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Why Americans Clamor for Socialism

If every time the government intervenes (known as economic interventionism) into the broader economy there is an eventual wave of resulting economic pain, and if the political and academic classes continue to describe our system as free market or capitalistic, then the entirely predictable result is a mass embrace of socialism as the solution to […]

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Marxism, Reformism, and Interventionism

One of the points that I made in my previous article on socialism is that the Orthodox Marxists define socialism as the situation in which there is public (community) ownership of the means of production. Since historically labelled socialist regimes (Stalin, Venezuela) do not match this definition and because the means of production were controlled […]

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Raimondo skewers Charles Koch

The wonderful Justin Raimondo, a defender of the Old Guard libertarians, has a nice, sizable column on Charles Koch and his “low tax liberalism” flavor of libertarianism in the Spectator USA. Definitely worth the read. CJay EngelCreator and Editor of Austro Libertarian. Lives in Northern CA, runs several businesses, spends time with his family, and […]

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"True Socialism" and the State: A Follow-Up

Quick note: I’ve decided to shift the blog section of the site from a separate subdomain to the main site, in its own category. So all future articles will show up at AustroLibertarian.com. As a followup to my article yesterday on the meaning of socialism, I want to make a quick comment on the idea of […]

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How Politicians Pander

Bob Wenzel notes: House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that he will not seek re-election in November. Ryan listed Rand’s, Atlas Shrugged, as one of the three books he most frequently rereads but the principles of Rand never seemed to sink in. As House Speaker, he acted more like a weak LBJ than Rand. Here’s […]

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H.L. Mencken on the Government's Money and Services

HL Mencken from his article More of the Same, original published in the American Mercury in 1925: When a private citizen is robbed a worthy man is deprived of the fruits of his industry and thrift; when the government is robbed the worst that happens is that certain rogues and loafers have less money to […]

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Gerard Casey and Murray Rothbard on the Nature of the State

Casey doesn’t mess around: States are criminal organizations. All states, not just the obviously totalitarian or repressive ones. […] I intend this statement to be understood literally and not as some form of rhetorical exaggeration. The argument is simple. Theft, robbery, kidnapping and murder are all crimes. Those who engage in such activities, whether on […]

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Paul Gottfried Dissents from the Thought Controllers

“Media elites decide what “we as a people” should or shouldn’t be. Who asked you?” —Gottfried. CJay EngelCreator and Editor of Austro Libertarian. Lives in Northern CA, runs several businesses, spends time with his family, and reads as much economics and political theory as possible. http://www.twitter.com/cjayengel

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I, Customer: Blind Sheep Edition

I commented on a Wall Street Journal article which was about the fact that Apple Music subscribers were set to surpass Spotify subscribers in the US. Seeing the number of anti-Apple leftists commenting, and having a couple minutes to spare, I laid the bait: I love Apple in every way. Can’t get enough of their products. […]

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Excerpt from Mises' Biography

I like this first part of the preface of Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism, brilliantly researched and written by Jorg Guido Hulsmann. It really captures Hulsmann’s appreciation for Mises, and touches on Mises’ contributions to the freedom philosophy. IN THE SUMMER OF 1940, with Hitler’s troops moving through France to encircle Switzerland, Ludwig von […]

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Rights Have Supremacy Over the "Will of the People"

Left wing populists, such as the increasingly followed Robert Reich, have recognized that the US economic and political system is basically controlled by the well-connected elite. These corrupt persons operate on the framework of leveraging the Federal government for their own economic and political empowerment. However, by not having a proper understanding of rights and […]

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Announcing: Austro Libertarian Podcast

Here’s everything you need to know. I’m pleased to announce that Austro Libertarian now has a podcast. The format is simple: myself and a cohost, Ben Lewis, will conduct interviews and conversations relating to Austro Libertarian ideas and themes, sometimes perhaps current event commentary. We welcome suggestions and feedback. In fact, I’m considering adding a […]

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Cathy Newman and the Unconstrained Vision

Been thinking about one particular moment in the the Peterson-Newman standoff, in which Newman is questioning Peterson about why there are more male CEOs in the FTSE 100. Part of the reason for this, Peterson explains, is that men tend to have a personality better suited for adapting to the fierce nature of big business competition. […]

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