Regulation

Peacefully Staring Down the State

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Philosophy, Politics.
tankman teaser

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.
Waiting-in-Airport teaser

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.
silk_road01 teaser

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.
capitalism teaser

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.
VA/DOD Response to Certain Military Exposures

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.
Howard

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.
square teaser

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.
elephant teaser

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.
pills money teaser

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.
enron teaser

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.
marijuanabust

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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How to Regulate the Market

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Education, Philosophy, Regulation.
Close-up of Gavel and hammer wrapped in paper currency

Someone named Omar brought up a very good point in comments section on my last post. Here’s the question: “If a planned economy through the control of the money supply and interest rates results in an unfair allocation of resources,

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Federal Regulations Have Made You 75 Percent Poorer

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
red tape teaser

Republished from Reason.com The growth of federal regulations over the past six decades has cut U.S. economic growth by an average of 2 percentage points per year, according to a new study in the Journal of Economic Growth. As a result, the average

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The Lesson of Sarah Murnaghan

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Philosophy, Regulation.
sarah

The story of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is something out of feel-good television drama. Here was a young girl fighting for her life as her parents made a desperate plea for public sympathy. Murnaghan needed a lung transplant as a result

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Five reasons why the LCBO sad child posters should go down

Monday, May 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Lifestyle, Regulation.
lcbo

The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is “an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol.” Posters like the one below (Photo by: The Ethical Adman) can be seen in many LCBO

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The CRTC… Nazis?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Regulation.
AngryCRTC

OK. Obviously they’re not murdering people in genocidal ovens but they are being anti-competitive bureaucrats. The title actually comes from a conversation I once overheard on the bus. Some old guy was talking about phone companies to a young family.

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The Mess the Bank Made… and Denies

Monday, December 17th, 2012 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Education, Politics, Regulation.
bank-of-canada

Back in April, I reviewed a document called the “Financial System Review”, published semi-annually by the Bank of Canada.  Due to the dire warnings contained therein, I thought it necessary to produce a more user-friendly summary of the information the

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Let’s Celebrate, the Politicians Have Gone Home!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Economics, Regulation.
Ontario Resize

If you listen to the MSM, you’re likely aware that the premier of Ontario has shut-down the province’s legislature before the current session would normally terminate.  Not only is it bad for Ontario, the MSM says, but it’s also bad

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You Will Be Betrayed

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by posted in Politics.
Obama Romney teaser

Reprinted from Laissez Faire Today My neighborhood is filling up with political yard signs. Vote for this guy! Vote for that guy! I can’t understand why people are willing to give up precious real estate on their front lawns, make

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Ohhh Henry on Free Trade and China

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy, Regulation.

If the Canadian and Ontario governments had not wiped out people’s incomes and savings with taxation and inflation then they would not be placed in the position of having to decide whether to allow foreigners with higher savings rates to

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