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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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The EU’s anti-competitive tax policy

Monday, November 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Politics, Regulation.

From today’s Open Europe new summary: Following the release of thousands of secret documents detailing how Luxembourg helped companies avoid paying taxes, an FT leader argues, “For the sake of his own credibility – and that of the commission – [Jean-Claude Juncker]

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The Hero of Parliament Hill Was an Armed Man

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by posted in Law, Regulation.
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Officer:  Mam, do you have any weapons in your car? Lady:  Yes, I have four guns. Officer:  Four guns!  What are you afraid of? Lady:  Not a damn thing, officer. The downtown area of Ottawa was in a military lock-down

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A Nation of Children

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Imagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of

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An opportunity to educate the public is squandered

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Hans-Werner Sinn: Some countries should be allowed to temporarily leave the euro Open Europe yesterday hosted the launch of Professor Hans-Werner Sinn’s new book, ‘The euro trap: on bursting bubbles, budgets and beliefs’. At

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Will an ordinary German citizen challenge the lawless ECB?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: German economist Hans-Werner Sinn writes in the FT, “Deflation is not a danger for southern Europe, but an essential precondition for restoring competitiveness.” He describes the ECB’s latest asset purchase plan as “nothing less than

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Civil Society and Order

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation.
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This past summer was anything but good for limited government supporters. We saw yet another killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white cop, followed by a military-style occupation by police of a suburban community. Parentless children along America’s

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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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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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