The Triumph of Liberty: “WITHDRAWN”

A Nation Founded on the Ideals of Liberty, Yet No Place for a Book on Her Champions

By Joel D. Hirst

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EspañolThrough the author bio on an article I read somewhere I came to learn about the book The Triumph of Liberty by Jim Powell. I immediately went online, as I often do when something intrigues me, and purchased a previously owned copy from Amazon and waited expectantly. A few days later, the book arrived; a plain blue hardback cover with the word “WITHDRAWN” stamped in bold red across the binding like an ugly indictment. The book had been checked into a university library in the Midwest a decade before, and never checked out — not once.

Unfazed, I began to read.

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Another Way to Fix Puerto Rico’s Electricity Problems

Flip the Incentives: Punish Power Outages, Reward Success

EspañolPuerto Rico Senate President Eduardo Bhatia is calling for reform of the electricity system of Puerto Rico. Bhatia favors at least partial privatization of the power utility that has been plagued with outages, high costs, and billions in debt for years. While I applaud Senator Bhatia’s efforts, I think there may be another way to help improve things on the island.

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Argentina: The Country of Steak, Wine … and Subsidies

Now a Part of Our National Identity, Subsidies Keep Growing

EspañolAccording to the American Heritage Dictionary, a subsidy, from Latin subsidium, is the “monetary assistance granted by a government to a person or group in support of an enterprise regarded as being in the public interest.”

According to figures from the Argentinean Budget Association (ASAP), subsidies increased 34 percent from 2012 to 2013, and it seems like this year they will keep growing. Argentinean Economy Minister Axel Kicillof that the government “should continue supporting subsidies for the poor, and take them away from the well-off.”

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Leopoldo López’s Cousin: Opposition Martyr Still a Thorn in Chavismo’s Side

Thor Halvorssen, Human Rights Leader, Weighs In on Violations and Venezuela's Fate

The president of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, also happens to be the first cousin of Leopoldo López — the jailed opposition leader in Venezuela — and he is more than familiar with the viciousness of the Chavista regime.

Chavismo, he wrote recently in the New York Times, “operates on the basis of exclusion and political apartheid.” The HRF has denounced the military imprisonment of López and made known that he is a political “prisoner of conscience.”

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Taking the Long Way Home: Federal Aid to States and Localities

Undermining Federalism, Sending Hundreds of Billions of Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Español The Whitehouse’s Office of Management and Budget recently released the latest federal budget proposal to the public. Overall spending is expected to rise notably, from US$3.46 trillion to $3.65 trillion.

As expected, it is full of unnecessary, wasteful spending. One of the worst offenders is the “aid” the federal government sends to states and localities to pay for hundreds of different programs, ranging from environmental remediation to health care. Such spending totals more than $607 billion for 2014, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all federal spending.

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Canada: Civil Forfeiture Laws Victimize Citizens

Seizing Property without Any Criminal Charges, Let Alone a Conviction

By Joseph Quesnel and Kathleen Canjar

Civil forfeiture laws across Canada are unnecessarily victimizing citizens.

Rather than cling to these regimes, Canadian provinces need to move towards federal criminal forfeiture procedures found in the Criminal Code, which provide more procedural protection for individuals. This includes the presumption of innocence and proof beyond reasonable doubt.

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I Support Ron Paul and Disagree with Him from Time to Time

Follow-Up Statement from President and Co-Founder of Students For Liberty

Alexander McCobin: I Support Ron Paul and Disagree with Him from Time to TimeIn response to an op-ed that Students For Liberty’s Egle Markeviciute and I wrote on Monday, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity has published a post attacking me and SFL, even calling upon people to leave SFL and positioning the institute as diametrically opposed to SFL. Students For Liberty is a big-tent pro-liberty organization. SFL does not take policy positions, but we welcome debate and disagreement over the proper application of the principle of liberty to controversial issues.

As such, there are two points that I want to address here.

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More Reasons to Deny Global Warming

United Nations Advocates Communism for Environmental Protection

EspañolTurns out the climate scientists fanatics are contradicting themselves again. While fake information like the so-called “hockey stick” graph indicated that the earth has never been warmer than under human influence, advocates are now using the fact that the earth was much warmer in the distant past — before man appeared on the planet — to prove the dangers of man-made global warming.

Wait … what?

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Spanish-Style Riots Coming to a Country Near You

Austerity Is Coming to the United States, and It Won't Be Pretty

Screams and sirens pierce the air as rocks, firecrackers and sharp glass go flying from every direction. Police try to beat back the hordes of protesters by smashing indiscriminately into the crowd with their billy clubs.

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