Steven Horwitz

Contributing editor and Freeman Online columnist Steven Horwitz is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University and the author of Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective, now in paperback.

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Liberty: Come Play on the Lawn

We all have to be good stewards of liberty’s intellectual commons

JUNE 23, 2014 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Older libertarians might be tempted to ostracize younger ones for trivializing our movement. Younger libertarians might be tempted to bypass rigor and quality. But the movement belongs to all of us.

The Calling

New Year’s Resolutions for Politicians

And one for us all.

JANUARY 01, 2014 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Recognizing that self-restraint is rarely a strength of politicians, we want to offer some help. Here are three New Year's resolutions for politicians.

Feature

Is Being Less Productive Good for Humanity?

OCTOBER 17, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Economists know that just making more stuff isn't the same as productivity--it has to be stuff people want, at prices they're willing to pay. The nation's most famous newspaper doesn't seem to get this, so Steven Horwitz delivers a lesson in basic economics.

The Calling

On Competition and Entrepreneurship

The third pillar of the Austrian revival.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

If Austrian economics, and classical liberalism more generally, are to win minds and hearts in the world of ideas, it will be by doing as Israel Kirzner does.

The Calling

On Individualism and Economic Order

Great Austrian works of the twentieth century

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Many of the themes that characterize Austrian economics since its revival in the mid-1970s emerged from these essays.

The Calling

On Human Action

We owe a debt to Ludwig von Mises.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Human Action remains one of the great achievements in the social sciences and perhaps the single most important economic treatise of the twentieth century.

The Calling

Debating the Stimulus

Avoid the GDP distraction.

SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

As the debate over the stimulus continues into November, classical liberals should be aware of the essential issues.

The Calling

Who Plans Best for Natural Disasters?

Private firms or government agencies?

AUGUST 30, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

The private sector can move supplies quickly to where they need to be because it can effectively use local and decentralized knowledge.

The Calling

Droughts, Famines, and Markets

Why crop failures need not starve anyone.

AUGUST 23, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

We can't control the weather, but we can unleash the market and further globalize food production to avoid famines when harvests go bad.

The Calling

It's Not a Black-and-White World

Find the good among the bad.

AUGUST 16, 2012 by STEVEN HORWITZ

The world is not just about good guys and bad guys, but about real people whose ideas are good and bad in various mixtures.

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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it's also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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