The Right to Own a Gun Isn’t Just for Americans

The United States is unique for its tradition of gun ownership, which often shocks foreigners and leaves them in a state of disbelief at how ubiquitous firearm ownership is. Moreover, the idea of people carrying firearms almost seems unreal to many. Indeed, gun ownership is as American as apple pie and will not go away so easily, much to the dismay of the most rabid of gun control proponents. Just look at gun sales since the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns took place. In the first six months of 2020 alone, 10.3 million firearm transactions…

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Why Marx Never Figured Out How to Distribute Goods in a Socialist Society

Contra Marx, Mises understood that human desires and needs are not determined merely by biology. Karl Marx held that human interests are “uniquely and entirely determined by the biological nature of the human body.” He thought that people were exclusively interested in gaining as many tangible goods as they could. Therefore, a person’s wants would not depend on his ideas but on his physiological condition. More is better. The question Ludwig von Mises posed, on the other hand, is: More of what? Economics is concerned with how this is decided. It is one thing to say…

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Covid Is Just the Latest Excuse for Canada’s Politicians to Violate the Constitution

In terms of their widespread application and rapid implementation, covid-19 policies have been the most egregious violations of Canada’s constitution, ever. But my opinion doesn’t matter, because judges are the only people allowed to interpret the constitution—a convenient arrangement for the government. Canada’s constitution includes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter). Freedom of association. Freedom of peaceful assembly. Freedom to work and earn a living. These are just some of the freedoms included in the Charter which have been denied to Canadians as a result of the government’s various…

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Inequality And The Gold Standard

Imagine that you earn $40,000 a year and your boss doubles you at $80,000 a year. Business was good to you both in 2013, and you received a 25% raise for your efforts. Not bad, and your boss gets to share in this good fortune too with an extra $25,000 (about 30%). You’re going to make $50,000 in 2014 and your boss will pull in $105,000. Are you happy with this deal? Probably. But wait, income inequality just increased! Your boss originally outpaced you by 100%, but now his salary…

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