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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.

How to Woo a Shrew

JULY 03, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew exemplifies how people can reach intimate, private agreements about how they'll relate to one another.

The Very Model of a Modern Freeman Column

JUNE 19, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

The operettas of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur S. Sullivan should appeal to any Freeman reader and to all political skeptics.

The Exchange Value of a Magic Bean

JUNE 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Money doesn't work in the fairy-tale context for precisely the reasons that it does work in the real world.

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Heavily-armed police and their supporters will tell you they need all those armored trucks and heavy guns. It's a dangerous job, not least because Americans have so many guns. But the numbers just don't support these claims: Policing is safer than ever--and it's safer than a lot of common jobs by comparison. Daniel Bier has the analysis. Plus, Iain Murray and Wendy McElroy look at how the Feds are recruiting more and more Americans to do their policework for them.
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