Why homeschoolers often stand out on the job market.
Louis XIV had hundreds of servants who prepared him dinner. Today, my supermarket offers me a buffet Louis XIV couldn’t imagine. Thanks to trade and property rights and markets, each of us lives as if we had more servants than kings. We also live longer.
While draft registration does involve unequal treatment of men and women, the larger issue is Selective Service registration itself.
In 1943, as collectivist policies were ascendant, an extraordinary thing happened. Three women published three books that year that would jolt Americans from their socialist stupor and remind them of the fundamental American values of individual liberty, limited government, free-market capitalism, and entrepreneurship. This Women’s History Month is an ideal time to reflect on how Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand helped to catalyze the 20th century libertarian movement.
What is wrong with the welfare state? The two biggest flaws stem from its nature as a government institution.
Teenagers are often unfairly stereotyped as idle and frivolous. But, the teenage years can be an incredible time of ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and resourcefulness—especially when teens have the freedom and encouragement to collaborate and innovate.
A reader emailed me asking how I feel comfortable sharing political views that are widely unpopular. He also asked if I’ve written about this, and I don’t think I have, so here’s my response.
Responsible people who have worthwhile principles have to accept that they have no right to violate others just because they have (or believe they have) a good goal in mind.
Unsurprisingly, not all economists agree on how to approach what used to be called “political economy”. Adam Smith in 1776 defined it as “an inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations”. It was understood that the default state of mankind was poverty, so the question was how people become wealthy.
Parents can help children choose freedom over force, and ensure that these lockdowns never, ever happen again.