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The Death of Progressivism

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
stiglitz

The intellectual cornerstone of Progressivism, or general leftism, if it suits you, is dead. If you’ve heard the argument one time you’ve heard it a thousand times. It goes something like this: Republicans (or conservatives or libertarians, or general free

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The Noble Lie of Government Healthcare

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
jay carney

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” These words, spoken by U.S. President Barack Obama in various forms and iterations, have become a running joke amidst the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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Gandhi, a Libertarian Saint?

Friday, November 1st, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy.
Gandhi_spinning teaser

Can the Jews resist this organised and shameless persecution? Is there a way to preserve their self-respect, and not to feel helpless, neglected and forlorn? I submit there is. No person who has faith in a living God need feel

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Ethics of Euthanasia in Quebec

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by posted in Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
Holding Hands with Elderly Patient

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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Gravity and Our Limits

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Philosophy.
gravity

I recently saw the movie Gravity, with its engrossing storyline and fantastical visual effects. The film is expected to get the nod for multiple Academy Awards and is an undeniable hit at the box office. In a glowing review in

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And Then There’s You

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by posted in History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized.
atlas teaser

When you’re a kid, you pretty much take for granted that the world is a coherent place, filled with rational individuals who know what they’re doing. Why not think the opposite you might ask? I mean, whenever you meet new

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The Abolition of the Playground

Monday, October 21st, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Philosophy, Regulation.
playground teaser

Reprinted from FEE.org The Bobcat tractor was working its way through a pile of mulch as big as an office building, dragging it from the alley to the playground of a private daycare facility. I asked the crew foreman about

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Subjective Value and Objective Good

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Epistemology, Law, Methodology.
ThinkingMan

Value is subjective. This is one of the cornerstones of modern economics. What’s known as the “marginal revolution” of the late 19th century was responsible for bringing the axiom from intellectual musing to orthodox dogma. Three economists – Leon Walras,

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Conservatism and the Debt Ceiling

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics.
debt

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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Is Contraception a Human Right?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by posted in Health Care, Philosophy.
pregnant woman

What rights do you have over your own body? Libertarians would agree that you own your body and therefore should be able to do with it what you please, as you would with any other sort of property. But is

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Who Are the Champions of the Common Man?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
men sitting on beam teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org The media’s caricature of libertarians is a pendulum that swings from one extreme to another. One minute we’re grasping plutocrats, championing the privileged, and the next minute we’re losers living in our parents’ basements. Not long ago,

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Gender Parity and Sexism

Monday, October 7th, 2013 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, has come out in favor of gender parity in the makeup of the Court. After the recent nomination of Marc Nadon to fill a vacant seat, McLachlin expressed the opinion that

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To Think of a Free Solution

Monday, September 30th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Law, Philosophy.
Bill-Buckley-Ron-Paul-debate-e1321896732954

I stumbled across a debate recently between the late, famed National Review editor Bill Buckley and then-Libertarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul on the former’s television show “Firing Line.” Buckley, ever the wordsmith and orator, chides the Good Doctor over libertarianism’s

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A Jacobian Theory on the Origin of the Market & the State

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy, Trade.
tomahawkobsidian

Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her work on urban studies. Her best known work, The Death & Life of Great American Cities, should be of interest of libertarians everywhere. Her concepts such as,

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Don’t Harvest My Organs

Friday, September 27th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
kidney

One of the fundamental tenets of natural rights philosophy is that individuals own their own bodies, and can therefore do with them as they please. But what happens to your body when you die? Obviously, you can no longer own

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Theft, Property and Rivalry

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
burglar4

Theft is bad. We all know this. Property rights are a fundamental tenet of civilized society. But why is theft bad, exactly? How did the taboo arise, and why is the act regarded as so harmful? Most people would probably

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Eulogy for Ludwig von Mises

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
MisesProfile teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org [Eulogy for Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973)] Those of us who were privileged to know Ludwig von Mises have lost a dear friend who meant much in our lives and deeply influenced the direction of our thought and

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The State As An Attractor for Sociopaths

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by posted in Law, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics.
Parliament_Building_in_Ottawa teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else. -   Tom Clancy In the science of chaos, “attractors” are operational principles around which turbulence and apparent

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Eleven Questions for Statists

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
scratching head

For whatever reason, libertarianism has been getting the cudgel treatment in the media lately. The leading voice of the attackers seems to be Michael Lind of Salon who can’t help giddying himself with Ayn Rand bashing, despite the foregone author’s

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The Problem with Binary Thinking

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy.
agincourt teaser

Reprinted from FEE.org About a year ago, I wrote a piece in praise of the “explicit, uncensored, behind-the-scenes rent-seeking action” that is the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Henry V. As I write this column, the war drums are beating and the sabers are

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