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Report from Canada: The Regime Is Lying about the Truckers

March 9, 2022

Here in Canada, the trucker protesters (and their supporters) have been civil and maintained the usual Canadian niceness. This civility has not been reciprocated by the political class. Original Article: “Report from Canada: The Regime Is Lying about the Truckers” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Report from Canada: The Regime Is Lying about the Truckers

February 11, 2022

Canadian truck drivers are continuing their protest against the government’s covid/vaccine mandates. The protest was triggered by the federal government’s November mandate that truck drivers must be fully vaccinated by January 15 or they would be subject to mandatory testing and quarantine requirements when entering Canada. It is worth noting that on January 12, various government …

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The Bank of Canada’s Failed Mission to “Preserve the Value of Money”

December 13, 2021

The Bank of Canada’s stated mission is “to preserve the value of money by keeping inflation low and stable.” Yet, the BOC works to inflate away the value of Canadians’ purchasing power every single day. Original Article: “The Bank of Canada’s Failed Mission to ‘Preserve the Value of Money'” This Audio Mises Wire is generously …

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The Bank of Canada’s Failed Mission to “Preserve the Value of Money”

November 30, 2021

In Canada, inflation hit 4.7 percent in October, and is expected to go even higher. According to a recent survey, 46 percent of Canadians are struggling to feed their families because of the rising cost of living. Perhaps they are also struggling to understand the logic of the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) mission statement: “We …

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Canadians Should Be Able to Vote “None of the Above”

September 23, 2021

The fact that NOTA is not a genuine, nonsymbolic ballot option proves that the political class merely pays lip service to the concepts of integrity and the will of the people. Original Article: “Canadians Should Be Able to Vote ‘None of the Above'” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by …

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Canadians Should Be Able to Vote “None of the Above”

September 17, 2021

Canadians are heading to the polls on September 20, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s questionable ethics are under a microscope, with Chris Selley of the National Post suggesting that Canadians “could do a lot worse than choosing whichever leader they judge the most eager and likely to govern with integrity.” Okay, I’ll bite. Let’s assess …

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British Columbia’s Supreme Court Gets an F in Healthcare Economics

September 1, 2021

Canadian hospitals operate under fixed budgets dictated by the government. When this tax revenue is depleted before the end of the year, as often happens, new patients are put on a waiting list. This problem isn’t getting any better. Original Article: “British Columbia’s Supreme Court Gets an F in Healthcare Economics” This Audio Mises Wire …

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British Columbia’s Supreme Court Gets an F in Healthcare Economics

August 23, 2021

British Columbia’s supreme court recently upheld the province’s restrictions on privately funded healthcare, despite the pain and suffering inflicted on people who have been victimized by the government’s broken promise to provide universal healthcare. Justice John Steeves said his decision is supported by the economics of healthcare: [T]he MPA [Medicare Protection Act] is inherently about the maximization …

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Canadian Healthcare: A Half Century of Broken Promises

July 14, 2021

“People primordially fear illness and death, and physicians, from shaman to modern scientists, have always been perceived as holding a near-talismanic power over both. With the rise of modern wealth came the potential for enormous tax harvesting, and politicians were quick to see that this power over life and death could generate deep feelings of …

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

November 28, 2020

Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article. 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 …

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Most Everything Governments Do Should Be Regarded as “Corrupt”

October 8, 2020

Governments that redistribute wealth and regulate our daily lives are inherently corrupt. We cheapen the word “corruption” when we reserve it for just a few politicians who break the arbitrary rules. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Most Everything Governments Do Should Be Regarded as …

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Rent Control Is Bad for Renters, but Good for Politicians

October 3, 2020

Rent control in Ontario has restricted the supply of housing while lowering the quality of available units. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Rent Control Is Bad for Renters, but Good for Politicians”.

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Most Everything Governments Do Should Be Regarded as “Corrupt”

October 3, 2020

Allegations of corruption have recently been levied against Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau (since resigned) for not recusing themselves from discussions about awarding a contract to a charity which has financial ties to their families. Notice that the wrongful act—corruption—is completely focused on the names of the state’s decision-makers, not on the …

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Rent Control Is Bad for Renters, but Good for Politicians

September 26, 2020

Ontario’s ever-changing rent control policies prove that politicians are just as committed to flip-flopping as the Minnesota Vikings are to not winning the Super Bowl. Rent Control as a Means of Buying Votes Ontario’s modern history of rent control legislation began during the 1975 election campaign, when it was actively promoted by the New Democratic Party …

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Can Governments Really Make the Workplace Safer?

