization and Debt, 1788-Today

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Law, Politics, Regulation.
Constitution teaser

Reprinted from Specific Answers On a conservative site last week, the editor wrote this: While the Constitution has been largely ignored over the last 80 years, the document is very real, and its purpose is clear: to limit greatly the

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Do You Need Institutional “Weapons” to Defend Against Wealthy Capitalists?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.
anarcho syndicalism teaser

The anarcho-capitalist movement appears to be tweaking the interest of the young leftist movement, which historically represents the radical side of the political spectrum. Maybe the time has come for “revolutionary politics.” In his 1969 essay, “The Death of Politics”,

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The American Tradition of Secession

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by posted in History, Regulation.
secession teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com “Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession.” ~ Ron Paul Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably

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Hobsbawm’s Choice

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by posted in History, Socialism.
Eric-Hobsbawm teaser

Reprinted from Taki’s Magazine They played “The Internationale” at Wednesday’s funeral of Eric Hobsbawm, Britain’s “greatest historian.” No one took offense. Indeed, all felt uplifted. The mourners at the crematorium in Golders Green, London’s Jewish heartland, included Labour Party leader

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Ayn Rand, Pygmies, and Collectivism

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 by posted in Economics, History, Law.
pygmie hunt teaser

In his recent article “Ayn Rand versus the Pygmies,” Slate’s Eric Michael Johnson attempts to show that individualism is incompatible with human nature by telling a story of the Mbuti pygmies of the Congo on a hunt. The story unfolds

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HuffPo’s 11 Myths About the Fed, Refuted

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by and posted in Economics, History, Regulation.
Federal Reserve symbol teaser

Reprinted from Liberty Classroom The other day the Huffington Post ran an article by a Bonnie Kavoussi called “11 Lies About the Federal Reserve.” And you’ll never guess: these aren’t lies or myths spread in the financial press by Fed

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Hegel: The State as God’s Will

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by posted in History, Socialism.
Hegel teaser

[Reprinted from Mises.org. This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 11 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995). An MP3 audio file of this chapter, narrated by Jeff Riggenbach, is available for download.] Typically, determinist

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The Arab Spring and the Romanticism of Revolution

Sunday, October 21st, 2012 by posted in History, Law, Politics, Socialism.
arab spring

When the so-called Arab Spring erupted in late 2010, it was lauded by the Western media as a triumph for freedom and democracy.  Here was a group of nations traditionally ruled through various forms of theocracy and dictatorship where the

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The Canadian Bank Bailout

Sunday, October 21st, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.

This will come as no surprise to regular readers, but in the chance that you happened to find this post via Google or some other search engine, allow me to describe as plainly as possible the hows and whys of


From Kennan to Trotsky

Sunday, October 21st, 2012 by posted in History.

Reprinted from the American Conservative Russia and China today both enjoy the same grand-strategic advantage against the United States that the United States enjoyed through the 44 years of the Cold War. The Soviet Union was then the superpower of

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The Absurdity of Socialism and Interventionism

Friday, October 19th, 2012 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy, Regulation, Socialism.
labor teaser

[This article is excerpted from Liberalism, Chapter 2] 4. The Impracticability of Socialism People are wont to consider socialism impracticable because they think that men lack the moral qualities demanded by a socialist society. It is feared that under socialism

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The Population Control Holocaust

Monday, October 15th, 2012 by posted in History.
population control teaser

Reprinted from The New Atlantis.  This essay is adapted from Robert Zubrin’s new book — the latest volume in our New Atlantis Books series — Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. There is

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The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by posted in Environment, History.
Ddt teaser

Reprinted from The New Atlantis.  The essay below is adapted from Robert Zubrin’s Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, the latest in our New Atlantis Books series. We have discovered many preventives against tropical


The Greatest Thinker You’ve Never Read: Ludwig von Mises

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 by posted in Economics, History.
Mises teaser

Reprinted from Forbes: Had he not passed away at the tender age of 92 in 1973, Ludwig von Mises would have turned 131 years old today. In my humble opinion, he was the greatest social thinker of the twentieth century.

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A Brief History of Tommy Douglas

Monday, October 8th, 2012 by posted in Health Care, History, Politics, Socialism.

Tommy Douglas, the so-called “Greatest Canadian,” was actually born in Scotland in 1904. At age six, his family relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Later, Douglas became a Baptist minister before becoming a politician. Most what of is taught or written about

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Regime Uncertainty and the Fallacy of Aggregate Demand

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by posted in Economics, History, Regulation.
desert island keynesian

In a recent New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman once again took to chastising a claim he has infamously dubbed  the “confidence fairy.”  According to the Nobel laureate, the “confidence fairy” is the erroneous belief that ambiguity over future


The BBC on F.A. Hayek


Masters Of Money: Friedrich Hayek A look at the life of Hayek and his economic views – including interviews with Peter Schiff, Bruce Caldwell, John Papola, Ron Paul and others. Jeffrey Sachs is particularly clueless… and Paul Krugman is unbearable