Freeman

Feature

Ayn Rand, the Movies, and the Idea of America

An Introduction to Ayn Rand's Textbook of Americanism

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 by LAURIE RICE

A little-known work by Ayn Rand is seeing new light. Laurie Rice reflects on Rand's "Textbook of Americanism," its philosophical contrasts, and the history that informed it for the Russian radical.

Hayek: The Knowledge Problem

We must stand humble before complexity and order without planning

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

The revelation hit me like a truck: This is an order that no one can possibly comprehend in either its totality or its parts, and, as such, an order that no one can possibly control.

The Liberty to Leave

Secession is a right, despite slavery’s blight and the Civil War

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Slavery has tainted the idea of secession, just as it erroneously defines the Civil War for too many people.

Secession Today

Three things the United States can learn from the Scottish referendum

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 by STEVE PATTERSON

Peaceful secession is possible. It's time to remove the stigma and start thinking about a less united United States.

People Over Profits?

A family feud in a grocery chain reveals a vital lesson in business and life

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 by GARY MCGATH

When a family feud breaks out in a New England grocery chain, lessons abound in terms of the relative importance of people and profits.

The Dawn of the Surveillance State

America has been spying on its citizens for a hundred years

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 by GARY MCGATH

We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology. But large-scale spying on Americans got its start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I.

Ludd vs. Schumpeter

Fear of robot labor is fear of the free market

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 by WENDY MCELROY

An increased use of robots will cause a dislocation of labor, which will be painful for some in the near term. But if market forces are allowed to function, the dislocation will be temporary and life will improve for everyone.

Freedom and Whisky Go Together

Scottish secession is not about liberalization—yet

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 by IAIN MURRAY

Scottish secession is not about liberalization per se, but an independent Scotland might have to rediscover Adam Smith.

Overkill: Militarizing America

Why are police arming for war in a time of relative safety?

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

The facts about officer safety do not justify the unprecedented force and weaponry that cops are displaying today. It's time to demilitarize the police.

Thomas Piketty’s Literary Offenses

Literature can inform economics, but not if it’s used carelessly

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE, STEVEN HORWITZ

Literature can provide excellent data about how people felt about economic data; it's not economic data in its own right, though.

1  2  3  4  5  >  >> 

EMAIL UPDATES

* indicates required
Sign me up for...

CURRENT ISSUE

September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited our social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
Download Free PDF

PAST ISSUES

SUBSCRIBE

RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION