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The Cycle of Dependency Can be Broken

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.
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People respond to incentives. We all know this, and it is the basis for a great majority of economic policy decisions. The behavioralist school has increasingly argued in favor of “nudge” policies to induce people to behave as government would

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The Moral Blindness of Government Agents

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Those of us who have watched the scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, have been stunned at the brutality of the police. Most striking is their presumption that they have total control, that people are mere subjects, that all

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Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org In a recent speech of which Politico claims absolutely energized the “Progressive” left, Elizabeth Warren laid out her so-called 11 Commandments of Progressivism. In what follows, I will first give Warren’s “commandment,” and then explain how each so-called commandment cannot

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Quebec Unions Fight Tooth and Nail for their Lavish Pension Plans

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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When unions see/feel that their “entitlements” are “under attack”, they fight tooth and nail to keep them. We saw how ugly it can become in Michigan in the midst of the debate for right-to-work. However, it’s likely to be very

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Judgement in Ferguson

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on the misinterpretation of classic Shakespeare line: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Uttered by Dick the Butcher in “Henry VI, Part 2,” the phrase is interpreted as

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What If We Could Sell Our Kidneys?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Health Care, Law, Politics, Regulation.
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According to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, one in 10 Canadians has kidney disease. Moreover, the number of Canadians being treated for kidney failure has tripled in the past two decades – and each day, 16 people are added to

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Justice in Nova Scotia?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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Justice has finally been served. No, I’m not referring to the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri. Neither am I referring to the plight of the Yazidis and Christians in Iraq. I’m talking about something of far more importance; something of

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Who Cares for Toronto’s Sidewalks?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Law, Politics, Regulation.

In Toronto an important debate is starting to stir about who controls the sidewalks – the city or the owners of the adjacent properties. Sparking this debate is a bicycle owner, Lisa Ferguson, who thought her bike was stolen when

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Germany cannot carry Europe any longer

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Persson: Eurozone still an awfully long way from becoming a healthy and vibrant economic bloc In the Sunday Telegraph, Mats Persson argued that while the risk of a euro breakup has subsided, “the currency zone

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Conservatives Embrace Disparate Impact?

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Libertarians know politics is a poor man’s way to effect long-lasting change. Voting certainly brings immediate results. But it doesn’t change attitudes. It takes a sustained didactic campaign to spread ideas. And sometimes, circumstance plays a critical role in ensuring

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Mrs. Thatcher’s Poll Tax

Friday, August 15th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History, Politics.
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[This article is featured in chapter 62 of Making Economic Sense by Murray Rothbard and originally appeared in the June, 1990 edition of The Free Market] Riots in the streets; protest against a hated government; cops arresting protesters. A familiar story these days.

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No Matter Who Wins, a Sociopath Is Elected

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.
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Reprinted from Casey Research The midterm election season is upon us, and it’s a tossup whether the Republicans will win the Senate, or if President Obama, seemingly oblivious as conflict flares up around the world, will, through his continuous campaigning,

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Dating and Politics

Friday, August 8th, 2014 by posted in Politics.
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Last fall, a study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project concluded that a majority of Americans believe online dating is “a good way to meet people.” When polled, six out of ten respondents had positive views

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How Government Uses “Efficiency” as an Excuse to Steal

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Scarcity makes efficiency — getting the most value from given resources —important. The more efficient individuals are, the more they benefit from their actions. That’s why economists are always talking about efficiency. Unfortunately, some things said to

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Review: The Murder of the Middle Class

Monday, August 4th, 2014 by posted in Politics.
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Wayne Allyn Root’s latest book, The Murder of the Middle Class, is the latest in a long line of political books pointing out the obvious shortcomings of the Obama administration and of progressive policies in general. In this respect, it

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The Airlines Work for Uncle Sam

Friday, August 1st, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Anyone who’s traveled by air this year knows airfares are up, scheduling is tight, and the seats are even tighter. You’re thinking the airlines must be printing money, right? Not exactly. The 26 remaining domestic carriers

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I’ll punish you by starving myself!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

A quote from one of the news summaries found on Open Europe today: “Russia also announced a ban on some fruit and vegetables imports from Poland, and is considering expanding the ban to the entire EU.” I doubt that Putin

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Nothing has changed in over two hundred years

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. (Just substitute “dollar” for “assignats“.  Nothing has changed.) “Assignats.  Is a fleet to be fitted out?  Assignats.  If sixteen millions sterling of these assignats forced on the people leave the wants of the state

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Lies for Empire

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
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In his provocative cover story “Why Liberalism Means Empire” for The American Conservative, Daniel McCarthy makes a rather astounding claim: that liberalism, or rather laissez faire secular order, needs a state hegemon to be long-lasting. I call this argument astounding because

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I’m Shocked! Shocked!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: In its quarterly report, the Greek Parliament’s State Budget Office has warned that Greece will require a third bailout package to avoid a default, and that despite capital injections, the problems of the country’s banks

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