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January 1996

Volume 46, 1996

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Why Mass Media Mergers Are Meaningless

The Old Media Empires Are Modern-Day Dinosaurs Headed for Extinction

JANUARY 01, 1996 by ADAM THIERER

Seizure Fever: The War on Property Rights

What Pretext Does the State Need to Claim a Citizen's Property?

JANUARY 01, 1996 by JAMES BOVARD

Building Code Blues

Building Safety Should Arise from the Spontaneously Coordinated Interests of Those with a Financial Stake in a Property's Integrity

JANUARY 01, 1996 by JAMES D. SALTZMAN

Predatory Unionism

Consumers Should Be Highly Skeptical of Unions' Claims

JANUARY 01, 1996 by THOMAS J. DILORENZO

The Proper Scope of Democracy

Democracy Is No Excuse for Abandoning Basic Principles of Human Social Life

JANUARY 01, 1996 by TIBOR R. MACHAN

The Business-Ethics Quagmire

It Is Silly and Misleading to Present the Business World as Devoid of Morality

JANUARY 01, 1996 by KAROL BOUDREAUX

Freedom and Happiness

Economic Well-Being Makes Our Other Cultural, Intellectual, and Personal Accomplishments Possible

JANUARY 01, 1996 by BRYAN CAPLAN

Liberty, Government, and the Rule of Law (excerpt)

Only True Law Can Provide True Liberty

JANUARY 01, 1996 by JEFFRY W. DUFFY

On the Need for Social Coercion (excerpt)

There Is a Non-Coercive Solution to the Tragedy of the Commons Problem

JANUARY 01, 1996 by MICHAEL HUEMER

Thomas Paine, Passionate Pamphleteer for Liberty

A Singleminded Private Individual Aroused Millions to Throw Off Their Oppressors

JANUARY 01, 1996 by JIM POWELL

As nobody before, Thomas Paine stirred ordinary people to defend their liberty. He wrote the three top-selling literary works of the eighteenth century, which inspired the American Revolution, issued a historic battle cry for individual rights and challenged the corrupt power of government churches. His radical vision and dramatic, plainspoken style connected with artisans, servants, soldiers, merchants, farmers, and laborers alike. Paine's work breathes fire to this day.

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