25 May 2017
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings Bush's Signing Statement Dictatorship
Details some of Bush's (more than 800) signing statements and his "unitary executive" doctrine
Upd     "Every Day is 1956": The Hungarian Revolution Today
Upd     Lies and Leviathan
Describes the deceit used to institute and expand the U.S. Social Security program, as well as various other government programs and officials
 
Topic:  Breggin, Peter R. Psychiatrist and author, founder of The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
New   Writings Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles The Repudiation of Bush
Comments on the results of the November 2004 U.S. elections and on the first George W. Bush administration
 
Topic:  Castle, The 1997 movie about a family fighting for their home against corporate and government interests
Upd   Reviews A Man's Home Is His Castle
 
Topic:  Children Sons and daughters; young persons, infants, adolescents
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Due Process of Law Procedural safeguards, and unbiased laws and judgements
Upd   Articles The Soviet-Style Attack on NORFED
Discusses the federal raid on NORFED (National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Code) and the differences between a criminal search warrant and temporary injuctions used in civil proceedings
 
Topic:  Education, Compulsory Attendance in schools that is mandated by laws
Upd   Articles The Education Debate We're Not Having
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
Upd   Articles Eminent-Domain Chutzpah
Comments on an eminent domain case in Riviera Beach, Florida where a developer is threatening to sue the city council for reneging on a supposed deal
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
Upd   Articles Hidden Government
Discusses the July 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, which resulted in 800 dead and was carried out with assistance from the Bush administration
Upd     Lies and Leviathan
Describes the deceit used to institute and expand the U.S. Social Security program, as well as various other government programs and officials
 
Topic:  Habeas Corpus, Writ of A written order issued to ascertain if someone is imprisoned lawfaully
Upd   Articles Habeas Corpus: The Lynchpin of Freedom
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles A Clarion Call for Health Independence
A review of the movie Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Habeas Corpus: The Lynchpin of Freedom
Upd     They Lied About the Reasons for Going to War
Upd     They Deserved to Lose
Upd     Shssh! Don't Tell Americans How We Treat "Enemy Combatants"
Upd     The Soviet-Style Attack on NORFED
Discusses the federal raid on NORFED (National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Code) and the differences between a criminal search warrant and temporary injuctions used in civil proceedings
 
Topic:  Hungary Territory in central Europe, ruled since 1989 by the Magyarország
Upd   Articles "Every Day is 1956": The Hungarian Revolution Today
 
Topic:  Individual Liberty Enjoyment by individuals of social, political and economic rights
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  International Society for Individual Liberty Dedicated to the ideals of free markets, social tolerance and individual responsibility
Upd   Home Page Liberty International
Includes information about Liberty International World Conferences, Liberty Camps, publications and a blog
Upd   Mission Who we are | Liberty International
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles They Lied About the Reasons for Going to War
Upd     Is Any War Civil?
Considers the controversy over whether Iraq was engaged in a civil war in 2006, and Tony Snow's comment contrasting the situation with the American 1861-1865 conflict
 
Topic:  La Boétie, Étienne de Sixteenth century French judge and poet, author of Discourse on Voluntary Servitude
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings Piercing through Myths, Lies, and Stupidity
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Locke, John 17th century English philosopher
New   Articles Locke Mess
Review of the book Passions and Constraint: On the Theory of Liberal Democracy by Stephen Holmes
 
Topic:  Madison, James Author of Federalist essays, fourth President of the United States
New   Articles Locke Mess
Review of the book Passions and Constraint: On the Theory of Liberal Democracy by Stephen Holmes
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings A Man's Home Is His Castle
Upd     A Clarion Call for Health Independence
A review of the movie Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Upd     Benjamin Ricketson Tucker, Part 1
Biographical essay on Benjamin Tucker from birth to the early years of the periodical Liberty
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Education Debate We're Not Having
 
Topic:  Objectivism Philosophy put forth by Ayn Rand
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Politics The practices of guiding, influencing or controlling government
Upd   Articles Page Scandal: Political Corruption Precedes Sexual Corruption
Comments on the U.S. Congress page program and the scandal involving Mark Foley
 
Topic:  Punishments, Cruel and Unusual, Protection Against Restriction on the use of cruel and unusual punishments
Upd   Articles Shssh! Don't Tell Americans How We Treat "Enemy Combatants"
 
Topic:  Republican Party United States
Upd   Articles They Deserved to Lose
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Hidden Government
Discusses the July 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, which resulted in 800 dead and was carried out with assistance from the Bush administration
Upd     It's Not War
Counters George W. Bush's contention about a "decisive ideological struggle" by contrasting it to what happened during World War II
Upd     Page Scandal: Political Corruption Precedes Sexual Corruption
Comments on the U.S. Congress page program and the scandal involving Mark Foley
Upd     Eminent-Domain Chutzpah
Comments on an eminent domain case in Riviera Beach, Florida where a developer is threatening to sue the city council for reneging on a supposed deal
Upd     The Repudiation of Bush
Comments on the results of the November 2004 U.S. elections and on the first George W. Bush administration
Upd     End the Other War Too
Discusses the case of a woman killed by police based on a false report from an informant and recommends ending the War on Drugs
Upd     Is Any War Civil?
Considers the controversy over whether Iraq was engaged in a civil war in 2006, and Tony Snow's comment contrasting the situation with the American 1861-1865 conflict
Upd     Beware Income-Tax Casuistry, Part 1
Discusses the differences between direct and indirect taxes, pointing out that even James Madison and Alexander Hamilton could not agree unambiguously on definitions
Upd     Beware Income-Tax Casuistry, Part 2
Reviews the income tax laws passed between 1861 and 1894 and the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the Pollock case
Upd     End Draft Registration!
Comments on the proposal by Rep. Charles Rangel to resume military conscription
Upd     States, United States: America's James Bond Complex
Argues that the doctrine of American exceptionalism means U.S. officials appear to have a de facto licence to kill
 
Topic:  Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Thirty-second President of the United States
Upd   Articles The New Deal and Roosevelt's Seizure of Gold: A Legacy of Theft and Inflation, Part 2
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Rule of Law Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
Upd   Articles Bush's Signing Statement Dictatorship
Details some of Bush's (more than 800) signing statements and his "unitary executive" doctrine
 
Topic:  Self-Esteem Confidence and respect in oneself
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Stossel, John Host of "Stossel" show on Fox Business channel and former ABC News correspondent for the "20/20" newsmagazine
Upd   Articles Piercing through Myths, Lies, and Stupidity
 
Topic:  Szasz, Thomas S. Psychiatry professor and author
New   Articles Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles Beware Income-Tax Casuistry, Part 1
Discusses the differences between direct and indirect taxes, pointing out that even James Madison and Alexander Hamilton could not agree unambiguously on definitions
Upd     Beware Income-Tax Casuistry, Part 2
Reviews the income tax laws passed between 1861 and 1894 and the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the Pollock case
Upd     Funding Leviathan, Part 1
Reviews the latest tax reform proposals, including Steve Forbes' flat-tax plan, quoting Murray Rothbard on the flat-tax movement
Upd     Funding Leviathan, Part 2
Reviews the latest tax reform proposals, including the "Fair Tax" plan, quoting Murray Rothbard on consumption taxes and Ron Paul on the real issue of "tax reform"
 
Topic:  Terrorism The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
Upd   Articles It's Not War
Counters George W. Bush's contention about a "decisive ideological struggle" by contrasting it to what happened during World War II
 
Topic:  Tucker, Benjamin American individualist anarchist, publisher of the 19th century Liberty periodical
Upd   Articles Benjamin Ricketson Tucker, Part 1
Biographical essay on Benjamin Tucker from birth to the early years of the periodical Liberty
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
Upd   Articles States, United States: America's James Bond Complex
Argues that the doctrine of American exceptionalism means U.S. officials appear to have a de facto licence to kill
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles End Draft Registration!
Comments on the proposal by Rep. Charles Rangel to resume military conscription
 
Topic:  War on Drugs Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles End the Other War Too
Discusses the case of a woman killed by police based on a false report from an informant and recommends ending the War on Drugs
 
24 May 2017
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings The Fraudulent Meaning of Elections
Examines the arguments raised in the debate between Democrats and Republicans in Congress over the certification of the 2005 Ohio Electoral College voters
Upd     Killing in the Name of Democracy
Revised text of the "Messianic Democracy" chapter of Attention Deficit Democracy with additional parallels to George W. Bush
 
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles Outsourcing Torture
Discusses the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian sent to Syria for interrogation on suspectied ties to al-Qaeda
 
Topic:  Business Commercial activities that provide goods and services
Upd   Articles The Federal Ripoff
Review of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money by Timothy P. Carney
 
Topic:  Constitution, United States The supreme law of the United States of America
Upd   Articles The Progressive Era, Part 1: The Myth and the Reality
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
Upd   Articles A Democratic Dictatorship
Upd     Killing in the Name of Democracy
Revised text of the "Messianic Democracy" chapter of Attention Deficit Democracy with additional parallels to George W. Bush
 
Topic:  Education, Compulsory Attendance in schools that is mandated by laws
Upd   Articles Public Schools Have Flunked Out
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles The American Heritage of "Isolationism"
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Thank You ... for a Free Market
Explains why so often both parties to a commercial transaction express gratitude toward the other
Upd     A Real Free Market Benefits Workers
Discusses arguments from both progressives and their antagonists as to whether workers are losing ground, in terms of inflation-adjusted incomes, and argues that the blame is not on the so-called free market
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
Upd   Articles Government Keeps People Poor
Enumerates five ways by which government keeps people in poverty
Upd     Government the Exploiter, Not Protector
Argues that, contrary to popular belief, the primary goal of government is not to protect the citizens but rather to exploit them though taxes and a system of privileges
 
Topic:  Gregory, Anthony Research Fellow and Student Programs Director at the Independent Institute
Upd   Writings The Drug War's Immorality and Abject Failure
Discusses how drug use differs from criminal, property-rights violations, the justifications for the drug war and the many areas where it has had detrimental effects on society: inner cities, rule of law, foreign relations, etc.
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Killing Iraqi Children
Comments on a Detroit News editorial condoning the bombing, rather than the arrest and prosecution, of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the "collateral" death of a five-year old girl
Upd     Thank You ... for a Free Market
Explains why so often both parties to a commercial transaction express gratitude toward the other
Upd     A Democratic Dictatorship
Upd     Decimating the Constitution with Military Tribunals
Upd     Trapped in Lies and Delusions
Upd     Would You "Support the Troops" in Bolivia?
Discusses U.S. military contracts and the hypothetical case of a soldier objecting to being deployed for an invasion of Bolivia on orders from the President, contrasting it to the real scenario of the 2003 invasion of Iraq
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān
Upd   Articles U.S. Hypocrisy on Iran
Discusses the hypocrisy of Bush administration pronouncements about Iran interfering in Iraq, considering the U.S. intervention in Iran in 1953
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Killing Iraqi Children
Comments on a Detroit News editorial condoning the bombing, rather than the arrest and prosecution, of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the "collateral" death of a five-year old girl
Upd     Trapped in Lies and Delusions
 
Topic:  Jacobs, Jane 20th century American/Canadian writer, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Upd   Articles Jane Jacobs: The Spontaneity of Cities
Memorial commentary, in particular about Jacob's books against urban planning and about her activism
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings The Federal Ripoff
Review of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money by Timothy P. Carney
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings What Crisis?
 
Topic:  New York City, New York The Big Apple
Upd   Articles The Disastrous World of the New York Subway, Part 1
 
Topic:  Private Property Ownership of assets by individuals or non-governmental legal entities
Upd   Articles Zoning's Attack on Liberty and Property
 
Topic:  Prohibition Laws forbidding the production, sale, transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages
Upd   Articles We Aren't Children
Discusses the freedom implications of three recent alcohol regulations in the state of Arkansas
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Americans Should Be "Anti-American"
Comments on Robert Kagan's statement that the Iraq War "made anti-Americanism respectable again"
Upd     Government Keeps People Poor
Enumerates five ways by which government keeps people in poverty
Upd     We Aren't Children
Discusses the freedom implications of three recent alcohol regulations in the state of Arkansas
Upd     Government the Exploiter, Not Protector
Argues that, contrary to popular belief, the primary goal of government is not to protect the citizens but rather to exploit them though taxes and a system of privileges
Upd     A Real Free Market Benefits Workers
Discusses arguments from both progressives and their antagonists as to whether workers are losing ground, in terms of inflation-adjusted incomes, and argues that the blame is not on the so-called free market
Upd     Outsourcing Torture
Discusses the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian sent to Syria for interrogation on suspectied ties to al-Qaeda
Upd     Jane Jacobs: The Spontaneity of Cities
Memorial commentary, in particular about Jacob's books against urban planning and about her activism
Upd     Beware Income-Tax Casuistry, Part 3
Reviews the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad
Upd     U.S. Hypocrisy on Iran
Discusses the hypocrisy of Bush administration pronouncements about Iran interfering in Iraq, considering the U.S. intervention in Iran in 1953
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles What Crisis?
 
Topic:  Rule of Law Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
Upd   Articles Decimating the Constitution with Military Tribunals
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles Beware Income-Tax Casuistry, Part 3
Reviews the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
Upd   Articles Americans Should Be "Anti-American"
Comments on Robert Kagan's statement that the Iraq War "made anti-Americanism respectable again"
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
Upd   Articles The Fraudulent Meaning of Elections
Examines the arguments raised in the debate between Democrats and Republicans in Congress over the certification of the 2005 Ohio Electoral College voters
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Would You "Support the Troops" in Bolivia?
Discusses U.S. military contracts and the hypothetical case of a soldier objecting to being deployed for an invasion of Bolivia on orders from the President, contrasting it to the real scenario of the 2003 invasion of Iraq
 
Topic:  War on Drugs Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles The Drug War's Immorality and Abject Failure
Discusses how drug use differs from criminal, property-rights violations, the justifications for the drug war and the many areas where it has had detrimental effects on society: inner cities, rule of law, foreign relations, etc.
 
23 May 2017
Topic:  Achievement Success or accomplishment in life's endeavors
Upd   Articles The Great Multiplier
Excerpt
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings Free Speech on the Ropes
Constrasts President Bush's "we love our freedom" rhetoric with actions to suppress dissent by establishing "free speech zones"
Upd     The Most Absurdities per Kilo
Describes the SWAT attack on Tommy Chong residence for the purpose of confiscating bongs, part of Operation Pipe Dreams
Upd     Nonsense on the Inevitability of Democracy
Examines Francis Fukuyama's assertion about the "universalization of Western liberal democracy" and recent pronouncements by George W. Bush
 
Topic:  Cuba Island in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1959 by the República de Cuba
Upd   Articles U.S. Hypocrisy in Cuba
Comments on a billboard stating "In a free country you don’t need permission to leave the country. Is Cuba a free country?", posted by the U.S. Special Interest Section in Havana
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
Upd   Articles Nonsense on the Inevitability of Democracy
Examines Francis Fukuyama's assertion about the "universalization of Western liberal democracy" and recent pronouncements by George W. Bush
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings Book Review: J. B. Say
Review of J.B. Say: An Economist in Troubled Times, writings selected and translated by R.R. Palmer, 1997
Upd     Book Review: Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution
Review of Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution: How Macroeconomic Theory Lost Its Way by Steven Kates, 1998
 
Topic:  Economic Resources Natural, human and man-made factors used in the production of goods and services
New   Articles TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
 
Topic:  Eisenhower, Dwight D. Thirty-fourth President of the United States
New   Articles TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
 
Topic:  Friedman, Milton 1976 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
Upd   Articles Milton Friedman, R.I.P.
In memoriam, relates three personal interactions with Friedman
Upd     Thank You, Milton Friedman
In memoriam highlighting the many contributions of Milton Friedman
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
New   Articles TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
 
Topic:  Haditha Massacre Alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha committed by U.S. Marines
Upd   Articles Do Hadithans Hate Us for Our Freedoms?
Upd     Iraqi Death by Political Abstraction
Examines the causes of the 2005 Haditha killings, reflecting on Leonard Read's notable essay "Conscience in the Battlefield"
 
Topic:  Heinlein, Robert A. American science fiction writer
New   Articles TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings U.S. Hypocrisy in Cuba
Comments on a billboard stating "In a free country you don’t need permission to leave the country. Is Cuba a free country?", posted by the U.S. Special Interest Section in Havana
Upd     Do Hadithans Hate Us for Our Freedoms?
Upd     Libertarianism Is the Key to Our Future
Examines three reasons (freedom, morality and pragmatism) that suggest that Americans will eventually return to their libertarian heritage
Upd     Milton Friedman, R.I.P.
In memoriam, relates three personal interactions with Friedman
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles The Price of Empire
Discusses U.S drug warriors' unfruitful efforts to eradicate coca production in some Andean countries and the consequent migration of cultivation elsewhere
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
Upd   Articles Libertarianism Is the Key to Our Future
Examines three reasons (freedom, morality and pragmatism) that suggest that Americans will eventually return to their libertarian heritage
 
Topic:  Madison, James Author of Federalist essays, fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles The War of 1812 Was the Health of the State, Part 2
Discusses how James Madison's conduct of the War of 1812 led to changes in American attitudes, including mercantilism, militarism, imperialism and centralization
 
Topic:  New York City, New York The Big Apple
Upd   Articles The Disastrous World of the New York Subway, Part 2
 
