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Sheldon L. Richman

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Sheldon Richman is the editor of Ideas on Liberty, the monthly magazine of the Foundation for Economic Education. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America’s Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and \(forthcoming\) Tethered Citizens: Time to Abolish the Welfare State \(all from The Future of Freedom Foundation\). He is a contributor to the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

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The Old Right Was Right

War and Foreign Policy

01/01/1990The Free Market
The pace of change in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is so brisk that it is risky to write anything about it. Nevertheless, the virtual dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of liberalization in East Germany are exhilarating news, the climax of months of historic developments.


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The Sad Legacy of Ronald Reagan

Big GovernmentTaxes and Spending

10/01/1988The Free Market
Ronald Reagan's faithful followers claim he has used his skills as the Great Communicator to reverse the growth of Leviathan and inaugurate a new era of liberty and free markets. Reagan himself said, "It is time to check and reverse the growth of government." Yet after nearly eight years of...
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Ronald Reagan: Protectionist

Free MarketsMonopoly and Competition

05/01/1988The Free Market
Mark Shields, a columnist for the Washington Post, recently wrote of President Reagan's "blind devotion to the doctrine of free trade." If President Reagan has a devotion to free trade, it must be blind because he has been way off the mark. In fact, he has been the most protectionist president...
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Tax Rate vs Tax Base: A Public Choice Perspective on the Consequences for the Growth of Government

Big GovernmentTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In recent years, as libertarian policy analysts have put their minds to the question of tax reform, some have succumbed to the lure of a broad-based, proportional, or flat, income tax. Under these proposals, the current progressive multirate structure would be replaced by a single rate that would...


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Matter of Degree, Not Principle: The Founding of the American Liberty League

Booms and BustsU.S. EconomyU.S. History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
On October 29, 1929, the roof fell in on the booming American economy. A nation that since World War I had come to believe material progress was inevitable and unstoppable suddenly witnessed the most surreal of spectacles: panic on Wall Street. The change in economic conditions dashed the...


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