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Natural Beauty Held Back by Poor Rule of Law

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Regulation.
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Albania is a beautiful country. It made it in The Guardian’s list of 20 best bargain beach holidays in 2013 and Land Rover chose its rough and rugged Accursed Mountains to display the prowess of their new Discovery model. Some of its southern sand and

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Employment Insurance Is Not Insurance

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
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The federal government’s 2013 decision to change some of the rules governing Employment Insurance (EI) has received considerable criticism from some provinces and unions among others. Unfortunately, most of it is wrong because it is based entirely on the mistaken

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Positive Methodology in Language

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by posted in Epistemology, Law, Philosophy.
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The iconoclastic religion of scientism looks to have achieved a new victory. Reporting in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael Chorost informs us that neuroscientists recently uncovered how the brain reacts to language, and what it means in understanding words

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Jurgen Stark exposes ECB lawlessness

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Law.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Jürgen Stark, former Chief Economist of the ECB warns in an essay in Handelsblatt that “the ECB is on its way to becoming a bad bank” citing the “enormous risks” of its recent monetary policy. He

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The Immunity Community

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by posted in Law.
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The doctrine of sovereign immunity derives from the English notion that “the king can do no wrong” and hence cannot be sued without his consent. The purpose of this doctrine was, in England, from at least the Middle Ages until

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The Moral Blindness of Government Agents

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Those of us who have watched the scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, have been stunned at the brutality of the police. Most striking is their presumption that they have total control, that people are mere subjects, that all

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What If We Could Sell Our Kidneys?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Health Care, Law, Politics, Regulation.
What If We Could Sell Our Kidneys?

According to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, one in 10 Canadians has kidney disease. Moreover, the number of Canadians being treated for kidney failure has tripled in the past two decades – and each day, 16 people are added to

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Who Cares for Toronto’s Sidewalks?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Law, Politics, Regulation.

In Toronto an important debate is starting to stir about who controls the sidewalks – the city or the owners of the adjacent properties. Sparking this debate is a bicycle owner, Lisa Ferguson, who thought her bike was stolen when

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The Lawyers’ Guild

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Education, Law.
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Last month, thousands of recent law school graduates sat for a bar examination in their chosen state of practice. They were not undertaking a harmless rite of passage but overcoming a malicious obstacle: an artificial barrier to entry in the

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Conservatives Embrace Disparate Impact?

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Libertarians know politics is a poor man’s way to effect long-lasting change. Voting certainly brings immediate results. But it doesn’t change attitudes. It takes a sustained didactic campaign to spread ideas. And sometimes, circumstance plays a critical role in ensuring

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My letter to USA Today re: John Waggoner’s Sleight-of-Hand

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by posted in Law.

Dear Sirs: John Waggoner perpetrates a sleight-of-hand on his readers when he equates investing with gambling in regard to Paul Singer demanding repayment of his Argentine bonds.  Investing is ruled by law, and Mr. Singer is demanding that the law be upheld.

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How To Have Law Without Legislation

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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[Adapted from Rothbard’s book review of Freedom and the Law by Bruno Leoni. This review first appeared in New Individualist Review , edited by Ralph Raico.] [In his book Freedom and the Law,] Professor [Bruno] Leoni’s major thesis is that even the staunchest free-market economists

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Snitches and the State

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
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Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank once described government as “the name we give to things we choose to do together.” It’s an innocuous-sounding phrase that provides fuel to progressives who want to use state authority against heretics of their liberal

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Non-Initiation of Aggression Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient, For Being a Nice Guy (or Gal)

Friday, July 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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This is a minor point, but believe it or not, I have to make it: Libertarian ethical theory (as developed, for example, by Murray Rothbard in Ethics of Liberty) does NOT say: “As long as you don’t initiate aggression, you

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On Civil Disobedience

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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I am continually mystified by those otherwise sensible people who nevertheless insist that the law must be followed because it is the law. “If you wish to change the law,” they solemnly and self-righteously intone, “you must do through the

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The Ethics of Entrepreneurship and Profit

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com In the most fundamental sense we are all, with each of our actions, always and invariably profit-seeking entrepreneurs. Whenever we act, we employ some physical means (things valued as goods) – at a minimum our body and

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On Anarchic Reinforcement

Monday, July 7th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
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In rebuttal to “Is It a Contradiction?“ Mr. Bulbasaur does not, so far as I can see, offer an argument for his claim that anarchy and capitalism are mutually incompatible. Whether they are required careful analysis, not name-calling and bluster.

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Fuzzy Justice: How a Lack of Clarity Undermines the Prison System

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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A lot of the modern justice system is taken for granted. Built on centuries of common law, we no longer question the fundamental assumptions of crime and punishment. At least, most of us don’t. In light of a large number

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Anarchist Oilfield

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law.
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Editor note: for a real-life example of private law/anarchism in action, please see the email provided below by Dr. Walter Block! As I imagine you know, I have written a book on privatizing roads:Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of

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A New Natural Law

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in History, Law, Philosophy.
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I’m often given the opportunity to speak to young interns about liberty and economics. These discussions cover a whole range of topics including anti-trust laws, private police, anti-discrimination legislation, and national defense. On some occasions, I give them Bryan Caplan’s

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