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Freeman Article Archive

Missionary for Free Markets
Real Heroes: Hans F. Sennholz

“Truth,” he said, “is not a numbers game. You can be alone and you can be right.”

Government Permission to Work
End Licensing to Revive the Freedom to Work

Americans are concerned about too few jobs and too little economic growth. Ending occupational licensure would address both issues.

Want to Study Economics?
Advice to Parents and Students on Choosing a University

To learn the economic way of thinking — or any discipline — find a scholar, not just a teacher.

How Not to Help Sweatshop Workers
What’s the Right Thing to Do for Developing-World Laborers?

You hear that H&M buys shirts from a factory in Bangladesh that works its employees long hours under harsh conditions and low pay. What’s the moral thing to do?

Leonard Read: The Spiritual Economist
The Birth of Leonard Read’s “I, Pencil”

Just how did Leonard Read come to write his essay? And what lies behind it?

World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism”
Post-Colonial Capitalism at the Bottom of the Pyramid

There are several ways to ensure access to capital in the developing world, but the most important approach is to unlock the productive potential of the capital already available there.

God’s Forgotten Libertarian
Real Heroes: J. Gresham Machen

Machen saw liberty as God’s intention for humanity and would not abide the presumptuous claims of earthly governments to diminish it “for our own good.”

How Many People Can Planet Earth Sustain?
Why the Population Bomb Is a Dud

Free societies turn the threat of population growth into its own solution.

Sometimes We Crash
There Is No Life in Complete Safety, So We Must Face Our Fears

How do we reconcile our desire for safety with our knowledge that the universe is, in fact, uncontrollable? 

On Privatizing Marriage
No, Matrimony Is Not Irreducibly Public

Marriage should confer neither special favors nor goodies from the state.

The War over Hayek’s Intellectual Legacy: A Response to John Gray
Gray’s Analysis of Hayek Falls Short

The picture John Gray paints misrepresents F.A. Hayek’s legacy, ignores his actual scholarship, and distorts reality. 

“Hitler Didn’t Snub Me — It Was Our President”
Real Heroes: Jesse Owens

FDR couldn’t bring himself to send a telegram to the man who won four Olympic gold medals.

Will Robots Put Everyone Out of Work?
Automation Is Good for Humans

Machines might substitute for labor in the short term, but in the long term they complement labor and increase its productivity.

Is the Car a Menace or a Miracle?
Vindication for the Vilified Vehicle

The automobile makes us freer, cleaner, healthier, and better fed.

Capitalists Have a Better Plan
Why Decentralized Planning Is Superior to Bureaucracy and Socialism

Complementary to Hayek’s now-better-known problem of dispersed knowledge, Mises stressed the calculation problem of socialist planning.

Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App
Fighting Poverty Means Broadening the Capital Base

Deregulation could revive the moribund financial system, but the sharing economy may already be moving on.

The Slow-Motion Financial Suicide of the Roman Empire
The Bailout State Is as Old as Rome

The welfare state, once begun, is difficult to reverse and never ends well.

Woman versus the State
Real Heroes: Vivien Kellems

When Kellems saw waste, bungling, and stupidity in government, she didn’t hesitate to speak out and make headlines. 

How Greece Can Rise from the Ashes: The Kiwi Plan
Yes, You Can Save Democracy from Itself

Few know the story of how New Zealand transformed itself from a socialist basket case into one of the world’s most prosperous nations.

The Credential Is Killing the Classroom
Don’t Get a Degree: Get an Education Instead

As long as legal and cultural norms make the degree the primary signal of value in the marketplace, the classroom will continue to decline in quality. 

Capitalists from Outer Space
The Extraterrestrials Will Support Laissez-Faire

When we make contact, we will learn that the aliens embrace what Adam Smith called “the system of natural liberty.”

Politics in One Page
Elections Are Great Illusions

This article is a quick tutorial in political reality, and a way to avoid the pain and suffering that comes with gradually discovering that reality on your own.

The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up
Is Climate Control Immoral?

Air conditioning is, for most of us, a small summertime luxury. For others, it is a life-saving necessity

The Essence of the Road to Serfdom (in Cartoons!)

In 1944, F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom rocked the English-speaking world. The book argued that there can be no political or civil liberty without economic liberty. Every step away from economic liberty takes us closer to authoritarian control over the whole of society. With central control come corruption, servitude, and relative impoverishment.

Why the Candidates Keep Giving Us Reasons to Use the "F" Word
The Electoral Clown Car Is Full of Nationalistic Socialists

That both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are getting the attention and support of so many Americans should be a matter of grave concern.

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