Freeman

April 2013

Volume 63, 2013

The "A" word might conjure pictures of rioters and assassins, but it should instead conjure images of peaceful collaboration and free exchange. Ben Powell says everyone understands that people are sometimes better off without any State obtainable at the time; Jeffrey Tucker explains how the world around us is full of examples of people freely establishing their own order without the State; Paul Green says something like anarchy in the workplace already works for his company; Edward Stringham explains how PayPal provided its own fraud prevention when the State proved incapable; Bruce Yandle, Wendy McElroy, and Douglas French explain more ways the State we have interferes with the world we want; and much, much more. 


FEATURES

You Are An Anarchist. The Question Is: How Often?

MARCH 14, 2013 by BENJAMIN POWELL

When it comes to the State, the relevant debate isn't whether the State is always needful or always hurtful. It's whether statelessness is preferable to any realistic alternative in a given place and time. The answer might surprise you.

Enterprise Without Bosses: An Interview with Paul Green, Jr.

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 by THE FREEMAN

Paul Green, Jr., of the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, discusses how a workplace without bosses works.

PayPal’s Private Governance

MARCH 04, 2013 by EDWARD STRINGHAM

Markets have been generating rules and enforcement mechanisms for centuries, with or without the State. PayPal's fraud enforcement is a case in point.

Rahm’s Rule of Crisis Management: A Footnote to the Theory of Regulation

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

Rahm's Rule gives a whole new meaning to the term "crisis management." It also helps us understand how opportunistic politicians can both establish and respond to crisis-based circumstances--ensuring that pork gets delivered to favored constituents while everyone else is distracted by the looming crisis. The rule forms a footnote to theories that help us understand the regulatory state

America’s Food-for-Votes Program

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 by WENDY MCELROY

Why is the government trying to make more people dependent on it for their food?

The Dorm Boom: Higher Education’s Fellow Traveler

MARCH 06, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Dorm room construction is booming even as people are realizing that college is overpriced--and taking more free and distance-learning courses. Douglas French sees another bubble.

Too Much Distortion: Federal Meddling in Your Music

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 by MELISSA DANIELS

Perhaps as much as any great songwriter or artist, three judges appointed by the Librarian of Congress determine the future of your music.

Algae, Evolution, and the Future of Biofuels

FEBRUARY 13, 2013 by JACOB BORDEN

Algae might hold the key to replacing fossil fuels, but the market's discovery process--not the government--should figure that out.


COLUMNS

The Beautiful Possibility

MARCH 27, 2013 by THE FREEMAN

A world without the State--without even the need for one--is a beautiful thing to contemplate. It's worth investigating, whether or not we ever arrive at that point. The April issue, in print soon, explores this strand of classical liberal thought.

To Free One's Mind

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

Anarchism is not the dream of a far-off world free from the State. It's the understanding that human society flourishes all around us despite the State's constant interference.

Fordlandia: Henry Ford's Amazon Dystopia

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

By trying to design a government and industry from the top down, Henry Ford failed. His Brazilian disaster illustrates the perils of trying to duplicate something that normally happens organically.

The New Swedish Model

MARCH 01, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA

The Swedish model has meant, in recent years, reducing public spending and deficits. To replicate that model in the United States, though, we might have to become Greece first.


CULTURE

Book Value: Fairy Tales for Cube Dwellers

FEBRUARY 22, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE

A collection of Sinclair Lewis's short stories reveals a writer and a mind too good to have only one view about the world of business and the people who populate it.

The True Gold Standard

MARCH 06, 2013 by ROBERT BATEMARCO

Lewis Lehrman explains the benefits of a return to the gold standard, then lays out a clear plan for how to get there from here.

Zero Dark Maybe

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Sorting out how your political beliefs relate to your entertainment choices isn't always a simple process. When it comes to a movie about the war on terror, though, the stakes get a little bit higher.


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