March 2014Volume 64, 2014
Should libertarians adopt the language and perspectives of identity politics? Where does that leave the individual? In this issue, Max Borders looks at our intellectual tradition and comes away skeptical that identity politics has any improvements to offer. Anne Wortham discusses her life and career as an individualist in a world anxious to reduce her to a demographic symbol and Sarah Skwire says privilege changes depending on the context. Plus Wendy McElroy looks at America's prison industry, Benjamin Powell discusses sweatshops, and much more.
JANUARY 20, 2014 by THE FREEMAN
Anne Wortham is an associate professor of sociology at Illinois State University. She is a rare voice in the liberty movement--a scholar and rogue academic. She wrote her first piece for The Freeman in 1966. And we are happy she has agreed to offer her voice to these pages once again.
Why is America’s prison population soaring?
JANUARY 21, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY
Police states are the mother of prison complexes. Whatever solutions arise will come from shining the harsh light of reality upon both.
Wacky-nomics, cronyism, and Certificates of Need
JANUARY 15, 2014 by JORDAN BRUNEAU
Certificates of Need (CONs) make healthcare much more expensive. Even the feds know this. CONs persist, though, because they make politicians and their backers plenty of money.
Some of us just write about libertarian ideas. This guy actually made them public policy for millions.
FEBRUARY 10, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Progressives don't like to talk about Hong Kong because it's not only the freest economy, but also one of the richest.
You might be an anarcho-capitalist if you consider this case
DECEMBER 11, 2013 by DAVID J. HEBERT
Once you get past the scary terms, the case for anarcho-capitalism resembles the case for, say, being able to shop around for your healthcare.
JANUARY 22, 2014 by THE FREEMAN
Ben Powell says we shouldn't believe the hype about sweatshops.
The victimhood-industrial complex is confusing some libertarians
JANUARY 28, 2014 by MAX BORDERS
Some libertarians are getting caught up in the victimhood industrial complex. But our tradition already offers us a virtue we can embrace without collectivist identity politics.
JANUARY 24, 2014
Ukraine's government is violently oppressing the opposition. You won't hear much about it in most news outlets, but FEE has received a report from inside the country.
JANUARY 29, 2014 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER
The cops have revenue to generate. Protecting your rights is your (expensive) problem.
JANUARY 23, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA
Why do so many fear a corporate dystopia more than a State-run nightmare world? Several examples of the latter have actually existed, after all.
JANUARY 30, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
What it means to be privileged--and who holds the privilege--changes with the context.
JANUARY 31, 2014 by JENNA ROBINSON
Blogger Denise Minger might not have heard of public choice theory, but she applies it without remorse to America's dietary-industrial complex in her book, Death by Food Pyramid.
Searching for Sugar Man and spontaneous order
FEBRUARY 05, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN
Music creates spontaneous, unpredictable communications directly from person to person. That makes it essential to life--and a persistent threat to power.