Freeman

May 2002

Volume 52, 2002

FEATURES

The Return of Activist Government?

Government Never Receded to a Detectably Appreciable Degree

MAY 01, 2002 by JOSEPH R. STROMBERG

Designing Dependence

Manipulating Political Transaction Costs Allows the Government to Steadily Encroach Upon Our Private Lives

MAY 01, 2002 by CHARLOTTE A. TWIGHT

The Impossibility of Harming the Environment

The "Polluter Pays Principle" Creates a Strong Incentive to Eliminate or Minimize Pollution Problems

MAY 01, 2002 by ROY CORDATO

Taxes into Plowshares

Gun Buybacks Decrease Freedom and Fail to Reduce Violence

MAY 01, 2002 by WILLIAM E. PIKE

Enron and the Law of the Market

Beware the illusion of safety.

MAY 01, 2002 by FRED E. FOLDVARY

Credentials: Because the Free Market Abhors a Vacuum

Credentialing Is a Win-Win Proposition

MAY 01, 2002 by KEITH WADE

Medical Technology and the State

Government Intervention in Health Care Turns Useful Technology into a Dangerous Budget Buster

MAY 01, 2002 by GARY PECQUET

The Courageous Decision That Lasted But Nine Days

The United States Code Forbids Giving “Anything of Value” in Consideration of Testimony

MAY 01, 2002 by JOSEPH S. FULDA

Capitalism and the Weak

Under Capitalism the Weak Gain a Degree of Power Not Possible through Other Economic Systems

MAY 01, 2002 by DANIEL HAGER

Farm Frolics

There Is No Reason Why Farming Should Be Exempt from Market Forces

MAY 01, 2002 by SCOTT MCPHERSON
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