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The Truth About Politics

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. LewRockwell.com February 1, 2016 The Truth About Politics   The very first votes of the 2016 presidential election season will be cast tonight in the Iowa caucuses. This is supposed to fill us with happy thoughts about self-government, civic virtue, rational deliberation, and about politics as the way the people’s will […]


Is Freedom Finished?

By ROGER TOUTANT Mises Canada January 31, 2016   Is Freedom Finished?   In olden times, the size and scope of the state was necessarily limited due to the fact that individual productivity was low. Taxes had to be limited because each citizen had little to offer. The ruling king or dictator typically made the most of […]

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Among a People Generally Corrupt, Liberty Cannot Long Exist

By Lawrence W. Reed Foundation for Economic Education January 23, 2016   Among a People Generally Corrupt, Liberty Cannot Long Exist Real Heroes: Edmund Burke   Murray Rothbard, the Austrian school economist and student of Ludwig von Mises, regarded Edmund Burke in his youthful days as a libertarian and even a philosophical anarchist. Russell Kirk, […]


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Syria: It’s Not a Civil War and it Never Was

By Ulson Gunnar New Eastern Outlook December 30, 2015   Syria: It’s Not a Civil War and it Never Was   The weapons are foreign, the fighters are foreign, the agenda is foreign. As Syrian forces fight to wrest control of their country back and restore order within their borders, the myth of the “Syrian civil […]


Will the IRS Take Your Passport?

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute December 7, 2015   Will the IRS Take Your Passport?   A little-noticed provision in the highway funding bill Congress passed this week threatens a right most Americans take for granted: the right to travel abroad. The provision in question gives the Internal Revenue Service the authority to revoke […]

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We Must Be “Opportunists” In Dismantling the State

By Joseph T. Salerno Mises.org December 5, 2015   We Must Be “Opportunists” In Dismantling the State   In thinking about strategies for abolishing or radically diminishing government, many libertarians are led astray by using a false dichotomy. The State, they say, can either be smashed in one swift, fell blow or it can be rolled […]


Four Ways to Build a Free Society

By Jeff Deist Mises.org November 13, 2015   This article is adapted from a talk delivered at this past weekend’s Mises Circle event in Phoenix. The topic of our symposium this morning is “What Must Be Done,” which originally was the title of a talk given by Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe at a Mises Institute conference in 1997. Hoppe […]

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Washington: Assad Still Must Go

By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute October 28, 2015   Washington: Assad Still Must Go     At the State Department’s daily briefing today, Spokesman John Kirby conceded that the Syrian government led by President Assad may have a role to play in a “political transition” of the country. The apparent shift was in response […]


Two Minutes of Hate For Belarus

By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute October 12, 2015   Two Minutes of Hate For Belarus   With Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashenko elected to a fifth term in office on Sunday, the ritual western hate-fest against the former Soviet Republic shifts into high gear. The regular march of western journalists to Minsk to report on […]

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Jimmy Carter on US ‘Oligarchy’ and Corrupting Power of Money on Politics

By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams September 23, 2015   Jimmy Carter on US ‘Oligarchy’ and Corrupting Power of Money on Politics     Commenting on the political landscape, now six years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter laments that Washington D.C. has become corrupted by the influence of money. […]


Progressivism Is Illiberal

By Sandy Ikeda Foundation for Economic Education September 16, 2015   Progressivism Is Illiberal Modern Liberalism Is at Odds with Peaceful Interaction     A New York magazine article headline declares, “De Blasio’s Proposal to Destroy Pedestrian Times Square Is the Opposite of Progressive.” That’s Bill de Blasio, the current mayor of New York City, who […]

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After the Greek Crisis, Euro Elites Dream of a Unified Euro State

By Ryan McMaken Mises.org September 11, 2015   After the Greek Crisis, Euro Elites Dream of a Unified Euro State   Following the July 5 “no” vote in Greece against the terms of the negotiated bailout, European elites swore they would no longer negotiate: [E]urozone officials shot down any prospect of a quick resumption of talks, […]


Capture Theory: Republicans, Democrats, and the Triumph of Totalitarianism in America

By William L. Anderson LewRockwell.com August 27, 2015   Capture Theory: Republicans, Democrats, and the Triumph of Totalitarianism in America     Scott S. Powell, a fellow of the Discovery Institute, has written an excellent essay on how the radicals of the hard left have captured the Democratic Party. As one whose working colleagues mostly […]

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