April 2014Volume 64, 2014
Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual—and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
Will libertarianism be brutalist or humanitarian? Everyone needs to decide.
MARCH 12, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Tucker
As libertarianism gains traction, two strands are competing for mindshare: One asserts individualism come what may; the other celebrates the humane qualities of true liberalism.
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 by The Freeman
Michael Malice joins us to discuss his latest project, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il.
Political inequality is the real problem
MARCH 04, 2014 by Adam C. Smith, Stewart Dompe
Most discourse on inequality confuses a constructive form of inequality (economic) with a destructive form (political). Understanding the difference will bring some clarity to the issue.
Vouchers are back in vogue, but higher ed offers us lessons about a K–12 tuition spiral
FEBRUARY 24, 2014 by Jenna Robinson
Before jumping on board with school vouchers, proponents should hear this cautionary tale from higher education.
Thirty-some years after martial law, Poland is thriving. But life wasn’t always this good. Travel with us to 1981.
FEBRUARY 12, 2014 by Gary Dudney
Today Poland is a thriving, vigorous free-market democracy, but things were much different in 1981.
A glimpse into why the Ukrainians did what they did
FEBRUARY 27, 2014 by Karl and Sandra Borden
Fifteen years after a visit to Ukraine, a FEE supporter reflects upon the words of a physician who swore never again to live without freedom.
Less government means faster healing, says new study
FEBRUARY 18, 2014 by Douglas French
A new study from Pro Teck Valuation Services provides empirical support for Austrian economists' claims that markets will recover more quickly absent government meddling.
Markets might be impersonal, but at least they don’t require coercion
MARCH 03, 2014 by Gary M. Galles
Some people believe the economy should reflect a particular purpose. Such a pursuit requires the coercion of some by others.
FEBRUARY 04, 2014 by Sarah Skwire
Maybe 1984 isn't primarily a love story, but that's because an overweening State has destroyed the possibility of spontaneous human connection.
MARCH 05, 2014 by Michael Nolan
A new documentary shows North Koreans as agents of their own liberation.