All posts tagged "Politics"

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    In Hoc Anno Domini

    On Christmas Eve, newspapers typically devote an editorial to the significance of the holiday ahead. No editorial does this more profoundly than “In Hoc Anno Domini“, which has appeared in The Wall Street Journal every year since 1949. Written by Vermont Royster, who ran the paper’s editorial page from 1958 to 1971,...

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    Christmas, Charity and the Welfare State

    People often ponder the meaning of Christmas. It’s not clear what the great mystery exactly is. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus. True enough, more traditionalist Christians differ with so-called “progressives” about the divinity of Jesus. Whether or not, therefore, what we are memorializing is the day that God became human and...

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    Spotlight on Keynesian Economics

    Fifty years ago, an exuberant American people knew little and cared less about economics. They understood, however,...

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    The Fiat Money End Game – to Infinity and Beyond

    Jim Sinclair has a slogan “QE to infinity.” That’s “Quantitative Easing to infinity.” That’s inflation to infinity....

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    Recent Social Science for Austrians: Inequality in History

    The Austrian tradition has a number of reservations about the social sciences. Its biggest concern involves the underlying assumption of a fundamental unity between the natural and human realms. We cannot understand people’s actions the way we can those of natural phenomena. People are not playthings of the causal forces surrounding them....

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    Clearing Up the Copyright Confusion: Fair Dealing and Bill C-32

    Fair dealing has played a prominent role in the hearings on Bill C-32, with education and creator groups debating the merits and impact of the proposed reforms.  Unfortunately, much of the discussion has confused rather than clarified the issue with misleading claims about potential losses, inaccurate comments on copyright and Internet materials, and...

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    Environmentalism Refuted

    Environmentalism is the product of the collapse of socialism in a world that is ignorant of the...

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    Language and Freedom

    The front page of Saturday’s National Post confronted one of the idols of Canadian politics  in raising questions about the Official Languages Act, the law that institutes bilingualism.  Authored by Kathryn Blaze Carlson, the article mostly took a utilitarian approach by weighing the benefits and costs of bilingualism policies. While such a...

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    The Fed: The Chicago School’s Achilles Heel

    In a recent post “Triumph of the Austrian Economists,” David Frum laments the displacement of the respectable...

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    Somewhat Torn on WikiLeaks

    Is Julian Assange a villain or a hero? That is the question du jour. From a classical liberal perspective, the answer to that question is far from clear-cut. Good arguments can be produced both for and against WikiLeaks and its release of US diplomatic cables. On the one hand, the bedrock of...

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    Quotes That Reveal the Fatal Conceit of Central Banking

    Central banks are supposed to ensure price stability and support economic growth. To do so effectively, however, they must be able to consistently forecast economic movements. Since monetary policy operates with a lag of anywhere from 12-24 months, if the central bank only acts once a recession, or an inflationary boom, has...

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    Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth

    The Distribution of Consumption Goods in the Socialist Commonwealth Under socialism all the means of production are...

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    The Truth About FDR

    The truth about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which people of all political persuasions hate to hear, is that...

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    The Happiness State coming to Canada?

    The latest thing among those looking to justify government intervention is happiness. Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, gave a spark to this rationale last year by instituting a measure of gross national happiness. Now, it seems, this up-and-coming trend is coming to Canada. At a recent conference in Ottawa, sponsored by...

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    The Wikileaks Copyright Cables: Confirmations Not Revelations

    Last weekend, I posted that I suspected the KIPR tag on U.S. diplomatic cables being released by Wikileaks...

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    The Non-Aggression Axiom

    The libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress...