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Stop the Presses: Environmentalists Argue for Fewer Regulations

Friday, February 28th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Regulation.

No one likes to boss other people around more than environmentalists. Their wildly unrealistic policy agenda combined with an innate disdain for other humans makes them alarmingly aggressive about imposing their wills on others, regardless of any negative impacts these

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Can’t Make ObamaCare Without Breaking Some Households

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Health Care.

Robespierre reputedly welcomed the bloody French Revolution with the chilling statement: “One can’t expect to make an omelet without breaking eggs.” Versions of the quote have also been attributed, perhaps apocryphally, to Joseph Stalin. In these cases, the phrase signifies

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Nouriel Roubini the Mercantilist

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

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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My letter to the NY Times re: The Lawless Fed

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics, Law.

Re: Fed’s Aid in 2008 Crisis Stretched Worldwide Dear Sirs: Your article about the Fed’s actions in 2008 to lend $580 billion in so-called “swap lines” to central banks internationally sounds a note of triumphalism that is completely unwarranted.  The

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My letter to National Review Magazine re: Stop applauding Ben Bernanke

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics, Regulation.

Dear Sirs: In your February 24th edition under “The Week” recap of significant news events you make the astounding statement that Ben Bernanke should be applauded for his massive money printing, interest rate pegging, socialist monetary planning maneuvers during and after

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New Laws on Prostitution Will Victimize the Women

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation.

Laws against the economic associates of prostitutes are likely to increase the abuse and death rates of the women. The best way – and, perhaps, the only sure way – to protect prostitutes is to decriminalize all aspects of the activity and allow them to access fully the legal rights that other women enjoy.

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Help Bring Rituparna Basu to Toronto

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

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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Two Ways to Lift Wages – and Kill Jobs

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

Tuning in to Fox News the other day, I saw a segment in which Ann Coulter was discussing the proposed increase in the minimum wage. I generally think Ms. Coulter is a sharp and amusing commentator, so I stuck around

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Misunderstanding Machiavelli

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, History, Philosophy, Politics.

An op-ed page discussion of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is the last place to expect another bit of carping about present-day inequalities of wealth. But that’s what the Toronto Star presented its readers today in a mini-symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of

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Stand Your Ground is About Rights, Not Race

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

There has been a lot of talk about so-called Stand Your Ground laws due to a number of a high profile legal cases that have captured the attention of the media. I am not particularly interested in getting into the

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Libertarianism: They Only Peaceful Philosophy

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by posted in Foreign Policy, Law.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 Inner peace is a tough thing to come by. In between the rush hour-style of life that defines the modern economy, few moments are given to

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My letter to the Financial Times, London re: Educating Mr. Abe

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Politics.

Re: Abe grapples with mystery of missing J-curve Dear Sirs: Perhaps I can shed some light on Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s missing J-curve; i.e., why Japan’s trade deficit seems to be increasing rather than decreasing after massive monetary intervention to

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Economics of Daddy Days

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Law, Regulation.

Imagine if everyone was the same. Imagine if traditional social roles were completely obliterated. Imagine if egalitarianism wasn’t a pipe dream but reality. And imagine if our very understanding of biology and nature was turned topsy-turvy. At a recent Atlantic

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All Drugged Up: The Overmedication and Overschooling of Today’s Youth

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Education.

What are we going to do about those little monsters called children? They won’t be quiet, won’t sit still and won’t pay attention. They aren’t succeeding in school, and no matter how many drugs we pump into them, they don’t

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Central Bankers: Inflation is God’s Work

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.

Inflation is always somebody else’s fault. Ludwig von Mises called out finger pointing central bankers and politicians decades ago in his book, Economic Policy. “The most important thing to remember is that inflation is not an act of God, that

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Sochi Day 14: The Price of a Gold Medal

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Economics, Education, Events.

Success is its own reward, but sometimes it also means punishment. In few instances is this more apparent than with medal winners in Sochi. Athletes are trying their hardest to stand atop the podium and to do so they have

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Phony Central Bank Profit

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: The WSJ reports that the ECB earned €1.4bn in net profit last year, well below that of the US Fed and the Bank of England. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel is quoted noting that the

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New EU credit card proposal will harm small businesses

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Regulation.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: The European Parliament’s economic affairs committee yesterday voted in favour of a proposal to limit credit card payment fees charged to retailers by banks at 0.3% of the transaction value, reports EUobserver. Negotiations with

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Episode 40: Mark Thornton – Currency Wars, Depreciation, and Gold/Silver

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Capitalism, Economics.

Make sure you catch Director of Mises Canada Redmond Weissenberger’s daily podcast “Better Red than Dead.” The latest episode features Mark Thornton, a senior resident fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama and the book review editor for

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Walter Block to Speak at Columbia University

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by posted in Announcements, Events.

Mises Canada Board Member, economist, and libertarian theoretician Walter Block will be speaking at Columbia University on March 27, 2014. Reprinted from Circle Bastiat Thursday, March 27, 8:30pm 312 Mathematics Building, Columbia University (entrance at 116th and Broadway) From the press

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