Philosophy

Five Ways to Steal Like an Artist

Originality isn’t about doing what’s never been done in a strict sense, but it’s about the unique way in which each individual gives expression to his or her artistic influences.

- 8:00 AM

Markets Transcend the Archaic Hatreds Sustained by the State

Whereas markets bring us ever closer together and incentivize us to treat all people with a basic level of respect and decency, states do the exact opposite

- August 22, 2016

Harmony Reigns at Costco

With the right perspective, a shopping trip can be a spiritual experience.

- August 22, 2016

Take Heart, Liberty Will Prevail

Every other "ism" has been tried and failed. Freedom is the only way forward.

- August 22, 2016

The Internet Is Maximizing Educational Choice

The government has a monopoly on education created by compulsory attendance laws and confiscatory taxation. The Internet is providing a feasible alternative for those looking to escape the public schools.

- August 21, 2016

Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset

School-like instruction has been around less than a fraction of one percent of the time we humans have been on earth. Yet humanity has thrived. That’s because we’re all born to be free-range learners.

- August 20, 2016

Socialists Are Scarcity Deniers

Socialism seems to be the most persistent non-falsifiable ideology on planet earth. The socialists are like people who swear that gravity doesn’t exist and keep hopping around on two feet, while expecting to rise into the clouds at any moment.

- August 13, 2016

The End of Stoning: Jesus and the Personhood Revolution

“The Gospel text can be read almost allegorically, as the emergence of genuine personhood out of the primordial mob.”

- August 11, 2016

The Humble Case for Freedom

The case for freedom is what we learn from each other, not what each of us knows.

 

- August 08, 2016

Playing Politics Can Be Fun until It Unleashes Hell

Most politicians and their followers are not cynical enough about politics. They hate the players but not the game. What if we all become hopeful cynics – cynical of man's lust to dominate his fellows, yet lovers of man all the same?

- August 04, 2016

Students Travel to Chapman University to Learn about Economics of the Real World

Garnering the second-largest turnout of the summer, 87 students from across the country and beyond came together for four days and left equipped to advocate for the ideas of a free society and to see the world from a new perspective.

- August 03, 2016

The Nine Words That Forever Changed My Life

Ten years ago, I spoke nine words that would forever change my life. Not poetic or insightful, but these words together carried a principled idea of integrity. When the principle was overtly rebuked, the first cracks in my philosophical compass became visible.

- July 27, 2016

The Closing of the American Mind

There are dangerous signs that the U.S. is turning its back on the principles of a free and open society that fostered the nation’s rise.

- July 25, 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

3 Simple Points for Those Who Insist We Are Hopeless Pawns

Instead of wasting your time bemoaning the fact that we can’t always get everything we want, start trying to figure out how you can reclaim just a tiny fraction of your creative power. You don’t need to be omnipotent. You just need to get up and be productive.

- July 21, 2016

Is It Ever Right to Overthrow a Democratic Government?

Democracy is not the only liberal value, and it is not always the most important one.

- July 20, 2016

Populist, Elitist Reasons to Be Against Democracy

Some people know more about politics than others, but democracy values ignorance equally with knowledge.

- July 13, 2016

What to Call Yourself

The words "Left" and "Right" have interchanged their meanings. "Liberal" is undergoing a similar change. How shall we solve the resulting problem?

- July 08, 2016

America Began with a Declaration of Secession: Why That's Worth Celebrating

The world must relearn the libertarian lessons of the Declaration. Salutary global interconnectedness need not entail political centralization of the kind represented by the European Union; in fact, it depends on just the opposite, the escape hatch provided by the right to secede from, or to abolish, a government that has gone beyond its mandate, violating our rights rather than protecting them.

- July 01, 2016

Free Ebooks: These Five Freedom Philosophers Will Liberate Your Mind

We at FEE are happy to present the Essential series, five free ebooks collecting the key works of five great freedom philosophers: Leonard Read, Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, F.A. Hayek, and Frédéric Bastiat. In each of these compact anthologies, you will find a powerful case for liberty. 

The ideas within are not mere fodder for debate. Like all great sages, these authors offer true wisdom that can inspire and benefit you personally in your own life. Here is a discussion of just a few of the included works.

- June 29, 2016

Give Me Liberty

Rose Wilder Lane explains her change from communist to radical libertarian, from an essay published in 1936.

- June 27, 2016

Spark and Fuel: How to Help Your Child Learn without Resorting to Compulsion

Your job is to provide the spark and the fuel, not the fire itself. Present pursuits to your child in a way that elicits her voluntary interest. Instead of forcing your child to acquire improvements for the sake of purposes that are not yet her own, you inspire her to develop her own purposes by sparking her interest in something new. Then you fuel the flame that you sparked. Offer to show her new improvements (knowledge and skills) that will help her achieve those goals, along with useful materials. Only then will she truly, deeply, and gladly pursue a course of learning that you think will benefit her. Your role is to inspire ends, not to impose means.

- June 26, 2016

What Adam Smith Can Teach Us about Being Lovely

By our choices we can help to create a lovelier world where freedom can flourish. In such a cultural landscape, perhaps the demand for government to solve problems will shrink.

- June 22, 2016

The Free Society Isn’t All about Profit

The market is large. It contains multitudes.

- June 20, 2016

Wise Parenting Uses Natural Consequences, Not Artificial Ones Imposed by Force

British philosopher Herbert Spencer laid the groundwork for a libertarian approach to parenting.

- June 19, 2016

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