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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 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


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

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


Generation Wars

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Politics, Socialism.

I’ve written before on the raw deal Canadians are getting on the CPP, and it isn’t pretty.  I estimate that by being forcefully enrolled in to the Plan, Canadians are losing out on potentially earning an additional million over the


My letter to the NY Times re: You Call This Success?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Socialism.

Re: US Ends Bailout of GM Dear Sirs: Mr. Bill Vlasic and Ms. Annie L. Lowrey report that “Taxpayers lost about $10 billion on their $49.5 billion investment in (GM).”  Their story is full of pride in achievement all the

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Kotlikoff on Unfunded Federal Liabilities, 2013: $205 Trillion

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is acting in a bipartisan way to cover up the biggest single threat to the bipartisan political alliance that is stripping America of its wealth: the United States Congress. There is no

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Canadian Artists Need to Swim on Their Own

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation, Socialism.
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Getting involved with politics is always a dicey move. This is especially so considering the only reason for seeking out the state is personal benefit. Whatever advantage one derives from the political class stays in a period of authoritative limbo,

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Why Redistribution Programs Trap the Poor

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Socialism.
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Reprinted from International Liberty I wrote last year about the way in which welfare programs lead to very high implicit marginal tax rates on low-income people. More specifically, they lose handouts when they earn income. As such, it is not very

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The French Choice: Soccer or Taxes

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Lifestyle, Politique, Regulation, Socialism.

The list of France’s national pastimes includes striking, but it also includes soccer. You can imagine the confusion/ire/angst generated by the announcement that the premier French league will strike at the end of November in protest of Socialist President Francois

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Whine and Cheese

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy, Lifestyle, Politics, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.

First it was Canadian dairy producers who were upset with the proposed Canada-EU trade deal. Now it turns out Ontario’s wine producers are also riled up. The proposed deal will make it cheaper for many goods to trade across the

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The new France – taxes for all, jobs for none

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Politique, Regulation, Socialism.

One in four French University graduates wants to leave the country for a better life. More than 70 percent of the French feel that taxes are “excessive” and 80 percent believe the country’s economic policy is “misguided” and “inefficient.” This

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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.

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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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 Use of Knowledge at the Bank of Canada

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Methodology, Socialism.

The Bank of Canada’s latest quarterly review suffers from the fatal conceit. Although technically the whole central banking system is a fatal conceit, one of the articles particularly highlights the complete ignorance and arrogance of Canada’s central bankers. Nii Ayi

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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 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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Alleviating Separation Anxiety (Part 2)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by posted in Politics, Regulation, Socialism.
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…all human interaction, without exception, should be based on voluntary agreement. No one should be forced to associate with anyone else against his will. – Dr. Walter Block, Secession, 2007. In a previous posting, I highlighted the fact that separation for Québec

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A Plea for Public Property

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by posted in Environment, Philosophy, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from Public or Private? Libertarians often assume that a free society will be one in which all (or nearly all) property is private. I have previously expressed my dissent from this consensus, arguing that libertarian principles instead support

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