In this criticism of Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”, Johan Norberg identifies common misconceptions about the nature of Milton Friedman’s libertarianism.
Moore reflects on his former teacher, Julian L. Simon, whose theories, though widely derided during his lifetime, have been vindicated posthumously.
Boaz singles out freedom of choice as the fundamental difference between libertarian and conservative viewpoints.
Palmer takes on the misconceptions of individualism common to communitarian critics of liberty.
Branden identifies what he sees as a disconnect between the values we are taught to revere and the values that actually enhance human lives.
Pilon cites the gutting of the 10th Amendment and the Doctrine of Enumerated Powers in this statement before Congress on why the people no longer trust Washington.
Simon refutes the commonly-held view that the world is becoming a worse place to live, arguing that all available data paints a much more optimistic picture.
Doherty explores how misinformation spreads through the media, focusing particularly on commonly-quoted statistical errors.
Nozick attributes left-leaning intellectual’s animosity to capitalism to the difference in value judgments between formal schools and capitalist society at large.
Barnett traces a history of Supreme Court decisions that have eviscerated the individual rights he argues the Constitution was originally intended to protect.
Murray reflects on his own book, “Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950”
Attempting to reclaim the term “bourgeois” from its Marxist detractors, McCloskey examines the dual myths of the innate virtues and the innate evil of capitalism.
Doherty combines a short biography of the mother of Objectivism with an analysis of the intellectual impact of her published works.
Affluence is not an evil to be belittled but it is a good that the West is fortunate to have attained, and that is increasingly benefiting the rest of the world.
In an attempt to understand what makes capitalism tend to work better than communism, Wilkinson turns to evolutionary psychology.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom.
Boaz combats the pessimistic view that our freedom is declining, arguing that, in many ways, we are more free.
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.
According to Lindsey, the true character of the American electorate is not a patchwork quilt of red and blue states, but rather an increasingly purplish centrism.
Logan criticizes libertarian hawks, not only for supporting anti-libertarian policies, but also for promoting strategies which actually encourage terrorists.
Spooner argues in this radical essay that the Constitution, which he frames as a legal contract, is not binding.
In this excerpt from Social Statics, Spencer makes a radical claim: that an individual may sever all connections with the state.
Boaz rails against the “cartoonish misrepresentation” of libertarianism in pop culture.
Decrying the growing lack of understanding among Americans with regards to the First Amendment, Hentoff argues that this ignorance leads to the abuse of rights.