What Are We For?
Libertarians don't have to be able to predict exactly how society would look if it were libertarian. But we do have to know what we're for, not just what we're against.
The Paradox of Voting
Politicians like to claim the backing of "we as a society" for their favored policies. When they use the phrase, it means (if it means anything) that they want to impose the current whims of one group of society on everyone else.
Emile Zola vividly illustrates the pleasures and perils of shopping, particularly the power of well-displayed merchandise to stir up longing and desire. Despite the usual bromides of the Christmas shopping season, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Obamacare hasn't gotten off to a good start. At least it's not the only story in reforming American healthcare.
The Reluctant Visionary
Advances in fields not explicitly related to nanotech have us poised on the verge of a fourth revolution that could be every bit as disruptive as the agricultural, industrial, and digital ones--but on a far vaster scale. Just ignore the hype (and the backlash it has created).
Black Death and Taxes
The plague and the Little Ice Age didn't do Europe any favors. But the excesses of the State amplified the damage.
Quarterly Letter from the President - September 2013
I don't know where the summer went but by every measure at FEE, the direction was up--and in most categories, up dramatically.