21 Sep

Mini-treatise on Good Government

Since I’ve ended up running for the Libertarian Party of Canada in the October 2015 Federal Election I’ve decided to add a “Governance” category here where I will post / repost my articles about this topic.

I recall a moment when I was on the Board to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) during a meeting another director quipped (I believe it was Conservative stumper Rick Anderson) when making some joke about the difference between the American and Canadian governance models “That’s why in the US it’s Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness but here in Canada it’s Peace, Order and Good Government” which earned cackles of laughter from around the table. Myself included. Both slogans do advertise laudable aims, sadly both nations have strayed widely from the path of their purported goals as to become grotesque caricatures of themselves.

For a long time I have been compiling a list of short, concise rules that I always thought , were a society to embrace them, could underpin a sound, thin layer of order and constrain Big Government.

Those maxims are as follows: Read more…

18 Sep

Original Artwork by Joe Deagnon / ChickenOutfit.com

Original Artwork by Joe Deagnon / ChickenOutfit.com

John Maynard Keynes is the grandfather of all modern mainstream economic thought.  Richard Nixon was famously attributed as saying, “We are all Keynesians now” whilst slamming shut the gold window and launching the era of global fiat money. (Nixon didn’t really say this, it was actually Milton Friedman)

The phrase came back in vogue in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis when neo-Keynesians like Paul Krugman called for, and got, massive government and Central Bank intervention into the global economy in order to “save it”.

Back in 1930, Keynes looked out into the future and saw that with the proper management of the economy, monetary policy and the like, the world could attain a type of utopian stasis: Read more…

12 Jul

CronyismThis article originally appeared in The Dollar Vigilante and was soon after run on ZeroHedge.

Gandhi was once asked, “What do you think about Western Civilization?” to which he famously replied “I think it’s a good idea.” He may as well have been talking about free market capitalism.

Capital in the 21st Century has hit the world like a new teen idol sensation. Everybody is drinking the Kool-Aid and it’s being held up as the most important book ever written on the subject of how runaway capitalism leads to wealth inequality. Paul Krugman of course, loves it. As does every head of state and political hack in the (formerly) free world. A text-book sized brick that can be condensed down to a couple bullet points: Read more…

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22 Jun

My band, The Parkdale Hookers, just released this video off our new record Echo Bubble Overdrive.

BoingBoing called it “A great punk anthem”. If I get hit by a bus tomorrow I won’t have to worry about “dying with my music inside me”, as this song and the video pretty much says all I have to say. On everything.

6 Jun

I must confess that I am getting a little worried about you
and everyone else that is reading this email. I believe the
stock market is going to continue to rally a bit more here.

It may go up another month or two or three in fact.

The S&P 500 closed at a new all-time high the other
day. Many of the fad momentum stocks that got hit hard in April
look like they want to bounce so that can help the market too.

Yes there is money to be made by making a trade here, but I
am very worried that very few people will take their profits and
will just end up getting smashed when the rally comes to an end. Read more…

25 Feb

ImplosionYes, you read that correctly.

How could the destruction of the single, largest chunk of the bitcoin economy be good for bitcoin, and good for free markets?

How can a market value of anywhere between 20% and 30% of the dollar value of entire bitcoin economy going up in smoke  prove, finally, beyond a shadow of a doubt that purely free markets, unregulated from government intervention are superior in all ways to  government regulated, centrally planned economies?

Our starting point, because people will go here almost immediately, is the utterly baseless assertion that had bitcoin only been regulated, this sort of thing would have never been happened. Read more…

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