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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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In Further Defense of Political Dynasty

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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When the chatter heads in Washington are uptight about something, you can usually bet it’s good. The recent brouhaha amongst the political class was sparked by a Washington Post column trollishly titled “In Defense of Political Dynasties.” Written by George

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How not to win friends!

Monday, March 9th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics, Socialism.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Greek Defence Minister: We’ll flood Europe with refugees if Greece is ‘hit’ by Germany; Speaking at a meeting of Independent Greek MPs yesterday, party leader and Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos argued that “If

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The Threat to the Dollar as the World’s Primary Reserve Currency

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics, Trade.

(Following is the text of a speech given today at Drake University at the annual convention of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists.)   The Threat to the Dollar as the World’s Premier Reserve Currency …but does it really matter?

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The Delusions of the Left

Friday, March 6th, 2015 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me I recently published the results of some detailed reading I had done in early 20th century intellectual history as it pertained to the minimum wage. In order to grasp the full horror of the thing, you need

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It’s About Envy, Stupid

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Casey Research It seems on every commercial break, we see handsome and charismatic Rob Lowe pushing DirecTV, while introducing us to another Rob Lowe who has cable: paranoid Rob Lowe, super creepy Rob Lowe, a meathead version, a

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Water Rights and Chinatown

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Does a warning mean anything if nobody listens? With the precarious case of Lake Mead, doomsayers never seem to break the surface. For years, reports of the lake’s declining levels have popped up in the news. Yet residents of the

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The Austrian Solution to Greece

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.
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Arnold Kling asks economists to fill in the blank: “Greece will achieve economic success when ____” There is an answer from the Austrian perspective, but first I want to highlight some thoughts from other prominent bloggers. Option A: Paul Krugman of

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The Greek deal won’t solve anything

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Since the Greek deal contains absolutely zero pro-market reforms, it won’t fix anything. Raising taxes, cutting down on tax evasion and smuggling, even if successful in raising tax revenue, simply entrench government at its current and possibly higher level. The

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The Common Sense of Progress Part 2

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from The Constitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek via Freeman Short-term Gain: Long-term Loss Therefore, there must be two different ways of looking at the possibility of reducing inequality and abolishing poverty by deliber­ate redistribution—that is, from a

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The Common Sense of Progress Part 1

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from TheConstitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek via Freeman If today in the United States or western Europe the relatively poor can have a car or a refriger­ator, an airplane trip or a radio, at the cost of

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My letter to the NY Times re: How much more government “help” can the poor withstand?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics.

Re: Consumer Protection Agency Seeks Limit on Payday Lenders Dear Sirs: Although one loses count very quickly, government’s attacks upon the poor seem to come in three’s. First government fights the dreaded specter of deflation, meaning lower prices, by its

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Wrong policies for Greece

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Greek PM refuses to change course ahead of crucial week of meetings with Eurozone partners “…Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras…reiterated his plan to increase the minimum wage, halt privatisations, reopen closed public broadcaster ERT

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