Topic:  No Free Lunch TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
New   Articles TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
New   Articles TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings The Price of Empire
Discusses U.S drug warriors' unfruitful efforts to eradicate coca production in some Andean countries and the consequent migration of cultivation elsewhere
Upd     Iraqi Death by Political Abstraction
Examines the causes of the 2005 Haditha killings, reflecting on Leonard Read's notable essay "Conscience in the Battlefield"
Upd     What Is the Enemy?
Discusses why corporatism, mercantilism and Big Business are the chief opposition to libertarianism and truly free markets
Upd     Thank You, Milton Friedman
In memoriam highlighting the many contributions of Milton Friedman
Upd     America Must Reject Netanyahu's War Cry on Iran
Counters Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the U.S. Congress about Iran's nuclear weapons intentions
Upd     The War of 1812 Was the Health of the State, Part 2
Discusses how James Madison's conduct of the War of 1812 led to changes in American attitudes, including mercantilism, militarism, imperialism and centralization
 
Topic:  Say, Jean-Baptiste 18th-19th century French economist
Upd   Articles Book Review: J. B. Say
Review of J.B. Say: An Economist in Troubled Times, writings selected and translated by R.R. Palmer, 1997
Upd     Book Review: Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution
Review of Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution: How Macroeconomic Theory Lost Its Way by Steven Kates, 1998
 
Topic:  Socialism Socio-economic system in which the means of production and distribution are under collective or government control
Upd   Articles What Is the Enemy?
Discusses why corporatism, mercantilism and Big Business are the chief opposition to libertarianism and truly free markets
 
Topic:  Speech, Freedom of Liberty to speak, write or otherwise express oneself
Upd   Articles Free Speech on the Ropes
Constrasts President Bush's "we love our freedom" rhetoric with actions to suppress dissent by establishing "free speech zones"
 
Topic:  War on Drugs Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles The Most Absurdities per Kilo
Describes the SWAT attack on Tommy Chong residence for the purpose of confiscating bongs, part of Operation Pipe Dreams
 
Topic:  Weaver, Henry Grady Director of customer research for General Motors during the early 20th century
Upd   Writings The Great Multiplier
Excerpt
 
22 May 2017
Topic:  Blackstone, William 18th century English jurist, author of Commentaries on the Laws of England
Upd   Articles The Courts and the New Deal, Part 1
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings Illegal Surveillance: A Real Security Threat
Describes how the FBI, IRS and other agencies spied on Americans on both sides of the political spectrum during the 1960s and 1970s, and warns about the NSA wiretaps ordered by George W. Bush
Upd     Hoover's Second Wrecking of American Agriculture
Follow-up to "How the Feds Took Over Farming," describes the policies of Hoover's Federal Farm Board
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
Upd   Articles Misguided Democracy
A review of Attention Deficit Democracy by James Bovard
Upd     Democracy Versus Freedom
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings Civil Liberty and the State: The Writ of Habeas Corpus
Highlights of English and American history on the writ of habeas corpus, in particular the 17th century conflict between Charles I and Edward Coke
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 18: Say's Law of Markets and Keynesian Economics
Explains the basics of exchange and markets, then discussing Say's Law and John Stuart Mills refinement
 
Topic:  Farming The business of agriculture
Upd   Articles Hoover's Second Wrecking of American Agriculture
Follow-up to "How the Feds Took Over Farming," describes the policies of Hoover's Federal Farm Board
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Mr. Bush, Mind Your Own Business
Criticises George W. Bush's advice to Americans that they should drive less in order to conserve gasoline
 
Topic:  Habeas Corpus, Writ of A written order issued to ascertain if someone is imprisoned lawfaully
Upd   Articles Civil Liberty and the State: The Writ of Habeas Corpus
Highlights of English and American history on the writ of habeas corpus, in particular the 17th century conflict between Charles I and Edward Coke
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles Self-Deception about Medical Care
Discusses comments made by Christine Cassel, a geriatric medicine specialist, arguing for public support of Medicare
 
Topic:  Henry, Patrick American revolutionary figure, famous for "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
Upd   Articles Patrick Henry's Choice
 
Topic:  Inflation Popularly, a rise in prices of goods and services; in economics, monetary expansion
Upd   Articles Speaking of Inflation
Discusses the common misunderstanding of inflation as rising prices as opposed to the monetary phenomenon
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Is This Really War?
Discusses the Haditha killings and argues that U.S. troops in Iraq are acting more as a police force for the new Iraqi regime
Upd     The American Sniper Was No Hero
Considers whether Chris Kyle was a hero or a competent government-hired killer
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings Wartime Attacks on Civil Liberties
Review of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone
Upd     Misguided Democracy
A review of Attention Deficit Democracy by James Bovard
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings Lysander Spooner, Part 1
Lengthy biographical and bibliographical essay; from Spooner's birth to 1850-1860, examining his writings on economics, money, banking, mail delivery and slavery
 
Topic:  Minimum Wage Laws Legislation that places a lower limit on the prices paid for labor
Upd   Articles Minimum Wage, Maximum Intervention, Part 1
Upd     Minimum Wage, Maximum Intervention, Part 2
 
Topic:  New York City, New York The Big Apple
Upd   Articles The Disastrous World of the New York Subway, Part 3
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Mr. Bush, Mind Your Own Business
Criticises George W. Bush's advice to Americans that they should drive less in order to conserve gasoline
Upd     Self-Deception about Medical Care
Discusses comments made by Christine Cassel, a geriatric medicine specialist, arguing for public support of Medicare
Upd     Is This Really War?
Discusses the Haditha killings and argues that U.S. troops in Iraq are acting more as a police force for the new Iraqi regime
Upd     Free Cory Maye
Further discussion and commentary on the case of Cory Maye (see "More Drug-War Victims", Dec 2005)
Upd     The American Sniper Was No Hero
Considers whether Chris Kyle was a hero or a competent government-hired killer
 
Topic:  Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Thirty-second President of the United States
Upd   Articles The New Deal and Roosevelt's Seizure of Gold: A Legacy of Theft and Inflation, Part 1
 
Topic:  Say, Jean-Baptiste 18th-19th century French economist
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 18: Say's Law of Markets and Keynesian Economics
Explains the basics of exchange and markets, then discussing Say's Law and John Stuart Mills refinement
 
Topic:  Searches, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles Illegal Surveillance: A Real Security Threat
Describes how the FBI, IRS and other agencies spied on Americans on both sides of the political spectrum during the 1960s and 1970s, and warns about the NSA wiretaps ordered by George W. Bush
 
Topic:  Spooner, Lysander Lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical
Upd   Articles Lysander Spooner, Part 1
Lengthy biographical and bibliographical essay; from Spooner's birth to 1850-1860, examining his writings on economics, money, banking, mail delivery and slavery
 
Topic:  Sports Athletic games of skill
Upd   Articles Leaving It All on the Field (Not in the Halls of Congress)
 
Topic:  Varley, John American science fiction author, winner of 1999 Prometheus Award
Upd   Home Page The official website of John Varley
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Wartime Attacks on Civil Liberties
Review of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone
 
Topic:  War on Drugs Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles Free Cory Maye
Further discussion and commentary on the case of Cory Maye (see "More Drug-War Victims", Dec 2005)
 
Topic:  Wollstein, Jarret B. Author, co-founder of Society for Individual Liberty
Upd   Writings Democracy Versus Freedom
 
19 May 2017
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles More Bush Insults
Comments on George W. Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court and on his speech asking for support on the "war on terror"
 
Topic:  Costa Rica Territory in Central America, ruled since 1949 by the República de Costa Rica
Upd   Articles A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 1
Upd     A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 2
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Bill of Rights: Reserved Powers
Upd     The Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 1
Upd     A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 2
 
Topic:  Nixon, Toby State representative in the Washington state legislature
Upd   Home Page Toby Nixon, State Representative, 45th District
Upd   Biography Toby Nixon's Biography
 
Topic:  Politics The practices of guiding, influencing or controlling government
Upd   Articles Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 5: War Crimes and Atrocities
 
Topic:  Reserved Powers Powers retained by the States and the people
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Reserved Powers
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings More Bush Insults
Comments on George W. Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court and on his speech asking for support on the "war on terror"
 
Topic:  Spencer, Herbert 19th century English philosopher
New   Books Authored The Man Versus The State
Contents: The New Toryism - The Coming Slavery - The Sins of Legislators - The Great Political Superstition; electronic version of the 1992 Liberty Fund edition available at the Library of Economics and Liberty
 
Topic:  Standing Armies Maintaining permanent armies of paid or conscripted soldiers
Upd   Articles The Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms
 
Topic:  State, The A group of people that claims political sovereignty over an associated territory
New   Books The Man Versus The State
Contents: The New Toryism - The Coming Slavery - The Sins of Legislators - The Great Political Superstition; electronic version of the 1992 Liberty Fund edition available at the Library of Economics and Liberty
 
18 May 2017
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
 
Topic:  Due Process of Law Procedural safeguards, and unbiased laws and judgements
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Due Process of Law
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Eminent Domain
 
Topic:  Ethics Branch of philosophy that studies the values that guide human conduct
Upd   Articles The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Bill of Rights: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Searches and Seizures
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Due Process of Law
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Eminent Domain
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Trial by Jury
Upd     The Bill of Rights: The Rights of the Accused
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Unenumerated Rights
 
Topic:  Institute for Humane Studies Assists graduate and undergraduate students interested in individual liberty
New   Web Sites Learn Liberty | About Us
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Archived Articles George Leef: FFF Writings
since Nov 1995
 
Topic:  Libertarian Futurist Society Organization for fans of libertarian science fiction
New   Articles The Society That Will Help You Bolster Your Libertarian Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading List
Introduction to the Libertarian Futurist Society, the Prometheus and brief descriptions of the 2016 Best Novel and Hall of Fame winners and a 2016 Special Award
 
Topic:  Liberty The right and ability to act and express oneself in a freely chosen manner
New   Web Sites Learn Liberty | About Us
 
Topic:  People, Rights Retained by the Rights not explicitly listed in the Bill of Rights
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Unenumerated Rights
 
Topic:  Prices Convey information between buyers and sellers
Upd   Articles Profiting from Misfortune
Reflects on the fairness of those who profit from the "misfortune of others", such as medical doctors and farmers, in view of gas price hikes due to hurricanes
 
Topic:  Prometheus Awards Annual awards (Best Novel, Hall of Fame) granted by the Libertarian Futurist Society
New   Articles The Society That Will Help You Bolster Your Libertarian Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading List
Introduction to the Libertarian Futurist Society, the Prometheus and brief descriptions of the 2016 Best Novel and Hall of Fame winners and a 2016 Special Award
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Profiting from Misfortune
Reflects on the fairness of those who profit from the "misfortune of others", such as medical doctors and farmers, in view of gas price hikes due to hurricanes
Upd     More Drug-War Victims
Relates the case of Cory Maye, who killed a policeman while defending himself and his 18-month old daughter during a late night raid from a narcotics squad (Maye was released in July 2011)
Upd     The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
 
Topic:  Searches, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Searches and Seizures
 
Topic:  Soldiers, No Quartering of No stationing of soldiers in private houses
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism
 
Topic:  Trial by Jury, Right to Guarantees in criminal and civil cases
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Trial by Jury
Upd     The Bill of Rights: The Rights of the Accused
 
Topic:  War on Drugs Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles More Drug-War Victims
Relates the case of Cory Maye, who killed a policeman while defending himself and his 18-month old daughter during a late night raid from a narcotics squad (Maye was released in July 2011)
 
17 May 2017
Topic:  Barro, Robert J. Professor of economics at Harvard University
Upd   Home Page Professor Robert J. Barro
 
Topic:  Educational Freedom Absence of coercion in learning and educating
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
Upd   Articles "Liberal" Court Okays Eminent Domain Abuse
 
Topic:  Friedman, Milton 1976 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics
 
Topic:  Gregory, Anthony Research Fellow and Student Programs Director at the Independent Institute
Upd   Writings Bush's Secret Surveillance State
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings "Liberal" Court Okays Eminent Domain Abuse
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles The Middle East Harvests Bitter Imperialist Fruit
Recounts the history of foreign intervention in the Middle East since World War I to the present (expanded version of 20 June 2014 essay)
 
Topic:  Minimum Wage Laws Legislation that places a lower limit on the prices paid for labor
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics
 
Topic:  Nozick, Robert Professor of philosophy, author of Anarchy, State, and Utopia
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Ayn Rand and Robert Nozick
 
Topic:  Politics The practices of guiding, influencing or controlling government
Upd   Articles Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 1: Pattern and Perception
Upd     Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 2: Ethics and Creating the Facts
 
Topic:  Rand, Ayn Objectivist philosopher, novelist
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Ayn Rand and Robert Nozick
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings The Middle East Harvests Bitter Imperialist Fruit
Recounts the history of foreign intervention in the Middle East since World War I to the present (expanded version of 20 June 2014 essay)
Upd     The War of 1812 Was the Health of the State, Part 1
Examines the sentiments of the founding fathers and other leading figures and some of the events that led to the War of 1812
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
New   Videos Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights
Short video, with transcript; discusses the answers to the question "What is the proper role of government?" from the viewpoint of Ayn Rand and Robert Nozick
 
Topic:  Searches, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles Bush's Secret Surveillance State
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 4: War
Part of a six-segment series examining The Prince vis-à-vis contemporary U.S. politics; this article covers Machiavelli's simple advice on war and contrasts it with that of James Madison and Robert Higgs in Crisis and Leviathan
Upd     The War of 1812 Was the Health of the State, Part 1
Examines the sentiments of the founding fathers and other leading figures and some of the events that led to the War of 1812
 
16 May 2017
Topic:  Achievement Success or accomplishment in life's endeavors
New   Articles 4 Things You Probably Never Knew About John Stuart Mill
Brief introduction to Mill followed by four interesting facts about his life and thought
Upd     Visions and Ideals
 
Topic:  Association, Freedom of The right of the people to meet or associate with others for peaceful purposes
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid
Upd     The Chavez Tragedy
Comments on the disclosure that Linda Chavez, nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, had harbored an illegal immigrant
 
Topic:  Bastiat, Frederic 19th century French economist
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
 
Topic:  Children Sons and daughters; young persons, infants, adolescents
New   Articles The battle to make America wet again
Recounts how the 18th Amendment and National Prohibition Act were repealed, particularly through the efforts of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR)
 
Topic:  China Territory in eastern Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
Upd   Articles Fear Not China
Counsels Americans not to be afraid of China's economic activities
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings Israel M. Kirzner and the Austrian Theory of Competition and Entrepreneurship
Begins with biographical summary and then focuses on Kirzner's understanding of entrepreneurs in the market "process" and the detrimental effects of government intervention in the market
Upd     Book Review: Out of Work
Review of Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America by Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway, 1993
 
Topic:  Educational Freedom Absence of coercion in learning and educating
Upd   Articles Why Not a Free Market in Education?
Discusses an op-ed by Bill Gates arguing for reforms in the public schools
 
Topic:  Education, Compulsory Attendance in schools that is mandated by laws
New   Articles 4 Things You Probably Never Knew About John Stuart Mill
Brief introduction to Mill followed by four interesting facts about his life and thought
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
Upd     An End to Eminent Domain Abuse?
Published just two months before the unfortunate Kelo v. City of New London U.S. Supreme Court decision, expressed hope that the court would rectify the 1954 Berman v. Parker ruling
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Tear Down the Trade Walls
Reflections on free trade sparked by Ukrainian president Yushchenko's remarks to the U.S. Congress
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Hard Cases Make Bad Law
Upd     Why Not a Free Market in Education?
Discusses an op-ed by Bill Gates arguing for reforms in the public schools
Upd     Terrorism Comes with Empire
Reflects on the 7 July 2005 London bombings (and 1993 and 2001 attacks in New York and the Pentagon) and why England and the U.S. were the targets rather than Switzerland
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles Terrorism Comes with Empire
Reflects on the 7 July 2005 London bombings (and 1993 and 2001 attacks in New York and the Pentagon) and why England and the U.S. were the targets rather than Switzerland
 
Topic:  Kirzner, Israel M. Professor of Economics at New York University
Upd   Articles Israel M. Kirzner and the Austrian Theory of Competition and Entrepreneurship
Begins with biographical summary and then focuses on Kirzner's understanding of entrepreneurs in the market "process" and the detrimental effects of government intervention in the market
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings An End to Eminent Domain Abuse?
Published just two months before the unfortunate Kelo v. City of New London U.S. Supreme Court decision, expressed hope that the court would rectify the 1954 Berman v. Parker ruling
 
Topic:  Licensing, Occupational Laws and regulations that limit entry into or continued exercise of a particular occupation
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
 
Topic:  Limited Government Restricting government to its proper functions, defined by law
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings Henry David Thoreau and "Civil Disobedience," Part 1
After some background and biographical material, describes the event (Thoreau's imprisonment) that led to writing "Civil Disobedience" and Thoreau's reaction to those who paid the tax on his behalf, his jailers, his neighbors and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Upd     Henry David Thoreau and "Civil Disobedience," Part 2
Examines several of the initial themes in "Civil Disobedience", including government injustice, the individual as the source of power and authority, war and the military and the reasons why people obey the state
 
Topic:  Mencken, Henry Louis Journalist, author of The American Language
New   Articles The battle to make America wet again
Recounts how the 18th Amendment and National Prohibition Act were repealed, particularly through the efforts of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR)
 
