Sheldon Richman

FEE’s Take: Making It on Your Own

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN The other day President Obama said: ook, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. . . . If you were successful,...

A Forgotten Critic of Corporatism

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN In 1888, at the height of the Gilded Age, a rather prominent American said some startling things. First he observed, “Our...

Bastiat Misread

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...

Market, State, and Autonomy: Who is the True Liberal?

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN In The Future of Liberalism (2009), Alan Wolfe writes that the true heirs to the liberalism of John Locke, Adam Smith, and Thomas...

Obama's Controversial Remark

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” President Obama’s statement sure has incited controversy. His opponents, including Mitt...

Obamacare and the Court

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN Amid all of Chief Justice John Roberts’s scholastic hairsplitting over whether Obamacare imposes a tax or a penalty for failing to...

Government Beneficence and Other Fairy Tales

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN I admit I’m amused by the unceasing economic and political malarkey that flows from the pundits at MSNBC. Many of these...

Is Serfdom an Executive Order Away?

Sheldon Richman, The Freeman Sometimes a step back helps to provide perspective on a matter. President Obama provided such a step with his March 16...

Destroying Value

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN In Cleveland and other American cities homes are being demolished because five years after the housing bust there is nothing better...

Contraception: Insuring the Uninsurable

Free Enterprise Zone, Sheldon Richman, The Freeman Update below. Controversy rages over the Obama administration’s mandate that all employers – including Catholic hospitals and universities —...

The Internet Dodges the SOPA Bullet — for Now

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman Last week the acronyms SOPA and PIPA were unheard of, much less decipherable, by most people. Yet the...

Destroying Value

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman In Cleveland and other American cities, homes are being demolished because in the current economy there is nothing...

The New Fed

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman “Things are seldom what they seem.” —W. S. Gilbert, “H.M.S. Pinafore” Nowhere is this more true than in government, which...

Occupying Wall Street

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman The Occupy Wall Street protest that began two weeks ago has not yet brought New York’s financial district...

Of Malice and Straw Men

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman We libertarians must be onto something. Why else would critics work so hard to construct straw men to...

Elizabeth Warren’s Non Sequitur

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman If you spend any time on a social network, you’re bound to come across this video of Elizabeth...

Depression, War, and Recovery

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman In a recent mini-debate on the radio with a Keynesian economist, I ran into the increasingly popular claim...

Affording It All

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman People who don’t understand—or who don’t care about—economics say funny things. Well, they would be funny if they...

Ponzi Unmasked

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman Texas governor and Republican presidential aspirant Rick Perry stirred up a fuss when he impolitely called Social Security...

Social Cooperation, Part 2

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Ludwig von Mises’s emphasis on social cooperation as the basis...