B.K. Marcus

B.K. Marcus is managing editor of The Freeman.

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Too Dumb for Democracy?

Global ignorance vs. local knowledge

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

Mass ignorance about an increasingly complex world is a fact of life. And yet we're all supposed to make decisions on matters about which we know little to nothing. It's called democracy.

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Learning to Love the Low Road

Economic theory teaches us to see beauty where others see only ugliness

OCTOBER 29, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

When you become aware of the critical importance of capital equipment to the creation of wealth, the industrial zones can become beautiful.

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Hayek’s “Rejuvenating Event”

How the Austrian economist’s Nobel Prize changed the world

OCTOBER 09, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

Despite everything wrong with the Nobel Prize in Economics, it brought F.A. Hayek's work back to life.

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Why Libertarians Wanted Scotland to Secede

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

No matter what political ideology drives an independence movement, real independence for a small political territory requires smaller government to survive.

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Class War in the Time of Robin Hood

JUNE 16, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

The Robin Hood legend originated as a story about political, not economic, oppression.

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Proud Little Englander

Words from Victorian England continue to haunt advocates of freedom and peace

APRIL 21, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

In letting our opponents redefine the terms of the debate, we have allowed ourselves to descend to the position where we constantly have to explain what we don't mean.

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Check Your History

MARCH 11, 2014 by B.K. MARCUS

Those who use the word "privilege" as a bludgeon don't understand the word's history any better than they do the complexity of power dynamics.

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Black Death and Taxes

They had more to do with each other than you might think

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 by B.K. MARCUS

The plague and the Little Ice Age didn't do Europe any favors. But the excesses of the State amplified the damage.

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TV’s Third Golden Age

Programming quality is inversely proportional to regulatory meddling

OCTOBER 09, 2013 by B.K. MARCUS

Television's new golden age puts consumers in control, rather than the government or the networks.

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Lady Liberty: An Unauthorized Biography

The story of America’s most famous statue is more than a little libertarian

AUGUST 20, 2013 by B.K. MARCUS

We hear that the Statue of Liberty was the gift of "the French people" to "the American people." Grammar-school civics aside, though, individuals from all walks of life wound up funding the statue voluntarily, without State funding or coercion.

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November 2014

It's been 40 years since F. A. Hayek received his Nobel Prize. His insights, particularly on the distribution of knowledge and the impossibility of economic planning, remain hugely important today. In this issue, we look back on the influence of his work. Max Borders and Craig Biddle debate whether liberty must be defended from one absolute foundation, further reflections on Scottish secession, and how technology is already changing our world for the better--including how robots, despite the unease they cause, will only accelerate this process.
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