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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.
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[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.
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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.
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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

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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


Climate Alarmism: Our Sanity and Wallets Need a Break

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, History, Regulation.
polar bear teaser

Reprinted from The Moral Liberal Pick up any 40-year-old science textbook – on chemistry, biology, geology, physics, astronomy or medicine – and you’ll find a slew of “facts” and theories that have been proven wrong or are no longer the

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The Sad Legacy of Ronald Reagan

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History.
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Article originally appeared in The Free Market–Volume VI, No. 10, October 1988.  Reprinted from Mises.org  On August 2, 1988, President Ronald Reagan announced that he had changed his mind about the pro-union plant-closing bill. He had vetoed it three months

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The Brilliant but Confused Radicalism of George Orwell

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, History.
Orwell teaser

[This article is transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode "Eric Arthur Blair aka George Orwell (1903–1950)." Reprinted from Mises.org] Eric Arthur Blair, who is best known under his pseudonym, George Orwell, was born 107 years ago this month in

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Rothbard’s Man, Economy and State at 50

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Education, History.
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Reprinted from the Freeman This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 publication of Murray Rothbard’s grand treatise, Man, Economy, and State (MES). I was humbled when asked to write an appreciation of this indispensable work of Austrian economics.

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Marx’s Path to Communism

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 by posted in History.
Karl Marx teaser

[This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 10 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. Reprinted from Mises.org] Karl Marx,


The Bill Clinton Myth

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, History, Politics.
Clinton myth

Earlier this week, former U.S. president Bill Clinton gave the keynote address to the Democractic National Convention in an effort to lend some of his popularity to Barack Obama.  With the unemployment rate still stubbornly high at 8.1%, Obama has


Liberalism as a Foundation of Peace and Property

Friday, September 7th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History.
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[This article is excerpted from Liberalism, the introduction and Chapter 1] 6. The Psychological Roots of Antiliberalism It cannot be the task of this book to discuss the problem of social cooperation otherwise than with rational arguments. But the root

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1913 by Oliver DeMille

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Education, History, Politics.

1913. It was the year everything changed. In his book ‘Freedom Shift‘, Oliver DeMille explained how nations go through what he calls world shifts. He explained that these shifts either put a nation on a path towards more freedom through a freedom

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Bernanke’s Blindness on the Great Depression

Monday, September 3rd, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.
Bernanke pose teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com With all his scholarly study of the Great Depression, Prof. Bernanke is blind to several truly major factors that caused the Great Depression. His is a blindness that he shares with very many other economists of this

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Paul Krugman’s Mis-Characterization of the Gold Standard

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History.

With a price hovering around $1,600 an ounce and the prospect of “additional monetary accommodation” hinted to in the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, gold is once again becoming a hot topic of discussion. George

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