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Eating Right

Friday, February 6th, 2015 by posted in Health Care, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Food has always been political. Throughout history, armies have razed crops and demographics have shifted in response to hunger. Political correctness now drives the civics of food with bountiful nations attempting to dictate what people can

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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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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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Intellectuals and Over-Parenting

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by posted in Lifestyle.
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Like many upper middle-class 20-somethings, I am the product of what has been disparagingly termed “helicopter parenting”. Although cosseting, over-concerned parents have long been a trope in modern society, only in Generation Y has it become the norm. Helicopter parents,

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The Privilege of Watching War

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Lifestyle.
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Iraq War the Third is now in its nascent stages. Last week, after a slew of confused press reports, President Obama ordered a number of airstrikes in the Northern territory of Iraq. This was called a “humanitarian intervention” to protect

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Metal Machine Parenting

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by posted in Lifestyle, Regulation.
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It’s the stuff of nightmares. Metal demons frankensteined into being for the purpose of molding children’s behavior to fit the government’s definition of “acceptable.” Is this the plot of a low-budget 1950s science fiction film? Am I going to wake

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Romanticism and Liberty

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in Lifestyle, Philosophy.
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Libertarianism is, first and foremost, a political philosophy, and as such most of its discussions are confined to the comparatively dry realms of politics, economics and law. Intellectuals can spend their whole lives engaging in lofty, academic discourse that few

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The Launch of Liberty.me – The Great Migration

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Lifestyle.
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I was in a hotel in a strange city but needed to get to a drug store. Out came the smartphone from my pocket, and I knew in an instant that a CVS was a 10-minute walk away.Saved by the

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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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