Freeman

March 2014

Volume 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. 


FEATURES

The Individualist: An Interview with Anne Wortham

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.

Cage Complex

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.

The Great Healthcare CON

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.

The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

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.

If You Like Your Governance, You Can Keep It

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.

Sweatshop Blues: An Interview with Benjamin Powell

JANUARY 22, 2014 by THE FREEMAN

Ben Powell says we shouldn't believe the hype about sweatshops.


COLUMNS

All You Need Is Toleration

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.

Dispatch from Ukraine: A Journalist Describes the Unrest from Inside

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.

Police Work Has Become a Racket

JANUARY 29, 2014 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

The cops have revenue to generate. Protecting your rights is your (expensive) problem.

Dystopias Seen, Dystopias Imagined

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.

The Myths of School Vouchers, Then and Now

JANUARY 27, 2014 by CASEY GIVEN

School voucher myths have changed little over 50 years. Evidence against them, though, has mounted steadily.


CULTURE

Check Your Context

JANUARY 30, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

What it means to be privileged--and who holds the privilege--changes with the context.

Nutrition Without Romance

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.

No Sleep Till Johannesburg

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.

Defending Veronese

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 by MARYANN CORBETT

What has he done, poor terrified pittore,
to end up haled before this stern tribunal?


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