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Stand Your Ground is About Rights, Not Race

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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There has been a lot of talk about so-called Stand Your Ground laws due to a number of a high profile legal cases that have captured the attention of the media. I am not particularly interested in getting into the

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Mises and Schumpeter: Friendly Rivals?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Ludwig von Mises and Joseph Schumpeter are the most famous economists trained by the older Austrian School, although generally Schumpeter has received the lion’s share of attention.[1] This is especially true, for example, in the field of entrepreneurship.

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Help Walter Block!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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Walter Block is facing more criticism than ever before for his libertarian views. The politically-correct crowd, which includes that Greying Lady the New York Times, want him shut up for good. But you can help Walter, and spread the ideals of

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The Dreaded Inequality of Football

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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After watching pro football’s latest “big game,” I took some time for reflection.  This wasn’t like most championship games. Since it was a very one-sided contest, I was appalled at the game’s outcome. Given the record number of folks who

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Should We Leave Them Behind?

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
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Political talk radio has to be one of the worst mediums for intellectual debate. The hosts are often irritable to the point of delusion. The platitudes are banal, recycled from presidential elections at least a half-century old. The callers are

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Noahgreement on similarities between Austrians and New Classicals

Friday, February 7th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, Methodology.
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I’ve got a confession to make: my favourite economics blog name is Noah Smith’s “Noahpinion”. It’s a really great blog name. With the niceties out of the way, let’s address Smith’s latest screed: “How the New Classicals drank the Austrians’

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Can the State Justify Welfare Spending?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Epistemology, Law.

The purpose of this brief essay is to present an argument that state spending on welfare, which necessarily rests on the state’s power to extract funds from the public, cannot be justified.  An argument in favor of state sponsored welfare

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The World-View Behind Minimum Wage Advocacy

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Socialism.
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It’s at times like these, with minimum wage laws suddenly in vogue again, that one realizes that having the evidence on one’s side is not enough to win public policy debates.  The intellectual framework that people use to order their

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The New Republic’s Guilt by Association

Monday, January 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Philosophy.
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Plenty of ink has been spilled on the Edward Snowden leaks, and government leaks in general. Opinions on the bespectacled whistleblower run the gamut between savior and treacherous cretin. Libertarians and progressives love the guy. Political elites loathe him. California

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The Ultimate Microfoundation: Human Action

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, Methodology.
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Much fuss is made in macroeconomic circles over so-called “microfoundations”: microeconomic justifications for macroeconomic models, as opposed to macro models that make ad hoc assumptions about utility, preferences, and price setting. People like to bring up the “Calvo pricing model”,

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Walter Block Is Still Defending the Undefendable

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Walter Block is at his finest when he subjects the most loathsome jobs and nastiest behaviors to a logical and libertarian scrutiny. Block’s Defending the Undefendable has needled and irritated an entire generation of readers and compelled many to

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“Intractable Injustice in the Compensation for Public Takings of Property

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
“Intractable Injustice in the Compensation for Public Takings of Property

John Brätland, U.S. Department of the Interior: “Intractable Injustice in the Compensation for Public Takings of Property” Presented at the 2013 Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference session on Behavioral Economics in conjunction with the debut of Mises Canada’s Journal of Prices

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How Not to Think

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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Pursuing the Truth can be a dangerous quest. Average folks typically push back on ideas that challenge their time-honored traditions. Media watchdogs are forever sniffing out reasons to lampoon dissenting opinion. The televised intellectual battlefield, such as it is, is

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Is Libertarian Sentiment on the Rise in America?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Law, Philosophy.
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If the mainstream news is to be believed, libertarian sentiment is rising in America. The media enjoys attaching itself to fads, but there is some evidence for the claim. A number of liberty-minded congressmen are proving to be a headache

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A Note on Canadian Culture

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by posted in History, Philosophy.

There is a myth about Canadian culture propagated by the state’s intellectual class. Some these “opinion-molders” include (but are not limited to) George Grant, C.B. Macpherson and Charles Taylor. Since the state needs to justify its collectivism, it has an

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Anarchy and Lawlessness

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
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The etymology of the word “anarchy” is interesting. In Greek, “an” signifies an antonym, and stands for “without.” The second root word “arkhe” means ruler and/or kingdom. Put together, that defines anarchy as “without rulers.” For politics, no other word

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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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Ideas and Consequences: Of Meat and Myth

Monday, January 13th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from FEE.org Advocates of the spontaneous order of freedom and free markets are forever stomping out the fires of fallacious reasoning, anti-capitalist bias, and twisted history. It seems that as soon as we put out one fire, opponents of

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Capitalism Is A Mentality

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Monty Pelerin’s World “Capitalism is not things; it is a mentality.” So stated Ludwig von Mises in a talk in mid 1952 in a series of lectures entitled Marxism Unmasked which he gave at the San Francisco library. Mises provided examples that

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Bill de Blasio and his Horses

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Regulation.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A new political leader is swept into power. The voters, with their bleeding hearts and gleaming eyes, are ready for change. They want a great leap forward. “Out with the oppressive old,

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