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Trump on Trade: The Latest on the Tariff Strategy

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON When I commented in March about President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imported steel, I was hoping that he would back...

High-Priced College Textbooks: Uncle Sam to the Rescue 

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON If you are a college student, professor, or bookstore employee, you know how jarringly expensive college textbooks are. It isn’t unusual...

President Trump’s Proposed Tariffs

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum is...

Spread The-Work Schemes

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 8 I have referred to various union make-work and featherbed practices. These practices, and the public toleration of...

The Curse of Machinery

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 7   Among the most viable of all economic delusions is the belief that machines on net balance create...

Taxes Discourage Production

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 5 There is a still further factor which makes it improbable that the wealth...

Public Works Mean Taxes

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 4 There is no more persistent and influential faith in the world today than the...

Henry Hazlit—The Blessings of Destruction

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Part 2, Chapter 3 So we have finished with the broken window. An elementary fallacy. Anybody,...

The Lesson Applied: The Broken Window

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Part 2, Chapter 2 Let us begin with the simplest illustration possible: let us, emulating Bastiat,...

Can Regulation Keep Up With Accumulating Knowledge?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection...

Bernie is Blind to Compassion Without Compulsion

BY CHRISTOPHER MACHOLD During the confirmation hearings for Representative Tom Price’s appointment as Health and Human Services Secretary, Bernie Sanders took aim at Price’s claim...

Bastiat: The Gentle and Rough Hand of the State

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Many today look to the state for for a hand up, hand out, or for some other sort of privilege...

“The Law” Begins with God

by Steve Farrell Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state that mandates...

Liberty and Taxes

THE AMERICANIST: U.S. CONSTITUTION, BRADFORD SMITH Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 The American society is founded on the idea of individual liberty....

The Defamation of the American Tradition

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date November 01, 1962 Many of the departures from the American tradition came...

I Prefer Security to Freedom

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 12 Many people wander unwittingly into socialism, gulled by assumptions they have not tested. One popular...

8 Goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s Health Care Reform Book

This Obamacare architect’s propaganda piece is a comic of errors MATT PALUMBO, THE FREEMAN In one of life’s bitter ironies, I recently found a book by...

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date: Oct. 01, 1962 But Surely,...

The EU’s Nightmare In The ‘Hotel California’

MARK W. HENDRICKSON When the Eagles came out with their mega-hit “Hotel California” almost 40 years ago, I’m sure they never dreamt that their words...

The EU's Nightmare In The 'Hotel California'

MARK W. HENDRICKSON When the Eagles came out with their mega-hit “Hotel California” almost 40 years ago, I’m sure they never dreamt that their words...

Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

Clichés of Progressivism, Part 11 LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more...

A Loophole for the Wealthy?

KIM HENRY, THE FREEMAN Are capital gains a way for the wealthy to enrich themselves at everyone else’s expense? In other words, are they a...

“I Have a Right!”

CHARLES W. BAIRD, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 10 Lots of people make this claim without even thinking about the nature and source of...

Assessing Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was the most talked about treatise on political...

Human Rights Are More Important Than Property Rights

PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property....

The Economy Needs More Planning–Central Planning, That Is

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 8 Thanksgiving is just one day each year.  But because we have so much to be...

Take Back the Word “Liberal”

JEFFREY A. TUCKER, THE FREEMAN For 2015, I would like to pick up an old campaign to take back the word “liberal” for the cause...

Clarence Carson: The Road to Collectivism

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 5 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Sept. 01, 1962 Americans came upon...

A Collectivist Curvature of the Mind

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 4 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS   Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, August 01, 1962 Any capable observer should...

"Greedy" Corporations Save Lives

Prosperity’s conquest of disease offers lessons for global change IAIN MURRAY, THE FREEMAN With Ebola wreaking havoc across West Africa, news that a private company has...