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Melvin D. Barger

Melvin D. Barger

Melvin D. Barger is a retired corporate public relations representative and writer who lives in Toledo, Ohio. He has been a contributor to The Freeman since 1961.

Melvin D. Barger's Articles and Posts

#17 – “All We Need Is the Right People to Run the Government” The Freeman
#17 – “All We Need Is the Right People to Run the Government”

When the State expands beyond its rightful limits, it doesn't matter who's in charge. Waiting for "the right people" to show up and fix it just gives the problems more time to get worse. 

Why America Gets Fleeced The Freeman
Why America Gets Fleeced
How Henry Ford Zapped a Licensing Monopoly The Freeman
How Henry Ford Zapped a Licensing Monopoly
At the very beginning of the American auto industry, a group of carmakers made a blatant attempt to establish an industrial policy for their own benefit. In the guise of protecting the public from “unreliable upstarts” and “fly-by-nights,” they formed the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM) in 1903. The industry was in its infancy, but there were already complaints about some of the crude entrepreneurs who were entering the field. 
From Leonard Read: A Legacy of Principles The Freeman
From Leonard Read: A Legacy of Principles
Book Review: Monopoly Mail: Privatizing The U.S. Postal Service by Douglas K. Adie The Freeman
Book Review: Monopoly Mail: Privatizing The U.S. Postal Service by Douglas K. Adie
The Tucker Car: Did the Big Guys Do It In? The Freeman
The Tucker Car: Did the Big Guys Do It In?
Who Should Support the Arts? The Freeman
Who Should Support the Arts?
Yugoslavia: Trouble in the Halfway House The Freeman
Yugoslavia: Trouble in the Halfway House
Free-Market Mail Is on the Horizon The Freeman
Free-Market Mail Is on the Horizon
Supermarket Myths The Freeman
Supermarket Myths
Book Review: Managing by Harold Geneen with Alvin Moscow The Freeman
Book Review: Managing by Harold Geneen with Alvin Moscow
What Killed Ma Bell? The Freeman
What Killed Ma Bell?
Free Riders Face a Rocky Road The Freeman
Free Riders Face a Rocky Road
Parent Power: Can It Help Public Education? The Freeman
Parent Power: Can It Help Public Education?
Crime: The Unsolved Problem The Freeman
Crime: The Unsolved Problem
Dishonest About Inflation The Freeman
Dishonest About Inflation
If we are cheating and being cheated by inflation, the cure lies in our resolution to return to "honest" money.
A New Look at the Invisible Hand The Freeman
A New Look at the Invisible Hand
Peaceful actions will lead to desirable ends, violent actions to chaos and disorder.
Freedom to Choose The Freeman
Freedom to Choose
The nature of bureaucratic despotism, and how to displace it.
Why Teacher Power Had to Happen The Freeman
Why Teacher Power Had to Happen

It was built into a system of compulsory education, and must fall of its own excesses.

The Losing Struggle to Save Private Enterprise The Freeman
The Losing Struggle to Save Private Enterprise
A socialist society lacks the moral foundation upon which private enterprise must take its stand.
Robert Owen: The Woolly-Minded Cotton Spinner The Freeman
Robert Owen: The Woolly-Minded Cotton Spinner
Caught in his own web of humanitarianism, messianism, and determinism.
Occupational Licensure Under Attack The Freeman
Occupational Licensure Under Attack
A plea for free choice, rather than government control, in hiring skilled help.
Socialism Seeks Its Own Level The Freeman
Socialism Seeks Its Own Level
Government intervention brings a harvest of lost liberty.
Back Door Press Control The Freeman
Back Door Press Control
Government regulation and control of business eventually threatens freedom of the press.
Soviet Dissent: Heat without Light The Freeman
Soviet Dissent: Heat without Light
Freedom of the press a lost cause once socialistic interventions are introduced.

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