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B.K. Marcus

B.K. Marcus
B.K. Marcus Editor of the Freeman

B.K. Marcus is editor of the Freeman.

B.K. Marcus's Articles and Posts

Heroes Have Discipline Problems Anything Peaceful
Heroes Have Discipline Problems

Model students don't challenge authority, even when they should. They have too much to lose.

 

Homeschooling, Socialization, and the New Groupthink The Freeman
Homeschooling, Socialization, and the New Groupthink

Homeschooled students are, in fact, more socially resilient and flexible than their conventionally schooled peers — but what if the “socialization” question is code for a very different agenda?

Martin Luther King III on Educational Freedom Anything Peaceful
Martin Luther King III on Freedom, Justice, and School Choice

School choice is good for students and taxpayers, but the unions are fighting it tooth and nail.

Give the Nazis What They Want The Freeman
Give the Nazis What They Want

National Socialism should be remembered for what it was and still is.

Happy Bill of Rights Day! Anything Peaceful
Happy Bill of Rights Day!

The Constitution is an instrument of state power; the Bill of Rights is one of individual liberty.

Is Capitalism the Reason for the Season? The Freeman
Is Capitalism the Reason for the Season?

As long as the demand continues for an annual hiatus from the normal rules, the market will supply whatever is necessary.

Enlightened Selfies The Freeman
Enlightened Selfies

The obsession with visual self-presentation is much older — and significantly more beneficial — than the critics understand.

The West, the Holocaust, and the Lost Caribbean Refuge Anything Peaceful
The Holocaust, the West, and the Lost Caribbean Shelter

The Virgin Islands tried to save refugees fleeing war and genocide. The federal government stopped them. 

How We Figured Out What the Time Is Anything Peaceful
How We Figured Out What – and Where – the Time Is

Before the invention of standard time, there were dozens of different answers to "what time is it?" in every state. 

Embrace the Zombie Apocalypse The Freeman
Embrace the Zombie Apocalypse

Fictional portrayals of the zombie apocalypse show our subconscious yearning for smaller government.

Banning Mein Kampf Anything Peaceful
Banning Mein Kampf

Banning Mein Kampf doesn't make its ideas less attractive to those the censors fear.

Is "Banned Books Week" a Myth? Anything Peaceful
Is "Banned Books Week" a Myth?

In America, there's basically no such thing as a "banned book," but that doesn't stop the American Library Association from claiming censorship is worse than ever. 

Homeschooling Is a Threat to Public Education The Freeman
Homeschooling Is a Threat to Public Education

Advocates of government education are right to be worried by the number of homeschool families, but not because homeschooled kids are learning any anti-government ideology at home. The greatest threat that homeschooling poses to the government system is its diversity, its resiliency, and its undisputed academic success.

#IStandWithAhmed Tells Us Something about Public School Anything Peaceful
#IStandWithAhmed Tells Us Something about Public School

A 14-year-old student built a digital clock to impress his teachers; they had him arrested and interrogated.

If Men Were Angels, We Wouldn’t Need the Blockchain The Freeman
If Men Were Angels, We Wouldn’t Need the Blockchain

What if government could be framed so that it need not be administered by men over men?

Capitalists from Outer Space The Freeman
Capitalists from Outer Space

When we make contact, we will learn that the aliens embrace what Adam Smith called “the system of natural liberty.”

Who Will Protect Us from Tainted Food Trucks? Anything Peaceful
Who Will Protect Us from Tainted Food Trucks?
The sharing economy is driven by information- sharing, solving knowledge problems regulators cannot.
Is Michelle Obama a Brilliant Experimental Economist? Anything Peaceful
Is Michelle Obama a Brilliant Experimental Economist?
Sure, it looks like she's just meddling in kids' lunches, but maybe it's really a subtle social experiment. 
What Rupert Murdoch Sees in Dying Newspapers Anything Peaceful
What Rupert Murdoch Sees in Dying Newspapers

Why doesn't the media mogul ditch money-losing papers? Love, money, power — or something bigger?

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War The Freeman
How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

Progress is not driven by producing ever more of the essentials; it is driven by luxuries.

Should We Respect the Law? Anything Peaceful
Should We Respect the Law?

Which is the greater threat to freedom, too little respect for the law — or too much?

On Writing (Liberty) Well: William Zinsser on F.A. Hayek Anything Peaceful
On Writing (Liberty) Well: William Zinsser on F.A. Hayek
We think of Hayek as a great economist, philosopher of liberty, and scholar of classical liberalism, but his greatest impact was as a writer. 
Shame on You! How Self-Righteous Voters Create Silent Majorities The Freeman
Shame on You! How Self-Righteous Voters Create Silent Majorities

In the flux and flow of electoral politics, Britons and Americans alike are familiar with the outspoken left and the shy right, as libertarians remain in limbo.

Shut Up, Kid! (It's What You Really Want Anyway) Anything Peaceful
Shut Up, Kid! (It's What You Really Want Anyway)
Salon.com argues that if you're old enough to drink, you're young enough to be censored and coddled.
Abolition, Brazil, and the Last Confederates Anything Peaceful
Abolition, Brazil, and the Last Confederates

Today is the 127th anniversary of Abolition Day in Brazil, and the end of slavery in the Western Hemisphere.

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