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Classic and contemporary works, essays, commentary and analysis in defense of free enterprise and private property domestically, as well as fair markets and America's sovereignty (to include avoiding permanent and entangling alliances) internationally under the United States Constitution.

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Obama orders Pentagon, generals and admirals to make climate change Job One~ Military triumphs and catastrophes have often hinged on how well (or luckily) armies and navies employed, avoided or benefited from weather and other natural events. Severe storms helped the British navy defeat Spain’s Armada in 1588. George...
LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Thank God Obama and the Democrats' attempt to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour stalled in the Senate. http://onforb.es/1iAWgRd Raising the minimum wage destroys jobs. http://fxn.ws/1u4R2R8 Democrats pushing for a higher minimum wage has nothing to do with improving peoples' lives and everything...
SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN When will the critics read with both eyes open? It’s always good to see Frédéric Bastiat discussed outside of libertarian circles, because even when his views are misstated, the mere mention of his name might prompt curious readers to check him out for themselves. That can’t hurt! So...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Deception, agenda and folly drive latest Obama EPA anti-hydrocarbon rules. Are farmers next?~ First they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s...
JAMES A. DORN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Senate Democrats are anxious to bring the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737) up for a vote to express their solidarity with “progressives.”  That solidarity, however, is misplaced. The bill is not a panacea for the prosperity of low-skilled workers; it is anti-free market and...
The new bill also requires all auto insurance companies to pay out 85% of their total premium revenue in claims, or in refunds to policy holders. This absolutely guarantees that the insurance companies will no longer be able to pay outrageous dividends to shareholders or fat-cat salaries and bonuses to executives. Every insurance company will have to operate on no more than 15% of its revenue.
BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY The greatest invention of Thomas Edison, America’s greatest inventor, was the electric light bulb that brought light into the homes of Americans and ended dependence on candles. The environmentalists and the climate control extremists, have had a long grudge against light bulbs. They won their battle on...
Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Bob Ewing Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick are classic American entrepreneurs. Both men started their businesses from scratch, and for more than 20 years they’ve been living their American Dreams. They each own and operate popular vending stands outside Turner Field in Atlanta, serving baseball fans...
SANDY IKEDA, THE FREEMAN In a recent stump speech President Obama articulated a view of the social world that reflects an all-too-common political perspective. Here is part of that speech: If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life....
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris~ I can guess why a raven is like a writing-desk, Alice said. “Do you mean you think you can find out the answer?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,” said Alice. “Then...
Free Enter­prise Zone, The Free­man, Lawrence W. Reed America’s 44th president has embarked on a massive expansion of the federal establishment that, if accomplished, will dwarf all previous welfare states in its spending and debt. Americans will largely depend on politicians and their underlings for a significant portion of their...
Why the 'Population Bomb' is a Dud ROBERT P. MURPHY, THE FREEMAN Asked whether or not the growing world population will be a major problem, 59% of Americans agreed it will strain the planet’s natural resources, while 82% of U.S.-based members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said...
By Henry Lamb While liberal journalists continue to claim that Agenda 21 is just a “conspiracy theory” being advanced by right-wing crackpots, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL) have released their fourth Draft of the International Covenant on Environment...
BY ALAN CARUBA September 19th was an anniversary you did not read or hear about in the nation’s news media. It marked six years—2008—since the first permit application for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted to the federal government. Can you imagine how many jobs its construction...
Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Peter Boettke John Stuart Mill wrote in his Principles of Political Economy that “what has so often excited wonder” in observers is “the great rapidity with which countries recover from a state of devastation; the disappearance, in a short time, of all traces of the...
CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE For more than a century, America has been the global leader of the aviation industry. But these days, the government-run parts of the industry are inefficient and falling behind, including airports, security screening, and air traffic control (ATC). International experience shows that these activities can be...
BY ALAN CARUBA In 1517 Martin Luther set off the Protestant revolution against the Catholic Church that led to the spread of the then-new movement as a response to the corruption of the Church. It took time for it to establish itself as an alternative and was greatly aided by...
Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Harold B. Jones Jr. At the beginning of the twentieth century, observed historian A. J. P. Taylor, a law-abiding Englishman’s conscious relations with the government were limited to his contacts with the post office and the policeman. He could live where he liked and as...
They somehow think that healthcare in this country will be improved by swelling our welfare rolls and cutting reimbursement payments to doctors who are already losing money. It is estimated that thousands of doctors will be economically forced out of the profession should this government fuzzy math actually try to become healthcare reality. No one has thought to ask what good mandatory health insurance will be if people can’t find a doctor.
DAVID C. ROSE, THE FREEMAN How important are moral values for the development and operation of a free-market economy? What follows is an explanation for why some moral values—the moral “don’ts”—are important to the conduct of economic activity, while other moral values—the moral “do’s”—can actually act as impediments. This distinction...