January/February 2013

Volume 63, 2013

Max Borders discusses rational mysticism, while Troy Camplin outlines a theory of social evolution and what it means for the individual; Faisal Moghul explains how the State has made privacy a thing of the past; Larry Reed says the last year ending in 13 was rather unlucky; Gary Galles looks at how labor law violates freedom of association; and much, much more. 


Spiral Dynamics: An Overview

JANUARY 07, 2013 by

Our civilizations change over time. But what about our psychologies? According to one theory of human development, despite our individual natures, we are malleable enough to become more complex people within more complex societies. And libertarians can lead the way.

A Cure for Obamacare: From Canada with Love

JANUARY 03, 2013 by

Obamacare is coming online. A Canadian friend warns us about the problems and perils of socializing medicine.

Sustainability vs. Local Knowledge

DECEMBER 19, 2012 by

Before heading overseas to teach people in poor countries how to farm, rich-world people infatuated with sustainability should take a moment to consider who is more likely to know best how to provide for their own needs and wants.

How Government Makes Us Fatter

DECEMBER 28, 2012 by

Subsidies, tariffs, and a succession of contradictory (sometimes counterproductive) guidelines have combined to give Americans an obesity problem we can't seem to kick.

Unions: Freedom of Coercive Association?

JANUARY 08, 2013 by

Labor law allows unions to impose themselves even on workers and employers who do not want to associate with them. That's not freedom of association, it's coercion and extortion, says Gary Galles.

Climate Consensus: Do Little for Now

DECEMBER 27, 2012 by

We're better off trying to build a wealthier world than spending resources to rein in greenhouse gases.

The Death of Privacy

JANUARY 04, 2013 by

The post-9/11 surveillance State trumps even the most egregious abuses of power by the British Crown and violates everyone's rights on a continual basis.


Open and Closed Libertarians

JANUARY 15, 2013 by

There is nothing more dangerous to the enemies of freedom than an open libertarian. And yet great swaths of our kind are decidedly closed-minded.

Rational Mysticism for a Young Movement

DECEMBER 20, 2012 by

In 1962, Leonard Read published Elements of Libertarian Leadership. I want to pull inspiration from this largely forgotten work because in it, Read has carved a path for us--though it is currently one less travelled by.

Beware of Years That End in 13

JANUARY 02, 2013 by

I'm not superstitious, but I earnestly hope 2013 doesn't bring us anything as calamitous as 1913 did. It was a disastrous year that we're still paying a hefty, annual price for a full century later.

Whither Kuwait: Illiberal Democracy or Enlightened Autocracy?

JANUARY 15, 2013 by

The growing support for a religious regime among Kuwait's young shows how democracy, without limits to State power, can threaten a free society.

Clean Hands

JANUARY 11, 2013 by

Richard Powers's Gain is consumed with growth: does it kill or cure us? Is it a curse or our best hope? Can companies get too big?

Do the Rich Deserve to Be Taxed?

DECEMBER 21, 2012 by

Simplistic calls to "tax the rich" are often based on, at best, imprecise assumptions. But as government intervention grows, it gets harder and harder to say who earned their money fairly and who simply plundered it.

Three Books, One Island: Aeon J. Skoble

JANUARY 10, 2013 by

Remember the old thought experiment? "If you were starting over on an island and you had one book, what would it be?" With this new feature, we'll let really interesting people play the game. In our version, however, we'll let the author discuss three books: one recent book, one timeless book, and one book that challenges his or her world view.

--The Editors

Life Without a Microwave

DECEMBER 18, 2012 by ,

If you remember life before microwave ovens, you already understand consumer surplus, something economic freedom delivers so well that even Marx was impressed.


Why Capitalism?

DECEMBER 17, 2012 by

A review of Allan Meltzer's Why Capitalism? by Bruce Yandle.

Markets Not Capitalism

JANUARY 09, 2013 by , ,

Matt Zwolinski reviews Markets Not Capitalism, edited by Gary Chartier and Charles W. Johnson

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