July/August 2013Volume 63, 2013
The pursuit of power consumes the political classes, of course, but as the State grows, its power only becomes more desirable. Accordingly, our lives are increasingly defined by the exercise of government power. In this issue we examine some of the many abuses of power that have become almost routine: Bruce Yandle discusses the predictable use of the IRS to target political opponents, Michael Nolan takes a look at building stadiums with tax dollars, Lenore Ealy says the Common Core is just more centralization in education, and editor Max Borders walks us through an ideology that says the State owns your children. In our reviews, Allen Mendenhall discusses a new book that casts an unflattering light on habeas corpus. We also consider some alternatives to power: Tom Bell discusses a new kind of limited democracy and we have a conversation with Oliver Porter, whose public-private partnerships are shrinking city governments around the world.
JULY 03, 2013 by The Freeman
It's time for State power to be broken up and decentralized. It's going to take a lot of innovation to do it.
An Interview with Oliver Porter
MAY 28, 2013 by The Freeman
Oliver Porter created and implemented the public-private partnership model for Sandy Springs, Ga.--a city of 100,000 people near Atlanta--and has agreed to sit down with The Freeman.
JUNE 04, 2013 by Tom W. Bell
A democracy focused on the rejection of unpopular laws would allow for a broader electorate and a more immediate expression of voters' wills. It would also limit the worst excesses of the State.
The Other Side of the Impersonal Market
JULY 12, 2011 by Sandy Ikeda
Freedom of movement, in physical and social space, is the essence of the free society.
MAY 16, 2013 by Jeffrey A. Tucker
Times are tough for young workers--especially since they've mostly been lied to throughout their lives. Coming to terms with some hard truths now, though, will give them the chance to thrive.