Freeman

Vintage

Economics for Boys and Girls

Methods for getting young people on the track of sound thinking

OCTOBER 24, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ

Leonard Read's essay on "economic instruction for the youngsters" first appeared in "Notes from FEE," September 1965.

Hayek's Free Market Money

OCTOBER 10, 2014 by F. A. HAYEK

Handing to private industry the task of issuing money could remedy our monetary troubles.

Can Unions Really Raise Wages?

What Labor Unions Can and Cannot Do

OCTOBER 03, 2014 by HENRY HAZLITT

A peaceful strike is possible, legitimate, and potentially useful. But the moment workers have to use intimidation or violence to enforce their demands, their case becomes questionable.

Beyond Nationalism and Territorialism (1851)

APRIL 25, 2014 by PIERRE-JOSEPH PROUDHON

Proudhon, considered the father of anarchism, explains that an economic revolution is possible, perhaps even inevitable.

The Organization Man (1956)

JANUARY 10, 2014 by WILLIAM H. WHYTE

William Whyte's complaints about hierarchical, individual-effacing organizations remain compelling. What's even more so is how much more richly varied, customizable, and flexible society has become.

On Deschooling (1971)

Why We Must Disestablish School

JANUARY 03, 2014 by IVAN ILLICH

Ivan Illich analyzes compulsory State schooling in terms of power dynamics. What he finds is an inculcation of dependency and an institutionalized denial of individuals' control over their own educations. What he calls for is even more radical.

The Culture of Cities (1938)

DECEMBER 27, 2013 by LEWIS MUMFORD

The city has grown dramatically in power, eventually outpacing royal rivals--but also usually achieving territorial unity at the expense of liberty, and for the benefit of the few, instead of assembling Swiss-style confederations of cities and regions.

Nationalism (1960)

DECEMBER 20, 2013 by ELIE KEDOURIE

Nationalism is a young doctrine, birthed as much by the turmoil following the French Revolution as by any debate among the philosophers. In effect, it's a post hoc rationale granting new types and uses of political power to the State.

The Right to Self-Determination (1927, 1944)

DECEMBER 13, 2013 by LUDWIG VON MISES

In these classic essays, Mises discusses the principle of self-determination and how it has been substituted for aggressive nationalism.

Our Enemy, the State

Chapter 4: Economic Means vs. Political Means

DECEMBER 06, 2013 by ALBERT NOCK

You can satisfy your needs either by producing and exchanging wealth or by taking it by brute force. The former is the economic means and the latter is the political means.

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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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