Independent Review

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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, Fall

Alasdair MacIntyre and F. A. Hayek on the Abuse of Reason
We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be.... If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road.... If you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty...
Comment on Timothy Sandefur's "Some Problems with Spontaneous Order"
Timothy Sandefur's critique A. Hayek's social thought ("Some Problems with Spontaneous Order,' The Independent Review 14, no. 1 [summer 2009]: 5-25) falls into two main parts: first, a critique of Hayek's distinction between spontaneous orders and...
Education-A Bad Public Good?
Education is, to a considerable extent, a private good. Purchasers of education benefit directly from what they pay for. Education is often viewed, however, also as a public good, primarily because of its positive spillover effects. In this article,...
Food Safety Regulation in the United States: An Empirical and Theoretical Examination
Consumers in the United States are frequently exposed to news about food poisoning outbreaks. The year 2009 started with a Salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated peanut paste (Blaney 2009). The year 2008 featured a Salmonella outbreak caused by...
Merdecracy
The strategy and tactics that propelled healthcare legislation through the United States Senate unashamedly exposed the worst aspects of Congress-'s inner workings. The legislative process long has been likened to sausage making but, until recently,...
Reply to Gus diZerega
The thesis of "Some Problems with Spontaneous Order" is that there is no principled distinction between spontaneous and constructed orders--indeed, that spontaneous orders incorporate constructed orders and vice versa so that whatever import spontaneous...
Selling Laissez-Faire Antiracism to the Black Masses: Rose Wilder Lane and the Pittsburgh Courier
The ideals of liberty, individualism, and self-reliance have rarely had a more enthusiastic champion than Rose Wilder Lane. A columnist and popular author, she held firm to these beliefs during the New Deal and World War II era, when faith in big government...
Social Justice: Cultural Origins of a Perspective and a Theory
The term social justice comes up frequently in circles concerned with political and economic policy. Although it is often ill defined, it generally rests on two overriding principles. First, social justice is viewed primarily as a matter of redistributing...
The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality
The Not-So-Wild, Wild West In a thorough review of the "West was violent" literature, Bruce Benson (1998) discovered that many historians simply assume that violence was pervasive--even more so than in modern-day America--and then theorize about...
The Shaping of a Future President's Economic Thought: Richard T. Ely and Woodrow Wilson at "The Hopkins"
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was the first and is still the only president of the United States to hold an earned doctoral degree. His Ph.D. was awarded by the Johns Hopkins University ("The Hopkins") in 1886. He was also the president of an institution...