Freeman

Ideas and Consequences

Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

MARCH 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Cicero almost single-handedly staved off the destruction of the Roman Republic, even in the face of assured destruction. That makes him a hero.

A Slogan Worth Your Bumper?

Statism can be summed up and slapped on the back of a car. Can the freedom philosophy?

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

"Long Run, All People" should be a battle cry of those who embrace liberty.

The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

Some of us just write about libertarian ideas. This guy actually made them public policy for millions.

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Progressives don't like to talk about Hong Kong because it's not only the freest economy, but also one of the richest.

Raise the Minimum Wage? A Socratic Dialogue

FEBRUARY 03, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

How much thinking is actually behind calls to raise the minimum wage? Probably less than Congress would like you to think.

The Fall of the Republic

JANUARY 08, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Rome wasn't destroyed in a day; its liberties eroded as the republic became an empire and the populace sought handouts.

Give Up? Are You Kidding?

DECEMBER 26, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

On the eve of the Battle of Trenton, December 26, 1776, Thomas Paine offered encouragement to his countrymen. We would do well to take his words to heart today, especially when it seems that liberty is having a rough time of it.

Medicine: Who Should Make Choices for You?

An alternative to the FDA system

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

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.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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