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Quebec Unions Fight Tooth and Nail for their Lavish Pension Plans

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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When unions see/feel that their “entitlements” are “under attack”, they fight tooth and nail to keep them. We saw how ugly it can become in Michigan in the midst of the debate for right-to-work. However, it’s likely to be very

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Judgement in Ferguson

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on the misinterpretation of classic Shakespeare line: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Uttered by Dick the Butcher in “Henry VI, Part 2,” the phrase is interpreted as

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What If We Could Sell Our Kidneys?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Health Care, Law, Politics, Regulation.
What If We Could Sell Our Kidneys?

According to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, one in 10 Canadians has kidney disease. Moreover, the number of Canadians being treated for kidney failure has tripled in the past two decades – and each day, 16 people are added to

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Justice in Nova Scotia?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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Justice has finally been served. No, I’m not referring to the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri. Neither am I referring to the plight of the Yazidis and Christians in Iraq. I’m talking about something of far more importance; something of

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Who Cares for Toronto’s Sidewalks?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Law, Politics, Regulation.

In Toronto an important debate is starting to stir about who controls the sidewalks – the city or the owners of the adjacent properties. Sparking this debate is a bicycle owner, Lisa Ferguson, who thought her bike was stolen when

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Conservatives Embrace Disparate Impact?

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by posted in Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Libertarians know politics is a poor man’s way to effect long-lasting change. Voting certainly brings immediate results. But it doesn’t change attitudes. It takes a sustained didactic campaign to spread ideas. And sometimes, circumstance plays a critical role in ensuring

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The Case Against a Maximum Wage

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Regulation.
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The minimum wage has been such a hot topic of debate over the last year or so that journalists and commentators have apparently gotten sick of it and are instead proposing still crazier ideas of ways in which the government

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How Government Uses “Efficiency” as an Excuse to Steal

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Scarcity makes efficiency — getting the most value from given resources —important. The more efficient individuals are, the more they benefit from their actions. That’s why economists are always talking about efficiency. Unfortunately, some things said to

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Rebels Will Inherit the Earth

Monday, August 4th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me To get to the coolest bar in Chicago — recently voted the best new bar in the U.S. — you turn down a small alley and walk half-way down until you get to a small blue light.

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The Airlines Work for Uncle Sam

Friday, August 1st, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Casey Research Anyone who’s traveled by air this year knows airfares are up, scheduling is tight, and the seats are even tighter. You’re thinking the airlines must be printing money, right? Not exactly. The 26 remaining domestic carriers

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Lies for Empire

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
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In his provocative cover story “Why Liberalism Means Empire” for The American Conservative, Daniel McCarthy makes a rather astounding claim: that liberalism, or rather laissez faire secular order, needs a state hegemon to be long-lasting. I call this argument astounding because

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The Mighty Return of the Twinkie: A One-Year Retrospective

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me It was November 2012 when the bankrupt Hostess company pulled the Twinkie from production and sent many generations of sponge-cake lovers, including me, into panic. Then only a 8 months later, July 15, 2013, all became right

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Metal Machine Parenting

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by posted in Lifestyle, Regulation.
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It’s the stuff of nightmares. Metal demons frankensteined into being for the purpose of molding children’s behavior to fit the government’s definition of “acceptable.” Is this the plot of a low-budget 1950s science fiction film? Am I going to wake

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Canada Versus Crooners

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by posted in Regulation.
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Government regulations destroy  many things that are important to us. Licensing laws prevent us from practicing our chosen profession. Taxes rob us of our hard earned money. Lately, the food police have been trying to take away our most cherished,

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Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
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Last month an article entitled “The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth” was published in the New York Times. On first glance I thought the author, Tyler Cowen, was going to offer a standard argument for increased

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The Ever-Tightening Noose of Airport Security

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by posted in Regulation.
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How afraid are you when you get on a plane? More importantly, how afraid should you be? Ever since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, fear of flying has been a constant presence in the western world. Immediately following

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New digital currency backed by gold

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Gold backed digital currency People often ask me how gold can be used as a currency, since it would be almost impossible to create a coin that would be small enough to conduct everyday transactions, such as buying a cup

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Felipe VI, Vivat Rex

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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On 20 June 2014, a man little known outside the Spanish-speaking world became a little better known as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia succeeded his father to become King Felipe VI of

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Living Like a Refugee

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me For one evening, I was the most valuable person in the world. About 10 people regarded me this way, in any case. They were 10 among five hundred of my fellow refugees, sleeping on cots under bright

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My Trip Through Detroit

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by posted in Law, Regulation.
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On 5th March 2014, I was detained at Detroit airport, just before I was to board the plane. “I will decide if you will go on this plane or not,” shouted a US custom official with an stress on “I”,

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