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Negotiating with Terrorists

Friday, June 6th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics.
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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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What Libertarians Should Learn From the Abolitionists

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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[A Selection from Libertarian Review, August 1978.] Reprinted from Mises.org If victory is indeed our given end, an end given to us by the requirements of justice, then we must strive to achieve that end as rapidly as we can. But

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What Else Piketty Says — on Inflation, Canada, and Democracy

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

With all the commentary that has greeted the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, there seems to be little left to say about the book. However, it being a huge book, there’s more in it than has

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A Third Option on Public Lands

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
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One of the most common fallacies in public policy is known as The Golden Mean, sometimes referred to as the Fallacy of the Middle. Simply put, it is the tendency to think that a policy that falls between two extremes

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My letter to the NY Times re: UKIP is neither left nor right

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics.

Re: Populist Party Gaining Muscle to Push Britain to the Right Dear Sirs: It is about time to end the inaccurate labeling of all political parties as either of the left or of the right.  The ultra left is always

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Is There a Case for Reparations?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History, Politics.
tanehisi

Any writer capable of making a reader rethink his firmly-held position is gifted. Words are the projection of meaning, and it’s through words that ideas change, attitudes adjust, emotions are tempered, and we learn. The message doesn’t always have to

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Changing the Climate Change Narrative

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.
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It’s a bit of a film cliche that the bad guys, while possessing armies of flunkies, have no loyalty to their employees and happily sell them out, or even murder them without a second thought. Many a Bond villain has

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Consistency and Libertarianism

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
ronpaul

When it comes to reporting on matters of Christianity and the goings-on in the Catholic Church, few are better than George Weigel. Heralded as the next mantle-carrier from cleric and writer Richard John Neuhaus, Weigel keeps his ear to the

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The real cause of European budget indiscipline

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: In a comment piece for FAZ, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble reiterates his call for an EU budgetary commissioner with powers to veto national budgets. He also suggests Europe should be a “multi-layered democracy:

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Ontario Teachers: A Failure According to Wynne Government

Premier Wynne

In a great essay, Lawrence Reed points out that government’s constant efforts to reform its own policies is an implicit admission that they couldn’t get things right the first 50 attempts. This is instructive; as Ontario’s political debate now turns

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Meet The Man Who Killed Keystone

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by posted in Environment, Politics.

On May 12, the United States Senate fell 5 votes short of the 60 required to invoke cloture. (Cloture is a way to close debate and cause an immediate vote on a bill.) The measure in question was the first

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What Individualism Is Not

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from Mises.org The bottle is now labeled libertarianism. But its content is nothing new; it is what in the nineteenth century, and up to the time of Franklin Roosevelt, was called liberalism — the advocacy of limited government and

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Review: The Rule of Nobody

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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In his new book The Rule of Nobody, author Philip K. Howard argues that a relentless piling up of laws and regulations has made our government inhuman, inefficient, and incapable of fulfilling its core duties of serving the public interest.

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The Truth in Non-Intellectuals

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
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According to a new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, average Americans are becoming increasingly wary of Uncle Sam’s prominent role in global affairs. Almost half of those surveyed want Washington to be “less active on

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Technology Against the State

Monday, May 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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One of the first proverbs of the Chinese essay Thirty-Six Stratagems is “kill with a borrowed sword.” It means you should attack an enemy using their own strength against them. Such a tactic has the element of surprise in addition

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Some Basics of State Domination and Public Submission

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Independent.org Familiarity may indeed, as the saying goes, breed contempt, but it also breeds a sort of somnolence. People who have never known anything other than a certain state of affairs—even an extraordinarily problematic state of affairs—have a

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Will Facebook Bring Down the Government?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from GaryNorth.com I am going to ask a rhetorical question. When was the last time you saw a positive political cartoon for Obama? It is not just Obama’s problem. How many positive cartoons did you see for George W.

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The Question of Children’s Rights

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
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In the ongoing debate over the limits of libertarianism, some important points about theory and philosophy have been written. When it comes to the art of thinking and pursuing truth, this is a welcome development. Arguing over what libertarianism is

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Achieving the betterment of labor without government coercion

Monday, April 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress Florida tomato field workers toil under harsh conditions for low pay.  It seemed that the tomato growers could dictate whatever labor terms they chose, yet such was not the case.  It took

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Are Foreign Workers Stealing Canadian Jobs?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation, Trade.

As nations compete to win the global talent race, the benefits of high skilled immigration seem clear to policy makers and leaders in Canada. However, when it comes to low skilled immigration, much controversy remains. The furor over waitresses in

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