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Vivien Kellems: Giving the Taxman Hell

She wouldn't be pushed around.

JANUARY 03, 2012 by WENDY MCELROY

If principles are expressed through people, then Vivien Kellems's life shouts out that business is not the handmaiden of government.

Economic Independence: Bedrock of Freedom

A room of one's own.

DECEMBER 20, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

Economic independence is the bedrock of all other freedoms.

Destroying Childhood to Save Children

Unintended consequences.

DECEMBER 06, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

Laws that mandate the reporting of any suspicious contact with children will result in a dramatic increase in false or malicious accounts that harm innocent people.

The Roots of Surveillance America

In the beginning there was J. Edgar Hoover.

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

A supremely political animal, J. Edgar Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state.

Money-Grabs Go to Next Level

Welcome to the Prison Hotel

NOVEMBER 08, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

Prisoners in Riverside County, California, who have assets may soon be required to fork over approximately $143 a day for their stay in what County Supervisor Jeff Stone calls the "Prison Hotel."

Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge for Cash?

A Louisiana law forbids cash for used goods.

OCTOBER 25, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

A Louisiana law that took effect in August seeks to prevent the sale of stolen bridges by outlawing cash transactions in secondhand goods.

Why Not to Scorn Occupy Wall Street

Libertarians should add their message.

OCTOBER 11, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

OWS offers a blank slate for libertarians willing to write their own messages and march.

Patently Improper

Obama's "reform": from bard to worse.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

Whether you agree with the original purpose of patents in America or believe (as I do) that all patents are improper, the America Invents Act is repellent.

Whither Glik . . . and Why?

A crack in police immunity.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

The Glik case is important for advancing police transparency and accountability, without which it is not safe for anyone to walk down a street in America.

Zombie Feminism and Prudish SlutWalkers

Trivializing rape.

AUGUST 30, 2011 by WENDY MCELROY

The demonstrators are using the ill-considered words of one ignorant policeman as a reason to throw a street party.

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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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