Libertarians can offer a positive, optimistic alternative vision of society
DECEMBER 04, 2013 by MICHAEL MUNGER
Libertarians don't have to be able to predict exactly how society would look if it were libertarian. But we do have to know what we're for, not just what we're against.
“We as a society” does not exist
DECEMBER 03, 2013 by PIERRE LEMIEUX
Politicians like to claim the backing of "we as a society" for their favored policies. When they use the phrase, it means (if it means anything) that they want to impose the current whims of one group of society on everyone else.
Nanotechnology-driven manufacturing will change our world in fundamental ways—but we shouldn’t get too worked up about it.
NOVEMBER 27, 2013 by PHIL BOWERMASTER
Advances in fields not explicitly related to nanotech have us poised on the verge of a fourth revolution that could be every bit as disruptive as the agricultural, industrial, and digital ones--but on a far vaster scale. Just ignore the hype (and the backlash it has created).
The minimum wage is hurting poor people and minorities one ballot initiative at a time
NOVEMBER 26, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH
Minimum-wage initiatives are political winners, but their popularity has little to do with an understanding of economics.
They had more to do with each other than you might think
NOVEMBER 25, 2013 by B.K. MARCUS
The plague and the Little Ice Age didn't do Europe any favors. But the excesses of the State amplified the damage.
One man’s story of being gouged by a heartless vendor at a biker rally
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 by BRETT STONE
Why would a corn dog be expensive at a big event? Ask the people waiting in line for one.
Conventional wisdom now equates legality with a dedicated tax and regulatory apparatus
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 by STEVE ESPOSITO
The political payoffs necessary to make marijuana legal in Colorado include a bevy of new taxes. It's good that pot is legal, but it suggests a troubling concept of legality. What's more, the taxes still create incentives for black market sales.
NOVEMBER 12, 2013 by CHARLES W. BAIRD
The Supreme Court is hearing another case on a common union practice that violates employees' and employers' freedom of association.
The Emersonian ethic of self-reliance is evidence he was a libertarian
NOVEMBER 07, 2013 by ALLEN MENDENHALL
Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance" touts a bracing form of individualism that encourages people to have confidence in their perceptions and to take responsibility for their actions--including presenting their ideas in the marketplace, in the face of opposition.
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.