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Who is afraid of individual rights?

I recently attended a conference on conservative ideas to learn more about them. My biggest takeaway: while conservatives agree with Objectivism (the philosophy to which I subscribe) about economic freedom and free markets, they have an aversion to individual rights. 731 more words


Defending Google

In a free society, success would bring cheers, admiration, and attempts to emulate or surpass achievements. In today’s statist mixed economies, including the United States and Canada, success of some companies breeds envy among others—and makes them run to the government to ask for “levelling of the playing field” by forcing the successful competitors to “share” with them. 689 more words

Individual Rights

What is an “unfair” competitive advantage?

Having not read newspapers for the duration of a two-week vacation (the reason for no posts), I eased myself back with the Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition on the weekend at the airport lounge on the way back home. 548 more words

Individual Rights

Government’s role: Providing services or protecting individual rights?

For many, government exists to look after us by providing various services: health care, education (both K to 12 and post-secondary), licensing (of daycares, restaurants, selling of food, liquor and tobacco; driving, gambling, etc.), old age security, advising and funding for business. 640 more words


Does government suspending Costco’s fish import license make us safer?

Full disclosure: I am a Costco fan, and I particularly like buying wild-caught fish there because it is always fresh and a good value. A brief news article in the Financial Post (FP) recently caught my eye: “Food safety watchdog suspends Costco Canada’s fish import licence.” According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Costco is not consistent in following food safety controls set by the regulator—a horror of horrors—and therefore Costco’s import license was suspended at the end of February. 668 more words

Individual Rights

Gays & Christians & Agnostics are equal some of the time, but not others.

A law was recently passed in Illinois allowing business owners to deny service to gay (or other) clientele based on their religious beliefs. The irony of this law is that it is establishing a right that we already have as free individuals with the freedom to associate with whomever we please but does so in such a way as to assume that one of these two groups previously had more rights than the other, and this law is simply bringing equality back when there was never an imbalance to begin with, except the ones that Government created in order to “solve” it. 2,143 more words

Animal Farm

Inequality is not the problem—lack of freedom is

Desperate to leave a legacy—of having turned the United States more sharply toward socialism—President Obama is grasping for various schemes. In his latest State of The Union address, he again brought up solving the “problem” of income and wealth inequality by the means of state intervention as part of his desired legacy. 702 more words