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Sarah Skwire

Sarah Skwire
Sarah Skwire

Sarah Skwire is the poetry editor of the Freeman and a senior fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. She is a poet and author of the writing textbook Writing with a Thesis. She is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.

Sarah Skwire's Articles and Posts

Can the Working Writer Be an Artist? The Freeman
Can the Working Writer Be an Artist?

In the 19th century, Anthony Trollope treated his writing like a business — and he was shunned for it. Today’s bestselling authors don’t care.

The Good Old Days of Poverty and Filth The Freeman
The Good Old Days of Poverty and Filth

Luc Sante looks back at the impoverished past through a misty and romantic haze. He even longs for the muck.

How The Grinch Stole the Free Market The Freeman
How The Grinch Stole the Free Market

All the folks down in Galt’s Gulch liked Markets a lot...

"Harvard's House Elves": Suggestions for Renaming the House Masters Anything Peaceful
"Harvard's House Elves": Suggestions for Renaming the House Masters

Harvard's undergrad House Masters have abolished their name because it has been "associated with slavery" during campus protests.

The Islamic State by Any Other Name The Freeman
The Islamic State by Any Other Name

sing someone’s requested name is a simple sign of respect. Sometimes we shouldn’t do it.

Supergirl Needs a Mentor The Freeman
Supergirl Needs a Mentor

TV’s newest superhero is meek, awkward, and unlikable. Luckily, she knows a savvy businesswoman who can set her straight.

Marvel's Mightiest Muslim The Freeman
Marvel's Mightiest Muslim

Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, is a great character, a believable teenager, and a symbol that lets us rethink our own identities while we watch her learn to balance hers.

The Creative Destruction of Nudity in Playboy Magazine The Freeman
The Creative Destruction of Nudity in Playboy Magazine

Playboy needed to get creative and change, or be destroyed by its competitors’ creativity.

The Science Fiction of Scarcity The Freeman
The Science Fiction of Scarcity

Andy Weir’s novel The Martian explores the limits of our ability to survive without the division of labor.

Silliness as a Discovery Process The Freeman
Silliness as a Discovery Process

When you are invited to engage in some silliness, say yes, and add something of your own. It might take you into the intricacies of the early modern literary/theological/political network. It might take you into space. It might take you into Camelot. The value of it, as Hayek points out, is that we don’t know where it will take us.

Why Carly Doesn't Care What Trump Thinks of Her Face Anything Peaceful
Why Carly Doesn't Care What Trump Thinks of Her Face

Carly's dealt with people like Trump a thousand times before, in a hundred offices and boardrooms. 

If You Haven’t Engaged with the Work, Your Opinion Is Worthless The Freeman
If You Haven’t Engaged with the Work, Your Opinion Is Worthless

When did it become an acceptable critical stance to condemn a work of art without ever having engaged with it

Sometimes We Crash The Freeman
Sometimes We Crash

How do we reconcile our desire for safety with our knowledge that the universe is, in fact, uncontrollable? 

How Sexist Is Your Office Temp? Anything Peaceful
How Sexist Is Your Office Temperature?

Is the patriarchy freezing women out of the workplace?

The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up The Freeman
The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up

Air conditioning is, for most of us, a small summertime luxury. For others, it is a life-saving necessity

Yes, I Can: Home Economics from My Family to Yours The Freeman
Yes, I Can: Home Economics from My Family to Yours
It’s a sign of how wealthy we are as a society that we can think of canning as consumption rather than production.
What Do We Celebrate on the Fourth of July? The Freeman
What Do We Celebrate on the Fourth of July?
There’s value in having a parade just to appreciate the right to have a parade. 
How Moms Both Challenge and Confirm Standard Economic Theory The Freeman
How Moms Both Challenge and Confirm Standard Economic Theory

Would we all make better decisions if moms thought more about economics and economists thought more about moms?

Labor Unions Create Unemployment: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug The Freeman
Labor Unions Create Unemployment: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug

Why are the same labor unions that supported a minimum wage hike now fighting to be exempt from it?

Arrested for Criminal Manspreading? The Crackdown on Rudeness Anything Peaceful
Arrested for Criminal Manspreading? The Crackdown on Rudeness
When we upgrade every instance of common rudeness into a criminal offense, we shouldn't be surprised at the outcome.
Daredevil: In Praise of the Not-So-Super Hero The Freeman
Daredevil: In Praise of the Not-So-Super Hero
If we could get past this urge to wish that politicians were superheroes, ready to sweep in and save us, maybe we could begin to think of ourselves as the accidental not-so-super heroes we have been waiting for. 
Let Tubman on the Twenty Anything Peaceful
Let Tubman on the Twenty
With Tubman’s face on the twenty dollar bill, perhaps we would think more carefully about the money we invest in policies that disproportionately harm America’s black communities.
What Should Be for Sale? Joss Whedon Wants to Know The Freeman
What Should Be for Sale? Joss Whedon Wants to Know
The characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer might think that slayage doesn’t deserve compensation. Their fan base isn’t so sure.
“We Have to Be Happy”: A True May Day Parade Anything Peaceful
“We Have to Be Happy”: A True May Day Parade

For an awful lot of people, those May Day parades would more accurately be called a forced march.

Hats Off to Peaceful and Voluntary Exchange The Freeman
Hats Off to Peaceful and Voluntary Exchange
Dr. Seuss bequeathed to us a story of peaceful, voluntary exchange.

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