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Scurvy Dog

Yesterday in the late morning — after reading from a little book which had a small section on scurvy and how, from 1500 to 1800, scurvy killed as many as two million sailors, who on the high seas had limited access to fruit and Vitamin C — I was walking through the grocery store. I…

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The Beauty Of Laissez Faire — And How It Explodes Climate-Change Scaremongering

It was just recently announced that a team of Harvard scientists, in collaboration with a private company called Carbon Engineering, have developed an inexpensive, large-scale method for pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. In an excellent article titled Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline, Robinson Meyer, of the left-leaning Atlantic…

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The Unknown Rebel, Tiananmen Square, & the Twenty-Ninth Year Anniversary of a Socialist Massacre

Tank Man — or the “Unknown Rebel,” as he’s sometimes called: so small and yet so large. That photo is of course from Tiananmen Square, twenty-nine years ago today, June 4th, when the entire world watched an anonymous Chinese man stand alone in front of advancing tanks, not backing down in the face of socialist…

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Anarchism, Egalitarianism, Gresham’s Law, & the Fundamental Flaw of Socialism

The fundamental flaw in every variation of socialism — and this includes the watered-down versions we enjoy today (i.e. progressivism or welfare statism) — is the idea that human survival is or should be guaranteed. Therefore, says the theory, it follows that the legitimate function of government is to ensure everyone’s survival. This is achieved…

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Angry Dirty Water: The Uncompahgre River

Along the western edge of Ouray, Colorado, and sourced some 12,000 feet above at a lake called Lake Como, there flows a greenish-yellowish-reddish river named the Uncompahgre River. The word is pronounced un-COME-pah-GRAY. It’s a Ute Indian word that means “dirty water” or “angry water” or “red lake,” because mountain minerals color the water, as…

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Oxford Professor: “Control Them for the Good of Everyone”

The BBC, which is owned by the British government, recently hosted a talk from Oxford Professor Danny Dorling — a quintessentially elitist talk, but even worse than that: one which shows how completely out-of-touch with reality (economic reality, in particular) so many of these intellectuals are. Please note also that further on in the lecture…

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails and any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe”

Her name was Kelly Carlyle. She was twenty-years-old, and she was the girl Kristy Reed had seen over a year before in the classroom, who had shown him the book. Some twenty days after this meeting in the diner, he visited her at her home, when she was sick with a high fever, and the…

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Pockets of Pure Utopia in These United States

Did you know that in present-day America, there exist many, many isolated pockets of Utopia? These are places wherein healthcare is 100 percent free. Where housing is fully provided by money that pours freely in. And food as well is provided. In these Utopias, everyone has access to education, and education, too, is 100 percent…

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Happy Birthday, Karl Marx!

Two hundred years ago, in May of 1818, Karl Marx, the father of 20th century collectivism and the towering inspiration for socialist central planning, was born in Trier, Germany. Karl Marx continues to be lionized and admired by intellectuals and artists the wide world over, and one recent example, in addition to all the saccharin…

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The Life and Death of Alfie Evans

“Whether one likes it or not, it is a fact that the main issues of present day politics are purely economic and cannot be understood without a grasp of economic theory.” Wrote Ludwig von Mises. I think his words are true, unfortunately. Like the human body, knowledge forms an indivisible unity. It’s interconnected and deeply…

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The Party of Science, the 1 percent, and Why Laissez Faire Triumphs

The Party of Science is, as you know, the Left, and they are quick to call out (rightfully so) the knuckle-draggers on the Right who place faith above reason: the right is absurdly antiquated on any number of issues — ranging from gay marriage (which, incidentally, the left was also against, for 238 years, before,…

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We Are the 99 Percent

You’re part of the ninety-nine percent, you say. What of that? Your status isn’t fixed, and you are not stuck there. You’re free to work your way along the spectrum — as, indeed, most people do. You’re free to run clear up to the top percent — as, indeed, many people do. Your motivation and…

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“My Balls Feel Like Concrete”

“I’m in bed the next day, she brings me cafe-au-lait, gives me a cigarette. My balls feel like concrete.” — Ricky Roma, Glengary, Glenross Prior to the Industrial Revolution, a surveyor reported on two houses in London: “I found the whole area of the cellars of both houses full of sewage, to the depth of…

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Creative Destruction

Did you know that America prospered for 140 years without a Federal Reserve or a National Income Tax, both of which are barely 100 years old, though now they’re so thoroughly entrenched, as is social security, medicare and medicaid, all of which are even younger, that the overwhelming majority of American people can’t imagine life…

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If Government Doesn’t Provide It, It Will Never Be Provided: The Entrenchment Fallacy

In response to my latest book, which is an explicit espousal of laissez-faire, I’ve already gotten a few emails and messages with the exact comments I anticipated — anticipated from the moment I first conceived the idea, in fact, because I’ve been fielding these very same questions for well over a decade now. My main…

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