Freeman

January/February 2004

Volume 54, 2004

FEATURES

There Is No Central Plan for Winning Liberty

We Must Win People Over One at a Time

JANUARY 01, 2004 by RICHARD EBELING

Taking Liberties . . . and Properties

The Public Use Constraint Has Been Thrown to the Wind

JANUARY 01, 2004 by SHELDON RICHMAN

Nationalized Health Care Will Cut Costs?

Physicians' Fallacious Argument Ignores the Health of Americans

JANUARY 01, 2004 by ROBERT P. MURPHY, GENE CALLAHAN

Econ 101: An Austrian Economist's Dream

Human Beings Behave Purposefully

JANUARY 01, 2004 by ARTHUR FOULKES

Is Social Security Reform Paternalistic?

Under Some Proposals, Tax Payments Are Only the Beginning

JANUARY 01, 2004 by JOHN ATTARIAN

One great, and valid, complaint about Social Security is that it is paternalistic: it does things for the individual that he should do for himself. In so doing, it commits the twin transgressions of forcing some people to support others and making the beneficiaries the servile dependents of the state.

Regulatory Escalation

Does the Nanny State Make Us Safer?

JANUARY 01, 2004 by ROBERT CARREIRA

The Lessons of Another Tolstoy

V. K. Tolstoy Was Guilty of Being a Scientist

JANUARY 01, 2004 by DANIEL HAGER

Federal Surveillance: The Threat to Americans' Security

More Information Equals More Power

JANUARY 01, 2004 by JAMES BOVARD

Property and Prosperity: The Vital Link

Humans Require a Sphere of Authority to Make Meaningful Moral Decisions

JANUARY 01, 2004 by TIBOR R. MACHAN

Politics Corrupts Money

The Law Cannot Distinguish Between Good and Bad Uses of Money

JANUARY 01, 2004 by GEORGE C. LEEF
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