Freeman

Rules Over Rulers

Smart Growth?: U Cities vs. Galaxy Cities

Progressive urban policies hurt the poor, pamper the rich, and drive off the middle class

AUGUST 13, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

The middle class hasn't disappeared; it's just been squeezed out of city after city by policies that please the aesthetic sensibilities of the wealthy.

Dear Ultra-Rich Man

An ultra-middle-class man’s letter to Nick Hanauer

JULY 09, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

A rich guy writes an open letter to other rich guys about inequality, pitchforks, and a $15 minimum wage. It goes viral. Finally, a middle-class guy responds.

The Big-Box Effect

How superstores create unsung benefits for Main Street

MAY 14, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

Opposition to big-box stores discounts their benefits to consumers--and to the very mom and pop stores they supposedly destroy.

Libertarian Holism

MARCH 26, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

We are only effective to the degree that we can grow our ranks, lock our arms, and build our free world in parallel with the crumbling power hierarchies of the twentieth century.

All You Need Is Toleration

The victimhood-industrial complex is confusing some libertarians

JANUARY 28, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

Some libertarians are getting caught up in the victimhood industrial complex. But our tradition already offers us a virtue we can embrace without collectivist identity politics.

Effectively Irrational

30 common fallacies used against libertarians

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 by MAX BORDERS

If you've ever gotten into a "discussion," especially on social media, you've probably encountered more than your share of questionable debate tactics. We list a few you can expect if you start in. Add your own in the comments section.

The Real Social Contract

A challenge to partisans: What if you really could have your chosen system?

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 by MAX BORDERS

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?

Want to Own a City?

Shares in Incorporated Co-op Cities Might Be the Next Big Thing

AUGUST 14, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Cities fail because governments take residents for granted and residents stop caring. An ownership model--based on co-ops or employee-owned firms--could fix that.

Startup City Redux

Honduras: from RED to ZEDE to … Freedom?

JUNE 27, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

Despite the Honduran Supreme Court's rejection of RED startup cities, the reformers are back. Honduras may have just created the world's freest municipalities.

Can We Correct Democracy?

JUNE 04, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

A democracy focused on the rejection of unpopular laws would allow for a broader electorate and a more immediate expression of voters' wills. It would also limit the worst excesses of the State.

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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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