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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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The Joys of Freedom

by David Boaz on Jan 1, 2011

In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

by Robert Nozick on Jan 1, 1998

The left-leaning intellectual’s animosity to capitalism is due to the difference in value judgments between formal schools and capitalist society.

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Counting the Errors of Modern Journalism

by Brian Doherty on Jan 1, 1995

Doherty explores how misinformation spreads through the media, focusing particularly on commonly-quoted statistical errors.

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The State of Humanity: Steadily Improving

by Julian L. Simon on Sep 1, 1995

Simon refutes the commonly-held view that the world is becoming a worse place to live, arguing that data paints a much more optimistic picture.

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On the First Principles of Federalism

by Roger Pilon on Nov 1, 1995

Pilon cites the gutting of the 10th Amendment and the Doctrine of Enumerated Powers in this statement before Congress.

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The Foundations of a Free Society

by Nathaniel Branden on Jan 1, 1996

Branden identifies what he sees as a disconnect between the values we are taught to revere and the values that actually enhance human lives.

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Myths of Individualism

by Tom G. Palmer on Sep 6, 2011

Palmer takes on the misconceptions of individualism common to communitarian critics of liberty.

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Pro-Choice

by David Boaz on Jul 1, 1997

Boaz singles out freedom of choice as the fundamental difference between libertarian and conservative viewpoints.

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The Division of Labor

by Adam Smith in 1776

Smith explores the significance of the division of labor using his example of the pin factory.