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A Weak Critique on Libertarianism

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
Mark Lilla

When Adam Smith wrote about the division of labor in The Wealth of Nations, the industrial revolution was just getting under way. For the first time in human history, economic growth of 2% per annum was beginning. Agrarian countries started

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My letter to National Review Magazine re: Free trade is NOT a “prisoner dilemma”

Friday, June 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Dear Sirs: I despair that National Review has run such a piece of economic ignorance as Oren Cass’s “Fight the Dragon”, in which he calls on the US to wage economic war on China.  The basis of his claim that

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NPR Guest Sounds Rothbardian on Nature of the State

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics.
ISIS

During a June 18, 2014 interview on the NPR show “All Things Considered,” the guest was discussing the funding of the ISIS group that is currently taking over positions in Iraq. Ironically, the framing of the issue by NPR was very Rothbardian. The

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ORPP on CityTV Toronto

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Announcements, Education, Politics, Socialism.
CityNews

On June 16, 2014 Chris Horlacher, Vice-Chairman of Mises Canada, appeared on CityTV Toronto with Melanie Ng to discuss the Liberal Party’s proposed new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).  Below is a video of the segment that aired. Chris has

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The Fallacy of Experts

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
diploma

I have long maintained that the defining characteristic of progressive ideology is a sort of dualistic vision of the human race. There are two kinds of people in the world, thinks the progressive, those who are smart and those who

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The New Totalitarianism

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by posted in History, Politics.
Franco-reviewing-troops_1939 teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Regular readers of LRC are no doubt familiar with the criticisms of Marxism to be found within the classical liberal, traditional conservative and modern libertarian intellectual traditions. However, I come from another tradition that contains within itself those thinkers

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The Levellers and Early Libertarian Thought

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History, Politics.
John-Lilburn-0011 teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org The first-ever libertarians were the Levellers, an English political movement active in the seventeenth century. The Levellers contributed to the elaboration of the methodological and political paradigm of individualism, and they are at the origin of the

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Negotiating with Terrorists

Friday, June 6th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics.
berdgahl

Can you imagine being held captive by radicalized militants for five years? The confusion, anxiety, and fear over whether you get to see your family or friends again must be excruciating. For loved ones, the pain goes even deeper. Unanswered

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What Libertarians Should Learn From the Abolitionists

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
williamlloygarrison teaser

[A Selection from Libertarian Review, August 1978.] Reprinted from Mises.org If victory is indeed our given end, an end given to us by the requirements of justice, then we must strive to achieve that end as rapidly as we can. But

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What Else Piketty Says — on Inflation, Canada, and Democracy

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

With all the commentary that has greeted the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, there seems to be little left to say about the book. However, it being a huge book, there’s more in it than has

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A Third Option on Public Lands

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
glacier-national-park

One of the most common fallacies in public policy is known as The Golden Mean, sometimes referred to as the Fallacy of the Middle. Simply put, it is the tendency to think that a policy that falls between two extremes

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My letter to the NY Times re: UKIP is neither left nor right

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics.

Re: Populist Party Gaining Muscle to Push Britain to the Right Dear Sirs: It is about time to end the inaccurate labeling of all political parties as either of the left or of the right.  The ultra left is always

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Is There a Case for Reparations?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History, Politics.
tanehisi

Any writer capable of making a reader rethink his firmly-held position is gifted. Words are the projection of meaning, and it’s through words that ideas change, attitudes adjust, emotions are tempered, and we learn. The message doesn’t always have to

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Changing the Climate Change Narrative

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
tsunami

It’s a bit of a film cliche that the bad guys, while possessing armies of flunkies, have no loyalty to their employees and happily sell them out, or even murder them without a second thought. Many a Bond villain has

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Consistency and Libertarianism

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
ronpaul

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 real cause of European budget indiscipline

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: In a comment piece for FAZ, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble reiterates his call for an EU budgetary commissioner with powers to veto national budgets. He also suggests Europe should be a “multi-layered democracy:

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Ontario Teachers: A Failure According to Wynne Government

Premier Wynne

In a great essay, Lawrence Reed points out that government’s constant efforts to reform its own policies is an implicit admission that they couldn’t get things right the first 50 attempts. This is instructive; as Ontario’s political debate now turns

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Meet The Man Who Killed Keystone

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.

On May 12, the United States Senate fell 5 votes short of the 60 required to invoke cloture. (Cloture is a way to close debate and cause an immediate vote on a bill.) The measure in question was the first

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What Individualism Is Not

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
individualism teaser

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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Review: The Rule of Nobody

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
Howard

In his new book The Rule of Nobody, author Philip K. Howard argues that a relentless piling up of laws and regulations has made our government inhuman, inefficient, and incapable of fulfilling its core duties of serving the public interest.

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