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Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.

Sheldon Richman's Articles

#51 – The Free Market Cannot Provide Public Education

The free market would provide even more education than it does now but for the “unfair competition” from government.

- April 03, 2015

Sheldon Richman talks about Human Action

Sheldon Richman is interviewed about the importance of Ludwig von Mises' Human Action.

- November 14, 2012

The Most Dangerous Derivative: Power & Privilege in the Corporate State

Sheldon Richman, the Editor of The Freeman Magazine, lectures on the Most Dangerous Derivative: Power & Privilege in the Corporate State.

- November 14, 2012

Financial Regulation and the “Money Power”

We hear fierce denunciations of what is called the “money power.” It is spoken of as mighty, demoniacal, dangerous, and schemes are proposed for mastering it which are futile and ridiculous, if it is what it is said to be. Every one of these schemes only opens chances for money-jobbers and financial wreckers to operate upon brokerages and differences while making legitimate finance hazardous and expensive, thereby adding to the cost of commercial operations.

- September 28, 2012

Financial Regulation and the "Money Power"

"Every one of these schemes only opens chances for money-jobbers and financial wreckers."

- September 28, 2012

The Constitution or Liberty

Alas, in the eyes of at least some framers, Article I, Section 8, did not exhaust the national government’s powers.

- September 21, 2012

Austrian Exploitation Theory

The Austrian economist who refuted Marx’s exploitation theory had one of his own.

- September 14, 2012

The Importance of Subjectivism in Economics

For an exchange to take place, the two parties must assess the items traded differently, with each party preferring what he is to receive to what he is to give up.

- September 07, 2012

Individualism, Collectivism, and Other Murky Labels

It behooves us to make sure our labels communicate clearly. Otherwise we will never bring the mass of people to the cause of liberty.

- August 31, 2012

Bastiat Misread

When a fan of Bastiat’s sees the broken-window fallacy in government “stimulus” spending, she is on the firmest of ground.

- August 24, 2012

Progressives’ Misrepresentation of Free-Market Economics Explained

The economy is in a ditch;
Government has proven itself impotent;

- August 24, 2012

Where Free-Market Economists Go Wrong

The freedom philosophy is a radical idea that looks ahead, rather than to some mythical golden era or Panglossian present. Every time we pass up an opportunity to make this point, we alienate potential allies.

- August 17, 2012

Market, State, and Autonomy

If the alternative we face is between grappling with market forces and trusting a ruling elite, anyone concerned with autonomy and equality should choose the market.

- August 10, 2012

Regulation Red Herring

Order grows from market forces. But where do impersonal market forces come from? These are the result of human action.

- August 03, 2012

Obama's Controversial Remark

If Obama is really concerned that successful people pay too little for the benefits they enjoy, radically freeing the market is just the ticket.

- July 27, 2012

Made Everywhere

There are no exports and imports. There is only what I make and what everyone else makes.

- July 20, 2012

The Market Doesn't Ration Health Care

Rationing suggests conscious decision-making. In a free market there is no consciousness overseeing the “distribution” of resources.

- July 13, 2012

Obamacare and the Court

Constitutional though it may be, Obamacare is an act of aggression against Americans: Buy insurance or some of your money will be taken from you, by force—even lethal force—if necessary.

- July 06, 2012

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