Burton W. Folsom

bfolsom@hillsdale.edu

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How FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights Changed American Politics

NOVEMBER 01, 2012 by BURTON FOLSOM

President Roosevelt's promotion of his Economic Bill of Rights crystallized the rising dominance of statist ideas; the rights he asserted only have meaning if government is the source of all rights.

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A Republic--If We Can Keep It

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 by LAWRENCE W. REED, BURTON FOLSOM

A collection of essays by FEE President Lawrence W. Reed and historian Burton W. Folsom, Jr. that surveys the economic history of the United States and the modern world. Along the way, they dismiss commonly-held fallacies and present the stories of the individuals who changed history and expanded liberty for everyone

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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