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The Parenthood Market

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Economist Abigail Hall is under fire for her defense of selling babies. A research fellow with the Independent Institute, Hall makes a case for deregulating the adoption market in a post for the institute’s website, provocatively

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My Advice for Greece

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law, Politics, Regulation, Trade.

  Leave both the European Union (EU) and the European Monetary Union (EMU). These are very flawed institutions. In his prescient book Tragedy of the Euro, Professor Philip Bagus uses the term “misconstructed”, which I think is very descriptive of

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UberPop: une “Pétition des fabricants de chandelles” version 2015

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politique, Regulation, Socialism, Uncategorized.

Avec tout le saccage que les conducteurs de Taxi furieux contre Uber Pop ont causé aujourd’hui à Paris. Rien ne vaut la célèbre satire du protectionnisme de Frédéric Bastiat pour nous remémoré l’absurdité de cette politique. Alors sans plus tarder,

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What Bastiat Had to Say about Police Abuse

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation.
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[Reprinted from the Freeman] When it comes to being employed by the government, membership has its privileges. How far do these privileges extend? It’s a question that is central to political philosophy. It is most poignantly addressed by one of

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The Dutch West India Company

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by posted in Economics, History, Regulation.
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[This article is excerpted from Conceived in Liberty. Reprinted from Mises.org] The Dutch West India Company began operations in 1623, and in the same year the first party of permanent Dutch settlers landed in the New World — apart from

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Millions in Brazil Follow a Teen Leader to Freedom

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman “I like a little rebellion now and then,” Thomas Jefferson famously wrote. The primary author of the Declaration of Independence and America’s third president regarded rebellion as “like a storm in the atmosphere.” It clears the

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The Principles of Liberalism in 17th-Century England

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by posted in History, Politics, Regulation.
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[Conceived in Liberty (1975)] Reprinted from Mises.org At the beginning of the 17th century, virtually all of England’s export trade consisted of unfinished woolen cloths, which were sent to the Netherlands for finishing and dyeing and to be reexported to the

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In Defense of Private Property: Mises and Aristotle

Friday, June 12th, 2015 by posted in Philosophy, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman I’ve just reacquainted myself with two seminal texts: Aristotle’s Politics and Ludwig von Mises’s Socialism. Though written nearly two and a half millennia apart, it’s remarkable how these two gigantically important treatises parallel each other. They

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“Paid Family Leave” Is a Great Way to Hurt Women

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman In an article in the New Republic, Lauren Sandler argues that it’s about time the United States join the ranks of all other industrialized nations and provide legally guaranteed paid leave for pregnancy or illness. Her

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The Righteous Bosses of the New Deal

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by posted in History, Regulation.
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[The Roosevelt Myth (1948)] Reprinted from Mises.org There never has been in American politics a religion so expansively and luminously righteous as the New Deal. From the beginning to the end it was constant in one heroic enterprise — war

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The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

Monday, June 8th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Three cheers for Hong Kong, that tiny chunk of Southeast Asian rock. For the twentieth consecutive year, the Index of Economic Freedom—compiled by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation—ranks Hong Kong (HK) as the

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My letter to the Financial Times, London re: Do bank regulations actually work?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Regulation.

Re: Banks face pushback over surging compliance and regulatory costs Re: ECB warns of risks posed by shadow banking sector Dear Sirs: Nowhere in your excellent article about shareholder concern over whether banks are spending their regulatory compliance money wisely

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My letter to the NY Times re: Why laid off American workers can’t find jobs

Re: The Perils of Globalization Dear Sirs: I believe that Binyamin Appelbaum may have unwittingly answered his own question about why American workers who lose their jobs–as illustrated by the former Maytag employees in Galesburg, Illinois–have such a difficult time

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The War on Cash Destroys a Small Entrepreneur

Friday, May 15th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Lyndon McClellan is a small entrepreneur who owns and operates L & M Convenience Mart in Fairmont, North Carolina.  L & M comprises a gas station, convenience store, and a small restaurant serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and catfish

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“Surviving Or Thriving” – What Canada’s 40% Surge In Meat Prices Means

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Zerohedge: On the surface, Canada’s 1.2% inflation is negligible, and barely enough to keep up with the pace of overall growth as mandated by a few central bank academics. It is below the surface, however, that one finds

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The Curse of the Withholding Tax

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org Did you have to write out a check to the IRS for $5,581 this past April 15? If you had to do such a thing next year, would you think of it as your civic duty or

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Baltimore, D.C., and Panem All in One

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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The teen fiction series The Hunger Games is a hit in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. The books, and spin-off movies, share an anti-authoritarian message combined with a complicated story of young romance. What’s really

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Critiquing a Monetary Reform for Iceland

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

The Prime Minister of Iceland recently commissioned a report by Frosti Sigurjonsson (henceforth referred to as “Mr. S”) to recommend a better money and banking system for Iceland. (I’m sorry, but isn’t Frosti a great first name for someone from

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When Not Getting What You Pay for is Preferred

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by posted in Foreign Policy, Regulation.
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In his book Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo, libertarian writer Jeffrey Tucker sagaciously noted that we Americans “really don’t get all the government we pay for, and thank goodness. Lord protect us on the day that we

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My letter to the NY Times re: Please, make me unemployed!

Friday, April 17th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Re: In test for unions and politicians, a nationwide protest on pay Dear Sirs: I find it incredible that anyone, especially the vaunted New York Times, would treat with respect the fallacious concept that pay can be set arbitrarily–and enforced

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