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Illiberal Arts

Cataloguing systematic suppression of speech on campus

APRIL 18, 2014 by ALLEN MENDENHALL

Compliant and controlled speech seems to be the main interest of universities today.

The Case for Voluntary Private Cooperation

We don't need nations, flags, and armies to make us prosperous

APRIL 16, 2014 by MICHAEL MUNGER

Forget the "markets vs. the State" debate. Systems of voluntary cooperation are what build societies and prosperity.

Let a Thousand Home Businesses Bloom

Time for regulators to take their boot off the neck of microbusiness

APRIL 14, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY

Jobs are still scarce. Why are regulators keeping people from creating their own jobs with home businesses?

For the Love of Money?

Money at the margin, not everything for money

APRIL 11, 2014 by GARY M. GALLES

Nobody does everything simply for the money. But criticizing markets for allowing money to mediate amounts to attacking their voluntary basis.

Chasing Dystopian Rainbows

It seems scientism passes for science these days

APRIL 08, 2014 by STEWART DOMPE, ADAM C. SMITH

A NASA report has more to say about using the correct analytical tools than it does about inequality.

Frank Woolworth and the Minimum Wage

APRIL 07, 2014 by DANIEL J. SMITH, ZAC THOMPSON

Frank Woolworth wound up benefiting millions of consumers and employees. Minimum-wage laws would have made it all impossible.

Talking About Ideas with Friends: Lessons from Graham Greene

APRIL 04, 2014 by JAMES M. HOHMAN

It's both rewarding and challenging to discuss worldviews with someone who disagrees. But it should always be done with respect, courtesy and critical thinking.

Selling Envy

How governments promote the worst in us to redistribute wealth

APRIL 02, 2014 by TERREE P. SUMMER

When politicians worry about inequality, they're trying to leverage one of our lesser impulses into power. The only equality it produces is equal poverty for non-elites.

The State as a Metanarrative

How the postmodern critique can augment the libertarian one

MARCH 31, 2014 by CASEY GIVEN

Most people don't see postmodernism and libertarianism as sharing much in common. But libertarians can learn a thing or two from postmodernism's analysis--and even deconstruction--of metanarratives.

The UAW Against the Volunteer State

Labor politics is desperate, thanks to capital mobility

MARCH 28, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY

Labor union dynamics are changing; a recent vote at a Volkswagen plant struck a blow against the UAW's strategy to adapt.

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April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
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