Freeman

May 1998

Volume 48, 1998

FEATURES

The Free Market and Scientific Research

The Federal Government Increasingly Crowds Out Private Investment and Philanthropic Giving

MAY 01, 1998 by AARON STEELMAN

On That Day Began Lies

Personal responsibility never disappears.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 by LEONARD E. READ

It is simply a matter of personal determination and a resolve to act and speak in strict accordance with one's inner, personal dictate of what is right. And for each of us to see to it that no other man or set of men is given permission to represent us otherwise.

Let 'Em Skate!: Defeating Local Socialism

The Story of a Proposed Ice Arena in Meridian Township, Michigan

MAY 01, 1998 by GEORGE C. LEEF

Human Ignorance and Social Engineering

Spontaneous order and the inadequacy of human knowledge.

MAY 01, 1998 by WENDY MCELROY

Unrestrained Appetites, Unlimited Government

That pesky Commerce Clause.

MAY 01, 1998 by JEFFREY R. SNYDER

A Number, Not a Name: Big Brother by Stealth

How Government Databases Are Destroying Our Privacy and Our Freedom

MAY 01, 1998 by CLAIRE WOLFE

Herbert Dow and Predatory Pricing

Making the Best Product at the Lowest Price Beats Price Fixing

MAY 01, 1998 by BURTON FOLSOM

Today's Most Influential Economist?

It's Not Who You Think

MAY 01, 1998 by MARK SKOUSEN

Fill in the blank. Who is the mysterious economist named above? Most of my colleagues named Milton Friedman, but in Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw's bestseller, the Chicago economist runs a close second to. . . .F.A. Hayek, the Austrian economist!Why Hayek? Because,

The Freedom Not to Pay for Other People's Politics

The Failure to Enforce Beck Rights Mocks Justice and Offends Individual Liberty

MAY 01, 1998 by LAWRENCE W. REED
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