Freeman

A monthly journal of liberal and progressive politics. Articles include historical analysis, original research, and critical essays.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 8, October

Australian Labor-Relations Sell-Out
In mid-March, at the behest of the H.R. Nicholls Society, I traveled to several Australian cities speaking on the subject of the American labor market and the lessons that it might have for labor-law reform in Australia. Along the way I discovered that...
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Black Rednecks and White Liberals
Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell Encounter Books * 2005 * 372 pages * $25.95In a just world Thomas Sowell would win the Nobel Prize in economics. Over several decades he has applied his exceptional skills as an economist to an array...
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Does Obesity Justify Big Government?
Last January media outlets reported that cancer had overtaken heart disease as the number-one killer in the United States. Sounds scary, no?Fear not. As is usually the case, beyond the scary headline, deep into the copy, came the real story. Both diseases...
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Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices
Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices by Thomas Szasz Transaction Publishers * 2004 * 264 pages * $34.95Thomas Szasz, a Freeman columnist and a long-time libertarian hero, thinks that many other libertarian luminaries are...
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Global Warming Is a Threat? It Just Ain't So!
Last December Naomi Oreskes, an associate professor of history at UCLA, published a Washington Post Outlook piece called "Undeniable Global Warming." She asserted that the planet is warming (true), that increases in greenhouse gases have something to...
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Hurricane Katrina: Government versus the Private Sector
If the "American government would have responded like Wal-Mart has responded, we wouldn't be in this crisis." Louisiana's Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, paraphrasing Sheriff Harry Lee during an interview on "Meet the Press," got to the root...
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Income Mobility: Alive and Well
As Rich-Poor Gap Widens in the U.S., Class Mobility Stalls," blares the headline on page one of the May 13 Wall Street Jowrnal. When you see such a headline, wouldn't you think it means that the income mobility of Americans is no longer as great as it...
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Liberty: The Other Equality
Equality is an ideal upheld by a number of ideologies, but nowadays it is seldom associated with libertarianism or classical liberalism. Indeed, both libertarians and their critics typically think of equality as an ideal in tension with the ideal of...
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Presidents and Poverty
Conventional wisdom holds that fighting poverty has only lately been a concern of American presidents, and that before Franklin Roosevelt it was hardly a concern at all. This stubborn error persists.An unrepentant welfare statist would probably survey...
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Shakedown: How Corporations, Government, and Trial Lawyers Abuse the Judicial Process
Shakedown: How Corporations, Government, and Trial Lawyers Abuse the Judicial Process by Robert A. Levy Cato Institute * 2004 * 224 pages * $22.95If you want money, one way of getting it is to produce and trade with others who desire what you have to...
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Taxing for Therapy
The Marxian credo, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs," is the moral foundation of the progressive tax policies of modern "capitalist" societies. The psychiatric credo, "From each producer according to his income, to...
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The Economic Policy of Machiavelli's Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli, statesman and writer of Renaissance Florence, got what countless writers have sought and only a few have achieved: his name became immortal. It is known not so much as a proper noun but as an adjective, and that adjective is not...
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Undoing the Fourth Amendment
Carlos Gonzalez, 21, of Weston, Florida, stands spread-eagled while an officer pats him down. When the officer bends to frisk his legs, Carlos lowers his amis without asking permission. The officer snarls, "Hey, we're not even close to being finished....
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Wal-Mart Is Good for the Economy
To some, Wal-Mart is a "corporate criminal."1 Loni Hancock, a California legislator, asserts that Wal-Marts fortune "has been built on human misery.*" A varier)· of critics have accused the company of engaging in questionable and exploitive practices...
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When Safety Nets Fail
An elderly woman sat on the stone steps of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral clutching a small handful of wildflowers picked from a field somewhere. She offered them up to any passerby, hoping to earn just a few cents for them.The air in Sofia was frigid,...
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When the Supreme Court Stopped Economic Fascism in America
Seventy years ago, on May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court said no to economic fascism in America. The trend toward bigger and ever-moreintrusive government, unfortunately, was not stopped, but the case nonetheless was a significant event that at that...
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Why Globalization Works
Why Globalization Works by Martin Wolf Yale University Press * 2004/2005 * 320 pages * $30.00 hardcover; $18.00 paperbackLook at the foes of economic globalization and you'll find a curious coalition. Some are left-wingers who oppose globalization because...
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