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What Individualism Is Not

Friday, August 28th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Reprinted from The bottle is now labeled libertarianism. But its content is nothing new; it is what in the nineteenth century, and up to the time of Franklin Roosevelt, was called liberalism — the advocacy of limited government and

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Orwell’s Big Brother: Merely Fiction?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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[Rothbard’s review of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four (Harcourt, 1949) appeared in Analysis, September 1949, p. 4] In recent years, many writers have given us their vision of the coming collectivist future. At the turn of the century, neither Edward Bellamy

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Why Ludwig von Mises Admired Sigmund Freud

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Sigmund Freud has been dead 76 years. Still, his ideas are daily in the news — debated and denounced — and yet so much a part of how we think. Defense mechanisms, Freudian slips, projections, talking

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Albert Jay Nock and the Libertarian Tradition

Friday, June 26th, 2015 by posted in History, Philosophy.

[Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Albert Jay Nock.” Reprinted from] In the beginning, there was Henry George. Henry George was born September 2, 1839, in Philadelphia, the second of ten children in a not overly prosperous family.

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In Defense of Private Property: Mises and Aristotle

Friday, June 12th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman I’ve just reacquainted myself with two seminal texts: Aristotle’s Politics and Ludwig von Mises’s Socialism. Though written nearly two and a half millennia apart, it’s remarkable how these two gigantically important treatises parallel each other. They

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How Does It Know?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Methodology.

IMF Says China’s Currency No Longer Undervalued The International Monetary Fund announced on Tuesday that for the first time in over a decade China’s currency is no longer undervalued (SCMP). U.S. policymakers have long criticized China’s artificial weakening of the renminbi,

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Is the “Austrian School” a Lie?

Friday, May 15th, 2015 by and posted in Economics, Education, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Do those of us who use the word Austrian in its modern libertarian contextmisrepresent an intellectual tradition? We trace our roots back through the 20th century’s F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises (both served as advisors to FEE)

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Libertarians

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by posted in Education, Philosophy.

Reprinted from the Freeman What does it mean to be an effective advocate of liberty? It means to love what you do and adopt sustainable patterns of thinking and living that contribute to making the world a freer place. Sustainability

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Happy Mother Earth Day, Citizen!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy.

I’ll bet you forgot to buy a card and gift, didn’t you? Boy, is your face red! Did you even know it’s International Mother Earth Day today, citizen? Socialist despot Evo Morales and his buddies at the United Nations sure


Don’t Forget the Reasons People Don’t Believe in Your Social Cause

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by posted in Epistemology, History, Politics.

When it comes to Austrian economist and political thinker Friedrich Hayek, conservatives and libertarians are at odds. While conservatives like Hayek’s opposition to big government, they may disagree with his views on social progress. In the same vein, libertarians agree

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The Silk Road Back to Leviathan?

Friday, April 10th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.

Reprinted from the Freeman “The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment,” writes Henry Farrell in Aeon magazine, “but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings.” Ross Ulbricht was recently convicted on seven


The Motte and Bailey Doctrine in Mainstream Economics

Friday, March 27th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, Uncategorized.

A “motte and bailey doctrine” is a style of argument (and informal fallacy) that’s based on a motte-and-bailey castle. The bailey is a big courtyard and where people live and work and generally want to be. The motte is a mound


Conservatism Against Rolling Back the State

Monday, March 16th, 2015 by posted in Epistemology, Philosophy, Politics.

American historian Robert Conquest is getting up there in years. The Hoover Institution fellow is just three years shy of the big 1-O-O. Despite having received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (and various other awards from different countries), few people

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In Further Defense of Political Dynasty

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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When the chatter heads in Washington are uptight about something, you can usually bet it’s good. The recent brouhaha amongst the political class was sparked by a Washington Post column trollishly titled “In Defense of Political Dynasties.” Written by George

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The Delusions of the Left

Friday, March 6th, 2015 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.

Reprinted from I recently published the results of some detailed reading I had done in early 20th century intellectual history as it pertained to the minimum wage. In order to grasp the full horror of the thing, you need

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It’s About Envy, Stupid

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Reprinted from Casey Research It seems on every commercial break, we see handsome and charismatic Rob Lowe pushing DirecTV, while introducing us to another Rob Lowe who has cable: paranoid Rob Lowe, super creepy Rob Lowe, a meathead version, a

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Praxeology in Many Disciplines

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, Education, Philosophy.

A great strength of the Austrian School of Economics is the breadth of academic scholarship that it can enrich.  The philosophic underpinnings of the Austrian economists, and specifically of Ludwig von Mises, universalize the principles of economic activity to all

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The Common Sense of Progress Part 2

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.

Reprinted from The Constitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek via Freeman Short-term Gain: Long-term Loss Therefore, there must be two different ways of looking at the possibility of reducing inequality and abolishing poverty by deliber­ate redistribution—that is, from a

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The Common Sense of Progress Part 1

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.

Reprinted from TheConstitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek via Freeman If today in the United States or western Europe the relatively poor can have a car or a refriger­ator, an airplane trip or a radio, at the cost of

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Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig Fails to Take Down Libertarianism over Children’s Rights

Monday, February 16th, 2015 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

If you ever want to disrupt a room of libertarians, you should bring up the topic of children’s rights. Similar to intellectual property and private law enforcement, the rights of the smallest, most defenseless among us is contentious. It’s so