Topic:  Mill, John Stuart Nineteenth century British philosopher and economist
New   Articles 4 Things You Probably Never Knew About John Stuart Mill
Brief introduction to Mill followed by four interesting facts about his life and thought
 
Topic:  Music Classical, jazz, rock, etc.
New   Articles 4 Things You Probably Never Knew About John Stuart Mill
Brief introduction to Mill followed by four interesting facts about his life and thought
 
Topic:  Politics The practices of guiding, influencing or controlling government
Upd   Articles Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 3: Lies and Appearances
 
Topic:  Prohibition Laws forbidding the production, sale, transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages
New   Articles The battle to make America wet again
Recounts how the 18th Amendment and National Prohibition Act were repealed, particularly through the efforts of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR)
 
Topic:  Rand, Ayn Objectivist philosopher, novelist
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Rule of Law Damaged by Schiavo Bill
Discusses the implications of the hurried legislation, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush, to allow the parents of Terri Schiavo to have federal courts another look at her case, after state courts had ruled
Upd     Tear Down the Trade Walls
Reflections on free trade sparked by Ukrainian president Yushchenko's remarks to the U.S. Congress
Upd     Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid
Upd     The Chavez Tragedy
Comments on the disclosure that Linda Chavez, nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, had harbored an illegal immigrant
Upd     Fear Not China
Counsels Americans not to be afraid of China's economic activities
 
Topic:  Rule of Law Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
Upd   Articles Hard Cases Make Bad Law
Upd     Rule of Law Damaged by Schiavo Bill
Discusses the implications of the hurried legislation, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush, to allow the parents of Terri Schiavo to have federal courts another look at her case, after state courts had ruled
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
New   Articles Crony-in-Chief: Donald Trump epitomizes Ayn Rand's "Aristocracy of Pull"
Examines the issues of "cronyism" or "pull-peddling", suggesting --as Ayn Rand did-- that the solution is "to limit government strictly to protecting rights and nothing more"
 
Topic:  Thoreau, Henry David Nineteenth-century American author, noted for the essay "Civil Disobedience"
Upd   Articles Henry David Thoreau and "Civil Disobedience," Part 1
After some background and biographical material, describes the event (Thoreau's imprisonment) that led to writing "Civil Disobedience" and Thoreau's reaction to those who paid the tax on his behalf, his jailers, his neighbors and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Upd     Henry David Thoreau and "Civil Disobedience," Part 2
Examines several of the initial themes in "Civil Disobedience", including government injustice, the individual as the source of power and authority, war and the military and the reasons why people obey the state
 
Topic:  Unemployment The state of not being engaged in a gainful occupation
Upd   Articles Book Review: Out of Work
Review of Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America by Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway, 1993
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
New   Articles The battle to make America wet again
Recounts how the 18th Amendment and National Prohibition Act were repealed, particularly through the efforts of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR)
 
15 May 2017
Topic:  9/11 September 11, 2001 Attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
Upd   Articles 9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles An Unintended Consequence of Gun Control
 
Topic:  Bandow, Doug Syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
Upd   Writings The Longest-Running War
Reviews two books: Bad Trip: How the War on Drugs Is Destroying America by Joel Miller and Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition by Jeffrey A. Miron
 
Topic:  Banking The business of accepting deposits and lending money
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 33: Murray N. Rothbard and the Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar
Examines the arguments made by Rothbard in his 1962 essay "The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar"
 
Topic:  Boaz, David Executive vice president of the Cato Institute, author of Libertarianism: A Primer
Upd   Writings Time to Rethink the War on Drugs
Lists several effects of drug prohibition and suggests using some common sense regarding drug legalization
Upd     The Drug War Hits Home
Reviews several cases of non-users caught in "the tentacles of the War on Drugs" and explains why civil forfeiture is attractive to law enforcers
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Archived Articles Future of Freedom Foundation
since Sept 1994
Upd   Writings Freedom to Farm Washington
The results of the 1996 Freedom to Farm Act
Upd     Drug War Dementia
Details various police, military and school actions and legislation in the government's war on users of certain banned substances
Upd     A Modest Proposal for the Next Drug-War Shootdown
Some (tongue in cheek) recommendations in the aftermath of the shootdown by the Peruvian air force of a Cessna carrying Baptist missionaries
Upd   Books Authored The Bush Betrayal
Electronic text of first chapter available at Future of Freedom Foundation
 
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Books The Bush Betrayal
Electronic text of first chapter available at Future of Freedom Foundation
 
Topic:  Carter, Dixie Film, stage and TV actress, starred in the TV series "Designing Women"
Upd   Biography Dixie Carter Biography
 
Topic:  Constitution, United States The supreme law of the United States of America
Upd   Articles Does John Ashcroft Understand the Constitution?
Upd     Take the Constitution Seriously in the Second Term
Suggests a plan of action for George W. Bush upon election for a second term as U.S. President
 
Topic:  Cuba Island in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1959 by the República de Cuba
Upd   Articles A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 1
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings John Stuart Mill and the Three Dangers to Liberty
Evaluates John Stuart Mills arguments in his essay "On Liberty", in particular the three forms of tyranny posited by Mill and an element (private property) not emphasized by his analysis
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 24: Milton Friedman's Framework for Economic Stability
Describes Friedman's criticisms of Keynesian policies and examines Friedman's own proposals for government intervention in the economy
Upd     Book Review: Problemas Economicos de Mexico
Review of Problemas Economicos de Mexico by Ludwig von Mises, 1998
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 26: Milton Friedman and the Monetary "Rule" for Economic Stability
Examines Friedman's arguments in a 1967 AEA speech and his defense of a paper money standard in the 1960 book A Program for Monetary Stability
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 27: Milton Friedman's Second Thoughts on the Costs of Paper Money
Discusses how Friedman changed his mind about the advisability of a paper money standard
Upd     Book Review: The Future and Its Enemies
Review of The Future and Its Enemies by Virginia Postrel, 1998
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 33: Murray N. Rothbard and the Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar
Examines the arguments made by Rothbard in his 1962 essay "The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar"
Upd     Book Review: The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Review of The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell, 1999
Upd     Book Review: Red Flag Over Hong Kong
Revew of Red Flag Over Hong Kong by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, David Newman, and Alvin Rabushka, 1996, which discusses the then potential effects of the handover of Hong Kong to China
Upd     Book Review: Forgotten Lessons
Review of Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays of John T. Flynn by edited by Gregory P. Pavlik, 1995
 
Topic:  Economics Study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services
Upd   Articles A-Scalping We van Gogh
Explains the economics concepts of opportunity cost, money, prices and entrepreneurship, based on analysis of scalping of tickets for a Van Gogh exhibit
 
Topic:  Educational Freedom Absence of coercion in learning and educating
Upd   Articles W(h)ither Public Schools?
Chapter 1, made available online on tenth anniversary of the book's publication
Upd     A National Wealth Tax to Fund Education?
Examines a proposal from Robert Reich to do away with local property taxes and instead levy a national wealth tax to fund public education
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
Upd   Articles The Supreme Court Repeals the Constitution
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Kelo v. City of New London
 
Topic:  Farming The business of agriculture
Upd   Articles Freedom to Farm Washington
The results of the 1996 Freedom to Farm Act
 
Topic:  Flynn, John T. American journalist, author of The Roosevelt Myth
Upd   Articles Book Review: Forgotten Lessons
Review of Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays of John T. Flynn by edited by Gregory P. Pavlik, 1995
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire
Comments on threats against Americans from al-Shabaab and recounts U.S. intervention in Somalia
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Examining Reagan's Record on Free Trade
Analyses several actions by the Reagan administration that belie Mr. Reagan's alleged pro-free trade stance
Upd     Is Free Trade Obsolete? Part 1
Comments on a Paul Craig Roberts and Charles Schumer article arguing against free trade, introducing first the law of comparative advantage
Upd     Is Free Trade Obsolete? Part 2
After providing a numerical example of the law of comparative advantage, defends it from the argument that movable factors of production make the law no longer applicable
 
Topic:  Friedman, Milton 1976 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 24: Milton Friedman's Framework for Economic Stability
Describes Friedman's criticisms of Keynesian policies and examines Friedman's own proposals for government intervention in the economy
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 26: Milton Friedman and the Monetary "Rule" for Economic Stability
Examines Friedman's arguments in a 1967 AEA speech and his defense of a paper money standard in the 1960 book A Program for Monetary Stability
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 27: Milton Friedman's Second Thoughts on the Costs of Paper Money
Discusses how Friedman changed his mind about the advisability of a paper money standard
 
Topic:  Guatemala Territory in Central America, ruled since 1985 by the República de Guatemala
Upd   Articles An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Guatemala
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles In Defense of a Free Market in Health Care
Explains why government health care reforms will not improve the status quo, recommending instead complete deregulation of the industry and reliance on the free market
Upd     Bad Medicine
Comments on the differences between Democrat and Republican proposals to add prescription-drug coverage to Medicare
 
Topic:  Hong Kong Territory in southeast China, ruled since 1997 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Xiānggǎng Tèbié Xíngzhèngqū
Upd   Articles Book Review: Red Flag Over Hong Kong
Revew of Red Flag Over Hong Kong by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, David Newman, and Alvin Rabushka, 1996, which discusses the then potential effects of the handover of Hong Kong to China
Upd     Liberty's Gilded Door
Editorial condemning Hong Kong's actions preventing Vietnamese refugees from taking asylum there and mostly inaction by the George H. W. Bush administration
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Legacy of Leonard E. Read
Upd     A Libertarian Visits Mexico
Upd     Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 1
Upd     Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 2
Upd     Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 3
Upd     A Libertarian Visits South America
Relates Hornberger's trip to visit the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais in Brazil and the Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre in Argentina
Upd     A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 1
Upd     Pentagon Learns About the Sixth Amendment
Upd     The Endless War on Terrorism
Reflects on President George W. Bush response ("I don't think we can it") when asked about the War on Terror
Upd     Does John Ashcroft Understand the Constitution?
Upd     The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech
Part of a series examining the Bill of Rights, this covers the freedom of speech clause as a barrier to censorship by government
Upd     The Repeal of Social Security
Upd     Reform Social Security ... or Repeal It?
Upd     An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Iran
Upd     An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Guatemala
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān
Upd   Articles An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Iran
 
Topic:  Ireland Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
Upd   Articles Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 1
Account of Irish history in the early 20th century, contrasting the views of unionists in Ulster with those of nationalists desiring home rule or outright separation from Britain
Upd     The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 2
Historical account of Ireland from 1840 to the early years of the twentieth century, including the Young Irelanders, the famines, the Irish in North America, Captain Boycott, the demand for home rule, the Gaelic League and the emergence of Sinn Fein
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings A National Wealth Tax to Fund Education?
Examines a proposal from Robert Reich to do away with local property taxes and instead levy a national wealth tax to fund public education
 
Topic:  Madison, James Author of Federalist essays, fourth President of the United States
Upd   Writings The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty
From a longer essay titled "Political Observations", the selected passage reflects on the nature of war and the provisions in the U. S. Constitution about declaring war, conducting war and raising armies
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings A Lesson from Vietnam, Part 1
Upd     A Lesson from Vietnam, Part 2
Upd     The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 2
Historical account of Ireland from 1840 to the early years of the twentieth century, including the Young Irelanders, the famines, the Irish in North America, Captain Boycott, the demand for home rule, the Gaelic League and the emergence of Sinn Fein
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 1
Account of Irish history in the early 20th century, contrasting the views of unionists in Ulster with those of nationalists desiring home rule or outright separation from Britain
 
Topic:  Mexico Territory in south central North America, ruled since 1917 by the Estados Unidos Mexicanos
Upd   Articles A Libertarian Visits Mexico
Upd     Book Review: Problemas Economicos de Mexico
Review of Problemas Economicos de Mexico by Ludwig von Mises, 1998
Upd     Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 3
 
Topic:  Mill, John Stuart Nineteenth century British philosopher and economist
Upd   Articles John Stuart Mill and the Three Dangers to Liberty
Evaluates John Stuart Mills arguments in his essay "On Liberty", in particular the three forms of tyranny posited by Mill and an element (private property) not emphasized by his analysis
 
Topic:  Postrel, Virginia Author, columnist, former editor of Reason magazine
Upd   Articles Book Review: The Future and Its Enemies
Review of The Future and Its Enemies by Virginia Postrel, 1998
 
Topic:  Read, Leonard E. Founder of The Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Biography Leonard E. Read (1898 - 1983): Founder and First President (1948 - 1983)
Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Articles The Legacy of Leonard E. Read
 
Topic:  Reserved Powers Powers retained by the States and the people
Upd   Articles What Is the Constitution?
Discusses constitutional interpretation, in particular the ninth and tenth amendments, in light of comments from Antonin Scalia about a national ID card
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Bad Medicine
Comments on the differences between Democrat and Republican proposals to add prescription-drug coverage to Medicare
Upd     9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom
Upd     A-Scalping We van Gogh
Explains the economics concepts of opportunity cost, money, prices and entrepreneurship, based on analysis of scalping of tickets for a Van Gogh exhibit
Upd     W(h)ither Public Schools?
Chapter 1, made available online on tenth anniversary of the book's publication
Upd     The Bright Side of War
Comments on a Washington Post article on the economic benefits of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Upd     Our Elective Monarchy
Comments on the seemingly royal funeral for Ronald Reagan and the similar treatment given to other U.S. Presidents, contrasting them to British Prime Ministers
Upd     Examining Reagan's Record on Free Trade
Analyses several actions by the Reagan administration that belie Mr. Reagan's alleged pro-free trade stance
Upd     No Right to Remain Silent
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police
Upd     Is Free Trade Obsolete? Part 1
Comments on a Paul Craig Roberts and Charles Schumer article arguing against free trade, introducing first the law of comparative advantage
Upd     Is Free Trade Obsolete? Part 2
After providing a numerical example of the law of comparative advantage, defends it from the argument that movable factors of production make the law no longer applicable
Upd     What Is the Constitution?
Discusses constitutional interpretation, in particular the ninth and tenth amendments, in light of comments from Antonin Scalia about a national ID card
Upd     Take the Constitution Seriously in the Second Term
Suggests a plan of action for George W. Bush upon election for a second term as U.S. President
Upd     Social Security Has to Go
Examines the U.S. Social Security system, including the employee and employer "contributions", the "trust fund" and how it may fare in the future
Upd     The Social Security Fraud
Discusses comments made by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill indicating that the Social Security Trust Fund has no tangible assets
Upd     The Supreme Court Repeals the Constitution
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Kelo v. City of New London
Upd     Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire
Comments on threats against Americans from al-Shabaab and recounts U.S. intervention in Somalia
 
Topic:  Searches, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles No Right to Remain Silent
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police
 
Topic:  Sirico, Robert A., Rev. Co-founder and President of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Upd   Writings Morality and Social Security
 
Topic:  Smith, Adam Eighteenth century Scottish economist, author of The Wealth of Nations
New   Videos Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand
Short video, with transcript, with brief explanations of the concepts of the "invisible hand" and the division of labor
 
Topic:  Social Security Tax Tax imposed on employers and employees to fund the Social Security system
Upd   Articles The Repeal of Social Security
Upd     Social Security Has to Go
Examines the U.S. Social Security system, including the employee and employer "contributions", the "trust fund" and how it may fare in the future
Upd     Morality and Social Security
Upd     Reform Social Security ... or Repeal It?
Upd     The Social Security Fraud
Discusses comments made by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill indicating that the Social Security Trust Fund has no tangible assets
 
Topic:  South America Fourth largest continent, population over 300 million
Upd   Articles A Libertarian Visits South America
Relates Hornberger's trip to visit the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais in Brazil and the Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre in Argentina
 
Topic:  Sowell, Thomas Author, syndicated columnist, fellow at the Hoover Institution
Upd   Articles Book Review: The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Review of The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell, 1999
 
Topic:  Speech, Freedom of Liberty to speak, write or otherwise express oneself
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech
Part of a series examining the Bill of Rights, this covers the freedom of speech clause as a barrier to censorship by government
 
Topic:  Terrorism The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
Upd   Articles The Endless War on Terrorism
Reflects on President George W. Bush response ("I don't think we can it") when asked about the War on Terror
 
Topic:  Texas The Lone Star State
Upd   Articles Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 1
Upd     Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 2
 
Topic:  Tiemann, Michael Co-founder of Cygnus Solutions; Vice President, Open Source Affairs for Red Hat Inc.
Upd   Articles The GNU General Public License
 
Topic:  Trial by Jury, Right to Guarantees in criminal and civil cases
Upd   Articles Pentagon Learns About the Sixth Amendment
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
Upd   Articles Our Elective Monarchy
Comments on the seemingly royal funeral for Ronald Reagan and the similar treatment given to other U.S. Presidents, contrasting them to British Prime Ministers
 
Topic:  Vietnam Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1976 by the Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam
Upd   Articles A Lesson from Vietnam, Part 1
Upd     A Lesson from Vietnam, Part 2
Upd     Freedom, Hope, and Fear: The Paradox of Vietnam, Part 3
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty
From a longer essay titled "Political Observations", the selected passage reflects on the nature of war and the provisions in the U. S. Constitution about declaring war, conducting war and raising armies
Upd     The Bright Side of War
Comments on a Washington Post article on the economic benefits of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
 
