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Rothbardian Thoughts On Campaign Finance

Friday, April 25th, 2014 by posted in Politics.
Supreme Court

Earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court made a controversial ruling on campaign finance laws. As the Politico article summarizes: The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered another blow to already rickety limits on campaign contributions, ruling that caps on the

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The Obsession With Flight 370

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.
malaysia flight teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Before anyone jumps to the conclusion that I am insensitive to the fate of the 239 persons aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, and to their families and friends, let me assure you that I empathize as much

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The Most Convincing Argument for Natural Rights

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.

James E. Miller has sparked a debate on this blog about the biggest question in moral philosophy: is there a natural foundation for justice or are notions of right and wrong the product of human contrivance? That is a question

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The Source of Economic Progress–the Primacy of the Individual

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Philosophy, Politics.

Members of an Austrian school of economics forum to which I belong have been discussing the source of economic progress.  It began with the usual elements of capital, technological development, and managerial expertise before getting more philosophical when a member

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EU Takes Over the Internet

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Re: E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules Newspeak, the official language of George Orwell’s totalitarian nightmare regime in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, has come to Europe.  Billed as a law to protect the consumer from high prices and ensure more access

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How to Prevent Another Ukraine

Friday, April 4th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Law, Politics.

Today all nations treat the people, businesses, and natural resources within their borders as if they were owned by the state.  Some resources, such as oil and minerals, actually are owned by many national governments.  But even in the US,

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Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
cicero teaser

Reprinted from FEE.org Question: If you could go back in time and spend one hour in conversation with 10 people—each one separately and privately—whom would you choose? My list isn’t exactly the same from one day to the next, but

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Wonder and Liberty

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Politics.
to the wonder

Reprinted from Lions of Liberty In Terrence Malek’s 2013 film “To the Wonder,” the recluse director attempts to share his spiritual vision of “wonder” with the audience. Known for his abstract messaging and visionary cinematography, Malek’s most recent flick garnered

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How the Drug War Failed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation, War on Drugs.
philip-seymour-hoffman-found-dead teaser

Reprinted from Mises.org Now that sufficient time has passed since the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it is time to assess if there is anything positive that we can learn from this tragic and horrific event. Some questions may never

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Mises’ Plan of an “Eastern European Democratic Union” (EDU) – A Solution for the Ukrainian Crisis?

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Politics.
Ukraine_Protest_Cong teaser

Once again, a conflict in Eastern Europe threatens world peace. The dispute about Ukraine’s status as an independent country puts the old problem of national sovereignty in Eastern Europe back on the agenda. Once again, the project has failed to

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A Lifeboat for Jerome Murdough

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
Hot Cell Death

In his Ethics of Liberty, libertarian theorist Murray Rothbard makes short work of popularly employed “lifeboat situations.” Devising untenable situations to trip up ideologues is a common tactic of debaters (admittedly, I am prone to the same behavior from time

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The wages of public control of the economy

Friday, March 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Foreign Policy, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: German Energy Minister warns that there is “no reasonable alternative” to Russian gas German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, yesterday warned that there is “no reasonable alternative” to Russian gas imports,

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What can we expect from new Fed Chairman Janet Yellen?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics, Politics.

No change. Oh, you want more?  Well, OK, I suppose I can give more of an explanation than that.  Groucho Marx used to tell a joke on himself that “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would admit

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The EU Cannot Be Reformed, Because It Does Not Honor the Rule of Law

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Swidlicki: Clegg/Farage debate risks establishing false ‘all-or-nothing’ choice and ignoring public appetite for EU reform Writing on Liberal Democrat Voice ahead of the first EU debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage tonight, Open

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Creating Unemployment and Poverty

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: In an interview with Die Welt, Jean-Claude Juncker, the EPP’s candidate for European Commission President, argues, “As Europeans we have been active in many areas except for social policy where we have taken a

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The LEGO Movie Is AWESOME

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Politics.
Chris-Pratt-Lego

I held off on writing this review to avoid giving (mild) spoilers to the parents who were taking their kids anyway. But now that the initial rush is over, I want to tell fans of liberty that the box office

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The Meaning of Social Constructs

Friday, March 21st, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
Mussolini_mezzobusto

Imagine trying to debate the differences between cats and dogs with someone. But throw in one caveat: neither you nor your fellow debater know what a cat or dog is. Any kind of discussion on the playfulness of canines versus

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A Faux Fix for Traffic Congestion in Toronto

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Politics, Regulation.

Re: Proposal to ban cars every other day in Toronto Traffic congestion in certain cities is being met in the traditional ineffective, statist way; i.e., don’t fix it; just make it illegal by prohibiting cars to enter the city every

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A Typical Day in Europe: getting a handout or desiring autonomy

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics.

(My comments in italics below the news reports) From today’s Open Europe news summary: The Greek government reached a deal with the EU/IMF/ECB Troika yesterday, paving the way for the next disbursement of €10bn in bailout funds, which Greece hopes

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Why Conservatism Shouldn’t Be Ditched

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics.
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Conservatism is a dirty word. People often misuse it, whether speaking of themselves or others. It rarely means what it describes. Ask any man off the street what a conservative is, and they’ll likely tell you he is a bigoted

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