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Natural Beauty Held Back by Poor Rule of Law

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Law, Regulation.
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Albania is a beautiful country. It made it in The Guardian’s list of 20 best bargain beach holidays in 2013 and Land Rover chose its rough and rugged Accursed Mountains to display the prowess of their new Discovery model. Some of its southern sand and

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Scotland’s goal: Out of the frying pan and into the fire!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.

Re: Alex Salmond says Scotland could join the EU in 18 months Why in the world would Scotland want to jump from one socialist union to an even bigger socialist union? Independence from the UK is Scotland’s chance to become the

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The Death of Minarchism

Friday, September 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me As incredible as it seems, the bourgeoisie seem to be turning against the police. In the wake of Ferguson, polls say that about half of us don’t trust them. Obviously, blacks remain way ahead of the curve

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You Can’t Run an Economy with Spreadsheets

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Argentina’s economic minister, Axel Kicillof, has become famous for his assertion that it is possible to centrally manage the economy now because we have spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel. This assertion comes from the mistaken view that

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The Moral Blindness of Government Agents

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Those of us who have watched the scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, have been stunned at the brutality of the police. Most striking is their presumption that they have total control, that people are mere subjects, that all

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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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