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  • Would we see freedom sooner with a bigger planet?

    This is more of a thought experiment that interested me so bare with me. Suppose Earth were 10x the size it is now and that it still could sustain life and looked just like Earth does today. Given the immense amount of resources required to control and enforce laws over such a large area wouldn't...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by freeradicals on Mon, Nov 19 2012
  • Where did the state come from?

    I've heard a lot of theories about where and how the state originated since I've started my reeducation in Austrian economics/libertarian political theory. My statist professor claimed that it was created naturally from people banding together and choosing one person to protect them. In a video...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Naevius on Fri, Jul 9 2010
  • Provisional Irish Republican Army

    The goal of the IRA is to remove North Ireland from control of the United Kingdom so that Ireland can be a united nation again. I was asking a friend of mine who's Irish, and he said that he also believes Northern Ireland should be a part of a united Ireland again. However, it's hard for me to...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Brian LaSorsa on Sun, Jun 27 2010
  • Thoughts on Effective Statism & Imperialism

    Some forum members might have noticed that recently I've been thinking/posting a lot about effective and efficient statism. Mainly, I've been thinking, "If I were the government and I wanted to maximize my economic gain as a parasite, what policies would I enact?" This thread is simply...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by krazy kaju on Mon, Oct 26 2009
  • Re: Libertarian War and Foreign Policy books

    Freda Utley's The High Cost of Vengeance is interesting.
    Posted to General (Forum) by Alice on Tue, Aug 18 2009
  • Lenin's Empirialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism - Short Critique

    I have just read Lenin's Imperialism and given a small lecture on it for a bunch of socialists I know. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The research is very well compiled and gives a great historical account of how we progressed. My one criticism however is very potent. And it's one no doubt many...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Oliver on Wed, Jul 22 2009
  • Question about late 19th Century "surplus".

    I am currently doing a dissertation on American foreign policy and at the moment I am reading William Appleman Williams The Tragedy of American Diplomacy . In it, he says that US expansionist policies gained support from industrialists and farmers in an effort to "open" and/or "find"...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Tyler Rouillard on Thu, Jun 18 2009
  • Japan and the Great Depression

    Recently I discussed FDR and the Great Depression with someone, and they brought Japan up as a counterexample to my assertion that Keynesian policies worsened and lengthened the Depression. Japan, it was said, was out of the Depression by about '33 thanks to consistent inflation and deficit spending...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Lukas on Mon, Dec 15 2008
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