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Episode 46 – Julie Borowski: Online Activism, Media vs. Libertarianism, and Drug Policy

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Catch one of the latest episodes of “Better Red Than Dead” with special guest libertarian personality Julie Borowski! You can listen here.  

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The “Nation” as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd

Friday, February 28th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Socialism.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com One device of leadership is to control individual behavior by psychological means. Gustave Le Bon’s 1895 book “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” outlines this phenomenon. The leader uses events to short-circuit rational thought and regress people

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My letter to National Review Magazine re: Stop applauding Ben Bernanke

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Dear Sirs: In your February 24th edition under “The Week” recap of significant news events you make the astounding statement that Ben Bernanke should be applauded for his massive money printing, interest rate pegging, socialist monetary planning maneuvers during and after

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Misunderstanding Machiavelli

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics.
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An op-ed page discussion of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is the last place to expect another bit of carping about present-day inequalities of wealth. But that’s what the Toronto Star presented its readers today in a mini-symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of

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My letter to the Financial Times, London re: Educating Mr. Abe

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Re: Abe grapples with mystery of missing J-curve Dear Sirs: Perhaps I can shed some light on Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s missing J-curve; i.e., why Japan’s trade deficit seems to be increasing rather than decreasing after massive monetary intervention to

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Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada Weekly Summary, Feb. 17-23, 2014

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
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F. A. Hayek gave an historic address in 1975 that he later developed into his 1976 book Choice in Currency. In this slender book Hayek made one of the most succinct explanations for why central banking must come to an

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Politicized Science Loses Credibility

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
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Science has ceased to be a search for truth, and has instead become a tool of politics. Gone are the days of solitary researchers toiling away for years in their garages. Now, the vast majority of studies are conducted for

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My letter to the NY Times re: The Fallacy of Planning–set Detroit free

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Re: A Picture of Detroit in Ruin Dear Sirs: Detroit does not need another worthless plan in order to deal with its problems.  To what end will a “blight plan” be put?  This is the question that should have been asked

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China’s Dollar Trap

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics.

Re: China Digs Itself Deeper into Dollar Trap This short Bloomberg article is written from a Chinese point of view; i.e., that China finds itself in a trap having sold over a trillion dollars in goods in exchange for what

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The Right to Say No

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.
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In his book Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, German philosopher Immanuel Kant deduced the axiomatic case for why theft is wrong. Because man should act, at all times, as if his behavior can be made universal in law, he

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My letter to Nat’l Review Magazine re: Mr. Beckworth’s wrong prescription for monetary stability

Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Re: David Beckworth’s review of Money, Gold, and History by Lewis E. Lehrman   Dear Sirs: Austrian School economists recommend monetary freedom, not any specific state-supported money.  End legal tender laws and the most marketable commodities will be chosen as mediums

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Outlawing “Bankruptcy” in Europe

Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Education, Events, Politics, Politique, Regulation.

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing banning “bankruptcy.” Not the actual financial act, but the word. Apparently there is a stigma attached to going bankrupt. It leaves people thinking that perhaps you are not credit worthy and that they

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First step in raiding Europe’s private savings

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: According to a leaked document, seen by Reuters, the European Commission is probing ways to unlock the investment potential of EU citizens’ savings to boost the economy. The Commission will also ask the European

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Just one example why printing money is irresistible

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

From today’s Air Force Magazine online: Congress Restores COLA Increases   The Senate voted 95-3 on Wednesday to restore full cost-of-living pension increases for working-age military retirees. The vote comes one day after the House approved the measure with a

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My letter to the NY Times re: A balanced government budget is NOT the definition of success

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Politics.

Re: Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rico Exodus Dear Sirs: Reporter Lizette Alvarez makes the common mistake of equating a balanced government budget with success.  She lauds new Puerto Rican president Garcia Padilla for reducing the deficit by seventy

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Should We Leave Them Behind?

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
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Political talk radio has to be one of the worst mediums for intellectual debate. The hosts are often irritable to the point of delusion. The platitudes are banal, recycled from presidential elections at least a half-century old. The callers are

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More money for Greece…why not?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Re: EU said to weigh extending Greek loans to 50 years The Greeks will always get more money from the EU, because that is the very nature of the EU as a giant welfare system for entire nations.  But the experiment

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My letter to the Wall Street Journal re: Anglo Bank didn’t bailout itself

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Law, Politics, Regulation.

Re: Trial of three former officials at Anglo Irish Bank begins Dear Sirs: Anglo Irish Bank did not bailout itself.  Why aren’t the politicians who gave the money to Anglo, which led to the collapse of the Irish economy, on trial,

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Who Is Really Crazy

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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On the surface, Cass Sunstein seems like a put-together guy. A former Obama administration official, he currently holds a prestigious teaching position at Harvard Law School. Throughout his career, he has been awarded a litany of accolades from academic institutions

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Should the Government Be Involved in Reducing Income Inequality?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
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Globalization, de-regulation and technological progress have brought significant changes to the world in the past three decades. Income inequality between countries has contracted, but the gap between the rich and the poor within Canada has increased. The demand for highly

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