Freeman

Poetry

To Justify the Ways of God to Men

(Summer, 1961, age 10)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by PAUL DICKEY

Through bedroom windows came the voice of God,
P.A.'ed as loud as hell from a vacant yard.

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Clichés of Progressivism

#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?

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The Dawn of the Surveillance State

America has been spying on its citizens for a hundred years

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 by GARY MCGATH

We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology. But large-scale spying on Americans got its start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I.

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Ludd vs. Schumpeter

Fear of robot labor is fear of the free market

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY

An increased use of robots will cause a dislocation of labor, which will be painful for some in the near term. But if market forces are allowed to function, the dislocation will be temporary and life will improve for everyone.

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Freedom and Whisky Go Together

Scottish secession is not about liberalization—yet

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 by IAIN MURRAY

Scottish secession is not about liberalization per se, but an independent Scotland might have to rediscover Adam Smith.

ANYTHING PEACEFUL ANYTHING PEACEFUL

FEE Then and Now

Reflections on a 70-year-old organization

Distinguished fellow Jeffrey Tucker has written a stirring tribute to FEE. In it, he offers key insights into our place in a burgeoning movement.

Where’s My Quid?

Exchange value is inherently unequal

Viewing voluntary exchanges as involving equal values leaves people blind to the mutual benefits created by "unequal" exchanges.

THE ARENA

Spooner v. Bentham on Natural Rights

Which way do you lean on natural rights? Who do you find yourself agreeing with most often, Spooner or Bentham?

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September 2014

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 shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has 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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