September 24, 2020

During a recent interview, Ontario’s Labour minister Monte McNaughton spoke about the rules that businesses will be expected to follow as the economy reopens, and the consequences for businesses that do not obey the government’s rules: We want all businesses to create a workplace safety plan that identifies the risks of transmitting the COVID-19 virus …

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Bastiat Leads the Way on the Morality of Forced Lockdowns

June 11, 2020

On May 11, in defiance of a government lockdown order, Elon Musk reopened Tesla’s car plant in Fremont, California, which elicited a negative reaction from Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard Law School: Arguably it’s possible to conceive some circumstances where a law is morally unjust and a corporation would be justified in acting like …

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Governments Are the Real Price Gougers

May 8, 2020

Although politicians lecture private companies for raising prices, it is governments that have for decades raised the prices of goods and services by limiting supply and raising costs. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Governments Are the Real Price Gougers”

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Governments Are the Real Price Gougers

May 8, 2020

Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said “he was ready to ‘throw the book’ at those who hiked prices on essential goods by five or ten times their usual value.” He said: I’m calling them out: Pusateri’.s I heard that they’re selling hand wipes for $30 a tin? That’s disgusting. …

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Governments Make Us More Vulnerable in a Pandemic

April 17, 2020

This article focuses on Canada, but the analysis applies in every country to varying degrees, and in most countries to a very significant degree. Even before COVID-19, Canada’s socialized healthcare system was characterized by a decades-long failure to make good on a government promise “to make sure that people could get care when it was needed …

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Canada Has Abolished Civil Liberties in the Name of “Safety”

March 28, 2020

To limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, “The federal government has advised Canadians to stay at home and limit their contact with others if they have been diagnosed with the virus, exposed to someone who has or if they traveled outside the country within the past 14 days.” However, on March 21, Patty Hajdu, …

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“Heritage” Designation of Old Buildings Is Both Wasteful and Arbitrary

March 5, 2020

An old red barn in London, Ontario was recently given heritage protection by City Council. Two days later, after dark, the barn was demolished. Owner John McLeod, citing legal advice, wouldn’t comment when asked if he’d demolished the barn but said, “I’m delighted that it’s down.” McLeod had fought the heritage designation for the Byron …

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Why the Courts Aren’t All They’re Supposed to Be

December 13, 2019

In the United States, law courts routinely hand out court order mandating payments to victims. And then do little to enforce them. For example, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015 only 43.5 percent of custodial parents received the full amount of court-ordered child support payments. 25.8 percent received partial payment while 30.7 percent …

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The Fight Against “Home Sharing” Drives up the Price of Short-Term Housing

November 4, 2019

City Council in London, Ontario recently decided to explore their options for regulating “short-term rentals” arranged through companies such as Airbnb, HomeAway, etc. The motion was brought forward by Councillor Anna Hopkins, who is concerned about (a) complaints from residents about short-term-renters’ noisy parties, and (b) “the role those short-term rentals have on taking potential …

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City Hall Forbids Developer from Giving Consumers What They Want

October 15, 2019

Politicians habitually promise us greater economic prosperity, but their official policies usually contradict their promises. And if you dare to point out this contradiction, you will be ignored, as happened recently in London, Ontario. First, let’s consider the source of economic prosperity. Economic Prosperity is Driven by Entrepreneurs and Consumers John, an entrepreneur, leases a …

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The False Promise of Canada’s Health Care System

September 20, 2019

Canada’s socialized health care is a failure, as measured against the service the government promised to provide. Tom Kent, the senior government policy person when the Medical Care Act was passed in 1966, described the government’s objectiv : “The aim of public policy was quite clearly and simply … to make sure that people could …

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A More Sane Alternative to Government Prisons

September 6, 2019

Rape, violence, and drugs are ubiquitous in prisons, so it is not surprising that recidivists commit a hugely disproportionate share of crime. Government prisons and so-called private prisons have no incentive to rehabilitate prisoners or improve prison conditions because taxes are their source of revenue, which is guaranteed regardless of performance. Lawmaking, law enforcement, courts, …

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How Canadian Cops’ Legal Immunity Endangers the Public

August 14, 2019

On July 28, in London, Ontario, a police pursuit of two bank robbers resulted in three collisions. The suspects’ car hit another car, and police cars hit two other cars, the second of which was a taxicab, which appears to have had the right-of-way in an intersection. The taxi driver has been released from the …

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