Essential Fall Reading from The Independent Review
By Carl Close • Monday September 26, 2011 10:59 AM PST •
The Fall 2011 issue of The Independent Review is hot off the press!
We have posted selected articles and all book reviews online, as indicated below.
This issue addresses a host of fascinating questions on topics as diverse as intellectual history, economic development, political theory, and government policy:
- Why do progressives and social democrats view government coercion differently than libertarians and conservatives? Read Daniel B. Klein’s article here.
- Why don’t American and European liberals hold the same views on democracy? Read a short summary of Gus DiZerega’s article here.
- Why is central planning in India in the mid-twentieth century mistakenly believed to have been a great success? Read G. P. Manish’s article here.
- What does history tell us about the prospects for a reversal of the trend toward bigger government? Read J. R. Clark and Dwight R. Lee’s article here.
- What can Sweden’s special tax system tell us about whether or not voters underestimate the costs of government spending? Read a short summary of Tino Sanandaji and Björn Wallace’s article here.
- Why do so many U.S. soldiers turn their guns upon themselves after they return home from a war? Read a short summary of Laurie Calhoun’s article here.
- What does political theorist Anthony de Jasay think about the prospects of limited government? Read a short summary of Aschwin de Wolf’s interview here.
- Why might the drive for politically correct language serve to increase offensive behavior and discourage thinking about individual merits? Read a short summary of Ben O’Neill’s article here.
- What were the greatest harms caused by the Smoot-Hawley Tariff? Read Donald J. Boudreaux’s review of Douglas A. Irwin’s Peddling Protectionism here.
- In what way is “fair trade” overrated as a means to promote economic development? Read Karol C. Boudreaux’s review of Sushil Morhan’s Fair Trade Without the Froth here.
- How has government funding compromised the ostensive goals of the U.S. space program? Read William N. Butos’s review of James T. Barnett’s The Doomsday Lobby here.
- What were Lysander Spooner’s contributions to the radical individualist tradition? Read Helen J. Knowles’s review of Steve J. Shone’s Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist here.
- What is it about war that makes one’s attitude about it a litmus test for libertarians? Read Robert Higgs’s article here.
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