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Michael Moore: Old Fashioned Capitalism When “Wealth Was Shared”

In a recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, socialist documentarian Michael Moore — who, not coincidentally, made a socialist propaganda movie called Capitalism: A Love Story — revealed Monday (September 27th, 2011) what we all already knew: he has no understanding whatsoever of what capitalism really is. The video clip won’t embed, but you can…

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Make Every Day Earth Day — But Do It The Right Way

Earth Day is upon us again. It all began on April 22, 1970, when a United States Senator named Gaylord Nelson founded “an environmental teach-in” which he called, somewhat inauspiciously, Earth Day. The first Earth Day was confined to the United States, but the first Earth Day national coordinator, one Denis Hayes, soon made it…

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Individual Rights

Rights are a formal codification of human freedom. Rights state explicitly the fact that no other person or institution has rightful jurisdiction over the person or property of another. Justice — also known as equity — is nothing more or less than the legal recognition of each and every individual’s right to her own life…

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The Great Outdoors Initiative

Not quite ten years ago, in May of 2001, Robert Tracinski wrote the following: Past regulations have been imposed in the same manner that the new, less-restrictive process is being adopted: by executive-branch decree. The result of those decrees over the past three decades has been a vast environmentalist land grab, with millions of acres…

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Earth Day

This year rather than celebrating Earth Day by advocating still more government bureaus, which will then determine for the rest of us what we can do with our property, let us instead celebrate the only real way to clean up and beautify the planet: private property rights and private stewardship. From Chapter 2 of Leave…

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Myths About Markets

There are approximately twenty million myths about markets and market capitalism, one of the most common being this: Markets don’t work well (or are inefficient) when there are negative or positive “externalities.” Here’s how Tom Palmer, philosopher and economist, bunks that canard: The mere existence of an externality is no argument for having the state…

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What Causes Such Shocking Poverty?

Did you know there’s never been a real famine in the United States? One thing alone is responsible for that fact, and that one thing is this: Private property rights. It is the absence of fully protected property that creates poverty. As the brilliant Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto puts it in his book —…

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Socialism, Nazism, and Environmentalism

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party was founded in 1919 and abolished in 1945. It came into full power under Adolph Hitler in 1933, and proceeded at that time to slaughter a spectacular number of people in a relatively short span of years. Socialists today are of course universally agreed that Nazism was many things,…

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