Topic:  War on Drugs Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles Time to Rethink the War on Drugs
Lists several effects of drug prohibition and suggests using some common sense regarding drug legalization
Upd     The Drug War Hits Home
Reviews several cases of non-users caught in "the tentacles of the War on Drugs" and explains why civil forfeiture is attractive to law enforcers
Upd     Drug War Dementia
Details various police, military and school actions and legislation in the government's war on users of certain banned substances
Upd     A Modest Proposal for the Next Drug-War Shootdown
Some (tongue in cheek) recommendations in the aftermath of the shootdown by the Peruvian air force of a Cessna carrying Baptist missionaries
Upd     The Longest-Running War
Reviews two books: Bad Trip: How the War on Drugs Is Destroying America by Joel Miller and Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition by Jeffrey A. Miron
 
12 May 2017
Topic:  Argentina Territory in southeast South America, ruled since 1861 by the República Argentina
Upd   Articles Classical Liberalism in Argentina: A Lesson for the World
Recounts highlights of Argentine history from the 1810 revolution to the late 20th century, arguing that the period from the ouster of Rosas in 1852 to the military coup of 1930 demonstrated the validity of Adam Smith's writings
 
Topic:  Bill of Rights First 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Upd   Articles Lessons about Our Constitution from Abu Ghraib
Argues the need for a Constitution and a Bill of Rights to attempt to prevent abuses such as happened in Iraq
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Biography JamesBovard The Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Booze Busting: The New Prohibition
Discusses various anti-alcohol laws and enforcement actions, including the law raising the minimum drinking age
 
Topic:  Central Banking The practice of establishing a country's monetary policy through a government-owned or -controlled institution
Upd   Articles Don't Blame the Thermometer for the Fever
Discusses President Clinton's calls for worldwide regulations limiting capital movements and for a new New Deal
 
Topic:  Chile Territory in southwest South America, ruled since 1980 by the República de Chile
Upd   Articles U.S. Regime Change, Torture, and Murder in Chile
Discusses the unwelcome reception given to George W. Bush on a visit to Chile and various reasons for Chilean animosity towards the U.S. government, contrasting it with general opinion about these matters in the U.S. and the inaction in Congress
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 25: Milton Friedman and the Demand for Money
Examines the role of money according to Keynesians and then contrasts it with Friedman's monetary theories
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 29: The Gold Standard in the 19th Century
Discusses the evolution of the gold standard, from the creation of the Bank of England (1694), the Bank Restriction Act (1797), arguments for its repeal by David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill, and its international development until the 1890s
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 30: The Gold Standard as Government-Managed Money
Describes how, by allowing central banks to manage gold-backed currencies, the road was paved for central planning in other areas
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and earlier disclosure that it had engaged in monopolistic practices
Upd     The Free Market Is the High Road
Discusses how government regulations bear on countless areas, how regulation distorts free market prices and the benefits of deregulation, both financial and moral
 
Topic:  Friedman, Milton 1976 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 25: Milton Friedman and the Demand for Money
Examines the role of money according to Keynesians and then contrasts it with Friedman's monetary theories
 
Topic:  Gold Standard A monetary system in which currency values are defined in terms of gold
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 29: The Gold Standard in the 19th Century
Discusses the evolution of the gold standard, from the creation of the Bank of England (1694), the Bank Restriction Act (1797), arguments for its repeal by David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill, and its international development until the 1890s
 
Topic:  Gregory, Anthony Research Fellow and Student Programs Director at the Independent Institute
Upd   Writings Swift Boat Censorship
Examines the Bush-Kerry controversy over Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads and Bush's advocacy of campaign finance reform to censor political ads
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Lessons about Our Constitution from Abu Ghraib
Argues the need for a Constitution and a Bill of Rights to attempt to prevent abuses such as happened in Iraq
Upd     Classical Liberalism in Argentina: A Lesson for the World
Recounts highlights of Argentine history from the 1810 revolution to the late 20th century, arguing that the period from the ouster of Rosas in 1852 to the military coup of 1930 demonstrated the validity of Adam Smith's writings
Upd     U.S. Regime Change, Torture, and Murder in Chile
Discusses the unwelcome reception given to George W. Bush on a visit to Chile and various reasons for Chilean animosity towards the U.S. government, contrasting it with general opinion about these matters in the U.S. and the inaction in Congress
Upd     Why No Indictment for Bernard Kerik?
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Iraq: One Year Later
Comments on the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings and on the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq
 
Topic:  Ireland Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
Upd   Articles The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 4
Historical account of the partitioned Ireland from 1922 to the 1970's, including Éamon de Valera, the creation of the Republic of Ireland, the conflicts with and eventual split up of the IRA, and civil rights marches and riots in the North
 
Topic:  Leef, George C. Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University
Upd   Writings Housing Discrimination Laws and the Continuing Erosion of Property Rights
 
Topic:  Locke, John 17th century English philosopher
New   Articles What you should know about the Non-Aggression Principle
Discusses the non-aggression principle, stating that it "depends on a valid theory of property ownership" and concludes that such a theory is in conflict with what most people view as the proper role of government
 
Topic:  Mason, George Author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights
Upd   Articles The Revolution's Forgotten Hero
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 4
Historical account of the partitioned Ireland from 1922 to the 1970's, including Éamon de Valera, the creation of the Republic of Ireland, the conflicts with and eventual split up of the IRA, and civil rights marches and riots in the North
 
Topic:  Money The most commonly used medium of exchange
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 30: The Gold Standard as Government-Managed Money
Describes how, by allowing central banks to manage gold-backed currencies, the road was paved for central planning in other areas
 
Topic:  Non-aggression Principle The libertarian principle that no person should initiate force against another
New   Articles What you should know about the Non-Aggression Principle
Discusses the non-aggression principle, stating that it "depends on a valid theory of property ownership" and concludes that such a theory is in conflict with what most people view as the proper role of government
 
Topic:  Private Property Ownership of assets by individuals or non-governmental legal entities
New   Articles What you should know about the Non-Aggression Principle
Discusses the non-aggression principle, stating that it "depends on a valid theory of property ownership" and concludes that such a theory is in conflict with what most people view as the proper role of government
Upd     Privatize the Airwaves!
Cites several incidents of FCC attempts to enforce "broadcast decency standards" and questions the rationale for nationalized airwaves
 
Topic:  Prohibition Laws forbidding the production, sale, transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages
Upd   Articles Booze Busting: The New Prohibition
Discusses various anti-alcohol laws and enforcement actions, including the law raising the minimum drinking age
 
Topic:  Property Tangible goods owned or claimed by one or more individuals
New   Articles What you should know about the Non-Aggression Principle
Discusses the non-aggression principle, stating that it "depends on a valid theory of property ownership" and concludes that such a theory is in conflict with what most people view as the proper role of government
 
Topic:  Property Rights Rights of an owner to use and dispose of assets
New   Articles What you should know about the Non-Aggression Principle
Discusses the non-aggression principle, stating that it "depends on a valid theory of property ownership" and concludes that such a theory is in conflict with what most people view as the proper role of government
Upd     Housing Discrimination Laws and the Continuing Erosion of Property Rights
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Iraq: One Year Later
Comments on the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings and on the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq
Upd     April Is the Cruelest Month
Discusses the income tax and how government acts as a transfer machine from the majority to various interest groups, while keeping incumbent politicians in power
Upd     Privatize the Airwaves!
Cites several incidents of FCC attempts to enforce "broadcast decency standards" and questions the rationale for nationalized airwaves
Upd     Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and earlier disclosure that it had engaged in monopolistic practices
Upd     Don't Blame the Thermometer for the Fever
Discusses President Clinton's calls for worldwide regulations limiting capital movements and for a new New Deal
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
New   Articles What you should know about the Non-Aggression Principle
Discusses the non-aggression principle, stating that it "depends on a valid theory of property ownership" and concludes that such a theory is in conflict with what most people view as the proper role of government
 
Topic:  Rule of Law Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
Upd   Articles Why No Indictment for Bernard Kerik?
 
Topic:  Spain Territory in southwestern Europe, ruled since 1975 by the Reino de España
Upd   Articles The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 1
 
Topic:  Speech, Freedom of Liberty to speak, write or otherwise express oneself
Upd   Articles Swift Boat Censorship
Examines the Bush-Kerry controversy over Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads and Bush's advocacy of campaign finance reform to censor political ads
 
Topic:  Stromberg, Joseph R. Historian, research fellow at The Independent Institute
Upd   Writings The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 1
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles April Is the Cruelest Month
Discusses the income tax and how government acts as a transfer machine from the majority to various interest groups, while keeping incumbent politicians in power
 
Topic:  Vietnam Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1976 by the Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam
Upd   Articles Freedom, Hope, and Fear: The Paradox of Vietnam, Part 1
Upd     Freedom, Hope, and Fear: The Paradox of Vietnam, Part 2
 
Topic:  Wollstein, Jarret B. Author, co-founder of Society for Individual Liberty
Upd   Writings Clinton's Health-Care Plan for You: Cradle-to-Grave Slavery, Part 1
Upd     Clinton's Health-Care Plan for You: Cradle-to-Grave Slavery, Part 2
 
11 May 2017
Topic:  Anarchism Political philosophy that considers government unnecessary and advocates instead a stateless society
New   Articles Lunar prisoners fight for freedom in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Discusses Heinlein's (and professor Bernardo de la Paz's) views on government and anarchism in the title book, with several excerpts, and ending with "Don't miss it"
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 1
Upd     Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 2
 
Topic:  Bandow, Doug Syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
Upd   Writings NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 2
Considers possible justifications for war vis-à-vis NATO's involvement in Bosnia
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings China: From Brutal Oppressor to Terrorist Victim
Describes how both the U.S. and Chinese governments changed their policies with respect to certain "terrorist" groups to suit their own ends
Upd     Parity: Bureaucratic Tyranny by Moral Fraud
Discusses the consequences of establishing "parity" of agricultural prices, in the name of "fairness"
 
Topic:  Children Sons and daughters; young persons, infants, adolescents
Upd   Articles Child Labor and the British Industrial Revolution, Part 1
Contrasts the situation of "free labour" and "parish apprentice" children during the British Industrial Revolution, the latter being mostly orphans placed in the custody of parish, i.e., government, authorities
 
Topic:  China Territory in eastern Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
Upd   Articles China: From Brutal Oppressor to Terrorist Victim
Describes how both the U.S. and Chinese governments changed their policies with respect to certain "terrorist" groups to suit their own ends
 
Topic:  Cuba Island in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1959 by the República de Cuba
Upd   Articles A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 2
Upd     A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 3
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings Book Review: Hayek
Review of Hayek: A Commemorative Album compiled by John Raybould, 1999
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 32: Friedrich A. Hayek and the Case for the Denationalization of Money
Shows the progression of Hayek's thinking on money from 1945 when he was agreeable to central monetary control to 1976 when he advocated a system of private competing currencies
 
Topic:  Economics Study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services
New   Articles A Tax Even Libertarians Could Love?
Discusses Henry George's proposal for a Single Tax and his moral and economic arguments in favor of the tax
 
Topic:  Farming The business of agriculture
Upd   Articles Parity: Bureaucratic Tyranny by Moral Fraud
Discusses the consequences of establishing "parity" of agricultural prices, in the name of "fairness"
 
Topic:  George, Henry Nineteenth century American self-taught economist, author of Progress and Poverty
New   Articles A Tax Even Libertarians Could Love?
Discusses Henry George's proposal for a Single Tax and his moral and economic arguments in favor of the tax
 
Topic:  Golf Game in which one attempts to sink a ball into each of 9 or 18 holes on a course
Upd   Articles What Is Golf?
Analyses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the PGA Tour should allow disabled golfers to ride a golf cart
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
New   Articles Lunar prisoners fight for freedom in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Discusses Heinlein's (and professor Bernardo de la Paz's) views on government and anarchism in the title book, with several excerpts, and ending with "Don't miss it"
 
Topic:  Haiti Territory in the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1991 by the République d'Haïti
Upd   Articles Stay Out of Haiti
Commentary on U.S. intervention after the Feb 2004 coup d'état
 
Topic:  Harper, Floyd A. Economics professor, founder of the Institute for Humane Studies
Upd   Writings Morals and the Welfare State, Part 1
Upd     Morals and the Welfare State, Part 2
Upd     Morals and the Welfare State, Part 3
Upd     Morals and the Welfare State, Part 4
 
Topic:  Hayek, Friedrich A. 1974 Nobel Prize winner in Economics Sciences
New   Articles F.A. Hayek accomplished several careers' worth of economic achievements in one lifetime
Bibliographic essay discussing the diverse scope of Hayek's works
Upd     Book Review: Hayek
Review of Hayek: A Commemorative Album compiled by John Raybould, 1999
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles The Economic Way of Thinking about Health Care
Discusses the voicing of opinions on economic subjects without having knowledge of economics, the state of the health care and insurance industries and posits possible solutions
 
Topic:  Heinlein, Robert A. American science fiction writer
New   Articles Lunar prisoners fight for freedom in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Discusses Heinlein's (and professor Bernardo de la Paz's) views on government and anarchism in the title book, with several excerpts, and ending with "Don't miss it"
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 1
Upd     Eisenhower Was Right
Upd     Fourth Circuit Moussaoui Ruling Is a Loss for the Constitution
Upd     Warfare-Welfare in Yugoslavia
Upd     A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 2
Upd     A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 3
 
Topic:  Iraq Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 2005 by the Jumhūriyyat Al-‘Irāq
Upd   Articles Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 1
Upd     Iraqi Sanctions: Were They Worth It?
Analyses the sanctions imposed on Iraq during the 1990's, and Madeleine Albright's attempt to recant on her statement that the sanctions were "worth it"
 
Topic:  Ireland Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
Upd   Articles Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 2
Continued examination of the differences between Irish Protestants and Catholics in the early 20th century, suggesting the principles advocated by Mises could have resulted in better outcomes
Upd     The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 1
Historical account of Ireland from its earliest inhabitants, through various invaders, conflicts with the English and between Catholics and Protestants, to the mid-nineteenth century
Upd     The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 3
Historical account of Ireland from 1912 to 1921, including the formation of the Irish Assembly, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty that concluded the Irish War of Independence
 
Topic:  Land Natural resources available for producing goods or delivering services
New   Articles A Tax Even Libertarians Could Love?
Discusses Henry George's proposal for a Single Tax and his moral and economic arguments in favor of the tax
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
Upd   Articles What Are Libertarians Out to Accomplish?
Reviews a 1979 Nathaniel Branden speech bout the manner in which libertarians communicate with non-libertarians
 
Topic:  Marriage Formalized consensual and contractual relationships between individuals
Upd   Articles Marry and Let Marry
Comments on President George W. Bush's proposed amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 1
Historical account of Ireland from its earliest inhabitants, through various invaders, conflicts with the English and between Catholics and Protestants, to the mid-nineteenth century
Upd     The Colonial Venture of Ireland, Part 3
Historical account of Ireland from 1912 to 1921, including the formation of the Irish Assembly, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty that concluded the Irish War of Independence
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Biography Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 2
Continued examination of the differences between Irish Protestants and Catholics in the early 20th century, suggesting the principles advocated by Mises could have resulted in better outcomes
 
Topic:  Money The most commonly used medium of exchange
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 32: Friedrich A. Hayek and the Case for the Denationalization of Money
Shows the progression of Hayek's thinking on money from 1945 when he was agreeable to central monetary control to 1976 when he advocated a system of private competing currencies
 
Topic:  Reed, Lawrence President of the Foundation for Economic Education, President Emeritus of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Upd   Writings Child Labor and the British Industrial Revolution, Part 1
Contrasts the situation of "free labour" and "parish apprentice" children during the British Industrial Revolution, the latter being mostly orphans placed in the custody of parish, i.e., government, authorities
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Iraqi Sanctions: Were They Worth It?
Analyses the sanctions imposed on Iraq during the 1990's, and Madeleine Albright's attempt to recant on her statement that the sanctions were "worth it"
Upd     Marry and Let Marry
Comments on President George W. Bush's proposed amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
Upd     Stay Out of Haiti
Commentary on U.S. intervention after the Feb 2004 coup d'état
Upd     What Is Golf?
Analyses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the PGA Tour should allow disabled golfers to ride a golf cart
Upd     What Are Libertarians Out to Accomplish?
Reviews a 1979 Nathaniel Branden speech bout the manner in which libertarians communicate with non-libertarians
Upd     The Economic Way of Thinking about Health Care
Discusses the voicing of opinions on economic subjects without having knowledge of economics, the state of the health care and insurance industries and posits possible solutions
 
Topic:  Self-Incrimination, Right Against The right not to bear witness against one's self
Upd   Articles Martha Down Under: Kangaroos in the Courtroom
 
Topic:  Self-ownership The principle that each individual owns his or her body and life
New   Articles A Tax Even Libertarians Could Love?
Discusses Henry George's proposal for a Single Tax and his moral and economic arguments in favor of the tax
 
Topic:  Serbia Territory in southeastern Europe, ruled since 2006 by the Republika Srbija
Upd   Articles Warfare-Welfare in Yugoslavia
 
Topic:  Socialism Socio-economic system in which the means of production and distribution are under collective or government control
New   Articles F.A. Hayek accomplished several careers' worth of economic achievements in one lifetime
Bibliographic essay discussing the diverse scope of Hayek's works
 
