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January/February 2013

Volume 63, 2013


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A Cure for Obamacare: From Canada with Love

January 03 2013 by ,

Obamacare is coming online. A Canadian friend warns us about the problems and perils of socializing medicine.

How Government Makes Us Fatter

December 28 2012 by ,

Subsidies, tariffs, and a succession of contradictory (sometimes counterproductive) guidelines have combined to give Americans an obesity problem we can't seem to kick. 

Unions: Freedom of Coercive Association?

January 08 2013 by ,

Labor law allows unions to impose themselves even on workers and employers who do not want to associate with them. That's not freedom of association, it's coercion and extortion, says Gary Galles. 

The Death of Privacy

January 04 2013 by ,

The post-9/11 surveillance State trumps even the most egregious abuses of power by the British Crown and violates everyone's rights on a continual basis.


Open and Closed Libertarians

January 15 2013 by ,

There is nothing more dangerous to the enemies of freedom than an open libertarian. And yet great swaths of our kind are decidedly closed-minded.

Rational Mysticism for a Young Movement

December 20 2012 by ,

In 1962, Leonard Read published Elements of Libertarian Leadership. I want to pull inspiration from this largely forgotten work because in it, Read has carved a path for us--though it is currently one less travelled by. 

Whither Kuwait: Illiberal Democracy or Enlightened Autocracy?

January 15 2013 by ,

The growing support for a religious regime among Kuwait's young shows how democracy, without limits to State power, can threaten a free society. 

Clean Hands

January 11 2013 by ,

Richard Powers's Gain is consumed with growth: does it kill or cure us? Is it a curse or our best hope? Can companies get too big?

Do the Rich Deserve to Be Taxed?

December 21 2012 by ,

Simplistic calls to "tax the rich" are often based on, at best, imprecise assumptions. But as government intervention grows, it gets harder and harder to say who earned their money fairly and who simply plundered it. 

Life Without a Microwave

December 18 2012 by ,

If you remember life before microwave ovens, you already understand consumer surplus, something economic freedom delivers so well that even Marx was impressed.

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