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My letter to National Review Magazine re: The Nobility of All Work

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Lifestyle, Politics, Socialism.

Re: The Hard-Working Rich, by Kevin D. Williamson Dear Sirs: Mr. Williamson’s presents some truly amazing facts about what separates the rich from the poor…and it’s not just that the rich have more money, per Ernest Hemingway’s famous quip to

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The Dao of the Austrian Investor

Friday, January 17th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World. By Mark Spitznagel. Wiley Press, 2013.] The economy is extremely complex. As Leonard Read taught, no single individual in the world knows how to make something as simple

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That Neoreactionary Movement

Monday, January 13th, 2014 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Philosophy.
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Last March, I penned a piece titled “Give Me a King” in which I dissected the non-difference between monarchy and democracy’s current form. My premise was simple: If a government “of the people” is hard to differentiate from serfdom, it

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The Cowboys: Learning Life on the Job

Friday, December 27th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, Lifestyle.

There’s plenty of fretting about children. They’re obese, mentally weak, lack ambition, feel entitled, and must have instant gratification. This is all the result of walling off children from adults with child labor laws and an increasing minimum wage. Now

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The Economic Case for Gift Cards

Friday, December 20th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Lifestyle.
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Gift cards have long been a mystery to the economics profession. They function like money, only with the restriction that they can only be used at a single retailer, which make them less versatile than cash. They still require the

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Netflix Vs. Movie Theaters

Monday, November 11th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Lifestyle.
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Netflix is looking to take on movie theaters. The traditional model of film releases and distribution, to which we have all become accustomed over the last hundred years, is overdue for an update. Throughout our lives, we have unquestionably accepted

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Ethics of Euthanasia in Quebec

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by posted in Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
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There is a great debate occurring in Quebec over the ethics of assisted suicide. At least that’s what the press is calling it. Typically when a publication like The Globe and Mail discusses controversial subjects being tackled by politicians, the

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The French Choice: Soccer or Taxes

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Lifestyle, Politique, Regulation, Socialism.

The list of France’s national pastimes includes striking, but it also includes soccer. You can imagine the confusion/ire/angst generated by the announcement that the premier French league will strike at the end of November in protest of Socialist President Francois

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Whine and Cheese

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Lifestyle, Politics, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.

First it was Canadian dairy producers who were upset with the proposed Canada-EU trade deal. Now it turns out Ontario’s wine producers are also riled up. The proposed deal will make it cheaper for many goods to trade across the

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Anti-Bullying Laws are Out of Control

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle.
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The police have arrested two girls in connection with the suicide of 12 year-old Florida girl Rebecca Sedwick. Do the police suspect foul play? Not quite. The crime these girls have been charged with is “aggravated stalking,” a felony also

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Conservatism and the Debt Ceiling

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics.
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I am not very good at self-identifying. When asked of my political affiliation, I waffle between libertarian, Rothbardian, or just straight out anarchist. Perhaps the best answer is “none.” Explaining the immoral nature of the state is too big of

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Online Black Market “Silk Road” Shut Down; FBI Connects Owner to the Mises Institute

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Lifestyle, Trade, War on Drugs.
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The online black market Silk Road, that served as a haven for those interested in purchasing illicit materials (along with perfectly legal goods like books and clothes), has been seized and shut down by the FBI, along with the arrest

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The State As An Attractor for Sociopaths

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else. -   Tom Clancy In the science of chaos, “attractors” are operational principles around which turbulence and apparent

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A Brief History of the Canadian City

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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The end of World War 2 marks a good beginning point for this history. North American society went through some big changes and the cities reflect that. In Canada, The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation was created and with it

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Facebook Addiction and Personal Accountability

Monday, September 16th, 2013 by posted in Lifestyle.
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The resident psychiatrist over at Fox News, Dr. Keith Ablow, is a perfect example of why so many people hate psychiatrists. He has made a name for himself as a pundit by dispensing reductive psychobabble on television and analyzing the

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Fighting the State

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Philosophy.
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It’s is unfathomable how much brain power goes into hatching schemes to “reform” societal governance. From increased taxation to prying apart the grip of the monopoly state, the breadth of the political spectrum spends a great deal of time arguing

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Our Cages and Labyrinths

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Lifestyle, Uncategorized.
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Reprinted from FEE.org Over the last year, I’ve had some sense that certain themes are emerging in pop literature and film—themes that are different from dominant strains of the past. I struggled to put my finger on it, but it

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Wine and Big Issues

Sunday, August 25th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Politics.
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There are few joys in life that compare to drinking wine while smoking. The inhalant can be any tobacco-stuffed conduit, whether cigar or cigarette. The wine is best when deep, dark, and red – the kind which leaves you slightly

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Hamilton, Ontario – Future Detroit?

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Lifestyle, Politics.
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The bankruptcy of Detroit got me thinking about Hamilton, Ontario. I lived there after high school but for all intents and purposes, I practically grew up there. When people ask me about Hamilton I usually describe it as the “Detroit

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The Hollywood Strawman

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Lifestyle.
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For the advocates of liberty, going to the cinema can sometimes be a cringeworthy experience. It is well known that Hollywood has a strident bias towards progressivism, and that this is likely to come through in many, if not all,

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