Freeman

July/August 2008

Volume 58, 2008

FEATURES

Whom Should We Thank for High Gas Prices?

Don't Direct Your Wrath at Big Oil

JULY 01, 2008 by MICHAEL HEBERLING

Too Much Freedom

What Happens When Your Only Tool Is Coercion?

JULY 01, 2008 by ROY CORDATO

Net Neutrality or Government Brutality?

Lack of flexible pricing could hurt consumers.

JUNE 02, 2008 by ADAM SUMMERS

While network-neutrality advocates claim to want to ensure fairness and competition, the government regulation they propose will result in anything but those things.

On Baseball and Capital Markets

Games Can Be Instructive

JULY 01, 2008 by DONALD GRUNEWALD

Big Brother Is Watching as He's Never Watched Before

The TSA's False Dichotomy Is as Absurd as the Agency Itself

JULY 01, 2008 by BECKY AKERS

Government Workers Are America's New Elite

Why Should Government Employees Get Special Treatment?

JULY 01, 2008 by STEVEN GREENHUT

Torture and Liberty

The Existence of Perils Cannot Justify Absolute Power

JULY 01, 2008 by JAMES BOVARD

Libertarianism Through Thick and Thin

What Kind of Commitment Is Libertarianism?

JULY 01, 2008 by CHARLES JOHNSON

Character, Liberty, and Economics

The missing ingredient in the struggle against statism.

JULY 01, 2008 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Psychiatry Versus Liberty

Involuntary "Treatment for Mental Illness" Should Not Be a Universally Accepted Social Institution

JULY 01, 2008 by THOMAS S. SZASZ
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