John Robson. The Road to Serfdom. HAYEK. Economic theory. Politically Incorrect

 

And – for old times’ sake:

Part 1

Part 2

 

 

Freedom School 2015: Essentials of Freedom

Essentials of Freedom - 2014 - Edmonton, Alberta - January 31, February 1

Essentials of Freedom - 2014 - Edmonton, Alberta - January 31, February 1

Essentials of Freedom - 2014 - Edmonton, Alberta - January 31, February 1

 

 

 

 

Sun News commentator and University of Ottawa professor

John Robson, PhD
– columnist and commentator with Sun Media,
– Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa.

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Elsa Schieder, PhD, The Idea Emporium, The World Truth Summitfor freedom of speech

Elsa Schieder, PhD
thinker extraordinaire
– a.k.a. Dr Zee, for good thinking from A to Z,
– creator of The Idea Emporium.
Central Idea: Without the capacity to think, there is no freedom. We are locked inside blocks in our heads.

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Valerie Price, ACT for Canada

Alexandra Belaire
blogger – as Xanthippa
championing freedom of speech – like for Connie and Marc Fournier,
who had Canada’s oldest Conservative forum.

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Danny Hozack, organizer extraordinarie

Danny Hozack
organizer
for more info, call: (780) 808 0271
or email: dhozack at gmail.com

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Brian Lilley, host of Byline, Sun News

Brian Lilley
– host of Byline on Sun News,
– political journalist and Senior Correspondent for Sun Media’s National Bureau.

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Mark Milke - Tax Me, I'm Canadian

Mark Milke
author of
Tax Me, I’m Canadian:
A Taxpayer’s Guide
to Your Money and
How Politicians Spend It
– director of Alberta Policy Studies
for the Fraser Institute,
– lecturer in political science at the University of Calgary.

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Sun News commentator and University of Ottawa professor

Marcel G. Latouche
President & CEO
The Institute for Public Sector Accountability

plus lecturer of economics and public sector finance at SAIT Polytechnic.

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  IN TRIBUTE   

Elsa Schieder, PhD, The Idea Emporium, The World Truth Summitfor freedom of speech

Link Byfield
– founder of the Citizen’s Centre for Freedom and Democracy, a lobby group dedicated to advocating responsible government,
– for 18 years, editor and publisher for the Alberta Report.

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Thomas DiLorenzo – Labor Unions and Anti-Trust Laws

Comment, please!

Came across an interesting YouTube channel…

It seems that Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams are not the only people who recognize that the welfare state is wrecking the black family structure and destroying lives in the process:

 

Daniel Hannan at his brilliant, eloquent best

This is a must-hear speech!!!

 

Communicating Keynes vs. Hayek

On my recent and most excellent trip out West, I talked to a lot of people about all kinds of things.  So much food for thought… and me, a slow thinker!

The upshot of this will be that in the next few weeks, I’ll probably be mulling it over and posting answers to the questions that had been raised.

One of the questions that was thus raised was how to accomplish communicating some core principles to the younger generation.  After all, they ought to learn from our generations’ mistakes!

Which brings me to YouTube:  it is a resource chock full of awesome tools for getting kids interested in learning through fun, catchy videos.

For example, my son became quite the expert on ancient warfare after a video game creator who made games about Roman warfare decided that rather than paying for extra ads, it would be a better marketing idea to pay some established video game reviewers to educate their audience about the Punic Wars.  Brilliant!

Not only did my son watch that series of videos, he got so interested in the story that he went and looked up much, much more quality online material on ancient Roman history.

Isn’t it awesome how free market not only helps everyone involved, but its by-product is a better educate populace?

Which brings me more to the focus of my post – how to teach kids about basics principles of the competing economic theories?  It sounds dull – unless you set them to rap:

And, round two:

 

Another useful resource that explains that the source of our rights determines their nature, a set of videos that I have posted over the last week, from LOOKandLISTEN.

If you have other good videos, let me know and I’ll feature them!

