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Detlev Schlichter: Economics and the a priori: In defense of Ludwig von Mises

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
Detlev Schlichter: Economics and the a priori: In defense of Ludwig von Mises

TOn Tuesday 11th March, Detlev Schlichter gave a on “Economics and the a priori: In defense of Ludwig von Mises” to the Libertarian Alliance in London. We apologise for the light noise in the background. We had very noisy neighbours

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Why Conservatism Shouldn’t Be Ditched

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Conservatism is a dirty word. People often misuse it, whether speaking of themselves or others. It rarely means what it describes. Ask any man off the street what a conservative is, and they’ll likely tell you he is a bigoted


What Academic Freedom?

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by posted in Education, Epistemology, Law.

“Academic freedom” is one of those phrases that evokes little protest and little emotion. In fact, these days it has become pretty boring. The concept is taken purely at face value. In our liberal age, the open vetting of ideas

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A Mental Barrier to Liberty?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

Is it possible to convince others of the benefits of liberty? Can the mass-man ever be convinced that the state impedes on his own flourishing? I have my doubts. Government promises an escape from the drudgery of life. It also

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Peter Boettke Interview

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Austrian economics, of course, is the school of thought which holds that the free market is basically self-regulating and that the government’s role should be limited to providing a reliable and predictable legal structure within which all

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Episode 46 – Julie Borowski: Online Activism, Media vs. Libertarianism, and Drug Policy

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Catch one of the latest episodes of “Better Red Than Dead” with special guest libertarian personality Julie Borowski! You can listen here.  

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The “Nation” as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd

Friday, February 28th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Socialism.
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Reprinted from One device of leadership is to control individual behavior by psychological means. Gustave Le Bon’s 1895 book “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” outlines this phenomenon. The leader uses events to short-circuit rational thought and regress people

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Misunderstanding Machiavelli

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics.

An op-ed page discussion of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is the last place to expect another bit of carping about present-day inequalities of wealth. But that’s what the Toronto Star presented its readers today in a mini-symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of

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Stand Your Ground is About Rights, Not Race

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.
British Columbia, why do you hate the poor?

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.

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.
Find the book.

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 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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