The Stockdale Paradox and the Future of Liberty

– October 28, 2022

“The Stockdale Paradox reminds us that when faith falters, turning to false optimism is not the path forward. Such optimism, wrote Frankl in Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything, ‘lull[s] us into complacency and… a rosy fatalism.’” ~ Barry Brownstein

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Despotic Days?

– October 28, 2022

“The tragedy we see around us is that cultural leaders are abandoning liberal norms, which themselves should bear a certain sacredness or sacrosanctity, so far as they go.” ~ Daniel Klein & Michael C. Munger

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Liberalism, True and False

– October 27, 2022

“There was an underlying humility in the older classical liberalism that assumed that each person could better find his own way than to presume that political paternalists could make better decisions for them.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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Guatemala’s Enclave of Liberty

– October 18, 2022

“Whether the Universidad de Francisco Marroquín is replicable outside of its context is an open question, but it is a question we should see answered here in the US over the next several decades.” ~ G. Patrick Lynch

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A Well-Regulated Militia is Necessary to the Security of a Free State

– October 17, 2022

“Responsibility and duty are necessary elements of individual liberty. In between anarchy and tyranny is civic liberty, which may require the time and energy of citizens to maintain a level of lawful order in society.” ~ Daniel Betti

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The Division of Labor and the Diminution of Man

– October 16, 2022

“Every job is more than just a job. It is also an opportunity to help another human being develop as a member, a contributor, and perhaps even a leader in a society dedicated to freedom and responsibility.” ~ Richard Gunderman

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We Have Lifeboat Minds, But We Live in a Walmart World

– October 15, 2022

“Our evolved, atavistic response is that we don’t like the price mechanism, and we resent our dependence on a complex system operating in the background, without anyone being ‘in charge.'” ~ Michael C. Munger

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Government Lands, Squatters’ Claims, and David Crockett

– October 10, 2022

“If people make improvements to unused public land without legal title for their activity, have they earned a claim to that property through their labor on it?” ~ Daniel Betti

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Tolerance as the Supreme Political Principle

– October 4, 2022

“Groups can always exploit and instrumentalize ethical and religious claims. Tolerance is the primary political virtue because it prevents convergence to any one sect’s vision of a good social order.” ~ Michael D. Thomas

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Frédéric Bastiat: The Jonathan Swift of Economics

– October 2, 2022

“Bastiat’s collection of essays is a worthy addition to the pantheon of immortal economic satire, rightfully taking its place alongside Swift’s own Modest Proposal.” ~ Caleb S. Fuller

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To Defend Liberty, Cultivate Your Inner Freedom

– September 30, 2022

“Most will never appreciate liberty until it is lost. Do we value liberty? Are we willing to examine and shed faulty habits of mind? Until we do, as Montaigne put it, ‘No wind makes for him who has no destined port.'” ~ Barry Brownstein

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Smith to Entrepreneurs: Go Forth With Prudence

– September 30, 2022

“We find in Smith both condemnation of imprudent projectors and endorsement of prudent entrepreneurs. Although projectors occasionally turn a profit, it comes at the risk of squandering resources and missing out on more sober opportunities.” ~ Kacey Reeves West

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