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The Politics of Shared Sacrifice

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics.

It’s no secret that economic conditions around the world are deteriorating.  The Eurozone crisis rages on without any tangible solution being offered by the bickering technocrats.  China’s inflation fueled property bubbles continues to deflate with the People’s Bank of China

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It Is NOT The People’s Fault

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
no-plastic-bags teaser

Ah, the blame game.  Who is to blame for the recent plastic bag ban in Toronto?  According to the National Post article by Terence Corcoran, the list of possible suspects worthy of condemnation is rather long. Maybe the science-be-damned environmentalists

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A Breach of Contract

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by posted in Politics.
Constitution burning teaser

Originally published at LewRockwell.com Imagine that you have agreed with an auto dealer to purchase the luxurious Belchfire X-1 automobile, for which you agree to pay $45,000, with monthly payments to extend over a period of three years. You sign

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The Emancipatory Act of Leaving Quebec/Gagner sa liberté en quittant le Québec

Monday, June 18th, 2012 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
suitcase teaser

There can be no doubt for the Quebec left (those who want higher taxes for the “rich” and more government intervention in the economy), the province is almost a paradise. Generous welfare programs are the envy of the planet (the


Does America Face an Election Between Two Moderates?

Friday, June 15th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
romney obama

This weekend the runoff election will be held in Egypt to decide who will be the next president.  The country’s first democratic election in decades comes one year after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted during a massive civilian protest.

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Lies, Special Interests and Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

The environmental movement continues its jack-booted march down the road to serfdom.  I normally wouldn’t mind, except that they’re taking us all with them.  Before I get in to the meat of this article I think it would help for

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No more lifeboats left on EU Titanic

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
No more lifeboats left on EU Titanic

Nigel Farage nails it Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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The Death Wish of Anarcho-Communists

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Socialism.
anarcho communist teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org Now that the New Left has abandoned its earlier loose, flexible non-ideological stance, two ideologies have been adopted as guiding theoretical positions by New Leftists: Marxism-Stalinism, and anarcho-communism. Marxism-Stalinism has unfortunately conquered SDS, but anarcho-communism has attracted

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Another Confused Statist Apologist: Sid Ryan on “Free” Tuition

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by posted in Education, Politics, Socialism.

Recently Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, published an article entitled The Case for Zero Tuition  in the National Post in which Ryan makes his case for “free” post-secondary tuition in Canada.  Ryan has effectively refuted himself

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Forget the ‘Generational War.’ Blame the Government

Friday, June 8th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.
student protest

This article appeared in today’s print and online edition of the National Post Within the pages of the National Post, a spat has erupted between writers David Cravit, John Moore and Barbara Kay. In light of the Quebec student protests,

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God Don’t Save the Queen

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
queen elizabeth

“Crowds Cheer Queen On Last Day of Jubilee” So ran the headline from Time.  Yesterday marked the end of the “Diamond Jubilee” of Queen Elizabeth II of the British monarchy.  The four day celebration was is honor of her ascendancy


Bilderberg 2012 – Final List of Participants

Friday, June 1st, 2012 by posted in Events, Foreign Policy, History, Politics.

The latest Bilderberg Meeting is on in Chantilly, Virginia, and in the interest of transparency, we thought we might republish the participant list here. In the past, the Bilderberg Group was reluctant to share this list, but possibly because of

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Book Launch – “The Locavore’s Dilemma”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Environment, Politics, Trade.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5:30 – 7:00PM Join the Institute for Liberal Studies, Mises Canada, and authors Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu to celebrate the launch of their book “The Locavore’s Dilemma”. There will be a short talk, followed by

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Central Planners and Pagodas

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
pagoda teaser

Not long ago I attended an interesting presentation by an engineer who had the job of promoting the use of wood in the construction of commercial and industrial buildings.  Traditionally, wood has not been used to a great extent outside

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Washington D.C.’s High Life Leeches

Saturday, May 26th, 2012 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

The Associate Press recently reported that half of all new college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.  These fresh faced Bachelor degree holders are finding themselves opting for waiting tables and serving coffee just to pay off a trillion dollars

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What the Nazis Borrowed from Marx

Friday, May 25th, 2012 by posted in Epistemology, Philosophy, Politics.
marx engels teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org [Omnipotent Government (1944)] The Nazis did not invent polylogism. They only developed their own brand. Until the middle of the 19th century no one ventured to dispute the fact that the logical structure of mind is unchangeable

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The Taxpayer Funded PR Campaign for Obamacare Begins

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
obama doctor

Only in public schools and universities is the fairly tale still taught that governments are representative of the people.  The blue collared man on the street realizes the chips are stacked against him.  For those who don’t have political connections,


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. 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



Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, Politics.

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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