The Free Market

Confessions of a Public Servant

May 1, 1995
You're looking for a job. You want to get paid several times your worth, come and go when you please, work only when you feel like it, take as long a lunch as you want, and get ten paid holidays per year and six weeks paid vacation per year. There's only one way to go: work for the federal...

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What Caused the Irish Potato Famine?

April 1, 1998
British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized for doing "too little" in response to the Irish Potato Famine of the 19th century that killed one million people and brought about the emigration of millions more. But in fact, the English government was guilty of doing too much.

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Money and Our Future

Consider what it means to live through our times in the light of economic understanding. Even in the face of calamity, there is no mystery, and hence fear is reduced.

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The Stimulus Does Not Work

July 1, 2009
The Free Market 27, no. 7 (July 2009) A majority of Americans now give President Obama’s handling of the economy a negative rating, and many economists and city officials are concerned that Obama’s gargantuan stimulus effort has not given the expected quick boost to the economy. Some argue this is...

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Unions v Workers, and more

February 1, 2006
Today’s college students may never learn the principles of supply and demand, or understand how many billions of dollars companies like Wal-Mart save American consumers (including their own families), but they are indoctrinated as freshmen that any “moral” person should hate “outlaw” corporations (...

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A Pox on Government Vaccines!

April 1, 2001
One of the modern hero-myths the State has cultivated about itself is that government vaccination programs drastically reduced some common communicable diseases in the twentieth century. For decades, the government has required certain vaccinations for entry into schools, and most parents have...

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"Puffery" in Advertising

September 1, 1995
Want to please a lawyer? Find a long-established legal rule that minimizes disputes. Then propose that this rule be radically changed. Such thrill seeking seems to be the motive behind a recent proposal to make advertisers liable for "puffery."

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10 Economic Errors

Fifteen years ago, Murray N. Rothbard wrote a piece on the most prevalent economic errors of that time. What are the great economic errors alive today?

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A Call to Activism

June 1, 1984
Mrs. Mises delivered this speech on February 27, 1984, at the Mises Institute dinner in her honor in New York City.

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A Capitalist Christmas

December 1, 1995
To this day Christmas remains a celebration of liberty and private life, as well as a much-needed break from the incessant politicization of modern life. It's the most pro-capitalist of all holidays because its temporal joys are based on private property, voluntary exchange, and mutual benefit.

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