Topic:  Spain Territory in southwestern Europe, ruled since 1975 by the Reino de España
Upd   Articles The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 2
 
Topic:  Standing Armies Maintaining permanent armies of paid or conscripted soldiers
Upd   Articles Eisenhower Was Right
 
Topic:  Stromberg, Joseph R. Historian, research fellow at The Independent Institute
Upd   Writings The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 2
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
New   Articles A Tax Even Libertarians Could Love?
Discusses Henry George's proposal for a Single Tax and his moral and economic arguments in favor of the tax
 
Topic:  Thies, Clifford F. Past chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus, professor of Economics and Finance
Upd   Web Pages Liberty Index: Edited by Clifford Thies
 
Topic:  Trial by Jury, Right to Guarantees in criminal and civil cases
Upd   Articles Fourth Circuit Moussaoui Ruling Is a Loss for the Constitution
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 2
Considers possible justifications for war vis-à-vis NATO's involvement in Bosnia
 
Topic:  Wollstein, Jarret B. Author, co-founder of Society for Individual Liberty
Upd   Writings Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 1
Upd     Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 2
 
10 May 2017
Topic:  Adams, Charles Attorney, tax historian and author
Upd   Writings "Bad Money Drives Out Good"
Explains Gresham's Law, recounting how Queen Elizabeth I restored pure silver coinage and how the Romans debased the Greek silver drachma
 
Topic:  Bill of Rights First 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Upd   Articles Do Our Rights Come from the Constitution?
Dispels the myth of "constitutional rights"
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings Political Plundering of Property Owners
Details effects of local government land and property seizures allegedly for urban renewal purposes, for improving "blighted" neighborhoods or for the benefit of sports team owners
Upd     Iraqi Sanctions and American Intentions: Blameless Carnage? Part 1
Examines the effects of the destruction of Iraqi infrastucture during the 1990-91 Gulf War, the subsequent UN sanctions and the "oil for food" program
Upd     Dictatorship of Gadflies
Discusses the National Trust for Historic Preservation and similar groups
 
Topic:  Central Banking The practice of establishing a country's monetary policy through a government-owned or -controlled institution
New   Articles Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
New   Writings Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
Upd     An American Empire! If You Want It instead of Freedom, Part 1
Examines Garet Garrett's still relevant essay "The Rise of Empire" and the concept of "unilateralism" espoused by Charles Krauthammer
 
Topic:  Economic Barriers Legislative and other processes that inhibit economic and financial advancement
Upd   Articles Two Kinds of Income Inequality
Differentiates between market (or inherent) and political-economic inequalities and recommends elimination of legislation enforcing the latter
 
Topic:  Educational Freedom Absence of coercion in learning and educating
Upd   Articles What's Wrong with Public Schools?
Excerpt from chapter 2 of Separating School & State: How to Liberate Americas Families
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
Upd   Articles Political Plundering of Property Owners
Details effects of local government land and property seizures allegedly for urban renewal purposes, for improving "blighted" neighborhoods or for the benefit of sports team owners
 
Topic:  Farming The business of agriculture
Upd   Articles Farm Subsidies Must Go
Discusses the response to a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. subsidies to cotton farmers violate WTO rules
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
New   Articles Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles We Need Real Free Trade Now
Responds to an article by Paul Craig Roberts and Sen. Charles Schumer arguing that free trade is no longer tenable due to outsourcing of jobs
 
Topic:  Future of Freedom Foundation Advances libertarian philosophy
Upd   Publications Future of Freedom
Monthly journal of libertarian essays (formerly Freedom Daily)
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Do Our Rights Come from the Constitution?
Dispels the myth of "constitutional rights"
Upd     Do Our Rights Come from the Constitution?
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles An American Empire! If You Want It instead of Freedom, Part 1
Examines Garet Garrett's still relevant essay "The Rise of Empire" and the concept of "unilateralism" espoused by Charles Krauthammer
 
Topic:  Intellectual Property Laws Laws that grant monopoly rights on intellectual creations, such as patents and copyrights
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that IP laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Iraq Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 2005 by the Jumhūriyyat Al-‘Irāq
Upd   Articles Iraqi Sanctions and American Intentions: Blameless Carnage? Part 1
Examines the effects of the destruction of Iraqi infrastucture during the 1990-91 Gulf War, the subsequent UN sanctions and the "oil for food" program
 
Topic:  Machan, Tibor R. Professor of philosophy and business ethics, co-founder of Reason magazine
Upd   Archived Columns Orange County Register
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings Background of the Middle East Conflict, Part 2
Upd     Background of the Middle East Conflict, Part 3
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Roads, Cars, and Responsibility
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles Background of the Middle East Conflict, Part 2
Upd     Background of the Middle East Conflict, Part 3
 
Topic:  Mises, Ludwig von Austrian school economist, author of Human Action
New   Articles Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
 
Topic:  Money The most commonly used medium of exchange
Upd   Articles "Bad Money Drives Out Good"
Explains Gresham's Law, recounting how Queen Elizabeth I restored pure silver coinage and how the Romans debased the Greek silver drachma
 
Topic:  Postrel, Virginia Author, columnist, former editor of Reason magazine
Upd   Biography About Virginia Postrel
 
Topic:  Prices Convey information between buyers and sellers
New   Articles Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
 
Topic:  Private Property Ownership of assets by individuals or non-governmental legal entities
New   Articles Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
Upd     Dictatorship of Gadflies
Discusses the National Trust for Historic Preservation and similar groups
 
Topic:  Private Roads Roads owned by non-governmental entities
Upd   Articles Roads, Cars, and Responsibility
 
Topic:  Reserved Powers Powers retained by the States and the people
Upd   Articles Do Our Rights Come from the Constitution?
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Biography Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings We Need Real Free Trade Now
Responds to an article by Paul Craig Roberts and Sen. Charles Schumer arguing that free trade is no longer tenable due to outsourcing of jobs
Upd     Farm Subsidies Must Go
Discusses the response to a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. subsidies to cotton farmers violate WTO rules
Upd     What's Wrong with Public Schools?
Excerpt from chapter 2 of Separating School & State: How to Liberate Americas Families
Upd     Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that IP laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
Upd     Two Kinds of Income Inequality
Differentiates between market (or inherent) and political-economic inequalities and recommends elimination of legislation enforcing the latter
 
Topic:  Socialism Socio-economic system in which the means of production and distribution are under collective or government control
New   Articles Ludwig von Mises: An Economist for Freedom and Free Enterprise
Discusses three major themes in the works of Mises, namely, business cycle theory, his critique of socialism and the unfettered market economy; includes list of suggested additional readings
 
9 May 2017
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles Blockbuster Victory for the Second Amendment
Commentary on the April 1999 decision by a federal district judge to consider unconstitutional a 1994 law that decreed that a person under a domestic restraining order could not own firearms
 
Topic:  Bandow, Doug Syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
Upd   Writings NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 1
Analyses NATO's actions in the Bosnian War in light of the U.S. constitution, the NATO accord and the UN Charter
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings Iraqi Sanctions and American Intentions: Blameless Carnage? Part 2
Further examination of the effects of the Iraqi sanctions and the hypocritical comments after the 2003 invasion
Upd     Blockbuster Victory for the Second Amendment
Commentary on the April 1999 decision by a federal district judge to consider unconstitutional a 1994 law that decreed that a person under a domestic restraining order could not own firearms
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles But Foreign Aid Is Bribery! And Blackmail, Extortion, and Theft Too!
 
Topic:  Garrison, William Lloyd Nineteenth century American journalist and abolitionist
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  Hayek, Friedrich A. 1974 Nobel Prize winner in Economics Sciences
Upd   Articles Friedrich the Great
Biographical essay, including Hayek's insights on cognitive science and his influence on postmodernism
 
Topic:  Herbert, Auberon Nineteenth century English philosopher and Member of Parliament
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings But Foreign Aid Is Bribery! And Blackmail, Extortion, and Theft Too!
Upd     Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 2
 
Topic:  Iraq Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 2005 by the Jumhūriyyat Al-‘Irāq
Upd   Articles Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 2
Upd     Iraqi Sanctions and American Intentions: Blameless Carnage? Part 2
Further examination of the effects of the Iraqi sanctions and the hypocritical comments after the 2003 invasion
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings Background of the Middle East Conflict, Part 1
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Feeding Obesity
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles Background of the Middle East Conflict, Part 1
 
Topic:  Molinari, Gustave de 19th century Belgian/French economist, considered the originator of market-anarchism
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  Paterson, Isabel Canadian-born, American literary critic, author of The God of the Machine
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  Personal Responsibility Accepting the consequences of one's actions
Upd   Articles Feeding Obesity
 
Topic:  Postrel, Virginia Author, columnist, former editor of Reason magazine
Upd   Home Page Virginia Postrel
Upd   Writings Friedrich the Great
Biographical essay, including Hayek's insights on cognitive science and his influence on postmodernism
 
Topic:  Spencer, Herbert 19th century English philosopher
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  Spooner, Lysander Lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  Tucker, Benjamin American individualist anarchist, publisher of the 19th century Liberty periodical
New   Articles Here are 7 lesser-known classical liberal thinkers for your World Philosophy Day
Brief profiles of Spencer, Tucker, Spooner, Paterson, Molinari, Garrison and Herbert, together with a reading recommendation for each one of them
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 1
Analyses NATO's actions in the Bosnian War in light of the U.S. constitution, the NATO accord and the UN Charter
 
8 May 2017
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles Better Them Than Us
Discusses the Brazilian disarmament statute of 2003 and similar 1997 United Kingdom ban vis-à-vis findings by Gary Kleck and John Lott regarding gun ownership and prevalence of crime
 
Topic:  Bandow, Doug Syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
Upd   Biography Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Archived Columns Future of Freedom Foundation
since July 1992
 
Topic:  Banking The business of accepting deposits and lending money
Upd   Articles Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 31: Ludwig von Mises on the Case for Gold and a Free Banking System
Examines Mises' thinking on the gold standard (why it is needed and that it not be subject to political manipulation), free banking and what is needed for it to succeed
 
Topic:  Bill of Rights First 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Upd   Articles The Bill of Rights
Relates background stories that led to adoption of the Bill of Rights, including John Lilburne and religious persecution in colonial America
 
Topic:  Branden, Nathaniel Psychotherapist, author of The Psychology of Self-Esteem
Upd   Articles "And the Pursuit of Happiness": Nathaniel Branden, RIP
Memorial essay, including some personal recollections, with emphasis on Branden's work on self-esteem and self-responsibility
 
Topic:  Business Commercial activities that provide goods and services
Upd   Articles Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor business regulations and taxes
 
Topic:  Clinton, Hillary U.S. First Lady (1993-2001), former Senator and Secretary of State
Upd   Articles Familiar Bedfellows
Examines Hillary Clinton's review of Henry Kissinger's World Order
 
Topic:  Ebeling, Richard M. Professor of economics, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Writings Individual Liberty and Civil Society
Reflects on Benjamin Constant's lecture on what liberty meant to the ancient Greeks vs. the 19th century Europeans and Americans and the 20th century reversion to statism
Upd     Monetary Central Planning and the State, Part 31: Ludwig von Mises on the Case for Gold and a Free Banking System
Examines Mises' thinking on the gold standard (why it is needed and that it not be subject to political manipulation), free banking and what is needed for it to succeed
 
Topic:  Educational Freedom Absence of coercion in learning and educating
Upd   Articles Freedom of Education
Recounts a potential discussion between an advocate of religious freedom and a proponent of an imagined system of public, i.e., government-sponsored, churches
 
Topic:  Electrical Power The production and distribution of electricity
Upd   Articles Central Planning of Electricity Must Fail
Explains why deregulation (or the "free market") was not responsible for the Northeastern U.S. blackout of 2003
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Discusses the potential expansion of the 2014 Ukrainian conflict due to those who advocate a "get tough" stance
Upd     Foreign Policy Failure Everywhere
Reviews what several decades of American intervention around the world has wrought
 
Topic:  Future of Freedom Foundation Advances libertarian philosophy
Upd   Home Page Home - The Future of Freedom Foundation
Sections include: blog, daily articles, monthly journal archive, weekly video commentary ("The Libertarian Angle"), "Freedom Fighters" (thinkers, authors and other advocates of freedom) and store
 
Topic:  Germany Territory in north central Europe, ruled since 1990 by the Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Upd   Articles Hitler's Mutual Admiration Society
 
Topic:  Harper, Floyd A. Economics professor, founder of the Institute for Humane Studies
Upd   Writings Discrimination
 
Topic:  Homeschooling Educating children at home
Upd   Articles To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got It Wrong, Part 1
Examines a debate on the pages of USA Today between supposedly opposing sides on the homeschooling issue
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Biography Jacob G. Hornberger: Short Biography
Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Freedom of Education
Recounts a potential discussion between an advocate of religious freedom and a proponent of an imagined system of public, i.e., government-sponsored, churches
Upd     Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 1
Upd     Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 2
Upd     Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 3
Upd     Price Controls Are No Answer to Isabel
Upd     The Constitution and the Rule of Law
Upd     The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 1
Upd     The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 2
Upd     Hitler's Mutual Admiration Society
 
Topic:  Individual Liberty Enjoyment by individuals of social, political and economic rights
Upd   Articles Individual Liberty and Civil Society
Reflects on Benjamin Constant's lecture on what liberty meant to the ancient Greeks vs. the 19th century Europeans and Americans and the 20th century reversion to statism
Upd     Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
Powerful commentary on an Arkansas referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles A Nightmare in Iraq
Examines the situation in Iraq six months after the March 2003 invasion, including the consideration of using Israel as a model to manage the Iraqi population
 
Topic:  Ireland Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
Upd   Articles Big-Spending Republicans Can Learn from Ireland's Reforms
Contrasts U.S. government spending in the 1990's and early 2000's with the approach taken in Ireland from the late 1980's
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
Upd   Articles I Can't Help That I'm a Libertarian
Excellent essay on why libertarians hold their beliefs and why they can't be sitlent about them
Upd     Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
Upd     Tackling Straw Men Is Easier than Critiquing Libertarianism
Counters John Edward Terrell's critique of libertarianism using quotes from Adam Smith, Vernon Smith and Herbert Spencer
 
Topic:  Limited Government Restricting government to its proper functions, defined by law
Upd   Articles The Roots of Limited Government
Upd     Limited Government--A Moral Issue
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings V for Vendetta
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got It Wrong, Part 1
Examines a debate on the pages of USA Today between supposedly opposing sides on the homeschooling issue
Upd     Should Government Run Churches ... or Schools?
Upd     Private Roads and the Economics of the Environment
Upd     Animal Rights Absurdity
Upd     Better Them Than Us
Discusses the Brazilian disarmament statute of 2003 and similar 1997 United Kingdom ban vis-à-vis findings by Gary Kleck and John Lott regarding gun ownership and prevalence of crime
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles Is Obama Trying to Alienate Muslim-American Youth?
Examines the Obama administration's contradictory stances on the Islamic State and outreach efforts towards American Muslims
 
Topic:  Militarism A political system influenced greatly by a large, permanent military force
Upd   Articles Mission Creep in Iraq
Examines how the initial Aug 2014 "humanitarian" intervention in Iraq keeps morphing into something bigger
 
Topic:  Personal Responsibility Accepting the consequences of one's actions
Upd   Articles Escape from Responsibility
Discusses a number of cases where victims attempt to hold third-parties responsible for crimes or other harms
Upd     Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 1
Upd     Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 2
Upd     Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 3
 
Topic:  Prices Convey information between buyers and sellers
Upd   Articles Price Controls Are No Answer to Isabel
 
Topic:  Private Property Ownership of assets by individuals or non-governmental legal entities
Upd   Articles The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 1
Upd     The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 2
Upd     Bastiat on the Socialization of Wealth
Explains what Bastiat meant when saying that real wealth is constantly passing from the realm of (private) property to that of the community
 
Topic:  Private Roads Roads owned by non-governmental entities
Upd   Articles Private Roads and the Economics of the Environment
 
Topic:  Property Rights Rights of an owner to use and dispose of assets
Upd   Articles California's Blow Against Property Rights
Discusses the concepts of private property and property rights in view of California's law forbidding smoking in bars
 
Topic:  Punishments, Cruel and Unusual, Protection Against Restriction on the use of cruel and unusual punishments
Upd   Articles Getting Away with Torture
Examines some of the responses to the report on the CIA's post-9/11 use of "enhanced interrogation techniques"
 