CodeSlinger: The “Real” State of the Union in Just 889 Words…

As I am still at the ‘Essentials of Freedom’ conference (videos ‘coming soon’), CodeSlinger has very graciously written this guest-post:

(This is a parody, found here, but the sad fact of the matter is… it carries more truth than Obama’s actual words to the American people.  Why does it matter?  Because much of it also applies Canada, and the rest will soon. Wherever America goes, Canada soon follows.)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens:

This summer we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

This senseless, destructive war was started and championed by politicians who cared nothing for the 9 million people who lost their lives.

And in doing so, they began a century of warfare which continues to this day.

Our military industrial complex is larger than ever. We have nearly 2 million troops and national guardsmen, plus 3.5 million civilians employed in the defense sector.

With such awesome capabilities, we continue to resort to violence and death to exact political goals which benefit a tiny elite.

All of this has created a police state in the Land of the Free that is a far cry from the country we all grew up in.

Your government has spawned a culture of fear and intimidation. Nearly every federal agency, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, has its own gun-toting police force to pistol-whip citizens into submission.

And we’re stocking up. Your government has recently procured 1.6 BILLION rounds of hollow-point ammunition to supplement our existing supplies.

But frankly, we don’t need guns to harass citizens.

Our tax authorities have become more threatening than mafia warlords. The plunder is so severe that record numbers of Americans are renouncing their citizenship and leaving the country.

There are now dozens of federal, state, and local agencies and courts which have the power to confiscate your assets without any due process.

In addition to your house, your business, and your savings, we also have the authority to take your children away from you as if they are property of the state.

We are here to tell you what you can and cannot put in your own body, and whether you can collect rainwater that falls on own property.

In fact, on any given business day, the federal government issues hundreds of pages of new ‘rules’, proposed regulations, draft bills, executive orders, and/or regulatory notices.

And if you are not compliant with these rules, you may be committing a crime. Whether you know it or not.

When this nation was founded, there were four federal crimes on the books.
Today there are THOUSANDS. Plus we have millions of government employees at all levels to enforce the penalties.

All of this, of course, is financed by you, the tax slave.

You (plus unborn generations) are the poor suckers charged with paying off the national debt we politicians have created.

Officially the debt is just north of $17 trillion. But if you include Social Security and pension shortfalls, the figure is several times higher.

You’ll never know for sure because we have become masters of deceit regarding official statistics, whether inflation, unemployment, or our liabilities.

But the situation is so dire that the Congressional Budget Office projects the Social Security Administration’s disability insurance trust fund to RUN OUT by 2017.

We get by, year after year, by increasing the debt. And at well over 100% of GDP, we have truly reached the point of no return.

We are now in a position where we must default. Either we must default on our national debt, or we must default on our obligations to you the citizens.

We may end up stealing your savings. Robbing your Social Security. Taxing you to death. Or simply inflating away the value of our debt.

Naturally, we’re going to screw you in the process somehow… so be prepared for that. Especially the inflationary tidal wave that’s coming.

Our central bank has expanded its balance sheet at an unprecedented pace, creating massive asset bubbles in its wake. These asset bubbles have disproportionately benefited the ultra-wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

Such wanton money printing has also been tremendously destructive to our credibility. Other nations worry about our reckless irresponsibility. That’s why we keep spying on them.

Make no mistake: the consequences of our actions are here. And the days of the United States as the world’s dominant superpower are finished.

As the decline hastens, we will struggle to sell our debt to the world and to ship our dollars abroad. Fewer nations will be interested in our empty promises.

And without the generosity of other nations loaning us money at record low interest rates that fail to keep pace with inflation, you will really be screwed.

When this happens, you can absolutely count on us to clamp down even harder on the economy and control even more of your lives. For your own good, of course.

No, this may not be the country that you all grew up in. But it is the state of our union… whatever remains of it.

And so my fellow Americans, I urge you to grab your ankles and get ready for a little “shared sacrifice”.

But don’t worry about me, or my senior staff. We will leave government with cushy pensions, $750,000 speaking fees, board seats on public companies, and top positions in the industries that we have accommodated at your expense.

And of course I will be paid handsomely for the arrogant memoirs I will write in which I deny any responsibility for the shit I’ve gotten you all into.

So when I say “shared sacrifice”, I really mean “your sacrifice”.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless these United States of America.