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December 2013

Volume 63, 2013

Healthcare was already a huge mess before Obamacare, and for the same basic reason: State intervention. While nobody expected quite the fiasco that Obamacare's launch proved to be, we knew it would not end well. In this issue, Merrill Matthews explains what was wrong before, and why Obamacare was one of the worst possible ways to address the problems. John Ross and Jordan Bruneau describe two different attempts to address the previous healthcare system's shortcomings. One, Remote Area Medical, has seen its efforts to provide free vision and dental care impeded by bureaucrats even in the wake of disasters. The other, Dr. Keith Smith's Surgery Center of Oklahoma, threatened insurers' and providers' cozy setup with genuine price competition and transparency. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker describes the new era today's youth are building, B. K. Marcus looks at the the current golden age of TV, and much, much more. 


FEATURES

Bureaucrats Against Healthcare Access

Remote Area Medical (RAM) offers a glimpse into a robust, voluntary health sector, but not if bureaucrats have anything to say about it

NOVEMBER 06, 2013 by JOHN ROSS

RAM is bringing free healthcare to people in the United States who don't have access to it--except when the State gets in the way.

Can This Man Save Healthcare?

OCTOBER 21, 2013 by JORDAN BRUNEAU

Dr. Keith Smith is putting the heat on the healthcare cartel that keeps prices high and rising. The effects have begun rippling throughout the region.

A Quick Fix Courtesy of Karl Marx

Privatize Social Security and the economy will roar back

NOVEMBER 04, 2013 by NATHAN SMITH

Privatizing Social Security is a good idea long term. But even in the short term, it could get the United States out of the liquidity trap while giving each and every American an ownership stake in the means of production.

Debt-Ceiling Crises: Imagined and Real

A lot of the talk about the debt ceiling amounts to fearmongering

OCTOBER 10, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

If the U.S. government wants to get serious about paying the next few months' bills, the President could start by selling some assets. The long-term problems are another matter.


COLUMNS

Healthcare Whodunit

DECEMBER 02, 2013 by THE FREEMAN

Obamacare hasn't gotten off to a good start. At least it's not the only story in reforming American healthcare.

Catastrophic Plans

The largest, fastest failure in the history of welfare programs

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

The failure of Obamacare's website shouldn't come as much of a surprise. It's a symbol of the latest, biggest step of many in the wrong direction.

The New Libertarianism

Emerging leaders in a young movement are putting their ideas into practice

OCTOBER 28, 2013 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

A visit to a Students for Liberty conference shows a new generation of libertarians creating a freer, more tolerant world.

7 Falsehoods About the Free Market

OCTOBER 11, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA

Conversations about the free market are beset by falsehoods that have entered conventional wisdom. Here's a sampling of some of the more persistent among them.

7 More Falsehoods About the Free Market

OCTOBER 25, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA

When it comes to conventional wisdom about the free market, falsehoods abound. We covered some a couple weeks back. Here are seven more.

Master Jugglers and Social Engineers

Good economics, bad economics, and our unprecedented debt

OCTOBER 22, 2013 by PETER BOETTKE

The United States is saddled with a staggering amount of debt. It's time to put aside bad economics and look at how to salvage our financial future.


CULTURE

TV’s Third Golden Age

Programming quality is inversely proportional to regulatory meddling

OCTOBER 09, 2013 by B.K. MARCUS

Television's new golden age puts consumers in control, rather than the government or the networks.

The Root of Evil

OCTOBER 31, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE

A grisly tale perfectly suited for Halloween, Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale" is often said to be about the evils of money. But taking a closer look at the source suggests there's something more complex going on.

Chemistry Is What We Are

Breaking Bad shows exactly how entertainment can become art, and why the distinction matters

OCTOBER 16, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

There's a lot that can be said about Breaking Bad. What's more interesting--and what makes it art--is what our reactions say about each of us.

Aubade

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 by EMILIA PHILLIPS

Sometimes we say to one
a goodbye
meant for another.

Temple

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 by JOHN LANE

Mother, when my blood rises
it is you that flows through
my veins


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