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Censorship

by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Censorship laws, which have taken a variety of forms, are a tool government uses to silence individuals & thought.

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Conscription

by Doug Bandow on Aug 15, 2008

Conscription, or mandatory military service, has been implemented a number of times in U.S. history, but often under incomplete justification.

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Development, Economic

by Ian Vásquez on Aug 15, 2008

State agencies often try to create policy that sparks economic development, yet the proven way to stimulate progress is through economic freedom.

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Drug Prohibition

by Gene Healy on Aug 15, 2008

Drug prohibition, or the criminalization and restriction of certain substances, has harmful effects to the economy and to human liberty and wellbeing.

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Education

by Andrew Coulson on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Andrew Coulson surveys the expectations and past models of education throughout history.

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Eminent Domain/Takings

by Karol Boudreaux on Aug 15, 2008

Eminent domain, or the power of government to seize private property for public use, as a concept threatens property rights and personal privacy.

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Euthanasia

by Sigrid Fry-Revere on Aug 15, 2008

Euthanasia, or the merciful killing of a person for the purpose of relieving pain, is a major bioethical issue and must be examined categorically.

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Family

by Steven Horwitz on Aug 15, 2008

Discussions over the institution of the family, even between libertarians, are not a consensus. However, many agree that the state should be uninvolved.

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Feminism and Women’s Rights

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, McElroy outlines the feminist movement’s history and the major split in beliefs between individualist and radical or gender feminists.

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Foreign Policy

by Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent on Aug 15, 2008

American foreign policy has operated on an interventionist platform for many decades. This approach does more harm than help to America and its allies.

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Free Trade

by Daniel T. Griswold on Aug 15, 2008

Free trade allows for goods and services to move freely across borders. It is the best way to distribute resources to those that value them most.

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Gambling

by Guy Calvert on Aug 15, 2008

Regulation of gambling, while intended to reduce the harm of compulsive gambling, has typically done more harm than help.

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Genetics

by Matt Ridley on Aug 15, 2008

In light of the eugenics movement of the early-to-mid 20th century, genetics is often a dangerous topic in today’s scientific discourse.

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Globalization

by Johan Norberg on Aug 15, 2008

Globalization, the ongoing process of the exchange of people, goods, and ideas across borders, raises the wealth and quality of life for people globally.

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Health Care

by Michael F. Cannon on Aug 15, 2008

While health care is valuable, it is best planned and organized by the free market, not imposed by paternalistic governments.

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Immigration

by Daniel T. Griswold on Aug 15, 2008

Historically, the US maintained a stance of open borders. Only in recent years have immigration regulations been put into place.

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Intellectual Property

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

Debate continues as to whether or not intellectual property – or property of ideas – should be protected as physical property is.

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Internet

by Jim Harper on Aug 15, 2008

The widespread use of the Internet has created new models of business and ways to collect and spread information to both positive and negative effects.