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Progressives Against Progress

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
backwardsman

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.
Ship-At-Panama-Canal-1 teaser

[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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Peacefully Staring Down the State

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
tankman teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com How do you think the American public, even as supine as it is, would respond if the Federal government were to attempt to re-assign everybody’s children to other parents; to force everybody to burn their Bibles and

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I’ll punish you by starving my own people!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: EUobserver reports that Russia has retaliated against the signing of a new trade treaty between Moldova and the EU, by banning the imports of processed beef, horse meat, lamb and pork from Moldova. EUobserver Who

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All Brazilians Love Soccer. What’s Wrong With Me?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

One of the first questions I am asked upon meeting someone new is: “You’re Brazilian! You must be so thrilled to be hosting the world cup, eh? Are you a big soccer fan?” Of course I am! Just as all

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Felipe VI, Vivat Rex

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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On 20 June 2014, a man little known outside the Spanish-speaking world became a little better known as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia succeeded his father to become King Felipe VI of

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Helping with the difficult transition to private life

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by posted in Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: The Irish Independent reports that outgoing European Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, is entitled to a total €432,000 EU pay-off over the next three years to help her adjust to life after Brussels. Irish Independent According to Wikipedia, this lady

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European “Champion” or European “Crony Capitalist”?

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Following the failed merger of Siemens and Alstom, which eventually joined with General Electric, France is reportedly pushing for an easing of the EU’s antitrust rules to allow the creation of European “champions”.  WSJ

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Inequality, Free Markets, and Crashes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by and posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from National Review Mark Spitznagel and Nassim Taleb started the first equity tail-hedging firm in 1999. Since then these two friends and colleagues have helped popularize so-called “black swan” investing, with Spitznagel as the founder and CIO of hedge

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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.
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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.
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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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