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Slavery Contracts

by Roderick T. Long on Dec 1, 1994

In this short essay, Roderick Long argues that contracts to sell yourself into slavery are unenforceable, because your right to liberty isn’t yours to sell.

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Neighborhood Effects or Culture Rot?

by George C. Leef on Sep 17, 2013

Over time, Milton Friedman began to doubt that the spillover benefits of government-subsidized higher education were worth the costs.

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The Limits of the Non-Aggression Principle

by Sanford Ikeda on Sep 19, 2013

Determining what constitutes aggression can be complicated and libertarians should be wary to rely solely on the Non-Aggression Principle.

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The Market: This Time It’s Personal

by Sanford Ikeda on Sep 19, 2013

Markets are impersonal, but the social networks that develop inside markets are personal. Freedom within these networks is a crucial aspect of a free market.

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The Clenched Fist and the General Welfare

by Gary M. Galles on Sep 19, 2013

Government's only advantage over its citizenry is in the use of force to limit destructive behavior. Beyond this end, this fist of government limits social productivity.

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If You Like Wikipedia, You Should Love Markets

by Gary M. Galles on Sep 23, 2013

Wikipedia is collaborative, diverse and peaceful. In the internet age, it encapsulates the concepts of spontaneous order and free markets.

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Life Without a Microwave

by David R. Henderson on Sep 23, 2013

The progress of the past century, from the microwave to the smart phone to penicillin, originates from economic freedom.

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Markets Not Capitalism

by Matt Zwolinski on Sep 23, 2013

Markets not Capitalism, a collection of essays outlining left-libertarianism, reveals how our current system falls short of the free market ideal.

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The Enduring Lesson of “I, Pencil”

by Nicole Ciandella on Oct 1, 2013

"I, Pencil" describes the complicated process of creating a simple pencil. This essay honors the impact of "I, Pencil" in demonstrating spontaneous order in markets.

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The Nature and Origin of Money

by Alex Salter on Oct 1, 2013

Did the creation of money arise from state decree or emerge from free markets? The answer has important implications for economic policy.

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The Magic of Free Trade

by Arthur Foulkes on Oct 1, 2013

From fifth grade classrooms to the green energy industry, free trade grows economies and promotes peace.

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A case for the libertarian

by Jeffrey A. Miron on Jul 17, 2014

In this short newspaper opinion piece, Miron argues that the consistency of libertarianism sets it apart from other ways of thinking about politics.

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New Coke and the Iraq War

by David Boaz on Feb 26, 2015

When mistakes happen in the market, they can be quickly corrected. We have to live with government errors for decades.

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Happy Birthday, F. A. Hayek

by David Boaz on May 8, 2015

David Boaz writes about the life and thought of F. A. Hayek on the 116th anniversary of his birth. “He’s like Marx, only right.”