June 2013Volume 63, 2013
Cities are vast, complex orders that emerge from the voluntary actions of millions of people. In this issue, we take a look at them, from Sandy Ikeda's examination of the invisible blueprints that define cities, to Rod Lockwood's concept of a free city that could rescue Detroit, to Troy Camplin's theories of why cities exemplify the unity of paradox that defines beauty. Speaking of beauty, we reintroduce poetry to The Freeman. We also introduce The Arena, a monthly debate feature, and much, much more.
MAY 29, 2013 by The Freeman
MAY 08, 2013 by Sandy Ikeda
A great city is composed of the networks of relationships between people. It's an invisible kind of order, in a Hayekian sense, that cannot be seen in its entirety.
MAY 02, 2013 by Tom W. Bell
Having government courts try government agents such as cops is a lot less fair than allowing independent arbitration. As a result, everyone is less safe.
MAY 01, 2013 by Max Borders
Austin only seems weird because it's so much more interesting--and tolerant--than most other places. And Austinites understand and love the freedom that makes this wildly fertile, vastly creative, "weird" place possible.
APRIL 25, 2013 by Jeffrey A. Tucker
The Atlanta schools cheating scandal is the expected result of State interference in the incentive structure.
APRIL 26, 2013 by Doug Bandow
Farm welfare takes money from some hardworking Americans to give to other hardworking Americans with more romantic-sounding jobs. This system makes no sense, especially when Washington is already broke.
MAY 03, 2013 by Sarah Skwire
The sprawling, pre-Holocaust family saga of The Brothers Ashkenazi displays the shortcomings of all systematic, simple answers to the problem of being human.
MAY 09, 2013 by Michael Nolan
I call Brooklyn home because the emotional cage match between the desires, the emotions, the location, and the city I make of it is too complex--and too personal--to go by any other name.