friots

In what might just be the most desperate and absurd attempt to whitewash the Ferguson riots yet, Matt Bruenig of Gawker argues that rioting—“at the right levels”—is good. Granted, Bruenig does not parrot the destruction-drives-consumption talking points of charlatan—sorry, Keynesian—economist Paul Krugman. Instead, he chooses the somewhat more sophisticated, albeit far more absurd, argument that “rioting […]

worker's rev

In the last decade, technology has given rise to a new trend toward decentralization of means of production that threatens the firm grasp established producers hold over the economy. The proliferation of peer-to-peer and sharing economies has already shown its ability to disperse capital and produce more efficiently than large-scale firms. Taxicab companies the world […]

null-and-void

Nothing is more useful to the State than the notion that its rule is justified. As governments cannot forever rule by force alone, it is expedient for them if their subjects sense an air of legitimacy about the prevailing political authority. Prudent governments and their champion intellectuals tell a story of how those in power […]

wowu

It’s always seemed slightly ironic that a movement whose members were largely influenced by the works of a prolific female author would have so few women in it. Of course, Ayn Rand was no feminist (she did refer to herself as being a “male chauvinist”, despite being pro-choice and creating strong female characters who would’ve […]

fergie

When the Tea Party movement was at its pinnacle, there were a great number of signs to be seen bearing a particular quote raised in the air by middle-aged fists. The quote was a paraphrase of Thomas Jefferson: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” […]

bearcoin

Since Bitcoin got off the ground a few years ago, there have been squabbles among adherents of the Austrian school over whether the decentralized cryptocurrency is money, adding one more to the umpteen schisms already in the Austro–libertarian camp. Jeffrey Tucker is an unrelenting starry-eyed proponent of Bitcoin and considers it a way to live […]

WoWsotm

Days ago on Reddit, a user suggested testing the viability of anarchocapitalist theory with a microcosmic video game society and economy. The prospect of being able to test political, social and economic theories without risking devastation of quality of human life is an attractive one. The ability to test human interaction the same way we […]

RothbardStocks

In any ideological political movement, there is disagreement and debate over the best way to achieve the movement’s political goals. Some favor a Fabian-style gradualist approach, while others call for immediate revolution. For some, all lesser concerns take a backseat to the prime political goal, while others see importance in keeping a careful balance of […]

computer-anger

The so-called marketplace of ideas might be the only market that has been left relatively untouched by governments around the world. This rings especially true in the West. People can freely exchange thoughts and ideas with each other without the State interfering. Granted, of course, some ideas are directly and indirectly subsidized by the government, […]

HobbyLobby

This past Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that a company is not required to provide healthcare that covers the cost of contraception if this violates the religious beliefs of the company. Like clockwork, every possible communication medium has been swarmed with praise from the Right and objections from […]

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