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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.
naturallaw

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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My Trip Through Detroit

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in Law, Regulation.
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On 5th March 2014, I was detained at Detroit airport, just before I was to board the plane. “I will decide if you will go on this plane or not,” shouted a US custom official with an stress on “I”,

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Make a New Nation, in the Digital Cloud

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Regulation.
liberty.me1

We’ve come a long way in 100 years. We’ve moved from the first terrifying experiment in the use of violence as a universal tool of world order – embodied in the murderous “Great War” — to the point where we

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NPR Guest Sounds Rothbardian on Nature of the State

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics.
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During a June 18, 2014 interview on the NPR show “All Things Considered,” the guest was discussing the funding of the ISIS group that is currently taking over positions in Iraq. Ironically, the framing of the issue by NPR was very Rothbardian. The

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Rent Seeking, the Lanham Act, and Pomegranates

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law.
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The Lanham Act, originally enacted in 1946, is the premier law protecting trademark law in the United States. I have gone on record multiple times opposing the idea of intellectual property, including trademarks, and have no intention of repeating those

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The Right to Starve

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by posted in Health Care, Law, Philosophy.
Margoy_Bentley

Questions of liberty can sometimes be difficult. Not everything fits together in a nice, easily-understood package. Morality often gets involved, along with emotional ties that complicate matters. Logical consistency should always trump passion; but it’s sometimes hard to shove the

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