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Defending the Undefendable: Dinner with Dr. Walter Block (July 17 Toronto)

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by posted in Events.

Dr. Walter Block has spent his career defending the undefendable. As a result, Dr. Block has certainly left his mark on libertarianism. Block started at the Fraser Institute in 1979 and served as a senior economist until 1991. Dr. Block now serves on

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How to Fight the Ex-Im Bank

Monday, July 7th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

In politics, words can be dangerous weapons. The terms we use can either accurately or inaccurately reflect what the government is up to. George Orwell understood this better than anyone, and his essay “Politics and the English Language” is a

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On Anarchic Reinforcement

Monday, July 7th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Law.

In rebuttal to “Is It a Contradiction?“ Mr. Bulbasaur does not, so far as I can see, offer an argument for his claim that anarchy and capitalism are mutually incompatible. Whether they are required careful analysis, not name-calling and bluster.

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Tyler Cowen, War, What is it Good For?

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

Check out the podcast discussion between Mises Canada Executive Director Redmond Weissenberger and editor-in-chief James E. Miller on the latest episode of Better Red Than Dead. You can download and listen here.  

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Journal of Prices & Markets Summer 2014 Available Now

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 by posted in Uncategorized.

Mises Canada is proud to announce the release of Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2014 of the Journal of Prices & Markets. You can download the latest edition here. This summer’s edition features the writing of Dave Howden, Doug French, Walter

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Is It a Contradiction?

Saturday, July 5th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Philosophy, Politics.

Is anarcho-capitalism a contradiction? Neoreactionary writer “Bulbasaur” seems to believe so. In a recent post at the “The Right Stuff” blog, he contends that anarchy and capitalism are always at odds with one another. He issues some deserved criticism at

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Noah Smith Boldly Goes Where Thousands of Austrian Critics Have Gone Before

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

When a smart-aleck like economist Noah Smith pens an absurd critique–which mentions me by name–full of name-calling but bereft of actual arguments, it places me in an awkward position. On the one hand, if I answer Noah, it rewards him

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The Dow’s All-Time High

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

The Dow Jones Industrials just closed above 17,000 for the first time ever. While they are celebrating the 4th of July, Americans can rejoice in the good fortune the stock market is giving them. But wait, what’s actually driving the

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Krugman’s Bogus Belgium Boosting

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by posted in Economics.

Using the World Cup news hook, Paul Krugman recently compared the economic performance of Belgium with France and the Netherlands. In a post titled, “The Secret of Belgium’s Success,” Krugman first showed that Belgium had weathered the financial crisis better

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I’ll punish you by starving my own people!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: EUobserver reports that Russia has retaliated against the signing of a new trade treaty between Moldova and the EU, by banning the imports of processed beef, horse meat, lamb and pork from Moldova. EUobserver Who

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Asset Bubbles Aren’t Yellen’s Problem

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.

Speaking at an IMF sponsored event, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen warned of growing risk factors in several asset classes. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see the most aggressive monetary policy in American history as the cause. Analysts said Yellen was pushing back

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All Brazilians Love Soccer. What’s Wrong With Me?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Politics.

One of the first questions I am asked upon meeting someone new is: “You’re Brazilian! You must be so thrilled to be hosting the world cup, eh? Are you a big soccer fan?” Of course I am! Just as all

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Helping with the difficult transition to private life

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by posted in Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: The Irish Independent reports that outgoing European Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, is entitled to a total €432,000 EU pay-off over the next three years to help her adjust to life after Brussels. Irish Independent According to Wikipedia, this lady

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Deposit Insurance is a Gamble

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.

In a letter to the Economist on May 3rd, Mark Neale, Chief Executive of the UK’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme (the country’s deposit insurance provider), chastised the magazine for its view of deposit insurance as a “corrosive trend” in the

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A Plutocrat for Poverty

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

In America, and to a certain extent in Canada, rich businessmen are seen as savvy at their craft. After building an empire of wealth, it’s hard to challenge a successful person’s view of market economies. Business owners have to make

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Bank of England Governor will hold back the tides

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

Re: The new normal is 2.5%, not 5% benchmark interest rate   Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England: “Why is that the case? Things have changed. Households have a lot of debt. The Government is consolidating its financial position.

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Fuzzy Justice: How a Lack of Clarity Undermines the Prison System

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Law, Philosophy.

A lot of the modern justice system is taken for granted. Built on centuries of common law, we no longer question the fundamental assumptions of crime and punishment. At least, most of us don’t. In light of a large number

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Bubbles Worry Central Bankers

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by posted in Banking, Economics.

After years of QE and other loose monetary policies, central banks are starting to get jitters about the effects of their policies. An organization representing the world’s main central banks warned Sunday that dangerous new asset bubbles were forming even

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How to Make Government Cost More

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 by posted in Economics.

Think the government is expensive? It’s about to cost a little more. The Grow America Act, introduced earlier this month in the U.S. House of Representatives, contains “Buy American” language that would raise U.S. content to 100 per cent by

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European “Champion” or European “Crony Capitalist”?

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Following the failed merger of Siemens and Alstom, which eventually joined with General Electric, France is reportedly pushing for an easing of the EU’s antitrust rules to allow the creation of European “champions”.  WSJ

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