Topic:  Religion, Freedom of Liberty to practice any or no religion
Upd   Articles Don't Fund Religious Groups
Argues against President George W. Bush's proposal to give taxpayers' money to religious organizations
Upd     Religion and Freedom
Upd     Should Government Run Churches ... or Schools?
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Escape from Responsibility
Discusses a number of cases where victims attempt to hold third-parties responsible for crimes or other harms
Upd     California's Blow Against Property Rights
Discusses the concepts of private property and property rights in view of California's law forbidding smoking in bars
Upd     A Nightmare in Iraq
Examines the situation in Iraq six months after the March 2003 invasion, including the consideration of using Israel as a model to manage the Iraqi population
Upd     Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor business regulations and taxes
Upd     Central Planning of Electricity Must Fail
Explains why deregulation (or the "free market") was not responsible for the Northeastern U.S. blackout of 2003
Upd     The "Good-Government" Attack on Free Speech
Discusses the freedom of speech implications of McCain-Feingold (which became the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in 2002)
Upd     Don't Fund Religious Groups
Argues against President George W. Bush's proposal to give taxpayers' money to religious organizations
Upd     American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Discusses the potential expansion of the 2014 Ukrainian conflict due to those who advocate a "get tough" stance
Upd     I Can't Help That I'm a Libertarian
Excellent essay on why libertarians hold their beliefs and why they can't be sitlent about them
Upd     Mission Creep in Iraq
Examines how the initial Aug 2014 "humanitarian" intervention in Iraq keeps morphing into something bigger
Upd     Is Obama Trying to Alienate Muslim-American Youth?
Examines the Obama administration's contradictory stances on the Islamic State and outreach efforts towards American Muslims
Upd     Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
Powerful commentary on an Arkansas referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales
Upd     Election 2014: The Good News and Bad
Sobering comments on elections, governments, democracy and why voting is of so little consequence
Upd     Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
Upd     Familiar Bedfellows
Examines Hillary Clinton's review of Henry Kissinger's World Order
Upd     Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law
Considers President Obama's decision to defer deportation of some undocumented immigrants, although three years ago he had said he lacked such authority
Upd     The Ferguson Distraction
Argues that the lack of an indictment on the death of Michael Brown distracts us from the more important "racist police brutality that ravages America"
Upd     Tackling Straw Men Is Easier than Critiquing Libertarianism
Counters John Edward Terrell's critique of libertarianism using quotes from Adam Smith, Vernon Smith and Herbert Spencer
Upd     I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
Explains how New York cigarette taxes contributed to the police crack down that led to the Eric Garner confrontation (and subsequent death)
Upd     "And the Pursuit of Happiness": Nathaniel Branden, RIP
Memorial essay, including some personal recollections, with emphasis on Branden's work on self-esteem and self-responsibility
Upd     Getting Away with Torture
Examines some of the responses to the report on the CIA's post-9/11 use of "enhanced interrogation techniques"
Upd     The Open Society and Its Worst Enemies
Considers the January 2015 events in France and contrasts the choice between an open, free society and imperialistic, militaristic foreign intervention
Upd     Foreign Policy Failure Everywhere
Reviews what several decades of American intervention around the world has wrought
Upd     Bastiat on the Socialization of Wealth
Explains what Bastiat meant when saying that real wealth is constantly passing from the realm of (private) property to that of the community
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles Animal Rights Absurdity
Upd     The Ferguson Distraction
Argues that the lack of an indictment on the death of Michael Brown distracts us from the more important "racist police brutality that ravages America"
 
Topic:  Rule of Law Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
Upd   Articles The Constitution and the Rule of Law
Upd     Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law
Considers President Obama's decision to defer deportation of some undocumented immigrants, although three years ago he had said he lacked such authority
 
Topic:  Sirico, Robert A., Rev. Co-founder and President of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Upd   Writings Religion and Freedom
 
Topic:  Society Grouping of individuals interacting with each other
Upd   Articles The Open Society and Its Worst Enemies
Considers the January 2015 events in France and contrasts the choice between an open, free society and imperialistic, militaristic foreign intervention
 
Topic:  Speech, Freedom of Liberty to speak, write or otherwise express oneself
Upd   Articles The "Good-Government" Attack on Free Speech
Discusses the freedom of speech implications of McCain-Feingold (which became the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in 2002)
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
Explains how New York cigarette taxes contributed to the police crack down that led to the Eric Garner confrontation (and subsequent death)
 
Topic:  V for Vendetta 2006 movie about a Fawkesian anarchist battling a police state in a near-future United Kingdom
Upd   Reviews V for Vendetta
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
Upd   Articles Election 2014: The Good News and Bad
Sobering comments on elections, governments, democracy and why voting is of so little consequence
 
5 May 2017
Topic:  Association, Freedom of The right of the people to meet or associate with others for peaceful purposes
Upd   Articles Fighting Discrimination without the Government
Comments on an Arizona amendment about discrimination by non-government individuals or groups
 
Topic:  Corporatism Socio-economic system in which large businesses exert influence over and benefit from government policies
Upd   Articles Big Pharma and Crony Capitalism
Examines the ways in which pharmaceutical companies influence government
 
Topic:  Cuba Island in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1959 by the República de Cuba
Upd   Articles The U.S. Government Still Tries to Subvert Cuba
Commentary on the 2014 disclosure that operatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development attempted to incite opposition to the Cuban government
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
New   Videos What's So Bad About The Galactic Empire?
Analyzes the various Star Wars movies and attempts to answer the title question and conversely what is good about the Rebel Alliance
 
Topic:  Due Process of Law Procedural safeguards, and unbiased laws and judgements
Upd   Articles "The Police Force Is Watching the People"
Argues that the facts are crucial when examining an incident such as occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, and that the role of police must be re-examined
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles They Don't Mean Well
Reviews Barry Lando's article "The American Legacy in Iraq"
Upd     The American Disease
Explains how U.S. foreign meddling is generally counterproductive, even when genuinely attempting to advance liberty
Upd     The Disaster That Is U.S. Foreign Policy
Considers the effect of U.S. involvement in the Middle East in the past two decades, in view of the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange
Upd     Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul by Rick Perry, Dick Cheney and other Republican hawks on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq
Upd     The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Trade Restrictions Show Hypocrisy
Discusses how U.S. and European tariffs and quotas harm farmers in the developing world
Upd     Bush as Fake Free-Trader
Comments on President George W. Bush's claim to being a free-trader while at the same time imposing quotas and tariffs on products from China
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
Upd   Articles Motives Aside, the NSA Should Not Spy on Us
Examines a couple of reasons for rejecting the surveillance state, even if well-intentioned
 
Topic:  Hayek, Friedrich A. 1974 Nobel Prize winner in Economics Sciences
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
 
Topic:  Higgs, Robert Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles Out of Iraq, Etc.!
Examines the origins of the arbitrary country subdivisions in the Fertile Crescent after World War I and the continuing problems in the region
Upd     Does Freedom Require Empire?
Critiques an essay by Daniel McCarthy insisting that "power [and imperialism] is the basis of the peaceful order upon which liberal democracy rests"
Upd     A Foreign Policy by and for Knaves
Further thoughts on "Does Freedom Require Empire" prompted by Daniel McCarthy's counterpoint article
 
Topic:  Individual Liberty Enjoyment by individuals of social, political and economic rights
New   Videos What's So Bad About The Galactic Empire?
Analyzes the various Star Wars movies and attempts to answer the title question and conversely what is good about the Rebel Alliance
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān
Upd   Articles Obama and Kerry Jeopardize Peace with Iran
Discusses pronouncements by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that put in doubt their intentions of reaching a peace agreement with Iran
Upd     Bill Clinton and the Bogus Iranian Threat
Another chapter in the Iran "manufactured crisis" saga: how the Clinton administration was influenced by Israelis
 
Topic:  Law Set of rules and guidelines intended to influence social behavior
Upd   Articles Crime and Punishment in a Free Society
Expanded version of the TGIF article of 6 Dec 2013: describes how customary law and the principle of restitution were corrupted by English kings into a system of government laws and punishment of crimes
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
Upd   Articles Rights Violations Aren't the Only Bads
Discusses criticism of "Intellectual Property Fosters Corporate Concentration" in the larger context of rights violations
Upd     Libertarian Class Analysis
Examines the class analysis by Charles Comte, Charles Dunoyer, and Augustin Thierry
Upd     What Should Libertarians Do?
Examines what libertarianism demands from people and suggests focusing on the liberal insight that "societies run themselves" spontaneously
Upd     Libertarianism: The Moral and the Practical
Explores whether libertarian policies ought to be based on moral or practical bases
Upd     The Inherently Humble Libertarian
Defends libertarianism from those who charge its advocates of "know-it-allness"
 
Topic:  Liggio, Leonard P. Executive Vice President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Upd   Articles Leonard P. Liggio (1933–2014)
A tribute to Richman's "favorite teacher"
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings A Lesson from Vietnam, Part 3
Upd     Big Pharma and Crony Capitalism
Examines the ways in which pharmaceutical companies influence government
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles The Middle East Harvests Bitter Imperialist Fruit
Describes how the seeds of the current turmoil in the Middle East were planted a century ago by British and French imperialism
Upd     Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
Upd     Will American Ground Troops Be Sent to Fight ISIS?
Analyses President Obama's statements, made on 17 Sep 2014, regarding the anti-Islamic State strategy
 
Topic:  Militarism A political system influenced greatly by a large, permanent military force
New   Videos What's So Bad About The Galactic Empire?
Analyzes the various Star Wars movies and attempts to answer the title question and conversely what is good about the Rebel Alliance
Upd   Articles The Danger Is Intervention, Not "Isolation"
Reflects on pronouncements by President Obama and Secretary Hagel on Americans turning more "isolationists"
 
Topic:  Non-aggression Principle The libertarian principle that no person should initiate force against another
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
Upd     What Social Animals Owe to Each Other
Delves into the meaning and justification for the non-aggression principle, with insights from Roderick Long's "Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand"
Upd     What Social Animals Owe Each Other
Revision of TGIF column dated 18 Apr 2014
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Obama Speaks with Forked Tongue on Surveillance
Compares contradictory claims by Obama and his administration regarding Edward Snowden's disclosures of NSA monitoring of online activity and telephone calls
Upd     Obama Follows Bush's Iraq Playbook
Examines the validity of Obama's arguments for going to war against ISIS
 
Topic:  Property Rights Rights of an owner to use and dispose of assets
Upd   Articles Ownership and Ideas
Critiques some statements by Murray Rothbard in For a New Liberty about ownership of created products
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings Trade Restrictions Show Hypocrisy
Discusses how U.S. and European tariffs and quotas harm farmers in the developing world
Upd     Bush as Fake Free-Trader
Comments on President George W. Bush's claim to being a free-trader while at the same time imposing quotas and tariffs on products from China
Upd     Obama Speaks with Forked Tongue on Surveillance
Compares contradictory claims by Obama and his administration regarding Edward Snowden's disclosures of NSA monitoring of online activity and telephone calls
Upd     It's Not Edward Snowden Who Betrayed Us
Discusses statements from progressive and conservative apologists for NSA surveillance disclosed by Snowden and constrasts them to David Hume and Lord Acton
Upd     Motives Aside, the NSA Should Not Spy on Us
Examines a couple of reasons for rejecting the surveillance state, even if well-intentioned
Upd     National Servitude
Examines calls for "national service" and contrasts them to insights from Frédéric Bastiat and Adam Smith
Upd     What the Immigration Bill Overlooks
Discusses the 2013 immigration reform bill approved by the Senate and how it disregards basic human rights
Upd     They Don't Mean Well
Reviews Barry Lando's article "The American Legacy in Iraq"
Upd     Rights Violations Aren't the Only Bads
Discusses criticism of "Intellectual Property Fosters Corporate Concentration" in the larger context of rights violations
Upd     Warfare/Welfare/Corporate State: All of a Piece
Dissects article by Princeton professor Sean Wilentz criticizing Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange
Upd     Libertarian Class Analysis
Examines the class analysis by Charles Comte, Charles Dunoyer, and Augustin Thierry
Upd     Obama and Kerry Jeopardize Peace with Iran
Discusses pronouncements by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that put in doubt their intentions of reaching a peace agreement with Iran
Upd     The American Disease
Explains how U.S. foreign meddling is generally counterproductive, even when genuinely attempting to advance liberty
Upd     What Social Animals Owe to Each Other
Delves into the meaning and justification for the non-aggression principle, with insights from Roderick Long's "Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand"
Upd     What Should Libertarians Do?
Examines what libertarianism demands from people and suggests focusing on the liberal insight that "societies run themselves" spontaneously
Upd     Lysander Spooner on the National Debt
Analyses how Spooner trounced the arguments given for the legitimacy of the United States' public debt
Upd     Bill Clinton and the Bogus Iranian Threat
Another chapter in the Iran "manufactured crisis" saga: how the Clinton administration was influenced by Israelis
Upd     Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty: Still Worthy after All These Years
Review of The Ethics of Liberty with emphasis on Rothbard's arguments for the validity of natural law
Upd     The Danger Is Intervention, Not "Isolation"
Reflects on pronouncements by President Obama and Secretary Hagel on Americans turning more "isolationists"
Upd     The Disaster That Is U.S. Foreign Policy
Considers the effect of U.S. involvement in the Middle East in the past two decades, in view of the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange
Upd     The Middle East Harvests Bitter Imperialist Fruit
Describes how the seeds of the current turmoil in the Middle East were planted a century ago by British and French imperialism
Upd     Crime and Punishment in a Free Society
Expanded version of the TGIF article of 6 Dec 2013: describes how customary law and the principle of restitution were corrupted by English kings into a system of government laws and punishment of crimes
Upd     Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul by Rick Perry, Dick Cheney and other Republican hawks on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq
Upd     War, Peace, and Murray Rothbard
Review and commentary on Murray Rothbard's 1963 essay "War, Peace, and the State"
Upd     Borderlands: What’s Happening to America?
Commentary on the extension of border patrol activities in the United States well beyond (100 miles) the traditional country and coastline limits
Upd     The U.S. Government Still Tries to Subvert Cuba
Commentary on the 2014 disclosure that operatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development attempted to incite opposition to the Cuban government
Upd     The 100th Anniversary of the Great State Crime
Reflections on the start of the Great War, 100 years ago, the second act (World War II) and wars in general
Upd     Libertarianism: The Moral and the Practical
Explores whether libertarian policies ought to be based on moral or practical bases
Upd     Out of Iraq, Etc.!
Examines the origins of the arbitrary country subdivisions in the Fertile Crescent after World War I and the continuing problems in the region
Upd     Liberty in America during the Great War
Examines how various areas of American society were influenced by Woodrow Wilson's decision to enter the First World War
Upd     "The Police Force Is Watching the People"
Argues that the facts are crucial when examining an incident such as occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, and that the role of police must be re-examined
Upd     Fighting Discrimination without the Government
Comments on an Arizona amendment about discrimination by non-government individuals or groups
Upd     Let's Have Candor from the NATO Summit
Comments on an article by foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer about the crisis in the Ukraine
Upd     Does Freedom Require Empire?
Critiques an essay by Daniel McCarthy insisting that "power [and imperialism] is the basis of the peaceful order upon which liberal democracy rests"
Upd     Obama Follows Bush's Iraq Playbook
Examines the validity of Obama's arguments for going to war against ISIS
Upd     Ownership and Ideas
Critiques some statements by Murray Rothbard in For a New Liberty about ownership of created products
Upd     Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
Upd     The Antimilitarist Libertarian Heritage
Reviews several writings by Herbert Spencer on the subjects of war, militarism, colonization and patriotism
Upd     Will American Ground Troops Be Sent to Fight ISIS?
Analyses President Obama's statements, made on 17 Sep 2014, regarding the anti-Islamic State strategy
Upd     The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall
Upd     What Social Animals Owe Each Other
Revision of TGIF column dated 18 Apr 2014
Upd     A Foreign Policy by and for Knaves
Further thoughts on "Does Freedom Require Empire" prompted by Daniel McCarthy's counterpoint article
Upd     Leonard P. Liggio (1933–2014)
A tribute to Richman's "favorite teacher"
Upd     The Inherently Humble Libertarian
Defends libertarianism from those who charge its advocates of "know-it-allness"
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles What the Immigration Bill Overlooks
Discusses the 2013 immigration reform bill approved by the Senate and how it disregards basic human rights
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Upd   Articles Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty: Still Worthy after All These Years
Review of The Ethics of Liberty with emphasis on Rothbard's arguments for the validity of natural law
Upd   Writings The Brilliance of Turgot
Biography and review of Turgot's major writings; introduction to The Turgot Collection
 
Topic:  Searches, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles It's Not Edward Snowden Who Betrayed Us
Discusses statements from progressive and conservative apologists for NSA surveillance disclosed by Snowden and constrasts them to David Hume and Lord Acton
Upd     Borderlands: What’s Happening to America?
Commentary on the extension of border patrol activities in the United States well beyond (100 miles) the traditional country and coastline limits
 
Topic:  Spencer, Herbert 19th century English philosopher
Upd   Articles The Antimilitarist Libertarian Heritage
Reviews several writings by Herbert Spencer on the subjects of war, militarism, colonization and patriotism
 
Topic:  Spooner, Lysander Lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical
Upd   Articles Lysander Spooner on the National Debt
Analyses how Spooner trounced the arguments given for the legitimacy of the United States' public debt
 
Topic:  Star Wars 1977 science fiction movie, known as "Episode IV: A New Hope", first release of the series
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
New   Videos What's So Bad About The Galactic Empire?
Analyzes the various Star Wars movies and attempts to answer the title question and conversely what is good about the Rebel Alliance
 
Topic:  State, The A group of people that claims political sovereignty over an associated territory
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
Upd     Warfare/Welfare/Corporate State: All of a Piece
Dissects article by Princeton professor Sean Wilentz criticizing Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange
 
Topic:  Terrorism The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
 
Topic:  Turgot, Anne Robert Jacques 18th century French economist
Upd   Articles The Brilliance of Turgot
Biography and review of Turgot's major writings; introduction to The Turgot Collection
 
Topic:  Ukraine Territory in eastern Europe, ruled since 1991 by the republic of Україна
Upd   Articles Let's Have Candor from the NATO Summit
Comments on an article by foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer about the crisis in the Ukraine
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
 
