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Remembering Corporate Liberalism

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
Obama new new deal

Originally appeared at Austro-Athenian Empire The main plotline of the Star Wars prequel trilogy concerns an apparent conflict between the central government (the Senate) on the one hand and a coalition of mercantile interests (the Trade Federation, the Commerce Guild,

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Peter Schiff gives Bernanke a history lesson

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, History.

Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital educates students about the true nature of the Fed. “Ben Bernake fancies himself as a student of the Great Depression,” says renowned investment broker, global strategist, author, and Austrian economist Peter Schiff, “but… if

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Omnipotent Government

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by posted in History, Politics, Socialism.

I am almost halfway through Mises’ inimitable book Omnipotent Government. We may consider it something like “the Mises version of The Road to Serfdom.” Whereas The Road to Serfdom appeals more to society’s understanding of civics and politics, Omnipotent Government

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Seeing Like a Ruling Class

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by posted in History, Law, Politics, Regulation.

[Originally posted at The Freeman Online, March 30th, 2012, ed.] (These remarks were prepared for next week’s annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.) Making society legible. In the beginning ruling classes had a problem. It will be

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Earth Hour: A Dissent

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Environment, History.

by Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics, University of Guelph, Canada.  In 2009 I was asked by a journalist for my thoughts on the importance of Earth Hour. Here is my response. I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been


Taylor and Baskerville on the Canadian Leviathan

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Regulation.
Business History

I’d like to share an excerpt from A Concise History of Business in Canada by Graham D. Taylor and Peter A. Baskerville. This passage appears at the beginning of Chapter 17, titled, “The Incomplete Leviathan”. That chapter in turn, begins


Predrag Rajsic on the failures of Yugoslavia

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, History.

Socialist Yugoslavia as a failed response to Mises and Hayek Recorded at Paupers Pub, Toronto, ON, Thursday, March 22, 2012. Predrag Rajsic is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph


Lincoln, Obama, and How to Push A Country Into War

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History.

At a recent campaign stop in Chicago, Illinois (financed, of course, by American taxpayers), President Obama celebrated the state as “the land of Lincoln” and offered a word of advice to his Republican opponents by hoping that a bit of

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The Greens – A Warning from History (Volume Two)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Environment, History, Socialism, Trade.
Protect this Tree

[Originally posted on Martindurkin.com] Back in the 1980s, when girls wore shoulder pads and no-one had heard of global warming, people used to think that environmentalism was driven by an innocent concern for nature (dolphins and what have you).  But

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Quebec’s Brownshirts


During the rise of nearly every socialist/fascist regime, one of the ingredients has always been the formation of paramilitary, thuggish organizations that carry out the dirty work of the political leaders.  This is necessary to silence dissent and intimidate voters


On gold, stocks, financial repression and the KreditAnstalt of 1931

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 by posted in Economics, History.

Please, click here to read this article in pdf format: March 18 2012 We are back from Washington DC and realize that we could choose different titles for today’s letter. Let’s try a few… Title No.1: “The market proved us wrong”

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Nigel Farage interviewed on King World News

Friday, March 9th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics.

I listened to this interview done by Eric King of King World News with Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party from December 2010 a few weeks ago and thought that Nigel had some great insights into what was to

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Who Needs One Big Market?

Friday, March 9th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Trade.

[Originally published as an Independent Institute Research Article, March 18th, 2009] I. One Big Market It is remarkable that the prospect of One Big Market—planetary, inescapable, open all hours—raises no questions for libertarians, who scorn the idea of One Big

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Currency Wars

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, Foreign Policy, History.
Currency Wars

[Originally posted on mises.org, Tuesday, January 31st, 2012] [Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis • By James Rickards • Portfolio, 2011 • 304 pages] The talk is all about jobs, jobs, jobs in Washington and on the

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Denarius

Monday, February 27th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics.
Fall of Rome

History repeats itself, so the scholars say.  But according to Mark Twain it just rhymes.  Literary quips and hair-splitting aside, I’ve found that one of the most valuable things anyone can do to advance their knowledge and understanding of the


“Peak Oil” is a Myth

Friday, February 24th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, Environment, History.

This article was originally posted on the website of Ray Harvey,  under the title  Peak Oil? For further reading please consult the following links. http://masterresource.org/ ‘Peak Oil’ is a Waste of Energy The Bottomless Well http://peakoildebunked.blogspot.com/ The Ultimate resource II The Skeptical


The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality

Friday, February 24th, 2012 by posted in History, Law, Politics.
The Wild West

[Originally published in The Independent Review, Volume 12, Number 2, Fall 2010] The Not-So-Wild, Wild West In a thorough review of the “West was violent” literature, Bruce Benson (1998) discovered that many historians simply assume that violence was pervasive—even more


Maxime Bernier: Give Keynes the boot

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, History.
Maxime Bernier

A great piece from Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism in the Federal Government – it looks like we have at least one Austrian in the Canadian Parliament! The key question you have to ask is this:

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Hungary Burning Banknotes

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, History.
Burning Banknotes, Weimar Germany

Looks like Hungary is putting it’s fiat currency to a far more valuable purpose – burning it for heat. The head of the central bank’s cash logistics centre, Barnabas Ferenczi, said: “Our examination showed that the heating properties of these

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Federal Government Growth Before the New Deal

Friday, February 10th, 2012 by posted in History, Regulation, Socialism.

[Originally published in The Freeman, September 1997, Volume 47, Issue 9] Lincoln and Wilson Set Precedents for Government Spending Popular opinion holds that most of the credit (or blame) for the incredible growth of the federal government should go to

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