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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.
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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.
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 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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Keynesians Wrong on Sequester Just Like Stimulus

Saturday, January 4th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Methodology.
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It is well known that the Christina Romer / Jared Bernstein report, issued in January 2009 when Obama first came into office, got things exactly backwards. At the time, unemployment in the U.S. was 7 percent and change. Romer, who

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Prostitution Ruling – Good or Bad?

Monday, December 30th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Philosophy.
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The world’s oldest profession had its legality upheld recently by the Canadian Supreme Court. On December 20, 2013, the high Court struck down laws banning brothels, making a living from prostitution, and soliciting clients on the street as none were

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We Are the Radicals Now

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Bogpaper.com It is said that the modern political landscape was shaped by the baby boomers of the post-war era. In fact, the progressive philosophy they embody pre-dates them, but it is true that much of what passes for

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Why Christianity Will Never Be at Peace with Free Markets

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy.
Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General Audience

More than any recent Christmas season, Christianity’s position regarding free markets is a hot topic of discussion. This is owing to the appearance of Evangelii Gaudium, an apostolic letter authored by Pope Francis I. Helping the message of that letter resonate further

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Permanence and the State

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Engraved outside the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. is the phrase: “This building holds in trust the records of our national life and symbolizes our faith in the permanency of our national institutions.” It’s an uplifting quote meant to

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Gettysburg Gospel

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from The American Conservative Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has achieved a status as American Scripture equaled only by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Washington’s Farewell Address. In merely 271 words, the wartime president fused his epoch’s most powerful

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