Freeman

January/February 2008

Volume 58, 2008

FEATURES

Wildfires and State-Worship

Private Markets, Not Government, Are Best Equipped to Manage Wildfire Prevention and Firefighting

JANUARY 01, 2008 by STEVEN GREENHUT

Free-Market Money: A Key to Peace

Governments That Can Create Money Can More Easily Go to War

JANUARY 01, 2008 by STEVEN HORWITZ

Congestion Pricing: The Road to the Surveillance State

Cameras and Tolls Won't Save Us from Government-Congested Roads

JANUARY 01, 2008 by BECKY AKERS

Prosecutorial Indiscretion

Immunity violates liberty.

JANUARY 01, 2008 by WENDY MCELROY

The Game of Politics

Liberals Impose Taxes on Citizens So Politicians Can Do What They Want

JANUARY 01, 2008 by GEORGE C. LEEF

Volunteer Railways in Britain

How Voluntarism Successfully Provides a Public Service sans Socialism or Capitalism

JANUARY 01, 2008 by JAMES L. PAYNE

The Free Market versus the Interventionist State

The Interventionist State Is Based on Coercion and Violence, Not Human Liberty

JANUARY 01, 2008 by RICHARD EBELING

Alcohol, Prohibition, and the Revenuers

The Great Depression's Income-Tax Revenue Reduction Paved the Way for the Repeal of Prohibition

JANUARY 01, 2008 by DONALD BOUDREAUX

The Constitution or Liberty

Context is crucial.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN

Alas, in the eyes of at least some framers, Article I, Section 8, did not exhaust the national government's powers.

Madison's Veto Sets a Precedent

The Founding Fathers First Asked Whether Government Spending Was Constitutional

JANUARY 01, 2008 by BURTON FOLSOM
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