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doublespeak black lives libertarian
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

The Doublespeak of Black Lives Matter and a Libertarian Response

The murder of George Floyd has proven to be a tipping point in America. Not only are various politicians looking at criminal justice reform, but some police officers are abandoning their posts as they’ve done in Seattle, Minneapolis, and now Atlanta. This doesn’t seem to be your usual (and temporary) social outrage. But what is it that we’re tipping towards? What began with peaceful protests against excessive use of force by the police, has culminated with President Trump threatening to deploy

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Christian view of economics
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

Is there a Christian View of Economics?

I had the pleasure of attending for the first time FEEcon this month. I met several interesting people, from fellow attendees to some of the speakers, including the president, Lawrence W. Reed. He spoke about the influence of his Christian faith on his work at FEE in his opening keynote speech, which highlighted a new ebook FEE has published called, Are We Good Enough for Liberty? While there, I observed a few conversations between LCI’s Doug Stuart and other

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Philosophy

Monopoly vs Monopolization

There is a great deal of confusion over monopolies; what they are and how they are caused. A cornerstone tenet of high school U.S. History is that the federal government saved the freed market from itself through anti-trust laws. Given that monopoly is undesirable, many Americans believe anti-trust laws to be a good thing. Introductory economics courses further cement in our minds the idea that we need protection from a completely unregulated market; like when

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praxeology
Culture

What is Praxeology?

What is Praxeology? Praxeology comes from the Greek; it means the study of deed, or action. It’s actually a broad discipline where human action is understood deductively. This leads to conclusions that are a priori, or self-evident. Today, praxeology is most often associated with Austrian economics, and for good reason. But it didn’t begin with Austrian economics. The term praxeology was first used by a German philosopher, physicist, and theologian name Clemens Timpler. Timpler identified

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black market economics
Culture

The Problem with Black Market Economics

The term ‘black market economics’ has a negative connotation to it. It’s often associated with transactions relating to undesirable behaviors such as drug use, firearms sales, and prostitution. Since the overturn of Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey by way of Dobbs v Jackson, we can now also expect black market abortion. However, the negative implication of the black market isn’t due to it being “unregulated’. Regulation can often lead to more injustice.

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Culture

Should a business owner be able to refuse service?

Does a lingerie store have the right to tell a breast-feeding mother to leave. Does a fashion designer have the right to make clothes that only fit “beautiful” people? Does a wedding photographer have the right to refuse to photograph a gay wedding ceremony? Does an ordained minister have the right to refuse to marry two people? These are all examples of real business owners refusing service to real people for what some may think

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