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The Systematic Organization of Hatreds

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
Divide-and-conquer teaser

Originally posted at The Beacon blog of the Independent Institute on 5/5/2012 In the mid-1970s, I began to do consulting work in addition to my academic work. By that time, I had become familiar with how economists generally analyze cooperation

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Italy and the Great Tax Revolt

Sunday, May 20th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Politics, Regulation.
taxation-is-theft

Taxation is theft. There is no denying this.  If I and a few brutes appeared at the door of an unsuspecting individual and demanded monetary compensation less we drag him off to jail, this would be a clear cut case

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WHOSE ‘AUSTERITY’ ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, Politics.
total-gov-expenditure

Originally posted at http://www.martindurkin.com What’s all this nonsense about ‘austerity’?  I listen to the news and I feel like I’ve stepped into George Orwell’s 1984.  Apparently ‘austerity’ means sacking some public sector workers, who are paid for out of taxation.  ‘Growth’

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Austrian AV Club – Dave Howden on the Penny and Budgetary Chaos

Friday, May 11th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, History, Politics.
Austrian AV Club – Dave Howden on the Penny and Budgetary Chaos

Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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The Day I Bought Tomatoes with Toilet Paper

Friday, May 4th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Education, Lifestyle, Politics, Trade.
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Recently I traveled to Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico on a mission trip. At the beginning of the week, we Canadians had a team-building activity called the Cuernavaca Quest. This quest was a sort of scavenger hunt. We were divided into teams

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Why Breaking a Store Window Isn’t Anarchism

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Socialism.
anarchy loot

How we use words has a tremendous impact on the ideas that reach prominence and influence how societies evolve.  Just think of the loaded term “democracy” and the poisonous vitriol spewed at anyone who points out the utter immorality of

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Austrian AV Club – Marc Morano of Climate Depot on the “Global War on Humanity”

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by posted in Education, Environment, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
Austrian AV Club – Marc Morano of Climate Depot on the “Global War on Humanity”

Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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An Open Letter to College Graduates- Do Not Go Into the Public Sector!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by posted in Education, Politics, Regulation.
higgs public service teaser

Graduation day for college seniors is just around the corner.  That means the days of drinking your liver to death and cramming a semester’s worth of notes into your head an hour before the final exam will soon be coming

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The CMHC Pump and Dump

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by posted in Banking, Economics, Politics.
CMHC Headquarters

In a recent Financial Post editorial meeting, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty let slip a statement that hinted at a massive change coming in the housing and mortgage market in Canada: “Over time, I don’t think it’s essential that a government

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Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman – Video and Transcript

Monday, April 30th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics.
Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman – Video and Transcript

Congressman Ron Paul on Professor Paul Krugman’s views: “[Krugman] believes in big government, from what I read and hear, and I believe in very small government. I emphasize personal liberties. I don’t like a managed economy, whether it’s through central

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The Real Cost of a College Education

Sunday, April 29th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
public schooling

Last week, the total amount of debt emanating from student loans in the U.S. reached $1 trillion.  With the Great Recession still present in the daily lives of the middle class, salaried jobs for college graduates are tough to come

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An Earth-Shattering Revelation About Dora the Explorer, Courtesy of the State

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) is a quasi-judicial federal body. It arbitrates disputes related to trade, customs and procurement at the request of the government of Canada. It also provides the government with advice on tariffs, trade, commercial and

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U.S. Senate Barber Shop Operating in the Red- Another Instance of an Inability to Economize

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics, Trade.
scissors cutting money

While the motto of private enterprise is “the customer is always right,” the slogan of government is “the public be damned!” –Murray Rothbard Within the modern election cycle, it has become typical for political candidates, usually those quick to label

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Ontario Government Leaves Speed Limits At A Standstill

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.
72_Beetle

State interference stalls progress. Both in the economy and in traffic. The speed limit on Ontario’s 400-series highways was 70 miles per hour (112 kilometres per hour) in the late 1960s. Pressured to ration gasoline during the energy crisis of

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SS Agents and Prostitutes- Another Case of the Worst Rising to the Top

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 by posted in Politics.
secret service protitute

(Pic via New York Daily News) Austrian economist F.A. Hayek’s most famous work, The Road to Serfdom, is renowned for identifying two general rules in regards to politics and the state.  As the title of the book suggests, Hayek was

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When You Start Working For Yourself And Not The Government

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics.

On 17 April 2012 the United States celebrated its annual Tax Freedom Day. Wikipedia explains the concept: “Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the year in which a nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to fund its annual tax

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David Axelrod Admits to the Anatomy of the State

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
david axelrod

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

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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.
solar_panels

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

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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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