Sarah Skwire

Literary Editor

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Sarah Skwire is the Literary Editor of FEE.org and a senior fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. She is a poet and author of the writing textbook Writing with a Thesis. She is a member of the FEE Faculty Network. Email

Sarah Skwire's Articles

George Washington's Letter to the Jews

George Washington in 1790 gave a beautiful speech in defense of toleration at the Touro synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. 

- September 20, 2016

Everyone Starts by Doing Something Else: #firstsevenjobs

Everyone starts by doing something else—quite possibly something they hate—and learning and earning their way to something better.

- August 12, 2016

A Eulogy for the VCR

The VCR changed everything, and it had to die for Netflix to live.

- August 03, 2016

Gone Fishing

The 1650s were a time of unprecedented upheaval in England. There was the public trial and execution of the King and the creation of an entirely new form of government. In the midst of it all, a book about fishing came out.

- July 23, 2016

Toying with Freedom Is Like Playing Jenga

How many bricks can we pull out before the whole thing collapses around our ears?

- June 21, 2016

Jane Austen Vindicates the Rights of Women

What happens when women are educated to be weak, dependent, and immoral?

- June 16, 2016

Does the Division of Labor Make Us Stupid?

The division of labor is not a narrowing of what we can do but a broadening of what we don’t have to do.

- June 02, 2016

What Marriage Was Like before Bureaucracy

Is modern marriage more than unnecessary layers of legal complications, forms, and fees?

- May 19, 2016

Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, and Fiction with a "Message"

Libertarian literature tends to be as dull as socialist literature.

- May 05, 2016

How to Ruin a Neighborhood

If you’re against apartment buildings, you’re against economic newcomers.

- April 21, 2016

Capitalism Will Abolish Laundry Day

Just reading about how laundry used to be done is exhausting.

- April 07, 2016

Travel Where It’s Less Free — And More So

We can’t know what our country lacks until we see what other countries have.

- March 24, 2016

One Bad Reason to Hate Trump

It’s not funny that Trump’s family name used to be Drumpf. But it is worth talking about.

- March 07, 2016

The Bible and Hayek on What We Owe Strangers

Different treatment is a way of acknowledging different kinds of bonds between people and different levels of responsibility to them.

- February 25, 2016

No, Women Are Not Obliged to Vote for Hillary

Albright’s insistence that women have a duty to vote for Clinton because she is also a woman is sexism of the oldest and most annoying type.

- February 11, 2016

Can the Working Writer Be an Artist?

In the 19th century, Anthony Trollope treated his writing like a business — and he was shunned for it. Today’s bestselling authors don’t care.

- January 28, 2016

The Good Old Days of Poverty and Filth

Luc Sante looks back at the impoverished past through a misty and romantic haze. He even longs for the muck.

- January 13, 2016

How The Grinch Stole the Free Market

All the folks down in Galt’s Gulch liked Markets a lot...

- December 23, 2015

The Islamic State by Any Other Name

sing someone’s requested name is a simple sign of respect. Sometimes we shouldn’t do it.

- December 08, 2015

"Harvard's House Elves": Suggestions for Renaming the House Masters

Harvard's undergrad House Masters have abolished their name because it has been "associated with slavery" during campus protests.

- December 04, 2015

Supergirl Needs a Mentor

TV’s newest superhero is meek, awkward, and unlikable. Luckily, she knows a savvy businesswoman who can set her straight.

- November 17, 2015

Marvel's Mightiest Muslim

Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, is a great character, a believable teenager, and a symbol that lets us rethink our own identities while we watch her learn to balance hers.

- November 11, 2015

The Creative Destruction of Nudity in Playboy Magazine

Playboy needed to get creative and change, or be destroyed by its competitors’ creativity.

- October 14, 2015

The Science Fiction of Scarcity

Andy Weir’s novel The Martian explores the limits of our ability to survive without the division of labor.

- October 05, 2015

Silliness as a Discovery Process

When you are invited to engage in some silliness, say yes, and add something of your own. It might take you into the intricacies of the early modern literary/theological/political network. It might take you into space. It might take you into Camelot. The value of it, as Hayek points out, is that we don’t know where it will take us.

- September 23, 2015

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