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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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Governments Collude to Fleece the World

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Re: Luxembourg tax regime under siege This recent article by Vanessa Houlder of the Financial Times, London, details the economic success that Luxembourg has enjoyed by keeping its business tax rates at a moderate level and the threat to that success

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Secession: A Fundamental and Universal Right

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me What is the world’s smallest country? Monaco? Nope. Malta? Too big. Even Vatican City with a mere population of 770 is huge in comparison. It’s called Sealand, founded and ruled by Paddy Roy Bates, a remarkable man

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Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
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Last month an article entitled “The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth” was published in the New York Times. On first glance I thought the author, Tyler Cowen, was going to offer a standard argument for increased

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Progressives Against Progress

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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What’s in a name? Etymologically speaking, quite a lot, but over time, many words lose the meanings they originally had. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of politics. Liberal used to mean someone who fought for freedom,

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New digital currency backed by gold

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Gold backed digital currency People often ask me how gold can be used as a currency, since it would be almost impossible to create a coin that would be small enough to conduct everyday transactions, such as buying a cup

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The Treaty That Wall Street Wrote

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, History, Politics.
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[From Inquiry (1977); reprinted in Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy (1995).] Reprinted from Mises.org The Panama Canal question has already established itself as the hottest political issue for the coming year. Ronald Reagan, who almost rode to the Republican nomination last year on

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The Bias Towards Action

Friday, July 11th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Human beings are a pro-active species. They like to get things done. All human progress is built around the idea of not being content with your circumstance, but acting to improve them. We are the masters of our destinies, or

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Is It a Contradiction?

Saturday, July 5th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
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Is anarcho-capitalism a contradiction? Neoreactionary writer “Bulbasaur” seems to believe so. In a recent post at the “The Right Stuff” blog, he contends that anarchy and capitalism are always at odds with one another. He issues some deserved criticism at

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