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Fifty Ways to Leave Leviathan

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by and posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from FEE.org State management of society is not only contrary to human liberty; it is also unworkable. It cannot achieve what it seeks to achieve, which is often all-round control of some sector of economic and social life. The

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Time to Open Up Transit to Private Competition

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Regulation.
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Torontonians are proud of their subway. While I lived there I enjoyed using it and welcomed the opportunity to do away with my car. Being proud of and enjoying the subway does not imply that, 1) it should be publicly

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Shutting Down but Not Closing Up

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation.
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At the time of publication, the United States government is shut down. That does not mean the gears of the state have come to a thankful halt. Over three-quarters of Washington’s global hegemony remains fully functional. Tax dollars are still

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Gender Parity and Sexism

Monday, October 7th, 2013 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Regulation.
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Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, has come out in favor of gender parity in the makeup of the Court. After the recent nomination of Marc Nadon to fill a vacant seat, McLachlin expressed the opinion that

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Skyscraper Index is Flashing Red Alert

Friday, October 4th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Put on your helmets, a crash is dead ahead. Developers are racing to build the world’s tallest building. China’s economy may be slowing down but 60 of the 100 tallest buildings under construction in the world are located there.  The

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Why Bitcoin Scares People

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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If there’s one thing a monopolist hates, it’s the emergence of a sudden and unexpected competitor, and the Federal Reserve is no exception. After having had a good century to exclusively control America’s currency, the arrival of a dark horse

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Ontario, BC & Ottawa Come Together On Financial Market Regulations

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation, Trade.
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In 2011 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Harper Government can’t force a national securities regulator on the provinces. So in 2013, Finance Minister Flaherty has presented an agreement that, “represents the best of what can be achieved

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A Brief History of the Canadian City

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by posted in Economics, History, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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The end of World War 2 marks a good beginning point for this history. North American society went through some big changes and the cities reflect that. In Canada, The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation was created and with it

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Central Planning at the Bank of Canada

Sunday, September 8th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Regulation.
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I don’t understand Stephen Poloz’s appointment as the successor to Mark Carney. Nor do I understand why Mark Carney was so popular to begin with. Are artificially low interest rates policies supposed to help Canadians? Before he took off for

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How Medical Innovation Redefines Our World

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Laissez Faire Today On a Sunday afternoon swim, a 6-year-old boy was bugging me in a sweet sort of way. He rode up and down the handrail on the stairs in the shallow end of the pool where

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Uruguay Legalization a Model for Canadian Pot?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation, Socialism, War on Drugs.
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I’m afraid so. Like I wrote in a previous post, legalizing marijuana gives the government more tax revenue and regulatory powers. This option should always be discouraged. But as more and more politicians jump on the pro-pot bandwagon, it’s likely

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Wellarc Ain’t Doin So Well

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation.
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A 17-year-old named Xavier Ménard has started his own graphic-design company. Although I don’t know him (nor speak his language) I’m very fond of this Xavier guy. This young entrepreneur is against some tough odds. For starters, he’s a small-business

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Why Legalize Marijuana?

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Marijuana is the hot issue again. Legalize it or keep it criminalized, that is, in the black market? Personally, I like the black market idea. At least it remains untaxed and unregulated. Legalizing marijuana would increase the government’s revenue and

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The State’s Dumb Strength

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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Many commentators expressed astonishment when thugs from the U.K. government recently ordered the destruction of hardware containing leaked government secrets belonging to the Guardian news outlet. Shortly before the deed went down, one of the shakedown artists was quoted as

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Prohibition in Ontario: A Brief History & Current Analysis

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, History, Law, Regulation.
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There is only one way Ontarians can buy alcohol for private consumption. You can’t buy beer at the bar and then take it home – like in Alberta. And you can’t buy beer at the grocery store – like in

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Sow it Everywhere

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by posted in Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Review of Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012), vii + 519 pgs., hardcover. Although I don’t use marijuana for medical, recreational, or scientific purposes, I highly recommend this book to

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The Age of Hyperbole: How Normal Weather Became ‘Extreme’

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by and posted in Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from PJ Media Said Thomas Jefferson: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” Jefferson’s comment may be expanded to include most of today’s mass media; this is especially true

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The Criminality of the State

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by posted in Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from Mises.org As well as I can judge, the general attitude of Americans who are at all interested in foreign affairs is one of astonishment, coupled with distaste, displeasure, or horror, according to the individual observer’s capacity for emotional

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No Censorship for Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation.
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Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is no fan of censorship. So when the Chinese government asked him to comply with new regulations that require online identities to be linked with real names, he flatly refused. The internet has proved

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How the Internet Saved Civilization

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Laissez Faire Today I’ve just completed a heavy schedule of talks at the Agora Financial Investment Symposium in Vancouver. All my talks centered on information economics, Web startups, and the productivity of the Internet and its meaning. As

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