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Property Rights as Social Justice Part II

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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Read Part I here. Accompanying the somehow lawful state and nearly lawless state is the state of war. Such phenomena do not appear accidental. It does not seem overly difficult to recognize that, when properties are not legally protected, it

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Criminal Justice as a Domestic and Local Phenomenon

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

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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There is No Right to be Forgotten

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.

The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance

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A Response: Defending Anarcho-Capitalism

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy, Politics.

In a 1901 letter to novelist John Galsworthy, Polish author Joseph Conrad described “skepticism” as “the tonic of minds, the tonic of life, the agent of truth – the way of art and salvation.” Men hardly write letters anymore. Post

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The Philosophy of the Pseudoprogressives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, History, Philosophy.

[This article originally appeared in Plain Talk, February 1950. It is included in Planning for Freedom.] 1. The Two Lines of Marxian Thought and Policies In all countries which have not openly adopted a policy of outright and all-around socialization

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The Dangers of Settled Science

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Evolution is one of the most cherished doctrines of the worshippers of science. Whenever we hear the angry shouts of settled science, it is either in reference to climate change or evolution. Anyone who dares question these theories is treated


Einstein, Socialism and the Relativity of Intelligence

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.

(original version in Italian: – translation by author) The fact that socialism, in every single one of its expressions (“right”, “left”, “no-global”, incoherently pro-market, etc.), is linked to an objective and specific deficiency of intellectual ability, is well known

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The End of Suffering

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.

The alleviation of human suffering is a noble and admirable goal. Indeed, the vast majority of all of men’s efforts throughout the centuries have been directed towards reducing suffering, from medicine and technology, to philosophy and religion. Anything we can


On Being Long-Lived

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.

Ezekiel Emanuel, premier progressive thinker and one of the chief architects behind the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act, wants to die at age 75. Fair enough, that’s his prerogative. But there’s something chilling about the cold and calculating nature of his

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A Nation of Children

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.

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


Libertarianism, Socialism, and Subjectivism

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.

Consistency. This is undoubtedly the one word that any libertarian, when given the chance to describe their philosophy, would pick. Interestingly enough, when there is a remarkable amount of diversity amongst the rationalization of the libertarian position. The intellectual grounding

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A Strategy for the Right Part 1

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Reprinted from What I call the Old Right is suddenly back! The terms “old” and “new” inevitably get confusing, with a new “new” every few years, so let’s call it the “Original” Right, the right wing as it existed

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The Ethics of Disease Control

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.

As the threat of the ebola virus looms large and the Center for Disease Control issues what are undoubtedly hyperbolic projections of over a million casualties to the disease by January, we owe it to ourselves as libertarians to ask


Gender Quotas: To What End?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Regulation.
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With the continuing refrain of the “War on Women” still ringing loudly out across the land, we are hearing more and more calls for government to intervene and help out these poor gals who just can’t seem to catch a

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The Poison Eating at the Heart of Macroeconomics

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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Mario Draghi, in one of his latest speeches, prodded governments to ease austerity to spur aggregate demand (an oxymoron). The IMF director, Christine Lagarde, recently urged the ECB to continue its easy monetary policy until aggregate demand picks up. U.S.


Fiat Lux

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

“Naive trust in the power of words to command reality is found in all mass delusions.” This line was written by Garet Garrett in his 1922 novel and celebration of entrepreneurship, The Driver. It slips by, easily unnoticed in a

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Americans Must Choose Non-Intervention for Peace, Prosperity

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Voices of Liberty August 26, 2014 – Ron Paul and Mark Spitznagel are passionate about non-interventionism, free markets, and Austrian economics. In spite of their years, these passions former Congressman Paul and Mr. Spitznagel hold dear are growing in

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Positive Methodology in Language

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by posted in Epistemology, Law, Philosophy.

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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The Happiness Problem

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.

In the ongoing march of scientism, the flawed worldview that everything in life is ultimately reducible to numbers and equations, researchers have been increasingly interested in attempting to measure people’s happiness in order to determine which economic and social policies

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What Does Bitcoin Mean for Austrian Money Theory?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.

Libertarians tend to agree with each other on most things. We all favor less government regulation, lower taxes, less involvement in international conflicts, and more personal freedom. There are a few areas, however, in which the movement remains sharply divided.