Tag: laissez faire

Culture

Charity is no Part of the Government

This is the second of 7 installments in our series, “Compassion, Not Compulsion: Why the Welfare State Fails to Lift …

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Book Reviews

Christian Anti-Capitalism

Review of Daniel M. Bell Jr., The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World (Baker Academic, 2012), …

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History

With or Without a God: Natural Law and Property Rights

[Excerpted from An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, vol. 1, Economic Thought Before Adam Smith (1995). An …

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Libertarianism

Stop Statism

This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series Great Libertarian Memes

Statists are anti-progress. Statists claim their policies are for the common good. For some this claim is just a front to get more power, but for others it is a genuine goal. Nevertheless, even the most well-intentioned statists, who believe that granting government the power to control individual actions will result in a better outcome, violate rights and cause harm.

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Economics

The Nobility of the Bourgeoisie

By Edmund Opitz If the man from Mars were to ask any one of us to point out the business …

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Leviathan at War edited by Edmund A. Opitz

Perhaps the most valid justification of government is its defense of citizens against foreign aggressors. But when governments wage war, a thin line separates defense and offense. And even in a defensive war, governments typically deprive their own citizens of many liberties. Historically, war has done more than anything else to enhance the power of governments and to diminish the liberties of the people. Classical liberals have always recognized the dangers of war and supported policies, such as free international trade, that reduce the likelihood of war.

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Economics

10 Things I Hate About Taxes #9: Taxation is Theft

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Ten Things I Hate About Taxes

I have already said and illustrated this numerous times in previous articles, but I will say it once again: Taxation is theft, period. To continue this theme, I’d like to show what a few of my favorite laissez-faire economists had to say about the evils of taxation.

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Announcements

Austrian Scholars Conference 2009

I love economics. I know, it’s a little weird, but it’s the truth. Turns out I will be going to …

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