June 2013Volume 63, 2013
Cities are vast, complex orders that emerge from the voluntary actions of millions of people. In this issue, we take a look at them, from Sandy Ikeda's examination of the invisible blueprints that define cities, to Rod Lockwood's concept of a free city that could rescue Detroit, to Troy Camplin's theories of why cities exemplify the unity of paradox that defines beauty. Speaking of beauty, we reintroduce poetry to The Freeman. We also introduce The Arena, a monthly debate feature, and much, much more.
APRIL 30, 2013 by TROY CAMPLIN
The beauty of cities emerges, like with anything else, from paradox. For cities, the paradoxes of the life within them produce beauty; understanding this fact will make us as at home in them as we should be.
APRIL 29, 2013 by THE FREEMAN
Over the years, Rodney Lockwood watched his beloved Detroit fall into ruin thanks to the rise of unions and the welfare state. He wants to rebuild Detroit. In this interview, Lockwood describes his vision for doing so.
APRIL 11, 2013 by WENDY MCELROY
The unemployment rate is exactly the kind of statistic whose meaning relies on the political context as much as or more than the reality it's meant to reflect.
APRIL 19, 2013 by ROSS EMMETT
It turns out the mainstream view of Tom Malthus was first created by opponents of markets, was sustained throughout the nineteenth century by lovers of hierarchy, and was resuscitated in the twentieth century by environmentalists committed to the view that there are natural limits to economic growth. These environmentalists picked out the bits they liked and scrapped the rest, as it suited their agendas.
APRIL 23, 2013 by B.K. MARCUS
Prohibition has driven the development of ever-stronger drugs, whereas a free market would see a proliferation of lighter options.
MAY 08, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
A great city is composed of the networks of relationships between people. It's an invisible kind of order, in a Hayekian sense, that cannot be seen in its entirety.
MAY 02, 2013 by TOM W. BELL
Having government courts try government agents such as cops is a lot less fair than allowing independent arbitration. As a result, everyone is less safe.
MAY 01, 2013 by MAX BORDERS
Austin only seems weird because it's so much more interesting--and tolerant--than most other places. And Austinites understand and love the freedom that makes this wildly fertile, vastly creative, "weird" place possible.
APRIL 25, 2013 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER
The Atlanta schools cheating scandal is the expected result of State interference in the incentive structure.
APRIL 26, 2013 by DOUG BANDOW
Farm welfare takes money from some hardworking Americans to give to other hardworking Americans with more romantic-sounding jobs. This system makes no sense, especially when Washington is already broke.
MAY 03, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
The sprawling, pre-Holocaust family saga of The Brothers Ashkenazi displays the shortcomings of all systematic, simple answers to the problem of being human.
MARCH 21, 2013 by DWIGHT R. LEE
Michael Sandel's arguments that markets crowd out "nonmarket values worth caring about" is appealing and easy to understand, but often fails to account fully for the roles prices play or the constraints on our abilities to form deep, intimate bonds with millions of people at once.