Regulation

Who Owns the Water?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Dear Mr. Read: Congratulations on publishing the stimulating and challenging article on “Ownership and Control of Water” in the November issue of Ideas On Liberty. It is highly important that we think more about such fine points

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3 Myths about “Tax Reform”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from The Freeman Conservative pundits are supposed to be hard-nosed and economically savvy, but when it comes to tax reform they can be as emotional and misguided as progressives. The question of tax reform may be a moral issue,

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Eating Right

Friday, February 6th, 2015 by posted in Health Care, Lifestyle, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Food has always been political. Throughout history, armies have razed crops and demographics have shifted in response to hunger. Political correctness now drives the civics of food with bountiful nations attempting to dictate what people can

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The Case Against Rent Control

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from The Freeman To someone ignorant of economic reasoning, rent control seems like a great policy. It appears instantly to provide “affordable housing” to poor tenants, while the only apparent downside is a reduction in the income flowing to

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Ebola Won’t Wait for the FDA

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Just as fear of Ebola gaining a foothold in the United States in Dallas seemed to be passing, a new case has appeared in New York City. Even if we are so fortunate that no further cases result from this

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Regulate through taxation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics.

One lesson from the United States’ Obamacare debacle has been that if Congress can’t get its way through regulation, it can always resort to taxes. At least that’s the Supreme Court’s view, after it declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional

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Abolish Antitrust Laws

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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[This essay is excerpted from chapter 3 of Murray N. Rothbard’s Power and Market: Government and Economy.] It may seem strange to the reader that one of the most important governmental checks on efficient competition, and therefore grants of quasi

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The War on Airbnb

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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The web startup Airbnb is finding itself in hot water lately. A peer-to-peer service that matches renters with rentiers, the company is under attack by entrenched lodging businesses such as hotels. It’s easy to see why. The company, which is

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Argentina – the Economic Backdrop to the Default

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, History.
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Reprinted from Acting-Man.com The Default is a Minor Problem – Argentina’s Real Problem is Something Else Entirely By now it is well known that Argentina has been declared in default by the major credit rating agencies. This has happened in

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Peacefully Staring Down the State

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com How do you think the American public, even as supine as it is, would respond if the Federal government were to attempt to re-assign everybody’s children to other parents; to force everybody to burn their Bibles and

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Living Like a Refugee

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me For one evening, I was the most valuable person in the world. About 10 people regarded me this way, in any case. They were 10 among five hundred of my fellow refugees, sleeping on cots under bright

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In Defense of the Silk Road

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Liberty.me Remember Napster? It was a solution that was strangled by government. But this action killed nothing. It started a new era of file sharing and online music distribution that has changed the dynamic of the world economy.

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Crony Capitalism has Government Approval

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Canadian Electronics Magazine When Judge Richard Posner, the prolific conservative intellectual, released his book “A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ‘08 and the Descent Into Depression” last year, you might have thought the final verdict was in:

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The Folly of Government Bank Regulation

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Nothing gets the liberal press’s pom-poms twirling like the threat of bank regulation. Ever since the financial crisis in 2008 and subsequent bailout of Wall Street, progressive pols have had their sights set on the banking class. The animosity makes

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Review: The Rule of Nobody

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by posted in Politics, Regulation.
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In his new book The Rule of Nobody, author Philip K. Howard argues that a relentless piling up of laws and regulations has made our government inhuman, inefficient, and incapable of fulfilling its core duties of serving the public interest.

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Let a Thousand Home Businesses Bloom

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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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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Tragedy of the Commons and Species Extinction

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
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Reprinted from LewRockwell.com According to Barbara Amiel, “a rapacious Asian demand for ivory is creating such terrible killing fields that elephants face extinction by poaching.” She writes this bit of economic illiteracy in Maclean’s Magazine (October 7, 2013, pp. 12-13). Before probing the

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The FDA: A Pain From the Neck to the Big Toe

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.
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Reprinted from Mises.org I recently experienced severe pain in my feet, particularly in the big toes. In my imagination it felt like my feet had been run over by a truck and that several of my toes had been broken.

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Enron: The Perils of Interventionism

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
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Reprinted from Library of Economics and Liberty In mainstream thought, the fall of the once-iconic Enron Corporation (1986-2001) has become “Exhibit A” against unbridled business. To capitalism’s critics, its collapse was about more than one company’s bad management. Enron exposed

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Just Another Marijuana Bust in Alberta

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.
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The other day a 34-year old man from Edmonton was busted for driving a van full of marijuana. The RCMP pulled him over on Highway 1 near Canmore; they found over 300 pounds of product. Now the man is out

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