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Stephan Livera
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The Essential Hayek by Don Boudreaux

Fantastic book here by Don Boudreaux: The Essential Hayek, published by the Fraser Institute. This is a short book which introduces the reader to some of Hayek’s key ideas, and the concepts are deftly explained. Hayek can be hard to read, so if you lack…

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Social change is more important than politics

This post is directed at the people who were sharing/liking the Obama worship videos e.g. this video, that basically attempted to play him up as some cool, bad ass guy (for this, and some other policies). But all politicians really do is chase the polls…

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A mindset to be wary of is victim mentality. Fundamentally, free will underlies the libertarian view of the world, implying the ability for us to do things to change or influence outcomes. The view of the ‘anointed’ tends to run counter to this. In The…

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Fossil Fuels save lives

The debate about fossil fuel use needs to be reframed. I can understand where progressives and leftist environmentalists (as opposed to free market environmentalists) are coming from with their aim to preserve the earth. I just think they’re misguided:…

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Thomas Sowell has a great book called The Vision of the Anointed. It reads as a contrast between the ‘anointed’ (people with a statist view of the world) and the ‘tragic’ I like the point he makes here about intergroup disparities on page 33: Media and…

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I love this paragraph by Don Boudreaux in his Tribunal Live column: An irony that would be comical if its consequences weren’t so dire is that government’s power expands as voters demand that politicians protect them from being deceived and cheated in…

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Double standards for the state and the market

I saw this on social media from my friend Jebediah Cole: Imagine if John Nash had been killed in an UberX car, rather than a taxi. The taxi lobby would have shouted from the rooftops that the unregulated cowboys of Uber (btw: the taxi lobby opposes…

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Here is a pithy and skilful reframe: Succinctly retaking the moral high ground does the libertarian cause a great service. Most people are not willing to read lengthy books or watch long videos, but if the benefit can be put succinctly, there is hope to…

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Why care about rebutting locavores?

Ever heard of the idea of ‘food miles’? In case you haven’t, some local food activists promote this idea that people should specifically try to buy food that is sourced locally. Why bother rebutting them? Why not just leave the ‘locavores’ to their own…

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Here’s the video from the talk I recently did at the 3rd ALS Friedman Conference (2015), as part of the Liberty and Technology panel:
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