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My letter to the NY Times re: Why laid off American workers can’t find jobs

Re: The Perils of Globalization Dear Sirs: I believe that Binyamin Appelbaum may have unwittingly answered his own question about why American workers who lose their jobs–as illustrated by the former Maytag employees in Galesburg, Illinois–have such a difficult time

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Decline of the Rule of Law

Friday, March 20th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
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Reprinted from The Freeman Political wisdom, dearly bought by the bitter experience of generations, is often lost through the gradual change in the meaning of the words which express its maxims.  Though the phrases themselves may continue to receive lip service,

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Who Owns the Water?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Dear Mr. Read: Congratulations on publishing the stimulating and challenging article on “Ownership and Control of Water” in the November issue of Ideas On Liberty. It is highly important that we think more about such fine points

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The Government Bundle: Would You Like War with Your Health Care?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.
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A recent business innovation that has seen wide market acceptance is the bundling of goods and services.  For example, telecommunications providers such as Bell and Rogers often bundle their phone and Internet services.  Such bundling provides substantial benefits for both

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On Slavery

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by posted in History, Law.
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Exactly one hundred and fifty years ago, the United States Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The abolishment of slavery remains one of our country’s great moral triumphs, a crowning achievement of liberal, enlightened civilization. Unfortunately it was

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Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig Fails to Take Down Libertarianism over Children’s Rights

Monday, February 16th, 2015 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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If you ever want to disrupt a room of libertarians, you should bring up the topic of children’s rights. Similar to intellectual property and private law enforcement, the rights of the smallest, most defenseless among us is contentious. It’s so

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Property Rights as Social Justice Part III

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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Given the essentiality of peace and prosperity to the quality of human life, the significance of private property can hardly be ignored. Its greatest significance in the eyes of commentators, however, seems rooted in the impetus it gives to the

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Why the welfare state grows, and grows, and grows…

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by posted in Law, Politics.

Re: George Will on the mushrooming welfare state Columnist George Will puts recent research into the adverse consequences of the welfare state into words that we all can understand. However, I do not think that he gets to the heart of

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What Price a Planned Economy? Part 2

Monday, January 19th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
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Originally published in Contemporary Review of London, April 1938. Reprinted from Mises.org IV But if democracy had to abdicate only from the control of economic life, this might still be regarded as a minor evil compared with the advantages expected from

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What Price a Planned Economy? Part 1

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.
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Originally published in Contemporary Review of London, April 1938. Reprinted from Mises.org The link between classical liberalism and present-day Socialism — often still misnamed liberalism — is undoubtedly the belief that the consummation of individual freedom requires relief from the

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Take Back the Word “Liberal”

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from The Freeman For 2015, I would like to pick up an old campaign to take back the word “liberal” for the cause of human liberty. Or perhaps that’s too ambitious. Perhaps it is enough for each of us

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Maastricht Treaty? We don’t need no stinkin’ Maastricht Treaty!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by posted in Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer told Handelsblatt that, if the ECB were to buy government bonds, he would favour “a cap” in terms of percentage of the market which the ECB can buy. Handelsblatt Le

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The worst that can happen to you for committing a nonviolent marijuana crime, around the World

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Lifestyle, War on Drugs.
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Everyone knows different countries treat drugs differently. For example, if you get caught buying or selling a large amount of marijuana in Canada, you’re probably not going to get your head chopped off by the government–but in Saudi Arabia, that is the law.

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Police Piracy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Christmas came early to a Midwest sheriff’s department. While back in Abilene, Kansas to see family, I read a story reported by an old high school friend, titled “Dickinson County Sheriff Office could benefit from forfeiture.”

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The Need for General Rules

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, History, Law.
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Excerpted from The Foundations of Morality by Henry Hazlitt. Reprinted from Mises.org 1. The Contribution of Hume David Hume, probably the greatest of British philosophers, made three major contributions to ethics. The first was the naming and consistent application of

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How Far are you Willing to Go?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
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When I was in college (at the progressive stronghold Oberlin College in Ohio), the most profound influence I received was the tutelage of philosophy professor Tim Hall, a libertarian whose area of expertise was ethics. In his Philosophy and Values

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The Continuing Story of Involuntary Servitude

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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The word slavery conjures up the most horrific images of evil and injustice in modern mind, on par with just about any other atrocity we can imagine. And rightly so. Nothing interferes with the fundamentally human right to control ones

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Criminal Justice as a Domestic and Local Phenomenon

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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How ought we to treat criminals? How ought justice be dispensed? These are important questions, and trying to answer them raises many difficulties, not the least of which is that no two criminals are exactly alike in deed, in motive,

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Social Pressure Triumphs Again

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Lifestyle.
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Google Glass is basically dead. The innovative technology from the largest, most exciting tech firm out there was supposed to usher in a brave new world of wearable computers, revolutionize communication and take humanity the next step down the inevitable

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Maastricht Treaty? We don’t need no stinkin’ Maastricht Treaty!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: ECB Executive Board member Yves Mersch said yesterday that the ECB will begin purchasing Asset Backed Securities (ABS) next week. He added that, “should the situation deteriorate further”, purchases of sovereign debt remain an

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