Freeman

March 2008

Volume 58, 2008

FEATURES

An Unstimulating Idea

JANUARY 25, 2008 by SHELDON RICHMAN

"It's like taking a bucket of water from the deep end of a pool and dumping it into the shallow end. Funny thing -- the water in the shallow end doesn't get any deeper." That's how George Mason University economist Russell Roberts describes the logic -- rather, illogic -- of the economic "stimulus" proposals that everyone and his uncle are proposing. If we needed further demonstration of the folly that is the American political-economic system, there it is.

A Department of Homeland Happiness Security? Only if We Want to Be Unhappy!

New Happiness Economics Would Undermine the Free Market

MARCH 01, 2008 by RICHARD EBELING

Book Reviews - March 2008

MARCH 01, 2008 by GEORGE C. LEEF

  • Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
    by Bryan Caplan Reviewed by Dwight Lee
  • The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World

Is Fair Trade a Fair Deal?

Fair Trade Means Well, but Ignores Some Economic and Political Realities

MARCH 01, 2008 by GENE CALLAHAN

Stealing for Union Bosses

The NLRA Should Be Repealed to Re-establish Rule of Law in Labor Markets

MARCH 01, 2008 by CHARLES W. BAIRD

Environmentalists in Outer Space

Space Environmentalism Lacks Any Justification

MARCH 01, 2008 by WALTER BLOCK, JACOB H. HUEBERT

Treatments Without Diseases

The Disanalogy between Bodily Disease and Mental Disease Generates Many Confusions

MARCH 01, 2008 by THOMAS S. SZASZ

Who's Afraid of Prosperity?

One Person's Economic Success Doesn't Depend on Another Person's Failure

MARCH 01, 2008 by JOHN STOSSEL

The New Deal and the State and Local Governments

Today's Larger and More Centralized Government Began with the Great Depression

MARCH 01, 2008 by ROBERT HIGGS
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