Freeman

December 2004

Volume 54, 2004

FEATURES

Destructive Destruction

Hurricanes Don't Cause Economic Growth

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by SHELDON RICHMAN

Government Should Regulate Charities?

Laws Against Theft and Fraud Already Apply to Charities

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by SHELDON RICHMAN

The Myth of Wartime Prosperity

Does War Really Help the Economy?

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by THOMAS E. WOODS JR.

The Golden Calf of Democracy

Democracy May Be the World's Most Oversold Concept of Political Governance

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by LAWRENCE W. REED

The Economic Fantasy of "Star Trek"

Gene Roddenberry Believed Money Was a Vestige of Man's Base Past

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by P. GARDNER GOLDSMITH

The Dark Secrets of Rail Trails

The Rails-to-Trails Program Quietly Confiscates Private Land

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by KIRK TESKA

Separate the Professions and the State

Certain Professionals Are Adept at Manipulating the Political Process

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by LEWIS M. ANDREWS

Ambrose Bierce on Socialism

Socialists Withered Under Bierce's Analysis

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by DANIEL HAGER

A Man to Remember

Richard Cobden's Demands Had Long-Lasting Consequences in British Politics

DECEMBER 01, 2004 by STEPHEN DAVIES

2004 Annual Index

DECEMBER 01, 2004
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