Freeman

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 9, November

1776
1776 by David McCullough Simon & Schuster · 2005 · 294 pages · $32.00 hardcover; $18.00 paperbackReviewed by George C. Leef1776 is Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough's chronicling of the momentous year in which Britain's American colonies...
Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution
Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution by Stephen Breyer Alfred A. Knopf * 2005 * 161 pages * $21.00 hardcover; $12.95 paperbackReviewed by Michael DeBowActive Liberty deserves to be widely read and discussed. In it Justice Stephen...
Are Highways Subsidized?
I have always loved trains. I am an ardent cyclist, and 1 never particularly liked automobiles. So I always took it for granted that the reason most Americans drive and passenger trains have nearly disappeared is that our highways are unfairly subsidized....
Can We Tell Those Huddled Masses to Scram? Immigration and the Constitution
In 1873 some Presbyterians in Kentucky invited a young Canadian to be their pastor. Tensions in the border state were still high following the War of Southern Independence, and the congregants hoped that a neutral outsider could pacify folks not only...
Capitalism and Democracy
I recently heard a prominent American politician tell how a "chill" went up his spine when he heard someone question the importance of democracy. How could anyone doubt the value of democracy? he wondered. Fortunately, he said, he soon realized that...
Constitution Day
On September 17,1787,39 men signed the U.S. Constitution. Each year since 2004 we have celebrated Constitution Day as a result of legislation, fathered by Senator Robert Byrd, that requires federal agencies and every school that receives federal funds,...
Eye on the Ball
Like clockwork, on Aug. 28 the New York Times produced another page-one story purporting to show that living standards for many Americans have fallen, this time because wages in recent years have failed to keep up with inflation. This has been happening...
Keynesian Economics and Constitutional Government
Last month 650 economists called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, saying it was the responsibility of the government to "improve the well-being of low-wage workers" by mandating the terms under which people may be employed. Among these economists...
Making Great Decisions in Business and Life
Making Great Decisions in Business and Life by David R, Henderson ana Charles L. Hooper Chicago Park Press * 2006 * 287 pages * $28.50Reviewed by Philip R. MurrayDavid Henderson and Charles Hooper have given us a "how to" book employing economic principles...
More Eminent-Domain Bullying
The bare facts of the case are these. The N. K. Hurst Co. is a producer and national distributor of specialized dried-bean and related products. Begun 68 years ago, the family-owned business has operated successfully at its present location near downtown...
Nation, State, and Economy: Contributions to the Politics and the History of Our Time
Nation, State, and Economy: Contributions to the Politics and the History of Our Time by Ludivig von Mises Liberty Fund · 2006 · 220 pages · $20.00 hardcover; $12.00 paperbackReviewed by Richard M. EbelingWithout a doubt, World War I was one of the most...
Natural, Not National, Rights
Somewhere in my reading about immigration I encountered the deceptively simple point that it's not immigration we should be talking about but migration. That's another way of saying the focus has been on "us," when it should be on the people coming to...
On Bad Arguments
It's regrettable but not surprising that many people are ignorant of economics, of history, and of all the other disciplines that are important to our understanding of society. Equally regrettable, but much more surprising, is the number of people who...
Raising the Minimum Wage Will Discourage Migration? It Just Ain't So!
In "Raise Wages, Not Walls," an op-ed in the July 25 New York Times, Michael Dukakis and Daniel Mitchell make a proposal that is breathtaking in its misunderstanding of basic economics. After showing problems with the various congressional proposals...
Sales, Flat, or Spherical, Tax Reform Isn't the Answer
Lately there has been a flurry of interest in tax reform, typically aimed at making compliance less onerous, removing the incentive for specialinterest lobbying, and reducing the size and intrusiveness of the tax-collection agency. While few people will...
The Freedom to Move
The freedom of the individual to move toward greener pastures, wherever they may seem to be, has been a vital part of the freedom of commerce-the freedom of choice that has constituted the truly distinctive characteristic of "the American way."In view...
Vindicating Voluntaryism
Voluntaryism. Other than to those who have seriously considered the overwhelming case for liberty in human affairs, the word doesn't have a very catchy ring. As a result, it would not survive vetting by our modern gamut of political focus groups and...
Which New Deal Program Had a Death Rate?
Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was often hazardous to the health of the American economy. Sometimes it was even hazardous to the health of Americans. An example is Roosevelt's almost-forgotten decision in 1934 to cancel the federal airmail contracts....