Freeman

Rules Over Rulers

Do You Have the Civil Disobedience App?

You might be downloading tomorrow’s law

MARCH 03, 2015 by MAX BORDERS

As we engage in peer-to-peer civil disobedience, we are making choices that are leading to the emergence of new law, however slowly and clumsily it follows on.

The Parable of the Ginis

The trouble with taxation and redistribution

DECEMBER 29, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

Our progressive income tax system is arbitrary and immoral.

10 Charts to Brighten Your Century

Sometimes the hysteria just isn’t backed by the data

DECEMBER 16, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

Here are 10 examples of popular, explosive narratives that, when considered through a more dispassionate lens, get defused.

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?

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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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