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The Right to Starve

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by posted in Health Care, Law, Philosophy.
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Questions of liberty can sometimes be difficult. Not everything fits together in a nice, easily-understood package. Morality often gets involved, along with emotional ties that complicate matters. Logical consistency should always trump passion; but it’s sometimes hard to shove the

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The Essence of Keynesian Thinking

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from Mises.org [This article originally appeared as “Keynesian Thinking” in Newsweek, August 11, 1954.] Arthur F. Burns, now chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is one of the country’s outstanding statisticians. Yet there is in his implied economic philosophy

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Optimism, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freedom

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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In the many debates I have engaged in on the relative merits of a free society, the most common charge that is leveled against me is that my arguments are Utopian, that they assume too positive and moral a human

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The a Priori Method in Economics – In Defence of Ludwig von Mises

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy.
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Reprinted from DetlevSchlichter.com I gave a speech on this topic at the Libertarian Alliance in March. A link to the video recording of that speech ishere. The following essay covers similar ground but is not identical with the speech. I

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Consistency and Libertarianism

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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When it comes to reporting on matters of Christianity and the goings-on in the Catholic Church, few are better than George Weigel. Heralded as the next mantle-carrier from cleric and writer Richard John Neuhaus, Weigel keeps his ear to the

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The Impossibility of Owning Sound

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by posted in Intellectual Property, Music, Philosophy.
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A lot of libertarians get confused when it comes to copyright law and the legitimacy of enforcing it. Being fervent evangelists for property and private ownership, they believe that copyright laws somehow protect the property of the copyright holder. Most

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What Individualism Is Not

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org 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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To Become Worthy of a Free Economy

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, History, Philosophy.

Panel Presentation Delivered at the 18th Annual Civitas Conference – May 3, 2014 Why is it that, every single time we board an aircraft, a flight attendant says, “In case there’s a loss in cabin pressure, please secure your own

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Some Basics of State Domination and Public Submission

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Independent.org Familiarity may indeed, as the saying goes, breed contempt, but it also breeds a sort of somnolence. People who have never known anything other than a certain state of affairs—even an extraordinarily problematic state of affairs—have a

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The Question of Children’s Rights

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
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In the ongoing debate over the limits of libertarianism, some important points about theory and philosophy have been written. When it comes to the art of thinking and pursuing truth, this is a welcome development. Arguing over what libertarianism is

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What Libertarianism Is Not

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy.
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As libertarianism begins to gain in popularity and seep into the youth culture, there is increasing pressure from certain strains of the movement to attempt to modify the theory and transform it into something that it is not. To begin

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Happy Mother Earth Day, Citizen!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy.
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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

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The Right of the Victim

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Socialism.
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As part of its “law-and-order” agenda, the Harper Administration recently introduced a “Victims Bill of Rights.” According to CBC News, the proposed reform would alter portions of the Canada Evidence Act so that spouses could decline testifying in certain cases.

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The Most Convincing Argument for Natural Rights

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.

James E. Miller has sparked a debate on this blog about the biggest question in moral philosophy: is there a natural foundation for justice or are notions of right and wrong the product of human contrivance? That is a question

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A Rebuttal on Natural Rights and Law

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
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Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are

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The Source of Economic Progress–the Primacy of the Individual

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Philosophy, Politics.

Members of an Austrian school of economics forum to which I belong have been discussing the source of economic progress.  It began with the usual elements of capital, technological development, and managerial expertise before getting more philosophical when a member

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On Natural Rights, the Egoists Have Nothing

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.
Trevor Blake

The question of natural rights has bogged the thinking of philosophers for centuries. In a recent book review of Trevor Blake’s Confessions of a Failed Egoist and Other Essays, Nicholas James Pell brings up an interesting argument against the moral

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Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from FEE.org Question: If you could go back in time and spend one hour in conversation with 10 people—each one separately and privately—whom would you choose? My list isn’t exactly the same from one day to the next, but

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Wonder and Liberty

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Lions of Liberty In Terrence Malek’s 2013 film “To the Wonder,” the recluse director attempts to share his spiritual vision of “wonder” with the audience. Known for his abstract messaging and visionary cinematography, Malek’s most recent flick garnered

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How the Food Police Undermine Human Intentionality

Friday, March 28th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Regulation.
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One of the key things that separates humans from animals is the ability to make plans and then act on those plans. That humans have intentions is the basis of all morality, economics, and law. As such, it is important

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