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Coercion

Dear Conservatives The Freeman
Dear Conservatives

Consider whether coercion serves your purpose.

How Disability Law Went Nuts Anything Peaceful
How Disability Law Went Nuts

The ADA promised a bright new era of equality and freedom. Instead, it spawned endless lawsuits and absurd federal decrees while harming the people it sought to relieve. 

Politics Worsens Racial Divides; Markets Can Mend Them Anything Peaceful
Politics Worsens Racial Divides; Markets Can Mend Them

When government intervenes, it creates conflict, unfairness, and harms people’s capacity to work toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Handcuffed and Helpless Anything Peaceful
Handcuffed and Helpless
I'm not angry at every cop, but I am concerned about the common belief that you must have done something wrong if you were abused by police. 
Lower the Drinking Age! Anything Peaceful
Lower the Drinking Age!

America's draconian drinking laws must be repealed, starting with one that hurts young adults the most.

The Spy in Your Pocket The Freeman
The Spy in Your Pocket

Will the market fill the demand for privacy, and will the government let it do so?

Don't Agree with Boston's Mayor? No Permits for You! Anything Peaceful
Don't Agree with Boston's Mayor? No Permits for You!
Boston's mayor again uses regulation to retaliate against political speech. 
Watch the IRS Rob a Convenience Store Anything Peaceful
Watch the IRS Rob a Convenience Store
Watch this blood-boiling encounter between government thugs and an innocent shop owner.
What Should Libertarians Think about the Civil War? Anything Peaceful
What Should Libertarians Think about the Civil War?
Bad history often accompanies the politicization of the Civil War, and libertarians are not immune from this tendency.
What the French Revolution Means for Liberty Anything Peaceful
What the French Revolution Means for Liberty
“The Bastille was the outward visible sign of lawless power.”
"Let Them Eat Cake, and Then Shut Up about It" Anything Peaceful
"Let Them Eat Cake, and Then Shut Up about It"
When is disagreeing with a court decision an illegal "threat" of future discrimination?
What Happened (And What Didn't) When Portugal Decriminalized Drugs Anything Peaceful
What Happened (And What Didn't) When Portugal Decriminalized Drugs
The Economist looks at what happened when one country quit the war on drugs. 
Gays Need the Freedom to Discriminate Anything Peaceful
Gays Need the Freedom to Discriminate
Anti-discrimination laws will provide more choices at the expense of more informed choices. 
Is Michelle Obama a Brilliant Experimental Economist? Anything Peaceful
Is Michelle Obama a Brilliant Experimental Economist?
Sure, it looks like she's just meddling in kids' lunches, but maybe it's really a subtle social experiment. 
Generous with Someone Else’s Money The Freeman
Generous with Someone Else’s Money

Until people understand that Uncle Sam shouldn’t be a year-round Santa Claus, public officials will continue to act like Delia Curry and Arne Duncan.

Neoliberalism: Making a Boogeyman Out of a Buzzword Anything Peaceful
Neoliberalism: Making a Boogeyman Out of a Buzzword
Progressives are trying to pin corporatism on free-marketeers, but it's the mixed economy that ends up in the hands of the powerful.
French Taxis Go to War with Uber, "Hold Clients Hostage": French Government Surrenders Immediately Anything Peaceful
French Taxis Go to War with Uber, "Hold Clients Hostage": French Government Surrenders Immediately
The head of a taxi company said, "We are truly sorry to have to hold clients and drivers hostage."
Blurred Lines: The Humanitarian Threat to Free Speech Anything Peaceful
Blurred Lines: The Humanitarian Threat to Free Speech

Blurring physical safety with ideological comfort is one of the greatest threats to our open society.

Texas Will Stop Putting Kids in Jail for Skipping School Anything Peaceful
Texas Will Stop Putting Kids in Jail for Skipping School
Nearly 100,000 kids end up in criminal court for truancy every year.
Unsustainable: Little Ways Environmentalists Waste the Ultimate Resource The Freeman
Unsustainable: Little Ways Environmentalists Waste the Ultimate Resource

Sustainability advocates need to remember that resources include more than electricity, water, plastic, and paper.

What Can the Government Steal? Anything It Pays For. Anything Peaceful
What Can the Government Steal? Anything It Pays For.
The raisin decision was good news, but it didn’t go far enough by actually limiting what government can take from citizens.
Inequality: The Rhetoric and Reality The Freeman
Inequality: The Rhetoric and Reality

Disallowing differences in endowments, motivations, and aptitudes destroys the driving force behind wealth creation and poverty reduction.

Supreme Court: Government Has to Pay if It Takes Your Stuff Anything Peaceful
Supreme Court: Government Has to Pay if It Takes Your Stuff

The government can’t seize farmer’s crops without paying just compensation.

The Economics of Political Power Seminar Anything Peaceful
The Economics of Political Power Seminar
Students from around the world gathered at Calvin College to investigate how economics can explain politics.
California Government Puts Uber on Blocks Anything Peaceful
California Government Puts Uber on Blocks
The fate of a vast number of companies is at stake. The future is at stake.

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