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David Axelrod Admits to the Anatomy of the State

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
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Recently on Fox News Sunday, David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser to President Obama and now communications director for his reelection campaign, let slip a sneering remark on the true essence of government.  When pushed by anchor Chris Wallace on whether


Murray Rothbard on the EU – 1989

Sunday, April 15th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, History, Politics.
Murray Rothbard on the EU – 1989

Murray Rothbard on the EU, ECB and the currency union from 1989. Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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Solar Energy: Going for Broke

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Environment, Politics.

Every environmentalist drools over it, every physicist and engineer breaks into a dreamy sweat when they think about it, and every politician has fallen completely head-over-heels in love with it:  solar photo-voltaic (PV) energy.  What on earth could be more


Canadians Open to More Thievery To Enforce a More Unequal Society

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Or at least that’s how the following Globe and Mail headline should read: “Canadians Open to Tax Hikes to Create More Equal Society, Poll Finds” Canadians are concerned about what they see as a growing gap between the rich and

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Remembering Corporate Liberalism

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Originally appeared at Austro-Athenian Empire The main plotline of the Star Wars prequel trilogy concerns an apparent conflict between the central government (the Senate) on the one hand and a coalition of mercantile interests (the Trade Federation, the Commerce Guild,

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Canadians Not Mislead On F-35 Cost, Just An Issue of “Accounting”

Sunday, April 8th, 2012 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics.

Talk about Orwellian. Lying comes naturally to politicians.  The path to public office is paved with broken promises and digging up dirt on opponents.  If the state is, as Rothbard opined, “the organization of robbery systematized and writ large,” then

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If You Don’t Believe In Man-Made Global Warming, You Are No Better Than A Racist

Friday, April 6th, 2012 by posted in Environment, Politics.

Oregon University professor Kari Norgaard has made headlines with a controversial paper claiming that global warming skeptics are plagued by an “aberrant sociological behavior.”  From the Daily Mail: Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard wrote a paper criticising non-believers,


The Vampire Economy and the Market

Friday, April 6th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Socialism.

[This article was originally published in New Perspectives in Political Economy, the academic journal of CEVRO Institute (School of Legal and Social Studies), vol. 7(1), pp. 141–154. Reposted on mises.org, Wednesday, March 21st, 2012.] 1. Authoritarian Capitalism (Fascism) and Liberal

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19,200 Federal Jobs to Be Eliminated- Good Riddance!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics.
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Starting this week, 19,200 federal jobs in Canada are set to begin the process of elimination.  Of the 19,200 positions, 12,000 workers will be getting pink slips.  This is fantastic news and worthy of celebration.  Yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s


Should Anti-Statists Accept Food Stamps?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
food stamps

Receiving food stamps has become an unfortunate American pastime. Since the housing bust and subsequent financial crisis threw millions out of work, many have turned to the dole.  The number of Americans on food stamps has reached record numbers.  Zerohedge

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Penny Polemics and Pontifications

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No sooner does the Canadian penny gets axed, do the establishment chimps start flinging dung at the critics of this move.  In the latest from the National Post, anyone criticizing the government’s decision to drop the penny is casually labeled


David Frum Thinks Canada is the “Best Governed Country in the World”

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by posted in Politics.
David Frum

With the unveiling of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s latest budget, conservative columnist David Frum has declared Canada to be the best governed country in the world. Talk about an overstatement. Frum reasons that Harper’s new budget, which looks to cut

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Omnipotent Government

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by posted in History, Politics, Socialism.

I am almost halfway through Mises’ inimitable book Omnipotent Government. We may consider it something like “the Mises version of The Road to Serfdom.” Whereas The Road to Serfdom appeals more to society’s understanding of civics and politics, Omnipotent Government

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Seeing Like a Ruling Class

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by posted in History, Law, Politics, Regulation.

[Originally posted at The Freeman Online, March 30th, 2012, ed.] (These remarks were prepared for next week’s annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.) Making society legible. In the beginning ruling classes had a problem. It will be

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The Anatomy of the State

Friday, March 30th, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.

Download the ebook or PDF on mises.org What the State Is Not The State is almost universally considered an institution of social service. Some theorists venerate the State as the apotheosis of society; others regard it as an amiable, though

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HBO’s The Wire Is Damn Fine Storytelling

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Law, Politics, War on Drugs.
Clay Davis

[Originally published in Le Quebecois Libre, No 273, December 15th, 2009. This article is reproduced with permission from the author.] A year ago, I recommended the HBO miniseries John Adams to last-minute freedom-loving holiday shoppers. This year, I have to


Ohhh Henry on Fair Trade

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics, Trade.

Our mystery commentator Ohhh Henry had a great insight into “Fair Trade” that I thought I would post. ______________________________________________________________________ The “fair trade” enthusiasts in the First World have a hard time wrapping their brains around the idea that it is

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Some Further Notes on Libertarian Science Fiction

Monday, March 26th, 2012 by posted in Politics.

[Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Libertarian Science Fiction II”. Posted on mises.org Friday, March 11th, 2011] This essay is about four writers, none of whom was a libertarian, but each of whom wrote something back in the 1960s

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Jon Corzine -Taking Care of His Friends With Insider Connections

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Politics, Regulation.
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Few men have a resume quite like Jon Corzine.  Not only has Corzine served in the U.S. Senate and been governor of New Jersey, he has also been the CEO of Goldman Sachs and the recently imploded brokerage firm MF

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Lucas “Technocrat” Papademos Interviewed- No Choice But To Obfuscate

Saturday, March 24th, 2012 by posted in Politics.

Last week, the number one mainstream financial rag in the business, the Financial Times, interviewed Greece Prime Minister Lucas Papademos on the current state of the home of democracy.  For anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to the sovereign

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