Freeman Cover November 2013

November 2013

Volume 63, 2013

All around the world, people are coming up with their own ways to escape Leviathan's reach. No waiting for the right people to get elected, no plotting revolutions—they're getting out now and hastening the State's obsolescence. Jeffrey Tucker and Max Borders walk us through 50 ways people are going up, over, and around the walls right now. Borders also highlights the crucial work of catalysts—those who inspire others to try and find their own way to out-innovate the State (and create a culture around an ethos of exit). We also introduce illustrator L. J. Lane and his comic, "Of Mice and Mud." In this issue, he looks at the difficulty of knowing what to believe when the quick solution is so appealing but promises so little. Also, Lawrence Reed discusses the importance of free choice in medicine and Peter Boettke says the real subject of economics is the wonder contained in everyday things. Dive in. There's more. 


Fifty Ways to Leave Leviathan

OCTOBER 02, 2013 by ,

State management doesn't work. Fortunately, innovation does. Here are just 50 ways that people are figuring out how to work around government obstacles, hastening the State's obsolescence.

Keynesians: Sleepy? Down a Red Bull

The case against economic stimulus
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 by

Fiscal stimulus isn't cheap. It also does the economy's long-term health no favors. New research puts numbers on just how bad an idea fiscal stimulus is.

Is Wall Street Really the Heart of Capitalism?

Blaming the wrong people for 2008
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 by

The dominant narrative about the 2008 crash focuses anger on Wall Street, said to be the heart of capitalism, as the culprit. It's neither; government intrusion has shaped the housing market and our cities for decades.

The Caveman Speaks

An interview with John Durant
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 by

John Durant is the author of the new book The Paleo Manifesto, in which he advocates using evolutionary principles to combat the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.


On Being a Catalyst

NOVEMBER 01, 2013 by

Working for liberty sometimes means inspiring, pushing, and encouraging others to think about the world in new ways. It means catalyzing the process of innovation by channeling your enthusiasm and recombining ideas you know in your gut to be right.

Medicine: Who Should Make Choices for You?

An alternative to the FDA system
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 by

Right now, decisions about medical treatments are made by bureaucrats far from the patients and physicians closest to the problems. This system costs lives, but satisfies FDA incentives. A new book lays out a way to fix this--now.

The Real Social Contract

A challenge to partisans: What if you really could have your chosen system?
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 by

Would you support a system that allowed everyone to live under the system they prefer? Or is making everyone live under your favorite system what really matters?

The Mystery of the Mundane

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 by

Economics is full of research, theories, and statistics. But it's really about learning to see the wonder surrounding us, in mundane things we often take for granted.


Of Mice and Mud

The allure of the quick solution
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 by

L. J. Lane has been doing some excellent work illustrating--literally--the often fraught process of coming to grips with global problems. We're featuring his recent Of Mice and Mud comic, which covers Syria, the security State, and the allure of quick solutions.

Just Plain Toothpaste

How to make fairy tales out of inspirational stories
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 by

The Toothpaste Millionaire should be an inspiring story about entrepreneurship. Instead, thanks to decades of government intervention, it's just a fairy tale.

China: Yes, It's Capitalism

The most growth happened where the State had the least power
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 by ,

Ronald Coase's final work makes subtle points about institutional development while giving a blow-by-blow account of how, despite the State, China became capitalist.

Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans

Science fiction with technology that's more realistic than its politics
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 by

Elysium's cyborgs and floating space colonies are plenty of fun. They're also a lot more realistic than the straw men peopling the film or the economic theory underlying its plot.

The Genes We'd Choose

OCTOBER 15, 2013 by

The lifting mist; a curtain lifts: remnants of a sail.
Happy the stowaways that sail


OCTOBER 06, 2013 by

My daughter is climbing a rope
hand over hand, to the top
of the gym and the heat of the lights
dazzling the eyes into blindness.

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