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Snitches and the State

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
shh

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.
rothbard

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.
thoreau

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.
construction site teaser

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.
london

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.
daltonhighway

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.
tsa teaser

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.
ISIS

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.
pomegranate-juice-recipe

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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My letter to National Review Magazine re: Not quite at the source of the banking problem

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Law.

Dear Sirs: I read with great interest Ms. Diana Furchtgott-Roth’s glowing review of Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit.  I decided not to buy the book, because, unlike the reviewer, I do not believe that the

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Bond Bubble in Europe’s Periphery?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law.

Re: A Bond Bubble in Peripheral Europe? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel asks an important question and hints that the answer is YES.  To much self-congratulations the nations of peripheral Europe have been selling their sovereign bonds at very low interest

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Patents and Birdmen

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Intellectual Property, Law.

In his new book “Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtis, and the Battle to Control the Skies”, Lawrence Goldstone tells the story of the feud between America´s two early air pioneers.  The interesting part of the book is not the

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How Regulated is Canadian Agriculture?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, History, Law, Regulation, Trade.
Canada

The 2014 Farm Bill has been passed. While some are complaining that the newest iteration of the Bill did not retain enough of the provisions from the previous, 2008 version, some are claiming that even passing it was quite an

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The State’s Role in Divorce

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by posted in Law.
brokenheart

There is a lot of talk about what the government’s role in marriage should be, whether it has the right to define it, to enforce it, to limit it, and so on. But a question less often posed is: what

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The Question of Children’s Rights

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
children

In the ongoing debate over the limits of libertarianism, some important points about theory and philosophy have been written. When it comes to the art of thinking and pursuing truth, this is a welcome development. Arguing over what libertarianism is

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More illegality by the European Central Bank

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Law.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Welt: ECB “trick” to help Portugal return to the markets Die Welt reports that the ECB will use a “trick” to help Portugal to return to the markets, by once again adjusting its collateral

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