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Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman
Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.

Sheldon Richman's Articles and Posts

#51  –  The Free Market Cannot Provide Public Education The Freeman
#51 – The Free Market Cannot Provide Public Education

The free market would provide even more education than it does now but for the “unfair competition” from government.

Sheldon Richman talks about Human Action Media
Sheldon Richman talks about Human Action

Sheldon Richman is interviewed about the importance of Ludwig von Mises' Human Action.

The Most Dangerous Derivative: Power & Privilege in the Corporate State Media
The Most Dangerous Derivative: Power & Privilege in the Corporate State

Sheldon Richman, the Editor of The Freeman Magazine, lectures on the Most Dangerous Derivative: Power & Privilege in the Corporate State.

A Forgotten Critic of Corporatism The Freeman
A Forgotten Critic of Corporatism
Financial Regulation and the “Money Power” The Freeman
Financial Regulation and the “Money Power”

We hear fierce denunciations of what is called the “money power.” It is spoken of as mighty, demoniacal, dangerous, and schemes are proposed for mastering it which are futile and ridiculous, if it is what it is said to be. Every one of these schemes only opens chances for money-jobbers and financial wreckers to operate upon brokerages and differences while making legitimate finance hazardous and expensive, thereby adding to the cost of commercial operations.

Financial Regulation and the "Money Power" The Freeman
Financial Regulation and the "Money Power"

"Every one of these schemes only opens chances for money-jobbers and financial wreckers."

The Constitution or Liberty The Freeman
The Constitution or Liberty

Alas, in the eyes of at least some framers, Article I, Section 8, did not exhaust the national government’s powers.

Austrian Exploitation Theory The Freeman
Austrian Exploitation Theory

The Austrian economist who refuted Marx’s exploitation theory had one of his own.

The Importance of Subjectivism in Economics The Freeman
The Importance of Subjectivism in Economics
For an exchange to take place, the two parties must assess the items traded differently, with each party preferring what he is to receive to what he is to give up.
Individualism, Collectivism, and Other Murky Labels The Freeman
Individualism, Collectivism, and Other Murky Labels

It behooves us to make sure our labels communicate clearly. Otherwise we will never bring the mass of people to the cause of liberty.

There's No Such Thing as Economic Freedom The Freeman
There's No Such Thing as Economic Freedom
Progressives’ Misrepresentation of Free-Market Economics Explained The Freeman
Progressives’ Misrepresentation of Free-Market Economics Explained

The economy is in a ditch;
Government has proven itself impotent;

Bastiat Misread The Freeman
Bastiat Misread

When a fan of Bastiat’s sees the broken-window fallacy in government “stimulus” spending, she is on the firmest of ground.

Laissez Faire and the Tariff The Freeman
Laissez Faire and the Tariff
Progressives' Misrepresentation of Free-Market Economics Explained The Freeman
Progressives' Misrepresentation of Free-Market Economics Explained
Where Free-Market Economists Go Wrong The Freeman
Where Free-Market Economists Go Wrong

The freedom philosophy is a radical idea that looks ahead, rather than to some mythical golden era or Panglossian present. Every time we pass up an opportunity to make this point, we alienate potential allies.

FEE's Take: Government Farm Relief The Freeman
FEE's Take: Government Farm Relief
Market, State, and Autonomy The Freeman
Market, State, and Autonomy

If the alternative we face is between grappling with market forces and trusting a ruling elite, anyone concerned with autonomy and equality should choose the market.

Regulation Red Herring The Freeman
Regulation Red Herring
Order grows from market forces. But where do impersonal market forces come from? These are the result of human action.
The Rule of Lore The Freeman
The Rule of Lore
Obama's Controversial Remark The Freeman
Obama's Controversial Remark

If Obama is really concerned that successful people pay too little for the benefits they enjoy, radically freeing the market is just the ticket.

Made Everywhere The Freeman
Made Everywhere
There are no exports and imports. There is only what I make and what everyone else makes.
FEE's Take: Making It on Your Own The Freeman
FEE's Take: Making It on Your Own
The Market Doesn't Ration Health Care The Freeman
The Market Doesn't Ration Health Care

Rationing suggests conscious decision-making. In a free market there is no consciousness overseeing the “distribution” of resources.

Obamacare and the Court The Freeman
Obamacare and the Court

Constitutional though it may be, Obamacare is an act of aggression against Americans: Buy insurance or some of your money will be taken from you, by force—even lethal force—if necessary.

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