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Steven Horwitz

Steven Horwitz
Steven Horwitz

Steven Horwitz is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University and the author of Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions.

He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.

Steven Horwitz's Articles and Posts

Don’t Do Politics? Think Again. The Freeman
Don’t Do Politics? Think Again.

Just as money and markets are not all there is to economic activity, so elections and voting are not all there is to politics.

A Libertarian Defense of Tenure Anything Peaceful
A Libertarian Defense of Tenure

Tenure protects academic freedom and minority viewpoints from left-wing conformity.

Why Trump and Sanders See Losers Everywhere The Freeman
Why Trump and Sanders See Losers Everywhere

Competition and trade produce cooperation and mutual benefit.

3 Kinds of Economic Ignorance The Freeman
3 Kinds of Economic Ignorance

The worst sort of economic ignorance is ignorance about your economic ignorance.

A Snowflake of Social Order Anything Peaceful
A Snowflake of Social Order

The mystery of nature is that so much order is created without a creator.

Why Is the Middle Class Shrinking? The Freeman
Why Is the Middle Class Shrinking?

The inequality produced by the market is a key part of how the market moves forward, enriching all of us in the process.

“Capitalism” Is the Wrong Word The Freeman
“Capitalism” Is the Wrong Word

The words capitalism and socialism mislead us about whom these economies benefit and serve.

We're Still Haunted by the Labor Theory of Value The Freeman
We're Still Haunted by the Labor Theory of Value

The Marxist critique of capitalism depends on a defunct understanding of economics.

The “Nirvana Fallacy,” Social Science, and the Nuclear Family Anything Peaceful
Social Science and the Nuclear Family

Planning family structure is best left to parents and spouses, not technocrats with statistical averages. 

There’s No Escaping Competition The Freeman
There’s No Escaping Competition

Competition is not a product of living in a capitalist society — it’s a product of not living in heaven.

The Nightmare of Living in the Past The Freeman
The Nightmare of Living in the Past

Underneath all the beauty of the Victorian era is a difficult, dirty, and unpleasant reality.

Shopping for Soulmates The Freeman
Shopping for Soulmates

When transaction costs are low, people find it easier to engage in mutually beneficial exchanges. And when more of these exchanges take place, people benefit more.

Don’t Smash the State The Freeman
Don’t Smash the State

If the state is a ticking time bomb, libertarians are the bomb squad called in to defuse it before it goes off.

Want to Study Economics? The Freeman
Want to Study Economics?

To learn the economic way of thinking — or any discipline — find a scholar, not just a teacher.

Dying and the Politics of Nostalgia Anything Peaceful
Dying and the Politics of Nostalgia

Why would anyone want to go back to a time where TB and diseases of infancy were top 10 killers?

Is the Car a Menace or a Miracle? The Freeman
Is the Car a Menace or a Miracle?

The automobile makes us freer, cleaner, healthier, and better fed.

Why the Candidates Keep Giving Us Reasons to Use the "F" Word The Freeman
Why the Candidates Keep Giving Us Reasons to Use the "F" Word

That both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are getting the attention and support of so many Americans should be a matter of grave concern.

The Politics of Nostalgia The Freeman
The Politics of Nostalgia
Progressives join many conservatives in their misty view of the 1950s.
What Is “Libertarian Parenting”? The Freeman
What Is “Libertarian Parenting”?
We shouldn’t want parenting to be libertarian; we should want to parent in ways that produce children who value and sustain liberty.
Uber Solves the Fundamental Problem of the Marketplace The Freeman
Uber Solves the Fundamental Problem of the Marketplace

After three Uber rides in the last two weeks, not only am I more convinced about the value that the so-called “sharing economy” is providing, but I have been struck by the way technology helps to solve the fundamental problem of the marketplace.

Socialism Is War and War Is Socialism The Freeman
Socialism Is War and War Is Socialism

In the conventional politics of left and right, the combined love of peace and free trade seems puzzling, but both are about spontaneous order. 

Behavioral Econ and Imperfection: A Bad Case for Government Control Anything Peaceful
Behavioral Econ and Imperfection: A Bad Case for Government Control

It's true that people aren't as perfectly rational as models assume — but that doesn't inherently justify state intervention.

Microaggressions and Microwonders The Freeman
Microaggressions and Microwonders
A recurring theme of recent human history is that the less of something bad we see in the world around us, the more outrage we generate about the remaining bits. 
The Sanction of the Victim Anything Peaceful
The Sanction of the Victim
Atlas is only a victim because of his willingness to think he is morally obligated to suffer.
Is There Really a Pink Tax? The Freeman
Is There Really a Pink Tax?

Before we conclude injustice in market prices, we have to make sure we’ve exhausted all the explanations economics can offer.

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