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The Truth in Non-Intellectuals

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.
farmhouse

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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How Regulated is Canadian Agriculture?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, History, Law, Regulation, Trade.
Canada

The 2014 Farm Bill has been passed. While some are complaining that the newest iteration of the Bill did not retain enough of the provisions from the previous, 2008 version, some are claiming that even passing it was quite an

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Technology Against the State

Monday, May 5th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Politics, Regulation.
smartphone

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.
canadian_parliament_ottawa teaser

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.
Facebook-Logo teaser

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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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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My letter to the Wall Street Journal re: The US should adopt unilateral free trade

Friday, April 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.

Re: US, Japan Fail to Clinch Trade Deal Dear Sirs: One of the great economic fallacies of our time is that free trade is beneficial to a country only if its trading partner also adopts free trade.  Thus we witness the

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The IMF is Dead Wrong on Low Interest Rates

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Regulation.
Hot Orange Interest Rate Border

In its just-published World Economic Outlook the IMF trumpets the view that the real level of equilibrium interest rates worldwide has declined substantially since the 1980s and is now in slightly negative territory. There is a good Irish word to

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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 Food Police Turn to the Bottle

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation.
nutrition-booze

Continuing my “meddling bureaucrats trying to tell us what to eat” series, I recently discovered that the FDA is planning to start requiring nutrition labels on alcoholic beverages. Apparently they are worried that sorority girls pounding cosmos might be getting

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Let a Thousand Home Businesses Bloom

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
square teaser

Reprinted from FEE.org Imagine you’re out of work. But you’ve got capital in your talents, your home, and your family and friends. You might try to start a microbusiness at home to earn a little extra income and make ends

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My letter to the NY Times re: Ignoring the elephant in the room

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.

Re: Cities Advance Their Fight Against Rising Inequality Dear Sirs: The latest assault on economic science is led by the usual suspects–politicians, labor unions, intellectuals, and not-for-profit advocacy groups–who clamor for raising Seattle’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour.  The

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No criticism of the Fed allowed

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

Re: Jeremy Stein to Resign From Fed Board to Return to Harvard Now, no one would ever call Harvard professor Jeremy Stein an Austrian school economist, so it is illuminating how even his modest questioning of Quantitative Easy is not allowed

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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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The New Inquisition

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation.
spanish inquisition the rack

There have always been things that “society” at large, meaning governmental authorities with the power to enforce their ideas, have considered more important than the individual liberty of the citizenry. If an idea is deemed sufficiently vital, it is easy

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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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How the Food Police Undermine Human Intentionality

Friday, March 28th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Regulation.
dont-eat

One of the key things that separates humans from animals is the ability to make plans and then act on those plans. That humans have intentions is the basis of all morality, economics, and law. As such, it is important

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The New Deal for the Youth?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
new deal

“It’s time for Canada to offer a new deal to its young people.” That’s how the uber-liberal state worshippers at the Broadbent Institute introduced a new plan to fix the Great North’s ailing economy and boost the job prospects of

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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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