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Capitalism Makes Us Better People

by Will Wilkinson on May 1, 2009

Wilkinson responds to Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.

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The New Deal Made Them “Right”

by Damon W. Root on Sep 1, 2009

Root tells the tale of several noted leftists of the ’20s who found themselves marked right-wing reactionaries in the wake of FDR’s New Deal.

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The Right to Ignore the State

by Herbert Spencer in 1884

In this excerpt from *Social Statics*, Spencer makes a radical claim: that an individual may sever all connections with the state.

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The Constitution of No Authority

by Lysander Spooner in 1867

Spooner argues in this radical essay that the Constitution, which he frames as a legal contract, is not binding.

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From Poverty to Prosperity

featuring Arnold Kling, Brink Lindsey, Nick Schulz, & Zanny Minton-Beddoes on Feb 4, 2010

Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz discuss their book From Poverty to Prosperity.

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Government, War, and Libertarianism

by Justin Logan on May 1, 2008

Logan criticizes libertarian hawks, not only for supporting anti-libertarian policies, but also for promoting strategies which encourage terrorists.

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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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The Return of Big Government

by David Boaz on Jan 1, 2009

Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.

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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.