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Hayek on Individualism

Hayek on Individualism

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN F. A. Hayek’s essay “Individualism: True and False” overflows with insights that belong in any brief on behalf of a free society. As the title suggests, Hayek wished to distinguish two markedly different philosophies associated with the label individualism: one that rejected rationalism and one that embraced [...]

Bastiat Misread: When will the critics read with eyes open?

Bastiat Misread: When will the critics read with eyes open?

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN It’s always good to see Frédéric Bastiat discussed outside of libertarian circles, because even when his views are misstated, the mere mention of his name might prompt curious readers to check him out for themselves. That can’t hurt! So thank you, Matthew Yglesias, who wrote last week in Slate: . . . [...]

Made Everywhere: Fear not China or any other producer

Made Everywhere: Fear not China or any other producer

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN The Commerce Department (whose idea was that?) routinely reports on the U.S. trade deficit–that is, the amount by which the dollar value of American imports exceeds the dollar value of American exports. China’s trade surplus with the United States is of special concern to many people. Ordinarily, I ignore [...]

FEE’s Take: Making It on Your Own

FEE’s Take: Making It on Your Own

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN The other day President Obama said: ook, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. . . . If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that [...]

A Forgotten Critic of Corporatism

A Forgotten Critic of Corporatism

Stephen Grover Cleveland SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN In 1888, at the height of the Gilded Age, a rather prominent American said some startling things. First he observed, “Our cities are the abiding places of wealth and luxury; our manufactories yield fortunes never dreamed of by the fathers of the Republic; our business men are madly [...]

Bastiat Misread

Bastiat Misread

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN When will the critics read with both eyes open? It’s always good to see Frédéric Bastiat discussed outside of libertarian circles, because even when his views are misstated, the mere mention of his name might prompt curious readers to check him out for themselves. That can’t hurt! So thank you, Matthew [...]

Market, State, and Autonomy: Who is the True Liberal?

Market, State, and Autonomy: Who is the True Liberal?

Sheldon Richman SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN In The Future of Liberalism (2009), Alan Wolfe writes that the true heirs to the liberalism of John Locke, Adam Smith, and Thomas Jefferson are not today’s classical liberals (libertarians), but rather the other kind of liberals, those who would use government power to assure autonomy and [...]

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