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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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The CSU should take this election manifesto to its logical conclusion

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

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Die Welt reports that according to a draft copy of the CSU’s European election manifesto, the party wants to establish a new ‘EU competences court’ staffed by national constitutional judges who would ensure that

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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