Utopia, you are standing in it!

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Few had even heard of the Mont Pelerin Society until the late 1990s and the internet age. The ringmaster of the neoliberal conspiracy still has a very ordinary looking webpage. Lead conspirator Hayek was so little known at his death in 1992 that finding extensive obituaries of him in newspapers is hard. Some may be …

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John Rawls’ Law of Peoples had as its key point that the fundamental division is not between democratic and non-democratic peoples or liberal and non-liberal, but decent and non-decent or outlaw peoples. Decent peoples allow toleration and subscribe to eight principles: Peoples are free and independent, and their freedom and independence are to be respected …

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…ask yourself an important question: Are you really an environmentalist, or are you just “greener than thou.” Membership in the Green tea party requires more than just displaying your green bona fides. It requires proven environmental results and pragmatic environmental policies—not just green rhetoric… With only two planks, the Green tea party’s platform would make …

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I was [initially] convinced by Friedman and Schwartz that the 1929-33 down turn was induced by monetary factors… I concluded that a good starting point for theory would be the working hypothesis that all depressions are mainly monetary in origin. Ed Prescott was sceptical about this strategy from the beginning… I now believe that the …

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The Latin Monetary Union (LMU) joined Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland together with France in 1867. The arrangement managed to hold together until the generalized breakdown of global monetary relations during World War I. The Scandinavian Monetary Union (SMU) formed in 1873 by Sweden and Denmark and two years later by Norway. This was disrupted by …

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Traffic offences are example of the punishment dilemma: there but for the grace of god I as the offender. That makes voters, most of who drive a car, reluctant to support strong punishments for crimes they might happen to commit somewhat accidentally rather than through some malicious intent. Traffic offences are the breaches of the …

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Much is made of how the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute are funded by the Koch Brothers to act as their propagandists. Greenpeace and Right Wing was good enough to follow the money: American Enterprise Institute: $350,000 in total between 2004 and 2011 as compared to an annual income of $25 million. Cato …

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