SWAT members congregate outside the home on Dogwood Drive, in Easton, Conn. where Gonzalo Guizan was shot and killed by police during a raid on May 18th, 2008. (Source: Christian Abraham) EASTON, CT — Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named “Officer of the Year.” All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission. * * * * * The disturbing operation happened on the afternoon of May 18th, 2008. Homeowner Ronald Terebesi was sitting in his living room with his friend, 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk. At
Jeff Deist and Andy Duncan discuss the rise of UKIP in England, and whether it represents a real populist anti-state uprising or just rightist politics. Andy skewers the strutting political class in London, and the charade of voting Labour or Conservative based on minute policy differences. They also discuss the upcoming Scottish independence vote, and whether the land that gave us Robert the Bruce and David Hume has succumbed completely to socialism. Could an independent Scotland become the Singapore of the North, or just another Eurozone basket case? Andy Duncan is financial derivatives lecturer based in England. He uses the lessons of Austrian Economics to help explain how free markets are trying to work under the current blanket of global government regulation.
You can’t make this stuff up. Someone at the UK Guardian named David Grimes has declared that “economic liberalism,” by which he means the ideology of laissez-faire, “clashes” with “scientific evidence.” Which scientific evidence, you might ask? Well, the unassailable scientific dogma of global warming is one: Climate change illustrates this well, because despite overwhelming evidence of anthropogenic influence, there is a tendency for those with pronounced free-market views to reject the reality of global warming. The reason underpinning this is transparent – if one accepts human-mediated climate change, then supporting mitigating action should follow. But the demon of regulation is a bridge too far for many libertarians. There is no doubt that some people who purport to be advocates for free markets
The Johnson Center at Troy University has two Mises alums and former Fellows on the faculty: Malavika Nair and G.P. Manish. Have a look at the center’s new video: Writes Malavika Nair: “We are getting a Masters program next fall with a focus on Austrian economics and liberty so there’s exciting stuff happening!”
Mises Daily Friday by Joseph Salerno: Many economics textbooks claim that a function of money is to measure the value of goods. In fact, the value an individual attaches to a given sum of money or to any kind of good (including gold) is based on a subjective judgment and is without physical dimensions.
Mises Daily Friday by Peter St. Onge: The “Lost Decades” narrative in Japan and the US has kept the drive for more government intervention going for a long time.
HunterCoin (HUC) is a fork from Namecoin and was the brainchild of user SnailBrain and the late user thecoder who helped make Namecoin. The concept behind HUC is that mining can do more than secure a network or place votes on valid transactions. HUC mining helps people play a game. In HUC SHA256 and Scrypt miners can help users register unique names against the HUC blockchain and register the players’ position on the GUI that all users share. A user registers their name and gets 2 extra characters. The main character, or general, has its name appended with a .1, and the other characters get a .2 and .3 appended. To create characters, you must spend HUC. When you create your character,
“I think voting is great, but, if I have to choose between a douche and a turd, I just don’t see the point.” – Stan Marsh Well, great news Florida voters, you have a third option. Adrian Wyllie, Florida’s Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate, is running on a platform to keep government out of our personal lives, reduce unnecessary regulations and cut taxes. Florida’s gubernatorial race is an interesting one; besides Wyllie, his two main competitors have an unique past. Rick Scott, the current Republican governor, has one of lowest approval ratings among governors in the country. I reached out to his office for comment but had no reply. Scott is nothing short of a controversial political figure; Florida’s Democratic Party points out
Bobby Lee is the CEO of BTC China, a three year old exchange which he purchased in 2013. Following his purchase, Mr. Lee led a brisk expansion in market share that coincided with rising Bitcoin prices in the fourth quarter of the year. December 2013 saw BTC China leading the world’s Bitcoin exchanges in volume. While trading activity has dropped off since then (BTC China is currently ranked 3rd in worldwide volume), Mr. Lee has continued to focus on growing and diversifying his company. 2014 has seen a number of impressive features rolled out including an HTML5 wallet called Picasso, the expansion of international deposits to include USD and HKD, and the debut of an official desktop client BTC China
This is a beautifully done parable about the evils of the drug war. I wish the dragon had a less stupid name, but that is a tiny quibble about a short film that elevates the pro-legalization argument to the realm of art.