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The Anatomy of the State

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

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

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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.
Burgess

[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.
corzine obama

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.
papadremos

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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H.L. Mencken on Governments and Politicians

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by posted in Politics, Socialism.
Mencken

[Originally published in Le Quebecois Libre, No 259, September 15th, 2008. This article is reproduced with permission from the author.] The voluminous writings (nineteen books and thousands of essays, articles and reviews) of H. L. Mencken, one of America’s finest

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“Onto the Ocean or Death!”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
Earth

[Originally published at the Center for a Stateless Society, June 14th, 2010] If you have read my bio since I have come to start writing for the Center for a Stateless Society you will have noticed that I am interning

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Quebec’s Brownshirts

Brownshirts

During the rise of nearly every socialist/fascist regime, one of the ingredients has always been the formation of paramilitary, thuggish organizations that carry out the dirty work of the political leaders.  This is necessary to silence dissent and intimidate voters

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The Myth of the Voluntary Military

Friday, March 16th, 2012 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics.
Military

[Excerpted from It’s a Jetsons World (2011). An MP3 audio file of this article, narrated by Steven Ng, is available for download.] Ludwig von Mises summed up the essence of government in words that are particularly vivid in wartime: Government

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Where Will U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner End Up?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by posted in Politics, Regulation.

Barry Ritholtz recently did a reader poll over at his popular financial blog The Big Picture on where current U.S. Treasury Secretary and Turbo Tax expert Timothy Geithner will end up after his term as the head of the government’s

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The People Are Always Right? Freedom and the Ballot Box

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 by posted in Politics.
vote

[Le Québécois Libre, No. 289 + May 15th, 2011, www.quebecoislibre.org This article is reproduced with permission from the author.] Of all the platitudes brought forth every time there’s an election, perhaps none is more sacred than, “The people have spoken.” We

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Nigel Farage interviewed on King World News

Friday, March 9th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics.
Nigel-Farage

I listened to this interview done by Eric King of King World News with Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party from December 2010 a few weeks ago and thought that Nigel had some great insights into what was to

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IMF Head Christine Lagarde Saving the World?

Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by posted in Banking, Politics.

Don’t make me laugh. In what can only be viewed as a glowing and adoring profile, the BBC highlights the efforts by International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde to contain the ongoing Eurozone crisis. For the past month Ms

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Denarius

Monday, February 27th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics.
Fall of Rome

History repeats itself, so the scholars say.  But according to Mark Twain it just rhymes.  Literary quips and hair-splitting aside, I’ve found that one of the most valuable things anyone can do to advance their knowledge and understanding of the

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The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality

Friday, February 24th, 2012 by posted in History, Law, Politics.
The Wild West

[Originally published in The Independent Review, Volume 12, Number 2, Fall 2010] The Not-So-Wild, Wild West In a thorough review of the “West was violent” literature, Bruce Benson (1998) discovered that many historians simply assume that violence was pervasive—even more

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Responsibility and Initiative in Communal Concerns

Friday, February 17th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics, Socialism.
Mitt

[The following chapter is an excerpt from Ludwig von Mises’ Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth. Buy it here.] The problem of responsibility and initiative in socialist enterprises is closely connected with that of economic calculation. It is now universally

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Mises and Free Love

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.

Quite a Valentine’s Day-esque controversy has erupted over Mises’ stance toward birth control and feminism over the past week.  The affair began when Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, writing under the pseudonym rortybomb, took libertarians to task by pointing

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Deliver Us From “Student Government”

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 by posted in Education, Lifestyle, Politics.
Dunce

[Posted on mises.org, Wednesday, July 14th, 2004] Colleges offer their students a taste of reality by simulating the political atmosphere of society with the presence of student government associations (SGAs). The election process alone succeeds in mimicking the cutthroat environment

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How Sound is Canada’s Fiscal House?

Monday, February 13th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics.
Flaherty

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently urged European finance leaders to get their fiscal houses in order. A lack of fiscal constraint in Europe is breeding problems in far-off places. Canada in particular is apparently exposed to Europe’s debt crisis, if

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