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Saving Socialists From Themselves

June 14, 2014 in Economics

By David Howden

French Socialist President Francois Hollande won his election in 2012 on a platform to soak the rich and protect the generous welfare state. Now his Prime Minister Manuel Valls is warning that such policies could cause the French left to disappear unless Socialist party supporters start backing the government’s business-friendly reforms.

After humiliating losses to the National Front in the recent European parliamentary elections, France’s government is now promising to help companies by cutting taxes and reducing the government’s spending (the highest in Europe).

The problem with these reforms is that the left wing of the Socialist party doesn’t want to accept them. Hollande is deeply unpopular and may not be supported for reelection by his own party.

The change of faith by the upper brass of the Socialist government might be a desperate attempt to save socialism from itself. Time will tell if it can save socialism from the socialists.

(Originally posted at Mises Canada.)

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You Didn’t Consent to be the State’s Victim

June 14, 2014 in Economics

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Mises Daily Weekend by Walter Block

A selection from Toward a Libertarian Society.

Defenders of government coercion often claim that residence within a state’s boundaries imply consent to be taxed and regulated by the state in question. While one can expect to be robbed by the state regardless of where one lives, this is not the same as consenting to be robbed.

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Rock Star and Cancer Survivor Melissa Etheridge, In Albany for a Concert Saturday, Urges Passage of New York’s Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation — the Compassionate Care Act

June 14, 2014 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By mfarrington

In a Show of Support for Fellow Cancer Survivors and Other Patients, Etheridge Helps Advocates as They Enter the Final Days of the Legislative Session With Still No Action from Senate Leadership

Albany – Legendary rock star and cancer survivor, Melissa Etheridge – who is in the state capital for a concert on Saturday at the The Egg theater — called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the New York Senate to pass the Compassionate Care Act. Etheridge also arranged for patients and caregivers from Compassionate Care NY — a coalition of patients, caregivers and organizations working for passage of the bill — to collect signatures in support of the legislation at her concert.

June 13, 2014

Drug Policy Alliance

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