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Wendy McElroy

Wendy McElroy
Wendy McElroy

Wendy McElroy's Articles and Posts

Risk, Reward, and the Rise of "Reality Capitalism" Anything Peaceful
The Rise of "Reality Capitalism"

"Reality capitalism" is an emerging television genre that shows the virtues of hard work, entrepreneurship, and risk-taking. 

#45 – “Robots and Computerization Cause Unemployment” The Freeman
#45 – “Robots and Computerization Cause Unemployment”

Fear of robot labor is fear of the free market.

Eating Right The Freeman
Eating Right
If you are what you eat, then food laws are an attempt to control your identity.
The Internet Memory Hole The Freeman
The Internet Memory Hole
The so-called 'right to be forgotten' may be coming to America. But does it run counter to free speech?
Ludd vs. Schumpeter The Freeman
Ludd vs. Schumpeter
An increased use of robots will cause a dislocation of labor, which will be painful for some in the near term. But if market forces are allowed to function, the dislocation will be temporary and life will improve for everyone.
Crony Phony Drug War The Freeman
Crony Phony Drug War

A case against FedEx could mean better business for Big Pharma. It could also mean the end of one of the few slivers of privacy we have left. 

 

The Economics of Marriage and Divorce The Freeman
The Economics of Marriage and Divorce
While married people tend to be wealthier than singles, decades of State intervention help divorce ruin people financially.
America’s Electronic Police State The Freeman
America’s Electronic Police State
America’s surveillance State has always aimed at social and political control. But the NSA isn’t the only story; it might not even be our biggest threat.
A Teachers’ Union Speaks Power to Truth The Freeman
A Teachers’ Union Speaks Power to Truth
When a California teachers' union leader gave a "candid" speech, he made it clear that quality education for children takes a back seat to unrelated political and social goals—as well as to the unions' own interests.
Let a Thousand Home Businesses Bloom The Freeman
Let a Thousand Home Businesses Bloom
Jobs are still scarce. Why are regulators keeping people from creating their own jobs with home businesses?
The UAW Against the Volunteer State The Freeman
The UAW Against the Volunteer State
Labor union dynamics are changing; a recent vote at a Volkswagen plant struck a blow against the UAW’s strategy to adapt.
Cage Complex The Freeman
Cage Complex
Police states are the mother of prison complexes. Whatever solutions arise will come from shining the harsh light of reality upon both.
Homeschooling: The Public Schools’ Invasive Species The Freeman
Homeschooling: The Public Schools’ Invasive Species
Homeschooling produces better students at lower prices than government schools, with less time spent on indoctrination. So of course the government sees it as a threat. 
Unionizing Nanny The Freeman
Unionizing Nanny
The push to create "bills of rights" for nannies benefits governments, unions, and large health-care institutions—not disadvantaged workers, children, the elderly, or taxpayers.
A Chance to End Racism in Academia The Freeman
A Chance to End Racism in Academia
Affirmative action has provoked passions—and confusing Supreme Court rulings—since it was first instituted. A ruling today could finally bring some clarity to the issue.
Coca-Capitulation The Freeman
Coca-Capitulation
Coca-Cola just became the latest company to knuckle under to public health bullying.
Hiding the Unemployed: Disability and the Politics of Stats The Freeman
Hiding the Unemployed: Disability and the Politics of Stats
The unemployment rate is exactly the kind of statistic whose meaning relies on the political context as much as or more than the reality it's meant to reflect. 
EEOC to Employers: Hire Criminals or Be Sued The Freeman
EEOC to Employers: Hire Criminals or Be Sued
Using a criminal background check to screen potential new hires can get you sued. That's because minorities have born the brunt of bad laws, particularly drug laws. Bad laws, and not potential employers, should be the focus of equal-opportunity lawsuits. 
America’s Food-for-Votes Program The Freeman
America’s Food-for-Votes Program

Why is the government trying to make more people dependent on it for their food?

Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History The Freeman
Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History

A review of John Blundell's Ladies for Liberty.

Herbert Spencer The Freeman
Herbert Spencer
Bina West Miller: Pioneer The Freeman
Bina West Miller: Pioneer
New Threats to Freedom: From Banning Ice Cream Trucks in Brooklyn to Abandoning Democracy Around the World The Freeman
New Threats to Freedom: From Banning Ice Cream Trucks in Brooklyn to Abandoning Democracy Around the World
Vivien Kellems: Giving the Taxman Hell The Freeman
Vivien Kellems: Giving the Taxman Hell
If principles are expressed through people, then Vivien Kellems’s life shouts out that business is not the handmaiden of government.
Economic Independence: Bedrock of Freedom The Freeman
Economic Independence: Bedrock of Freedom
Economic independence is the bedrock of all other freedoms.

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