Free Markets

Don’t Smash the State

If the state is a ticking time bomb, libertarians are the bomb squad called in to defuse it before it goes off.

- September 17, 2015

If Men Were Angels, We Wouldn’t Need the Blockchain

What if government could be framed so that it need not be administered by men over men?

- September 14, 2015

3 Stock Market Tips from an Economist

Studying economics won’t show you how to get rich playing the stock market, but it will spare you from making a fool of yourself at the next cocktail party.

- September 09, 2015

AMC’s "Halt and Catch Fire" Is Capitalism's Finest Hour

The show is a vibrant look at the early PC industry, but it's also about entrepreneurship and innovation.

- September 02, 2015

The Birth of Leonard Read’s “I, Pencil”

Just how did Leonard Read come to write his essay? And what lies behind it?

- September 01, 2015

How Many People Can Planet Earth Sustain?

Free societies turn the threat of population growth into its own solution.

- August 27, 2015

Capitalists from Outer Space

When we make contact, we will learn that the aliens embrace what Adam Smith called “the system of natural liberty.”

- August 10, 2015

The Sad Fate of the $70k Minimum "Happiness" Salary

Though it might be tempting to hurl I-told-you-sos at Dan Price, he is to be commended for his attempt to criticize by creating — using his own resources.

- August 09, 2015

War Is No Excuse for Socialist Planning

After the fall of the Soviet Union, just about everybody agreed that full-blown central planning was a bad way to produce food, cars, and television sets. However, people still seem to have a soft spot for planning when it comes to a “war economy.” 

- July 30, 2015

Is Politics Obsolete?

Progress occurs despite politics and politicians, not because of them. 

Who Is Building the Private, Peer-to-Peer Marketplace?

“The ability to engage in trade directly with someone in person is a great thing, and it’s a shame that hasn’t been possible online — until now.”

- July 27, 2015

Don't Worship the Free Market

To say that liberty will take care of a problem is not a shut-up argument, and it shouldn’t be used that way. 

- July 23, 2015

The Politics of Nostalgia

Progressives join many conservatives in their misty view of the 1950s.

- July 22, 2015

Should We Fear the Era of Driverless Cars?

Those who wring their hands at the prospect of the driverless car fail to see that its greatest potential lies not in reducing pollution and road deaths, nor in lowering fuel costs and insurance rates, but rather in its ability to liberate billions of hours of human potential. 

- July 13, 2015

Don’t Let Me Design Your Retaining Wall

Reputation markets regulate quality and safety where state licensing boards fall short.

- July 13, 2015

Amazon Liberates Readers

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin blames Amazon and capitalism for dumbing down the publishing world, but readers are doing better than ever.

- July 06, 2015

Communicating Liberty in a Statist World: FEE's Advanced Training Seminar

FEE drew young leaders from 11 different countries to learn how to effectively communicate liberty.

- June 12, 2015

Socialism Is War and War Is Socialism

In the conventional politics of left and right, the combined love of peace and free trade seems puzzling, but both are about spontaneous order. 

- June 09, 2015

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

Progress is not driven by producing ever more of the essentials; it is driven by luxuries.

- June 08, 2015

Behavioral Econ and Imperfection: A Bad Case for Government Control

It's true that people aren't as perfectly rational as models assume — but that doesn't inherently justify state intervention.

- June 08, 2015

Market Magic: Smart Jeans Can Save Your Life

The mundanity of magic is a testament to the market’s continual drive to make our lives hugely better.

- June 04, 2015

FEE and the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism Kick Off Seminar Season

Dozens of students from around the world learned why capitalism is the optimal system for individual and social flourishing.

- June 04, 2015

Labor Unions Create Unemployment: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug

Why are the same labor unions that supported a minimum wage hike now fighting to be exempt from it?

- June 03, 2015

"Paid Family Leave" Is a Great Way to Hurt Women

Mandating paid leave will reduce hiring opportunities and base pay, especially for women.   

- June 02, 2015

How Markets and Technology Made Us Safer

On the margins, social, mobile, and digital technologies are doing more than cops, courts, and jails could ever do to make the world safer.

- June 02, 2015

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