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Like a Fly in Amber

Some Things Never Change (like Rent Control)

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

For 70 years, The Freeman has been trying to tell the world about the pernicious effects of rent control. Intermittently, fiction writers have joined in. Will this policy always keep cities trapped in stasis?

Silk and Seduction

A capitalist thread runs through the history of temptation

NOVEMBER 06, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

It shines in candlelight. It whispers seductively. It makes the gowns for queens and princesses, the scarf at the throat of the aviator, the lingerie that suggests and arouses before it is even worn.

The Plague Is Very Hot

Reflections on disease in the time of Ebola

OCTOBER 23, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Can historical memory help us confront the plagues of the 21st century?

Pepys’s Personal Hockey Stick

Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century

OCTOBER 09, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.

Samuel Pepys and I Got Stoned

From risky surgery to lithotripsy

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.

Making Hamburger from Sacred Cows

A Guardian writer frets about anti-statism in young adult fiction

SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Young adult fiction is supposed to poke holes in the pieties of today's parents along with paternalism writ large.

All My Plans Are Ideal

The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable

AUGUST 28, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.

Sign It and Seal It

AUGUST 14, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

A play commemorating Magna Carta demonstrates nothing so much as the difficulty of making fine words on paper provide liberty in the real world.

Spontaneous Overflow

JULY 31, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

The English country house has long inspired fascination; for early poets, though, it inspired its fair share of unease.

All Those Joe Blows and Jane Does

In movies and markets, real power lies with the unwashed masses

JULY 17, 2014 by ROBERT ANTHONY PETERS

The story behind Gone with the Wind has a lot more in common with Human Action than you'd probably expect.

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November 2014

It's been 40 years since F. A. Hayek received his Nobel Prize. His insights, particularly on the distribution of knowledge and the impossibility of economic planning, remain hugely important today. In this issue, we look back on the influence of his work. Max Borders and Craig Biddle debate whether liberty must be defended from one absolute foundation, further reflections on Scottish secession, and how technology is already changing our world for the better--including how robots, despite the unease they cause, will only accelerate this process.
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