Topic:  Vietnam Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1976 by the Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam
Upd   Articles A Lesson from Vietnam, Part 3
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
New   Articles How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
Upd     War, Peace, and Murray Rothbard
Review and commentary on Murray Rothbard's 1963 essay "War, Peace, and the State"
Upd     The 100th Anniversary of the Great State Crime
Reflections on the start of the Great War, 100 years ago, the second act (World War II) and wars in general
 
Topic:  World War I The "Great War", European conflict from 1914 to 1918 that extended to include the United States and some Asian and African nations
Upd   Articles Liberty in America during the Great War
Examines how various areas of American society were influenced by Woodrow Wilson's decision to enter the First World War
 
4 May 2017
Topic:  Afghanistan Territory in southwest central Asia, nominally ruled since 2004 by the Jomhūrī-ye Eslāmī-ye Afġānistān/Da Afġānistān Islāmī Jomhoriyat
Upd   Articles Bush's Opium Boom
Describes attempts by the Taliban, the U.S., the United Nations and the Karzai government to control opium poppy production
Upd     In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
Critiques an exchange by Richard Engel and Andrea Mitchell on the rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Upd     News Coverage Misinforms Americans on the Bergdahl Swap
Discusses the distorted news about the five Taliban officials released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles The Gun-Control Tide Is Turning
Upd     Zimmerman Case Is No Grounds for Gun Control
Argues against those who, based on the outcome of the George Zimmerman case, push for bans on all private guns and for repealing "stand your ground" laws
 
Topic:  Association, Freedom of The right of the people to meet or associate with others for peaceful purposes
Upd   Articles We Can Oppose Bigotry without the Politicians
Explains why the state is not necessary to ensure that people or business don't discriminate against others on the basis of sexual orientation or some other reason
 
Topic:  Banking The business of accepting deposits and lending money
Upd   Articles The Housing-Financial Meltdown Revisited
Examines the history behind the 1933 Glass-Steagall act, its repeal in 1999, and the causes behind the 2008 financial meltdown
 
Topic:  Bastiat, Frederic 19th century French economist
New   Articles How a 19th century French pamphleteer preempted two centuries of economic fallacies
Examines some of the main themes in Bastiat's writings, such as ethics and economics, the seen and the unseen and the State
Upd     Frédéric Bastiat and Subjective Marginal Utility
Explains marginal utility as presented by Menger and examines Bastiat's writings on how exchanges take place
 
Topic:  Bovard, James Author, controversial Washington journalist
Upd   Writings Bush's Opium Boom
Describes attempts by the Taliban, the U.S., the United Nations and the Karzai government to control opium poppy production
 
Topic:  Bright, John 19th century English Member of Parliament
Upd   Articles The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
 
Topic:  Broken Window Fallacy "What would become of the glaziers, if nobody ever broke windows?"
New   Articles How a 19th century French pamphleteer preempted two centuries of economic fallacies
Examines some of the main themes in Bastiat's writings, such as ethics and economics, the seen and the unseen and the State
 
Topic:  Buchanan, James M. 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
Upd   Articles James Buchanan's Subjectivist Economics
Reviews Buchanan's writings in What Should Economists Do?, a collection of several of his essays
 
Topic:  Carson, Kevin American mutualist and anarchist writer
Upd   Writings Lincoln-Worship Overlays the Corporatist Agenda
Review of Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream — and How We Can Do It Again by Rich Lowry, 2013
 
Topic:  Corporatism Socio-economic system in which large businesses exert influence over and benefit from government policies
Upd   Articles Will 2016 Be a Good Year for the Corporate State?
Considers the prospective 2016 U.S. presidential contenders, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, and how they line up with the aims of the corporate state, and further comments about South Africa
 
Topic:  Economics Study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services
Upd   Articles The Economics Lesson Obama Needs to Learn
Explains economics in simple terms that even a statist politician ought to understand
 
Topic:  Egypt Territory mostly in northeast Africa, ruled since 2011 by the Ǧumhūriyyat Maṣr al-ʿArabiyyah
Upd   Articles U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks with Hypocrisy
Examines events in Egypt from 2011 to 2014, in view of continued U.S. military aid
 
Topic:  Enumerated Powers Constitutional doctrine of limiting the Federal Government to explicitly granted powers
Upd   Articles James Madison: Father of the Implied-Powers Doctrine
Examines whether James Madison intended the U.S. federal government to have "expressly delegated" powers vs. "powers by implication"
 
Topic:  Ethics Branch of philosophy that studies the values that guide human conduct
New   Articles How a 19th century French pamphleteer preempted two centuries of economic fallacies
Examines some of the main themes in Bastiat's writings, such as ethics and economics, the seen and the unseen and the State
 
Topic:  Federal Reserve The central bank of the United States
Upd   Articles Delete the Fed
Asks who should run the Federal Reserve after Bernanke's term expires and argues the Fed is unnecessary to stabilize the economy or to prevent unemployment
Upd     One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Fed's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Shambles
Examines the 2014 status of United States foreign policy in various Middle East countries
Upd     The Lethal Legacy of U.S. Foreign Intervention
Presents examples of the deadly lasting effects of U.S. intervention: continuing sectarian conflicts in Iraq and unexploded bombs in Laos
Upd     Did Team Obama Blunder or Conspire in Ukraine?
Discusses whether the 2014 Ukraine/Crimea situation was engineered by the Obama administration purposely or with unwanted consequences, as an example of U.S. meddling in foreign nations
Upd     Trivial Dispute: Obama versus the Interventionists
Examines the scant differences between President Obama and those more closely aligned with the military-industrial complex, in arguments for continued U.S. intervention in other countries' affairs
Upd     In Foreign Affairs, Not Doing Anything Is the Thing to Do
Comments on the arrogance of those who believe the United States should intervene in any crisis around the world
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles The Pope Dabbles in Economics
Examines the economic premises of Pope Francis' 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium
 
Topic:  Government The organization that exercises authority over a given political unit
New   Articles John Locke's Top 5 Radical Political Ideas
Brief discussion of "five features of Locke's political thought that remain particularly important": natural equality, property, consent, resistance and toleration
New     How a 19th century French pamphleteer preempted two centuries of economic fallacies
Examines some of the main themes in Bastiat's writings, such as ethics and economics, the seen and the unseen and the State
 
Topic:  Homeschooling Educating children at home
Upd   Articles To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got it Wrong, Part 2
Examines the opponents' view in a debate on the pages of USA Today about homeschooling
 
Topic:  Hornberger, Jacob G. President of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Blog Hornberger's Blog
Upd   Writings Yahoo! We Have Free Speech
Discusses a French court's order to Yahoo to stop selling Nazi memorabilia and contrasts attitudes regarding freedom of speech
 
Topic:  Hutt, William H. 20th century British-born economist
Upd   Articles Mandela Wasn't Radical Enough
Examines conservative and progressive views about Mandela and apartheid, finds them lacking and contrasts them with the writings of W. H. Hutt
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles Empire on Their Minds
Comparing recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early Presidents
Upd     We Were Warned about the Rise of Empire
Revisits Garet Garrett's 1952 essay "The Rise of Empire"
 
Topic:  Inflation Popularly, a rise in prices of goods and services; in economics, monetary expansion
Upd   Articles Inflation Is the Last Thing We Need
Responds to promoters of an inflationary environment by explaining the monetary and its effects
 
Topic:  Intellectual Property Laws Laws that grant monopoly rights on intellectual creations, such as patents and copyrights
Upd   Articles Intellectual Property Fosters Corporate Concentration
After describing and providing references on the case against IP laws, reviews Butler Shaffer's monograph "A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property"
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān
Upd   Articles Stop Demonizing Iran
Examines Iranian government efforts to cooperate with the Bush administration, as reported in 2006 by Gareth Porter
Upd     Iran: It's Not about Nuclear Weapons
Examines the U.S.-Iran 2013 temporary agreement and the rationale of the deal's main opponents: the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel
Upd     The Iranian Threat That Never Was
Reviews and summarizes Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
Upd     The Roots of Iran's Nuclear Secrecy
Further commentary on Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discussing why the Iranian government wanted secrecy for its civilian nuclear program
Upd     Why the U.S. Blew a Chance to Reconcile with Iran
Another fascinating story from Gareth Porter's book about Iran: how the George H. W. Bush administration bungled the opportunity to improve the U.S. relationship with Iran
Upd     The Neoconservative Obsession with Iran
Discusses how Dubya, Cheney and their neocon advisors exacerbated the manufactured U.S.-Iran crisis
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Obama's Iraqi Fairy Tale
Examines, in devastating detail, Obama's March 2014 remarks about the 2003 Iraqi invasion
 
Topic:  Israel Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Medīnat Yisrā'el
Upd   Articles Congress Must Not Cede Its War Power to Israel
Examines the reasons behind the U.S. Senate bill proposed as "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013"
 
Topic:  Kenya Territory in east central Africa, ruled since 1964 by the Republic of Kenya
Upd   Articles The Kenyan Massacre’s Roots in America's Somalia Policy
Commentary on the 21 Sep 2013 Westgate shopping mall shooting in Nairobi, based on reporting by Jeremy Scahill and Scott Horton
 
Topic:  Labor Human physical and mental skills available to produce goods and services
Upd   Articles Work!
Contrasts the "gospel of work" and "joy of labor" espoused by moralists and state socialists with the views of economists such as Adam Smith, Bastiat, John Stuart Mill, Mises and Rothbard
 
Topic:  Law Set of rules and guidelines intended to influence social behavior
Upd   Articles Crime and Punishment in a Free Society
Describes how customary law and the principle of restitution were corrupted by English kings into a system of government laws and punishment of crimes (originally, violations of the "king's peace")
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
Upd   Articles One Moral Standard for All
Postulate that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
Upd     In Praise of "Thick" Libertarianism
Examines "thin" and "thick" libertarianism, explaining how being noncomittal about racism undermines the principle of non-initiation of force
Upd     Libertarianism Rightly Conceived
Responds to certain criticisms made about Richman's "What Social Animals Owe to Each Other"
Upd     Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the benefits of freed markets
 
Topic:  Liberty The right and ability to act and express oneself in a freely chosen manner
Upd   Articles So What If Freedom Isn't Free?
Examines the "Freedom isn't free" assertion from the viewpoint of free will, negative or positive rights, resource scarcity and common usage
 
Topic:  Libya Territory in northern Africa, ruled since 2011 by the provisional al-Majlis al-Waṭanī al-Intiqālī
Upd   Articles More U.S. Intervention in Libya?
Discusses the 2014 state of affairs in Libya, three years after Obama's "humanitarian intervention"
 
Topic:  Licensing, Occupational Laws and regulations that limit entry into or continued exercise of a particular occupation
Upd   Articles Let's Make 2014 the Year of Freedom for Low-Wage Workers
Examines various hindrances to economic independence, in particular occupational licensing, but also zoning, intellectual property and taxes
 
Topic:  Lincoln, Abraham Sixteenth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Lincoln-Worship Overlays the Corporatist Agenda
Review of Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream — and How We Can Do It Again by Rich Lowry, 2013
 
Topic:  Locke, John 17th century English philosopher
New   Articles John Locke's Top 5 Radical Political Ideas
Brief discussion of "five features of Locke's political thought that remain particularly important": natural equality, property, consent, resistance and toleration
 
Topic:  McElroy, Wendy Author, individualist feminist
Upd   Writings Lysander Spooner, Part 2
Lengthy biographical and bibliographical essay; from 1852 to Spooner's death, examining An Essay on the Trial by Jury, the No Treason essays and his subsequent influence
Upd     Henry David Thoreau and "Civil Disobedience," Part 3
Further examination of themes in "Civil Disobedience", including unjust laws, politicians and reformers, voting, when to resist the state and the influence on Gandhi
 
Topic:  McPherson, Scott Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got it Wrong, Part 2
Examines the opponents' view in a debate on the pages of USA Today about homeschooling
Upd     The Gun-Control Tide Is Turning
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles The Cynical U.S. Policy on Chemical Weapons
Discusses evidence of what is known and not so known about countries involved in the Middle East and chemical and nuclear weapons
 
Topic:  Militarism A political system influenced greatly by a large, permanent military force
Upd   Articles Obama and King
Contrasts Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 speech condemning the Vietnam War with Obama's actions (planning to bomb Syria) on the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech
 
Topic:  Minimum Wage Laws Legislation that places a lower limit on the prices paid for labor
Upd   Articles How to Help Fast-Food Workers
Discusses the strikes by fast food workers demanding doubling of the minimum wage, the economic realities behind wages, and alternatives that would truly help
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Obama's Willful Foreign-Policy Blindness
Analyses President Obama's 23rd May 2013 speech at the National Defense University, later comments on Memorial Day and the reactions from Republicans
Upd     The Lie Factory
Contrasts Obama's 23 May 2013 statements regarding Afghanistan vs. analysis by Conn Hallinan and other reports
Upd     Obama Plays with Fire in Ukraine
Discusses Obama's decision to send troops to Poland and Baltic states on top of sanctions on Russia over the 2014 Crimea crisis
 
Topic:  Politicians People who hold or are running for a political office
Upd   Articles The Politicians Are Scaring You Again
Comments on scaremongering efforts by Obama administration as well as opposition offiicials in order to gain support for military action
 
Topic:  Politics The practices of guiding, influencing or controlling government
Upd   Articles Airbrushing Barbarity
Demonstrates how politicians and pundits twist the meaning of terms to support their desired ends while concealing true purposes
 
Topic:  Property Tangible goods owned or claimed by one or more individuals
New   Articles John Locke's Top 5 Radical Political Ideas
Brief discussion of "five features of Locke's political thought that remain particularly important": natural equality, property, consent, resistance and toleration
 
