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My letter to the Financial Times, London re: Socialized monetary union means constant meddling into sovereign affairs

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Socialism.

Dear Sirs: Wolfgang Munchau’s post on June 23rd titled “Merkel versus Renzi for the future of the eurozone” illustrates the inherent weakness of the European Monetary Union.  Like all socialized services, the EMU requires constant meddling by foreigners into the

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ORPP on CityTV Toronto

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by posted in Announcements, Education, Politics, Socialism.
CityNews

On June 16, 2014 Chris Horlacher, Vice-Chairman of Mises Canada, appeared on CityTV Toronto with Melanie Ng to discuss the Liberal Party’s proposed new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).  Below is a video of the segment that aired. Chris has

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Ontario Teachers: A Failure According to Wynne Government

Premier Wynne

In a great essay, Lawrence Reed points out that government’s constant efforts to reform its own policies is an implicit admission that they couldn’t get things right the first 50 attempts. This is instructive; as Ontario’s political debate now turns

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The Right of the Victim

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Socialism.
judge

As part of its “law-and-order” agenda, the Harper Administration recently introduced a “Victims Bill of Rights.” According to CBC News, the proposed reform would alter portions of the Canada Evidence Act so that spouses could decline testifying in certain cases.

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Cuba Woos Foreign Investors

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Socialism.

One of socialism’s last men standing, Cuba has recently softened its stance on foreign investment. In a bid to attract capital to the stagnant economy, a newly proposed foreign investment law would cut taxes on foreigners in half to 15%

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The Economy of Tito’s Yugoslavia: Delaying the Inevitable Collapse

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by posted in Economics, History, Socialism.
propala fabrika

There seems to be a resurgence of nostalgia for the “good old days” among the citizens of countries that were once known under the common name of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.  This article is dedicated to all of us

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A Letter from Cass Sunstein

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by posted in Politique, Regulation, Socialism.
Cass-Sunstein

From the desk of Cass Sunstein Former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Former appointment to NSA Advisory Panel March 3, 2014 Hello there citizen! I hope you are enjoying your day. I also hope

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The “Nation” as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd

Friday, February 28th, 2014 by posted in Philosophy, Politics, Socialism.
canada teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com One device of leadership is to control individual behavior by psychological means. Gustave Le Bon’s 1895 book “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” outlines this phenomenon. The leader uses events to short-circuit rational thought and regress people

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NASA, the Aerospace Welfare Queen

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from Strike-the-Root.com The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a textbook example of how to quash free scientific inquiry. It also is a lesson in transforming potentially useful citizens into high-speed drains on the U.S. Treasury. Instead of

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The World-View Behind Minimum Wage Advocacy

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Socialism.
British Columbia, why do you hate the poor?

It’s at times like these, with minimum wage laws suddenly in vogue again, that one realizes that having the evidence on one’s side is not enough to win public policy debates.  The intellectual framework that people use to order their

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My letter to National Review Magazine re: The Nobility of All Work

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Lifestyle, Politics, Socialism.

Re: The Hard-Working Rich, by Kevin D. Williamson Dear Sirs: Mr. Williamson’s presents some truly amazing facts about what separates the rich from the poor…and it’s not just that the rich have more money, per Ernest Hemingway’s famous quip to

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The Case against Public Science

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by posted in Education, Regulation, Socialism.
scientist teaser

Reprinted from Cato Journal For libertarians, economic growth is the growth that barely speaks its name. That is because conventional opinion asserts that economic growth is the gift of government. Secondary issues such as the efficient distribution of goods and

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Keeping Greece on the EU Dole

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Socialism.

Re:  EU official assures the IMF that it will continue to support Greece There was never any question that Greece would not get all the money that it wants from the EU and then even more from the IMF.  After

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My letter to the NY Times re: The Boston Fed as Community Organizer

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.

Re: Boston Fed as Community Organizer Dear Sirs: This PR campaign by the Boston Fed is not authorized by its mandate.  More importantly, the Fed has no idea what businesses to support.  This is the role of the entrepreneur, who

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How Government Cutbacks Ended Sweden’s Great Depression

Monday, January 20th, 2014 by posted in Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from Mises.org During the recent financial crisis, Sweden has emerged as one of very few financially sound economies. The country’s strong position, setting it apart from most Western nations, makes it an interesting example of what could — or

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The CBC is no good, and is not a Public Good

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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“In the beginning was The Hockey. And The Hockey was with the CBC. And The Hockey was the CBC.” For almost all of us, “Hockey Night in Canada” was an essential part of growing up (or being grown up). It

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B.C. First Nation Moves Toward Aboriginal Private Home Ownership

Friday, January 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Socialism.
aboriginal land teaser

Reprinted from Frontier Centre for Public Policy This month, in a remote corner of northern B.C., just a few kilometres from the Alaskan border, three modest houses entered Canadian First Nations history. The residences, all located on the self-governed lands

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The 60th Anniversary of Orwell’s 1984

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, History, Politics, Socialism.
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Reprinted from the New American Sixty years following its first publication and twenty-five since the fateful year, George Orwell’s 1984 remains a mystery to the experts. They convene often in exotic places to agree that Orwell wrote a dystopia on the communist

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Unemployment Benefits and the Disutility of Labor

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Regulation, Socialism.
unemployment benefits

Nineteenth century American politician and newspaper editor Gideon Tucker once wrote, “no man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” The quote has been popularly attributed to Mark Twain, and is invoked in polemics damning

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Reforming the Canada Pension Plan

Monday, January 6th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Socialism.
retirees teaser

Amongst other ways that Canada is unique, it has a fully funded pension plan. Not too many countries can lay claim to this fact, and south of the border it is reported that only one (!) state pension is even

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