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The Curse of the Withholding Tax

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Did you have to write out a check to the IRS for $5,581 this past April 15? If you had to do such a thing next year, would you think of it as your civic duty or

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Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by posted in History, Politics.
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Reprinted from Reason Magazine Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933–1939, by Wolfgang Schivelbusch, New York: Metropolitan Books, 242 pages, $26 On May 7, 1933, just two months after the inauguration of Franklin Delano

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Baltimore, D.C., and Panem All in One

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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The teen fiction series The Hunger Games is a hit in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. The books, and spin-off movies, share an anti-authoritarian message combined with a complicated story of young romance. What’s really

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The Don Fanucci of American Politics

Friday, April 24th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American “Civil War,” more accurately described as the War to Prevent Southern Independence.  It is also the 31stanniversary of the movie, The Godfather, Part II.  A

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Critiquing a Monetary Reform for Iceland

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

The Prime Minister of Iceland recently commissioned a report by Frosti Sigurjonsson (henceforth referred to as “Mr. S”) to recommend a better money and banking system for Iceland. (I’m sorry, but isn’t Frosti a great first name for someone from

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My letter to the NY Times re: Please, make me unemployed!

Friday, April 17th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Re: In test for unions and politicians, a nationwide protest on pay Dear Sirs: I find it incredible that anyone, especially the vaunted New York Times, would treat with respect the fallacious concept that pay can be set arbitrarily–and enforced

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Don’t Forget the Reasons People Don’t Believe in Your Social Cause

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by posted in Epistemology, History, Politics.
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When it comes to Austrian economist and political thinker Friedrich Hayek, conservatives and libertarians are at odds. While conservatives like Hayek’s opposition to big government, they may disagree with his views on social progress. In the same vein, libertarians agree

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Will the New Banking Proposals in Iceland Save it from Economic Instability?

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

A recent proposal out of Iceland has been making the waves around economics blogosphere. In it, Frosti Sigurjonsson critiques the current fractional-reserve banking system and proposes instead a system he calls “Sovereign Money”. But what is “sovereign money”, how is

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The Silk Road Back to Leviathan?

Friday, April 10th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman “The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment,” writes Henry Farrell in Aeon magazine, “but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings.” Ross Ulbricht was recently convicted on seven

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The Battle Against Political Extremism

Monday, April 6th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
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It is becoming more common for the mainstream media to warn Canadians about the threats posed by domestic extremists. This was emphasized by Vic Toews, the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, in his article entitled “Building Resilience Against Terrorism: Canada’s

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My recent interview on Power Trading Radio

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.

  Banking Expert: Germany Should Leave the European Union April 3rd, 2015 Patrick Barron is a consultant to the banking industry. He teaches Austrian school economics at the University of Iowa and Bank Managemant Simulation for the Graduate School of

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Statistics: Achilles’ Heel of Government

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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This essay was published in Essays on Liberty, VIII (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 1961), pp.255–261, and in The Freeman, June 1961, pp. 40–44.) It was republished in The Logic of Action Two (Edward Elgar, 1997, pp. 180 184).

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How and How Not to Desocialize

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Introduction It is generally acknowledged that bureaucrats are obstructing the process, but confusion abounds among free-market proponents themselves. Matters are scarcely helped by the fact that Western economists, to whom the former Eastern bloc is looking for

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A Waste of Time

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics, Socialism.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Bundesbank proposes new European fiscal authority to replace European Commission Germany’s Bundesbank proposed in its monthly report yesterday to create “a new European fiscal authority which, in the style of independent national fiscal councils,

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Why We Should Use the Word “Taxpayer”

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has been on a tear lately. Her near-constant attacking of libertarians has brought her “vertically-integrated digital media company” a good deal of traffic. For this I say: congrats! Mrs. Bruenig, you’re as enterprising as the capitalist robber

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The Federal Reserve Bank Must Be Destroyed!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics.

“Delanda est in Susidium Foederatum Bank” (The Federal Reserve Bank Must be Destroyed) During the years of the Roman Republic, Cato the Elder ended every speech with the phrase “Delanda est Carthago” (Carthage must be destroyed). Rome had fought two

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Conservatism Against Rolling Back the State

Monday, March 16th, 2015 by posted in Epistemology, Philosophy, Politics.
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American historian Robert Conquest is getting up there in years. The Hoover Institution fellow is just three years shy of the big 1-O-O. Despite having received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (and various other awards from different countries), few people

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My letter to the NY Times re: Currency debasement destroys capital

Sunday, March 15th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics.

Re: Delight or Dread as Euro Falls Dear Sirs, Of all the economic fallacies perpetrated on the public by so-called “macro economists”, recommending currency debasement as the path to economic recovery and permanent prosperity may well be the most destructive.

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Net Neutrality: Triumph of the Ruling Class

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me A triumph of “free expression and democratic principles”? How stupid do they think we are? It’s been painful to watch the gradual tightening of government control in the name of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission’s decision

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A good lesson from Greece in the difference between private and public finance

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary (my emphasis): Greece to start technical talks with creditors tomorrow amid criticism that too much time is being wasted Eurozone finance ministers agreed yesterday that officials from the Greek government and the EU/IMF/ECB Troika

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