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A Rebuttal on Natural Rights and Law

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
sunny field

Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are

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Skate Safe & Avoid the Cops!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

The recent video of a cop stopping longboarders with his SUV is going vial. And for good reason. The West Vancouver police officer is acting carelessly, using his SUV to cause the longboarders (who can easily get up to 50km

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My letter to the NY Times re: Ignoring the elephant in the room

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.

Re: Cities Advance Their Fight Against Rising Inequality Dear Sirs: The latest assault on economic science is led by the usual suspects–politicians, labor unions, intellectuals, and not-for-profit advocacy groups–who clamor for raising Seattle’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour.  The

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On Natural Rights, the Egoists Have Nothing

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
Trevor Blake

The question of natural rights has bogged the thinking of philosophers for centuries. In a recent book review of Trevor Blake’s Confessions of a Failed Egoist and Other Essays, Nicholas James Pell brings up an interesting argument against the moral


How to Prevent Another Ukraine

Friday, April 4th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Law, Politics.

Today all nations treat the people, businesses, and natural resources within their borders as if they were owned by the state.  Some resources, such as oil and minerals, actually are owned by many national governments.  But even in the US,

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Wonder and Liberty

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
to the wonder

Reprinted from Lions of Liberty In Terrence Malek’s 2013 film “To the Wonder,” the recluse director attempts to share his spiritual vision of “wonder” with the audience. Known for his abstract messaging and visionary cinematography, Malek’s most recent flick garnered

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The EU Cannot Be Reformed, Because It Does Not Honor the Rule of Law

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Swidlicki: Clegg/Farage debate risks establishing false ‘all-or-nothing’ choice and ignoring public appetite for EU reform Writing on Liberal Democrat Voice ahead of the first EU debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage tonight, Open

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Insanity and Human Action

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
Dr. Thomas Szasz

I just finished reading Insanity: the Idea and Its Consequences by Thomas Szasz, the renowned libertarian psychiatrist. In it, he stresses the importance of human action, praxiology, and even takes Ludwig von Mises to task for falling into the trap

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Literature and Totalitarianism

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by posted in History, Law, Philosophy.
orwell tease

I said at the beginning of my first talk that this is not a critical age. It is an age of partisanship and not of detachment, an age in which it is especially difficult to see literary merit in a

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Fraud or Freedom?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

Most libertarians recognize fraud as a form of theft, and therefore a form of coercion that violates the non-aggression principle and should be subject to legal reprisal. In general, I agree. But what constitutes fraud? The case of Kevin Trudeau

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What Academic Freedom?

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by posted in Education, Epistemology, Law.

“Academic freedom” is one of those phrases that evokes little protest and little emotion. In fact, these days it has become pretty boring. The concept is taken purely at face value. In our liberal age, the open vetting of ideas

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Bitcoin Banking

Friday, March 7th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Law.

A currency is only as safe as the bank that stores it. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the recent turmoil in the bitcoin community. One the primary advantages of bitcoin, perhaps even the greatest advantage of the cryptocurrency,

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Supreme Court to Hear Gambling Case

Friday, March 7th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law.

We all know that gambling is bad. It’s a thinly disguised way for exploitive casino owners to part a fool from his money, and leads to dangerous addictions that destroy families and lives. Naturally, it is in the public interest

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A Mental Barrier to Liberty?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

Is it possible to convince others of the benefits of liberty? Can the mass-man ever be convinced that the state impedes on his own flourishing? I have my doubts. Government promises an escape from the drudgery of life. It also

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My letter to the NY Times re: The Lawless Fed

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Law.

Re: Fed’s Aid in 2008 Crisis Stretched Worldwide Dear Sirs: Your article about the Fed’s actions in 2008 to lend $580 billion in so-called “swap lines” to central banks internationally sounds a note of triumphalism that is completely unwarranted.  The

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Stand Your Ground is About Rights, Not Race

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

There has been a lot of talk about so-called Stand Your Ground laws due to a number of a high profile legal cases that have captured the attention of the media. I am not particularly interested in getting into the

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Libertarianism: They Only Peaceful Philosophy

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Law.
peace dove

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 Inner peace is a tough thing to come by. In between the rush hour-style of life that defines the modern economy, few moments are given to

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Economics of Daddy Days

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.

Imagine if everyone was the same. Imagine if traditional social roles were completely obliterated. Imagine if egalitarianism wasn’t a pipe dream but reality. And imagine if our very understanding of biology and nature was turned topsy-turvy. At a recent Atlantic

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The Economic Harm of Prohibition

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
weed teaser

According to the United Nations, cannabis, the plant from which marijuana is derived, is the most widely used, produced and trafficked drug. Governments across the globe have invested heavily in fighting drug production and consumption. Notwithstanding, even though the war


The Right to Say No

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.

In his book Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, German philosopher Immanuel Kant deduced the axiomatic case for why theft is wrong. Because man should act, at all times, as if his behavior can be made universal in law, he

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