FDR Goes to War

Friday, August 14th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, History.

Reprinted from the Freeman With the passage of time Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s historical shrine has eroded somewhat, and here and there its foundations have been undermined by researchers who reject the idolatry that long marked historical scholarship about the 32nd

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War Is No Excuse for Socialist Planning

Monday, August 10th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy.
World-War-II-08 teaser

Reprinted from the Freeman After the Soviet Union fell, just about everybody — except some humanities professors at Harvard — agreed that full-blown central planning was a bad way to produce food, cars, and television sets. However, people still seem

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The Regret of War

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

We all have regrets. But if you find yourself consistently ruing your past decisions, maybe it’s best to rethink your rashness. Writing in the Financial Times this weekend, Richard McGregor gives some perspective on Americans’ change of heart for wars.

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The State’s Worst Atrocity

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Foreign Policy, History.
british-trench teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com “The lamps are going out all over Europe,” Sir Edward Grey famously said on the eve of World War I. “We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” It was 100 years ago this week

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The Privilege of Watching War

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Lifestyle.

Iraq War the Third is now in its nascent stages. Last week, after a slew of confused press reports, President Obama ordered a number of airstrikes in the Northern territory of Iraq. This was called a “humanitarian intervention” to protect


Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Politics, Regulation.

Last month an article entitled “The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth” was published in the New York Times. On first glance I thought the author, Tyler Cowen, was going to offer a standard argument for increased

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War for Prosperity

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Foreign Policy.

Economist Tyler Cowen always has an interesting view on things. He eschews the Austrian, deductive school in favor of a more data-driven approach. But he has sympathies for the heterodox view, and his own politics are described as generally libertarian.

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Honoring War Heroes

Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Uncategorized.

On May 9th, the Globe and Mail featured “In photos: Faces of honour on a day marking Canada’s Afghan mission.” The piece was introduced with the words, “Day-long event commemorates Canada’s sacrifices during guerilla war that claimed the lives of

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The Truth in Non-Intellectuals

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Politics, Regulation.

According to a new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, average Americans are becoming increasingly wary of Uncle Sam’s prominent role in global affairs. Almost half of those surveyed want Washington to be “less active on

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NASA, the Aerospace Welfare Queen

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation, Socialism.
nasa teaser

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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War ≠ Prosperity

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by posted in Economics, Foreign Policy.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has the common sense (decency?) to not take sides in the territorial dispute going on between Japan and China in the East China Sea. This doesn´t mean that he has the common sense to not commit some egregious

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The Problem with Binary Thinking

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy, Philosophy.
agincourt teaser

Reprinted from FEE.org About a year ago, I wrote a piece in praise of the “explicit, uncensored, behind-the-scenes rent-seeking action” that is the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Henry V. As I write this column, the war drums are beating and the sabers are

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Autarky and Stockpiling

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.
stockpiling teaser

[Excerpted from Nation, State, and Economy (1919)] Reprinted from Mises.org The clearer it had to become in the course of the war that the Central Powers were bound to be finally defeated in the war of starving out, the more energetically were

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Another Nail in the Neocon Coffin

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy.
kristol teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com The recent opening of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity was a watershed moment in American history. There has never been anything quite like it. Ideologically diverse, the Ron Paul Institute reaches out to all

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Neo-Con War Addiction Threatens Our Future

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy.
bill kristol

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com William Kristol knows what is wrong with the United States. As he wrote recently in the flagship magazine of the neo-conservatives, the Weekly Standard, the problem with the US is that we seem to have lost our

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Beware the Consequences of Pre-Emptive War

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by posted in Foreign Policy.
Tanks war teaser

Reprinted from LewRockwell.com Last year more US troops died by suicide than died in combat in Afghanistan. More than 20 percent of military personnel deployed to combat will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some 32 percent of US soldiers reported

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Swindles, Lies, and War

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy.
fingers crossed

To swindle is to achieve something by fraud or deceit. In stereotype form, the swindler is a snake oil salesman who promises miracles in a jar for an extra low price. While this sly vendor might be seen as unsavory

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George Will’s False Choice on War and Drones

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by posted in Foreign Policy.
George Will

Failure to distinguish between the private person and state action is always a recipe for muddled thinking. This is especially so in regard to the conduct of war. Though it can occur between any cluster of persons, war is characteristically

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Do You Need Institutional “Weapons” to Defend Against Wealthy Capitalists?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by posted in Capitalism, History, Regulation, Socialism, Trade.
anarcho syndicalism teaser

The anarcho-capitalist movement appears to be tweaking the interest of the young leftist movement, which historically represents the radical side of the political spectrum. Maybe the time has come for “revolutionary politics.” In his 1969 essay, “The Death of Politics”,

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Nationalism and Imperialism

Friday, November 30th, 2012 by posted in Foreign Policy.
imperalism portrait teaser

[This article is excerpted from Liberalism, Chapter 3] 4. Nationalism As long as nations were ruled by monarchical despots, the idea of adjusting the boundaries of the state to coincide with the boundaries between nationalities could not find acceptance. If

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