Tag: Freedom
“Leave Us Alone So We Can Be Together”
At the Independent Institute, we believe that individual liberty—in the context of constitutionally limited government and free markets—produces great results. Our defense of individual liberty does not arise out of a philosophy that says to the world, “Leave me alone.” Rather, we defend liberty from a philosophy that says specifically to the government, “Leave...
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Liberty’s Prospects? I’m Optimistic
I was discussing (virtually) the prospects for preserving liberty recently with a few individuals who were pessimistic about liberty’s prospects. I’m optimistic. Liberty has always been threatened by those who want the power to control the lives of others. They have a measure of success because some people don’t care enough to protect their...
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Harriet Breathes Life into Call for Liberty
One of the most overlooked movies of 2019 may have been Harriet, the historical drama about American fugitive slave Harriet Tubman. The movie breathes long overdue life into Tubman’s heroic efforts to rescue her family and others from slavery. Indeed, she may be one of the most underappreciated heroines of American liberty.
W. Dieter Tede (1933-2019)
I was privileged to present a tribute at the memorial celebration for the life of Wolfgang Dieter Tede, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Institute for over twenty years, and here is an edited...
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The Fonda Freedom Manifesto
When Peter Fonda passed away last month at 79, critic Peter Tonguette lamented that the actor never became the big-screen equal of his father.
Resurgent Thomas Sowell Weighs In on Socialism, Venezuela
Renewed popularity of socialism spurs Thomas Sowell from his self-imposed exile.
Give Freedom a Chance
Freedom is an ongoing process.
Free Market Think Tanks, Persuasion, and Big Data
Can free market think tanks do a better job of persuading people?
The Never-Ending Contest in Politico-Economic Life
A contest is under way in the world between the forces of creation, improvement, and progress and the forces of destruction, spoliation, and retrogression. This contest has been going on for thousands of years, and except during brief interludes the negative forces always kept the positive forces firmly in check. Roughly 200 to 300...
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Marginal Steps to a Better World
I was recently asked to give a talk for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) on how we can improve society. Now, I’ve been asked to give my fair share of presentations. Most are things that fit nicely into the economist’s “wheelhouse.” Ask me to explain public choice, price controls, the economics of war,...
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