Category Archives: Austrian School

Venice independence

(Mises.org) With an 89 percent majority, the voters of Venice have elected to leave Italy. In practice, what this really means is that the Venetians plan to no longer send tax revenues to Rome. Apparently, the Venetians, who inhabit the … Continue reading

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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Not feudal times, not the 1930s, but today

(HSLDA) At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in what has been called a “brutal and vicious act,” a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing … Continue reading

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When the government fails to do its job…

(Fox News Baltimore) As the number of street crimes committed in Baltimore City escalates, so does the level of fear. This has caused communities to look beyond the police for protection. In Baltimore City there are four special tax districts … Continue reading

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The growing incentive to give up U.S. citizenship

(Bloomberg) Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules. Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through … Continue reading

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Murray Rothbard on the founding of the Federal Reserve 100 years ago

A speech by Murray N. Rothbard. Presented at the Mises Institute’s 1984 “Seminar on Money and Government,” in Houston, Texas.

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Stock market near all time high…so is money supply

(Freakonomics) U.S. stock markets* are flirting with all-time highs (it may happen today) but I am hearing and reading very little about it. Why is that? I can think of a few possible reasons, and am eager to hear yours. … Continue reading

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Freedom free fall

(Cato) Global economic freedom bounced back slightly in this year’s report. After falling for two consecutive years following a long trend of increases, the average score rose from 6.79 in 2009 to 6.83 in 2010, the most recent year for … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism pronounced at Republican National Convention

Transcript: When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional! The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said — can’t you pleeeease count to ten before you speak? … Continue reading

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Downsizing the Federal Government

(Cato) The federal government is running massive budget deficits, spending too much, and heading toward a financial crisis. Without a change of direction in Washington, average working families will be faced with huge tax increases and a lower standard of … Continue reading

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Are we advancing technologically? Economically?

PETER THIEL: But I think that when you look at this question of how much technological progress has been happening, we get into all these complicated measurement issues.  The one that I cite as the big data point is that … Continue reading

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Man’s imperfection and government

There is current in modern political science that sees the concept of perfection as central to social structures. The idea is that man is imperfect and is incapable of perfecting his nature. As such, any attempt at perfection is necessarily … Continue reading

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Are law and order possible without government?

Part One of a series of films exploring a society where there is law and order, but no government. This part introduces the definitions of law and government, illustrating the concepts using a simple desert-island scenario.

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Government-first health care a risk to well-being

(Reason) For the past several years, the medical profession has been undergoing a disturbing transformation. The process was begun by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to control exploding Medicare costs, and was accelerated by … Continue reading

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IRS to institute licensing for tax preparation?

For more visit http://www.ij.org/IRS Congress never gave the IRS the authority to license tax preparers, and the IRS can’t give itself that power. But last year the IRS imposed a sweeping new licensing scheme that forces tax preparers to get … Continue reading

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Can ocean cities revolutionize politics?

In the fourth part of the book, I explain how it is necessary to recreate the frontier in order to regain the politico-economic balance needed for free markets. There are many solutions which include a number of small and large-scale … Continue reading

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Should contraception be a right?

Anyone following the latest on Obama’s healthcare mandate will surely have heard of Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, who told House Democrats why she supports the contraceptive mandate. The best commentary I’ve heard on the issue can be found … Continue reading

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Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

(Washington Times) The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk … Continue reading

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The parasite economy

From a recent Heritage release: This annual study by The Heritage Foundation analyzes federal assistance programs for everything from housing, health care, and food stamps to college tuition and retirement assistance. And there are some alarming numbers indeed. An estimated … Continue reading

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I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.

Étienne de La Boétie. Reminds one of the solutions put forth in the book.

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