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When New York Produced Giants for Liberty

JULY 23, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

New York and the Democratic Party used to produce some of the most pro-liberty politicians in the country. Horatio Seymour, a former governor and reluctant presidential nominee, was among the very best of them.

Is There a Speaker in the House? Part II

APRIL 18, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

At the height of the silver panic of 1893, Rep. Bourke Cockran delivered one of the most eloquent, forceful explanations of the value of sound money this country has ever heard.

Is There a Speaker in the House? Part I

APRIL 17, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Two congressmen from just a few generations ago understood money and government finances better than both houses of Congress, combined, do today. This article, the first of a two-part series, recounts future President James Garfield's masterful exploration of the issue on the House floor.

John Galt at the Treasury Department

MARCH 28, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Andrew Mellon created wealth and wanted to unleash private enterprise. He puts his critics, who only want to seize and redistribute, to shame.

Of Meat and Myth

FEBRUARY 08, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle is pure myth, but it has had a very real legacy.

Why You Can't Mint a Dime

JANUARY 17, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Private coinage has flourished in the past in the U.S. and alternative currencies flourish today. They point to a way toward a stable currency, if the State would get out of the way.

Beware of Years That End in 13

JANUARY 02, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

I'm not superstitious, but I earnestly hope 2013 doesn't bring us anything as calamitous as 1913 did. It was a disastrous year that we're still paying a hefty, annual price for a full century later.

How FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights Changed American Politics

NOVEMBER 01, 2012 by BURTON FOLSOM

President Roosevelt's promotion of his Economic Bill of Rights crystallized the rising dominance of statist ideas; the rights he asserted only have meaning if government is the source of all rights.

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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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