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Einstein, Socialism and the Relativity of Intelligence

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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(original version in Italian: http://www.movimentolibertario.com/2014/10/einstein-il-socialismo-e-la-relativita-dellintelligenza/ – 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.
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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

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On Being Long-Lived

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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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.
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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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Libertarianism, Socialism, and Subjectivism

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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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.
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Reprinted from Mises.org 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.
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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

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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.

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Fiat Lux

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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“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.
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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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The Happiness Problem

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

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The Greatest Thinker You’ve Never Read: Ludwig von Mises

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Forbes Had he not passed away at the tender age of 92 in 1973, Ludwig von Mises would have turned 131 years old today. In my humble opinion, he was the greatest social thinker of the twentieth century.

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How Group Identities Endanger Freedom

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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There is a verbal sleight of hand practiced in politics so frequently that even the champions of free markets tend to fall into its trap. It is a fallacy of composition relating to the misidentification of a group with its

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On Krugman’s Arrogance

Monday, August 4th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology.
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Economist Paul Krugman’s New York Times column dropped off my reading list months ago. His conscious effort to become a kind of parody of himself, a holier-than-thou hero fighting off the scourge of ignorant free marketeers, was too much of

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Cultonomics and the Austrian School

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology.
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Mainstream economists have long derided the Austrian School as a “cult”. Professor Walter Block recounts stories from Nobelists Gary Becker and James Buchanan off-handedly referring to the cultish Austrians. When pressed by Professor Block, Becker said, “By a cult I

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Raw Communism

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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[This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 10 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995). An MP3 audio file of this chapter, narrated by Jeff Riggenbach, isavailable for download.] Reprinted from Mises.org Another important reason for Marx’s

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How To Have Law Without Legislation

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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[Adapted from Rothbard’s book review of Freedom and the Law by Bruno Leoni. This review first appeared in New Individualist Review , edited by Ralph Raico.] [In his book Freedom and the Law,] Professor [Bruno] Leoni’s major thesis is that even the staunchest free-market economists

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