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Are We Freer?

by David Boaz on Jul 1, 2007

Boaz combats the pessimistic view that our freedom is declining, arguing that, in many ways, we are more free.

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How Prosperity Made Us More Libertarian

by Brink Lindsey on May 1, 2007

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.

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Myths of the Nanny State

by Radley Balko on Sep 1, 2006

Balko argues that there simply isn’t much evidence to support the sky-is-falling scenarios offered up by proponents of modern paternalism.

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Bourgeois Virtues?

by Deirdre McCloskey on May 18, 2006

McCloskey examines the dual myths of the innate virtues and the innate evil of capitalism.

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Rich is Beautiful

by Richard D. North on Nov 1, 2005

Affluence is not an evil to be belittled, but a good that the West is fortunate to have attained, and that is benefiting the rest of the world.

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Liberty at the Movies

by David Boaz on Jun 20, 2005

David Boaz highlights movies with strong themes of liberty.

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The Affirmative Action Myth

by Marie Gryphon on Apr 13, 2005

Affirmative action cannot solve the American dilemma of racial inequality.

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Ayn Rand at 100

by Brian Doherty on Mar 1, 2005

Doherty combines a short biography of the mother of Objectivism with an analysis of the intellectual impact of her published works.

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Capitalism and Human Nature

by Will Wilkinson on Jan 1, 2005

In an attempt to understand what makes capitalism tend to work better than communism, Wilkinson turns to evolutionary psychology.

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Restoring the Lost Constitution

by Randy E. Barnett on Jan 1, 2004

Barnett traces a history of Supreme Court decisions that have eviscerated the individual rights he argues the Constitution was originally intended to protect.