Topic:  Religion, Freedom of Liberty to practice any or no religion
New   Articles John Locke's Top 5 Radical Political Ideas
Brief discussion of "five features of Locke's political thought that remain particularly important": natural equality, property, consent, resistance and toleration
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of the Future of Freedom journal
Upd   Writings The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
Upd     Obama's Willful Foreign-Policy Blindness
Analyses President Obama's 23rd May 2013 speech at the National Defense University, later comments on Memorial Day and the reactions from Republicans
Upd     So What If Freedom Isn't Free?
Examines the "Freedom isn't free" assertion from the viewpoint of free will, negative or positive rights, resource scarcity and common usage
Upd     The U.S. Base on Diego Garcia: An Overlooked Atrocity
Describes the forced evacuation of Diego Garcia's native inhabitants by Great Britain during 1968-1973, so that the United States could set up a Navy base, as well as current efforts to redress those actions
Upd     The Lie Factory
Contrasts Obama's 23 May 2013 statements regarding Afghanistan vs. analysis by Conn Hallinan and other reports
Upd     Airbrushing Barbarity
Demonstrates how politicians and pundits twist the meaning of terms to support their desired ends while concealing true purposes
Upd     Zimmerman Case Is No Grounds for Gun Control
Argues against those who, based on the outcome of the George Zimmerman case, push for bans on all private guns and for repealing "stand your ground" laws
Upd     The Economics Lesson Obama Needs to Learn
Explains economics in simple terms that even a statist politician ought to understand
Upd     James Madison: Father of the Implied-Powers Doctrine
Examines whether James Madison intended the U.S. federal government to have "expressly delegated" powers vs. "powers by implication"
Upd     How to Help Fast-Food Workers
Discusses the strikes by fast food workers demanding doubling of the minimum wage, the economic realities behind wages, and alternatives that would truly help
Upd     Frédéric Bastiat and Subjective Marginal Utility
Explains marginal utility as presented by Menger and examines Bastiat's writings on how exchanges take place
Upd     The U.S. Empire Provokes Terrorism
Examines the claims and behavior of the Obama administration in response to "terrorist chatter" supposedly intercepted by them
Upd     Truman, A-Bombs, and the Killing of Innocents
Discusses the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 were unnecessary and can be considered war crimes
Upd     James Buchanan's Subjectivist Economics
Reviews Buchanan's writings in What Should Economists Do?, a collection of several of his essays
Upd     Delete the Fed
Asks who should run the Federal Reserve after Bernanke's term expires and argues the Fed is unnecessary to stabilize the economy or to prevent unemployment
Upd     Heroic
Discusses the inspiring yet naïve actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning when she realized she could no longer participate in the atrocities of war
Upd     U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad
Questions the propriety of the U.S. government's moral pronouncements (and potential military actions) in response to allegations that Syria's government used chemical weapons
Upd     Obama and King
Contrasts Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 speech condemning the Vietnam War with Obama's actions (planning to bomb Syria) on the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech
Upd     We Must Not Be the World’s Policeman
Considers whether United States actions against Syria are justified from moral and constitutional perspectives
Upd     The Cynical U.S. Policy on Chemical Weapons
Discusses evidence of what is known and not so known about countries involved in the Middle East and chemical and nuclear weapons
Upd     The Kenyan Massacre’s Roots in America's Somalia Policy
Commentary on the 21 Sep 2013 Westgate shopping mall shooting in Nairobi, based on reporting by Jeremy Scahill and Scott Horton
Upd     Lysander Spooner on the National Debt
Examines the context of raising the national debt limit by considering what Spooner wrote in "The Constitution of No Authority"
Upd     Treating People Like Garbage
Examines two examples at the micro and macro level of state behaviour towards people
Upd     Stop Demonizing Iran
Examines Iranian government efforts to cooperate with the Bush administration, as reported in 2006 by Gareth Porter
Upd     The Housing-Financial Meltdown Revisited
Examines the history behind the 1933 Glass-Steagall act, its repeal in 1999, and the causes behind the 2008 financial meltdown
Upd     Default Circus — er, Crisis — Averted?
Examines the U.S. government's possibility of default vs. what it takes from its residents
Upd     Inflation Is the Last Thing We Need
Responds to promoters of an inflationary environment by explaining the monetary and its effects
Upd     Preventing War with Iran Is Top Priority
Examines the 2013 situation between the Obama administration and Israel on one side and Iran on the other
Upd     One Moral Standard for All
Postulate that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
Upd     Iran: It's Not about Nuclear Weapons
Examines the U.S.-Iran 2013 temporary agreement and the rationale of the deal's main opponents: the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel
Upd     In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
Critiques an exchange by Richard Engel and Andrea Mitchell on the rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Upd     Crime and Punishment in a Free Society
Describes how customary law and the principle of restitution were corrupted by English kings into a system of government laws and punishment of crimes (originally, violations of the "king's peace")
Upd     Mandela Wasn't Radical Enough
Examines conservative and progressive views about Mandela and apartheid, finds them lacking and contrasts them with the writings of W. H. Hutt
Upd     Will 2016 Be a Good Year for the Corporate State?
Considers the prospective 2016 U.S. presidential contenders, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, and how they line up with the aims of the corporate state, and further comments about South Africa
Upd     The Pope Dabbles in Economics
Examines the economic premises of Pope Francis' 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium
Upd     One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Fed's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
Upd     Congress Must Not Cede Its War Power to Israel
Examines the reasons behind the U.S. Senate bill proposed as "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013"
Upd     Let's Make 2014 the Year of Freedom for Low-Wage Workers
Examines various hindrances to economic independence, in particular occupational licensing, but also zoning, intellectual property and taxes
Upd     U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Shambles
Examines the 2014 status of United States foreign policy in various Middle East countries
Upd     Intellectual Property Fosters Corporate Concentration
After describing and providing references on the case against IP laws, reviews Butler Shaffer's monograph "A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property"
Upd     The Surveillance State Lives
Examines Obama's 17 Jan 2014 "Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence"
Upd     The Lethal Legacy of U.S. Foreign Intervention
Presents examples of the deadly lasting effects of U.S. intervention: continuing sectarian conflicts in Iraq and unexploded bombs in Laos
Upd     Don't Get Out the Vote
Examines the writings of Michael Huemer and Bryan Caplan on whether get-out-the-vote campaigns are in any way beneficial
Upd     The Phony Trade-Off between Privacy and Security
Examines the argument that a balance must be struck between security and privacy and the directive creating the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
Upd     Obama Should Steer Clear of Ukraine
Discusses the 2014 situation in Ukraine, pronouncements from President Obama and effects of potential intervention
Upd     We Can Oppose Bigotry without the Politicians
Explains why the state is not necessary to ensure that people or business don't discriminate against others on the basis of sexual orientation or some other reason
Upd     Work!
Contrasts the "gospel of work" and "joy of labor" espoused by moralists and state socialists with the views of economists such as Adam Smith, Bastiat, John Stuart Mill, Mises and Rothbard
Upd     How Americans Can Help Ukrainians
Suggests opening U.S. borders to allow Ukrainians (and others) to immigrate and thus help defuse the situation in their country
Upd     Empire on Their Minds
Comparing recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early Presidents
Upd     Did Team Obama Blunder or Conspire in Ukraine?
Discusses whether the 2014 Ukraine/Crimea situation was engineered by the Obama administration purposely or with unwanted consequences, as an example of U.S. meddling in foreign nations
Upd     The Iranian Threat That Never Was
Reviews and summarizes Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
Upd     Obama's Iraqi Fairy Tale
Examines, in devastating detail, Obama's March 2014 remarks about the 2003 Iraqi invasion
Upd     The Roots of Iran's Nuclear Secrecy
Further commentary on Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discussing why the Iranian government wanted secrecy for its civilian nuclear program
Upd     In Praise of "Thick" Libertarianism
Examines "thin" and "thick" libertarianism, explaining how being noncomittal about racism undermines the principle of non-initiation of force
Upd     Obama Plays with Fire in Ukraine
Discusses Obama's decision to send troops to Poland and Baltic states on top of sanctions on Russia over the 2014 Crimea crisis
Upd     Why the U.S. Blew a Chance to Reconcile with Iran
Another fascinating story from Gareth Porter's book about Iran: how the George H. W. Bush administration bungled the opportunity to improve the U.S. relationship with Iran
Upd     Libertarianism Rightly Conceived
Responds to certain criticisms made about Richman's "What Social Animals Owe to Each Other"
Upd     The Neoconservative Obsession with Iran
Discusses how Dubya, Cheney and their neocon advisors exacerbated the manufactured U.S.-Iran crisis
Upd     More U.S. Intervention in Libya?
Discusses the 2014 state of affairs in Libya, three years after Obama's "humanitarian intervention"
Upd     Trivial Dispute: Obama versus the Interventionists
Examines the scant differences between President Obama and those more closely aligned with the military-industrial complex, in arguments for continued U.S. intervention in other countries' affairs
Upd     News Coverage Misinforms Americans on the Bergdahl Swap
Discusses the distorted news about the five Taliban officials released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl
Upd     We Were Warned about the Rise of Empire
Revisits Garet Garrett's 1952 essay "The Rise of Empire"
Upd     U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks with Hypocrisy
Examines events in Egypt from 2011 to 2014, in view of continued U.S. military aid
Upd     Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
Review of United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's War Is A Racket
Upd     Hobby Lobby Ruling Falls Short
Dissects the good and bad parts of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
Upd     Let the Immigrants Stay
Discusses the plight of Central American children migrating to the U.S. who face deportation by the Obama administraition
Upd     Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the benefits of freed markets
Upd     In Foreign Affairs, Not Doing Anything Is the Thing to Do
Comments on the arrogance of those who believe the United States should intervene in any crisis around the world
Upd     The Politicians Are Scaring You Again
Comments on scaremongering efforts by Obama administration as well as opposition offiicials in order to gain support for military action
Upd     Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes the local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles Hobby Lobby Ruling Falls Short
Dissects the good and bad parts of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
Upd     Let the Immigrants Stay
Discusses the plight of Central American children migrating to the U.S. who face deportation by the Obama administraition
 
Topic:  Rockwell, Llewellyn H., Jr. President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and editor of LewRockwell.com
Upd   Interviews September 11 and the Anti-Capitalistic Mentality: An Interview with Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr
 
Topic:  Searches, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles The Surveillance State Lives
Examines Obama's 17 Jan 2014 "Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence"
Upd     The Phony Trade-Off between Privacy and Security
Examines the argument that a balance must be struck between security and privacy and the directive creating the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
 
Topic:  Speech, Freedom of Liberty to speak, write or otherwise express oneself
Upd   Articles Yahoo! We Have Free Speech
Discusses a French court's order to Yahoo to stop selling Nazi memorabilia and contrasts attitudes regarding freedom of speech
 
Topic:  Spooner, Lysander Lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical
Upd   Articles Lysander Spooner, Part 2
Lengthy biographical and bibliographical essay; from 1852 to Spooner's death, examining An Essay on the Trial by Jury, the No Treason essays and his subsequent influence
Upd     Lysander Spooner on the National Debt
Examines the context of raising the national debt limit by considering what Spooner wrote in "The Constitution of No Authority"
 
Topic:  State, The A group of people that claims political sovereignty over an associated territory
New   Articles How a 19th century French pamphleteer preempted two centuries of economic fallacies
Examines some of the main themes in Bastiat's writings, such as ethics and economics, the seen and the unseen and the State
Upd     Treating People Like Garbage
Examines two examples at the micro and macro level of state behaviour towards people
 
Topic:  Syria Territory in southwest Asia, nominally ruled since 1961 by the al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah
Upd   Articles U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad
Questions the propriety of the U.S. government's moral pronouncements (and potential military actions) in response to allegations that Syria's government used chemical weapons
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
New   Articles How a 19th century French pamphleteer preempted two centuries of economic fallacies
Examines some of the main themes in Bastiat's writings, such as ethics and economics, the seen and the unseen and the State
Upd     Default Circus — er, Crisis — Averted?
Examines the U.S. government's possibility of default vs. what it takes from its residents
 
Topic:  Terrorism The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
Upd   Articles The U.S. Empire Provokes Terrorism
Examines the claims and behavior of the Obama administration in response to "terrorist chatter" supposedly intercepted by them
 
Topic:  Thoreau, Henry David Nineteenth-century American author, noted for the essay "Civil Disobedience"
Upd   Articles Henry David Thoreau and "Civil Disobedience," Part 3
Further examination of themes in "Civil Disobedience", including unjust laws, politicians and reformers, voting, when to resist the state and the influence on Gandhi
 
Topic:  Transportation The means and equipment used for the movement of passengers and goods
Upd   Articles Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes the local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
 
Topic:  Ukraine Territory in eastern Europe, ruled since 1991 by the republic of Україна
Upd   Articles Obama Should Steer Clear of Ukraine
Discusses the 2014 situation in Ukraine, pronouncements from President Obama and effects of potential intervention
Upd     How Americans Can Help Ukrainians
Suggests opening U.S. borders to allow Ukrainians (and others) to immigrate and thus help defuse the situation in their country
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
Upd   Articles The U.S. Base on Diego Garcia: An Overlooked Atrocity
Describes the forced evacuation of Diego Garcia's native inhabitants by Great Britain during 1968-1973, so that the United States could set up a Navy base, as well as current efforts to redress those actions
Upd     We Must Not Be the World’s Policeman
Considers whether United States actions against Syria are justified from moral and constitutional perspectives
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
Upd   Articles Don't Get Out the Vote
Examines the writings of Michael Huemer and Bryan Caplan on whether get-out-the-vote campaigns are in any way beneficial
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Heroic
Discusses the inspiring yet naïve actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning when she realized she could no longer participate in the atrocities of war
Upd     Preventing War with Iran Is Top Priority
Examines the 2013 situation between the Obama administration and Israel on one side and Iran on the other
Upd     Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
Review of United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's War Is A Racket
 
Topic:  World War II Worldwide conflict from 1939 to 1945
Upd   Articles Truman, A-Bombs, and the Killing of Innocents
Discusses the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 were unnecessary and can be considered war crimes
 
3 May 2017
Topic:  Carter, Jimmy Thirty-ninth President of the United States
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Chile Territory in southwest South America, ruled since 1980 by the República de Chile
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Egypt Territory mostly in northeast Africa, ruled since 2011 by the Ǧumhūriyyat Maṣr al-ʿArabiyyah
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Garrett, Garet Financial writer for the Saturday Evening Post
Upd   Articles Garet Garrett: Exemplar of the Old Right
 
Topic:  Honduras Territory in northern Central America, ruled since 1982 by the República de Honduras
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Montessori, Maria Originator of the individualist Montessori educational method
Upd   Articles Madam Montessori
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Raimondo, Justin Editorial director of Antiwar.com
Upd   Writings Garet Garrett: Exemplar of the Old Right
 
Topic:  Saudi Arabia Territory in southwestern Asia, ruled since 1932 by the Āl Suʻūd family
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
Topic:  Universidad Francisco Marroquín Teaches ethical, legal and economic principles of a free society
Upd   Articles A Free-market University
 
Topic:  Venezuela Territory in northern South America, ruled since 1999 by the República Bolivariana de Venezuela
New   Articles Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
 
2 May 2017
Topic:  Conservatism
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Freeman, The Flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Friedman, Milton 1976 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Objectivism Philosophy put forth by Ayn Rand
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Peikoff, Leonard World's foremost authority on Objectivism
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Rand, Ayn Objectivist philosopher, novelist
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Reagan, Ronald Hollywood actor, fortieth President of the United States
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Republican Party United States
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Riggenbach, Jeff Journalist, broadcaster, columnist, former executive editor of The Libertarian Review
New   Writings The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
Topic:  Taylor, Joan Kennedy Author, founding member of Feminists for Free Expression
New   Articles The Power of Persuasion
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
 
28 Apr 2017
Topic:  Childs, Roy, Jr. Editor of Libertarian Review (1977-1981) and lead book reviewer for Laissez Faire Books (1984-1992)
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  International Society for Individual Liberty Dedicated to the ideals of free markets, social tolerance and individual responsibility
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  Laissez Faire Books Libertarian bookstore, founded in 1972 in New York City, now online and owned by Agora Financial
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  LeFevre, Robert Founder of the Freedom School (later known as Rampart College) in Colorado Springs
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  Objectivism Philosophy put forth by Ayn Rand
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  Rand, Ayn Objectivist philosopher, novelist
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  Riggenbach, Jeff Journalist, broadcaster, columnist, former executive editor of The Libertarian Review
New   Writings The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
Topic:  Taylor, Joan Kennedy Author, founding member of Feminists for Free Expression
New   Articles The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992)
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
 
27 Apr 2017
Topic:  Childs, Roy, Jr. Editor of Libertarian Review (1977-1981) and lead book reviewer for Laissez Faire Books (1984-1992)
Upd   Writings Objectivism and the State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand
Published by the Society for Rational Individualism (later merged into the Society for Individual Liberty); responds to five of Rand's arguments in her essay "The Nature of Government"
 
Topic:  Molinari, Gustave de 19th century Belgian/French economist, considered the originator of market-anarchism
New   Bibliography Works by and about Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912)
Includes links to several of Molinari's writings, both in the original French and in English, and reviews and other articles about Molinari and his works
 
Topic:  Rand, Ayn Objectivist philosopher, novelist
Upd   Articles Objectivism and the State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand
Published by the Society for Rational Individualism (later merged into the Society for Individual Liberty); responds to five of Rand's arguments in her essay "The Nature of Government"
 
Topic:  Thiel, Peter A. Co-founder and former CEO of PayPal
Upd   Articles Innovators And influencers 2002: A World Of Opportunity
 
26 Apr 2017
Topic:  Badnarik, Michael Software engineer, 2004 Libertarian Presidential candidate
Upd   Articles Libertarian Party Says It Will Drain Votes From Bush
 
Topic:  Clinton, Bill Forty-second President of the United States
Upd   Articles The Menace of the Religious Left
Details various socialist-communist religious or quasi-religious movements from the 12th through the 20th century, concluding with the Clintonians (Bill and Hillary) as the latest exponents of these trends
 
Topic:  Franklin, Benjamin 18th century American printer, inventor and statesman
Upd   Articles Time Out of Mind
 
Topic:  Institute for Justice Libertarian public interest law firm
New   Articles We Shouldn't Have to Ask the State's Permission to Work
Discusses occupational licensing laws, focusing on the onerous requirements imposed by the state of Nevada
 
Topic:  Licensing, Occupational Laws and regulations that limit entry into or continued exercise of a particular occupation
New   Articles We Shouldn't Have to Ask the State's Permission to Work
Discusses occupational licensing laws, focusing on the onerous requirements imposed by the state of Nevada
 
Topic:  Nevada The Battle Born State
New   Articles We Shouldn't Have to Ask the State's Permission to Work
Discusses occupational licensing laws, focusing on the onerous requirements imposed by the state of Nevada
 
Topic:  Paul, Ron Texas Republican Congressman, 1988 Libertarian Presidential candidate, 2008 Republican Presidential prospective candidate
Upd   Articles Ron Paul and the Empire
Describes steps the establishment could take to prevent Ron Paul from becoming President
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Upd   Articles Murray Rothbard's Favorite Books
Based on a 1994 list composed by Rothbard himself and titled "Books That Formed Me"
Upd   Writings The Menace of the Religious Left
Details various socialist-communist religious or quasi-religious movements from the 12th through the 20th century, concluding with the Clintonians (Bill and Hillary) as the latest exponents of these trends
 
Topic:  Shaffer, Butler Professor of law at Southwestern University
Upd   Archived Articles Butler Shaffer Archives: Past articles by Butler Shaffer on LewRockwell.com
 
25 Apr 2017
Topic:  Boettke, Peter J. Professor of economics at George Mason University and editor of Review of Austrian Economics
Upd   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Coke, Edward 17th century English jurist, drafter of the Petition of Right
Upd   Books The Classical Law of Tort
 
Topic:  Economics, Austrian The school of economic thought founded by Carl Menger
Upd   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Fritz, Marshall President of Alliance for the Separation of School and State
Upd   Interviews The Separation of School and State Alliance: An Interview with Marshall Fritz
 
Topic:  George Mason University Two Nobel laureates in Economic Sciences
New   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Jefferson, Thomas Author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States
Upd   Home Page Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson
 
Topic:  Koch, David Executive VP of Koch Industries, 1980 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate
New   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Advocates absolute liberty in thought and action while respecting others' rights
New   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Mises, Ludwig von Austrian school economist, author of Human Action
New   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray N. Austrian School economist, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Upd   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Salerno, Joseph T. American economist of the Austrian school, professor at Pace University
Upd   Writings A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Sennholz, Hans F. German-American economist of the Austrian School
New   Articles A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
 
Topic:  Suprynowicz, Vin Assistant Editorial Page Editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, syndicated columnist
Upd   Writings Self-Interested Defenders of 'the Peculiar Institution'
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles Self-Interested Defenders of 'the Peculiar Institution'