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Nouriel Roubini the Mercantilist

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Here’s a question: why is economist Nouriel Roubini so popular again? The man is syndicated in the financial press. He has a number of best-selling books on the ebb and flow of the global economy. And he teaches at New

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Help Bring Rituparna Basu to Toronto

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Help objectivists in Toronto bring Rituparna Basu—Healthcare specialist from the Ayn Rand Institute—to Toronto. You can find details on how to help here.

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Pharmacy Wars

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Health Care, Regulation.
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The Ontario Government’s war on drugs is entering a new and more dangerous phase that is bringing increasing violence to the most unexpected of places: the province’s pharmacies. One normally thinks of pharmacies as being places of peace and quietude.

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The Economic Harm of Prohibition

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, War on Drugs.
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According to the United Nations, cannabis, the plant from which marijuana is derived, is the most widely used, produced and trafficked drug. Governments across the globe have invested heavily in fighting drug production and consumption. Notwithstanding, even though the war

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Canada’s Tidal Wave of Credit

Monday, January 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.
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Be mindful of what will happen when interest rates rise, but note that rising debt levels in Canada are no reason to panic, at least according to Stephen Harper. Canada’s Prime Minister is quick to note that his wife and

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Generation Wars

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

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How to Decrease Income Inequality

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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The Globe and Mail has been up in arms over the growing wealth divide in Canada. Or at least the perception of a growing wealth divide. As part of its Wealth Paradox series, this weekend’s edition looked at some policies

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Remember

Monday, November 11th, 2013 by posted in History, Philosophy, Politics.
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Today many of us are wearing a poppy on our lapel in a show of remembrance. What exactly are we remembering? The Great War from 1914-18 saw many changes to the world. Many of them were bad, though as we

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The Welcome Death of Peak Oil

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Environment, Regulation.
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Reprinted from DrJandMrK.com The original, slightly longer version of my Letter from Calgary column in the October 2013 issue of the Investment Executive newspaper: Improved technology and more efficiency mean North America could eventually become an oil exporter Does anyone remember Peak

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Canadians Should Be Concerned about the NSA and PRISM

Sunday, June 16th, 2013 by posted in Law, Philosophy, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Vice Magazine On Friday, the world found out about PRISM: a secret tool developed by the United States’ National Security Agency that has been used, since 2007, to directly tap into the servers of companies like Facebook, Google, and

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Dear Future Student of Austrian Economics

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Education, Lifestyle.
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Every once in a while, I get an e-mail from an undergraduate student asking where in Canada he or she could pursue a graduate degree in Austrian economics. While no economics department in Canada offers such a degree, there are

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Those Darn Conspiracies

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy.

As a born-in resident of the nation-state known colloquially as America, I recognize my thumb lies not on the pulse of the Canadian citizenry. But even so, I can postulate that being firm allies of United States global hegemony, Canucks

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A Golden Opportunity

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

In a new twist to the Cypriot saga, a European Commission assessment has called on the Mediterranean country to sell its gold holdings to fund its looming bailout. With the country currently holding 13.9 tonnes of the shiny metal according to the

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Two Pitfalls of Devaluing the Loonie

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by posted in Banking, Economics.

The strength of the Canadian loonie is increasingly seen as a negative aspect. Policy makers and export-oriented industries are united in calls for a weaker Canadian dollar in a bid to keep the economy strong through international trade. Allowing for

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Canadian Deposits As Safe As Cypriot Deposits

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 by posted in Banking, Capitalism.
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Reprinted from The Dollar Vigilante Rest easy, Canadians, for your bank accounts are going to be made as safe as those bank accounts in Cyprus. Just take a look at the Canadian government’s budget plan for 2013, particularly pages 144

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Ron Paul’s Advice to Canada

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.
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Reprinted from the Globe and Mail Editor’s note: This is an unabridged transcript of Paul Koring’s interview with Ron Paul. An edited and condensed version appeared in The Globe on Monday. Ron Paul, the plain-speaking libertarian from Texas whose three

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I Can See Clearly Now: A Tale of Two Clinics

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Le Quebecois Libre One morning last summer, I awoke to a terrible pain in my right eye: an unfamiliar tearing, stretching sensation that was more than a little worrisome. That evening, still in pain, I noticed halos around

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Gun Control Does Not Mean Murder Control

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Regulation.
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In 2010 the RCMP gave its employees who roam about Parliament Hill Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns.  The MP5 can be configured for fully automatic operation.  Such a weapon is off limits to the average citizen, though.  Whereas the

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No Vapour For You! Canada’s Ban on Smokeless Electronic Cigarettes

Monday, January 28th, 2013 by posted in War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Le Quebecois Libre When I was a kid, my favourite aunt was a smoker. It bothered me that she smoked, because if I knew anything, it was that cigarettes were bad for you, and I worried for her.

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Canadian Minocracy: Rule by the Few Over the Many

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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“Democracy is a song, a composition for Majority’s voice. Its lyrics are inspiring and strong: the equal right to enjoy our choice. ”  – Kayle (Best Tweet Winner) According to Kayle, one of George Stroumboulopoulos’ top five tweeters, democracy is

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