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Scott McPherson is policy adviser at The Future of Freedom Foundation. An advocate of the Free State Project, he lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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The Greatest Safeguard Against Tyranny

One is misled not by what he does not know but by what he believes he knows. — Jean Jacques Rousseau, On Education The purpose of government is the protection of individual rights. Government officials are ...

Liberate Us from the Educators

The state’s monopoly on education is perhaps the worst thing that has ever happened to children in America. From the earliest days of the republic, education was provided by parents, churches, and ...

Equal Rights for the Disabled, Indeed

... a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the ...

Think Globally, Act Absurdly

“We didn’t run for office just to rake the leaves and tend to tree trimming. We’ve got ideas.” — George L. Leventhal, vice president, Montgomery County (Maryland) Council That statement sums up the ...

A Reply to a Gun Control Critic

From: C.H. To: fff@fff.org Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 3:29 AM Subject: gun control I'm curious: nowhere in that article on Gun Control does it mention Canada.  We've *always* had gun control, in one form or another.  It's never ...

Seeing and Not Seeing

A key element in understanding reality is an accurate representation of reality. And this headline in the November 10 Washington Post — “N. Va. Boom Sparks Economic Recovery” — ...

Are HOAs Anti-Freedom?

A large number of people, including some libertarians, dislike the concept of homeowners’ associations (HOAs). HOAs are private agencies that administer new housing developments, requiring a monthly fee to maintain common areas and regulating everything from grass height to ...

Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 In 1881, the Young Ireland Society was formed. The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Gaelic League followed soon after. The Gaelic League began selling Irish-language textbooks and by 1906 had 900 branches boasting 100,000 ...

Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 Ireland at the turn of the 20th century was poised for change. Most of Irelands inhabitants wanted to alter in some respect the nature of their relationship with Great Britain, which had been interfering ...

Roads, Cars, and Responsibility

In the 1995 hit film French Kiss, actress Meg Ryan said she preferred to get around “as nature intended: in my car.” Though rarely stated so explicitly, this attitude sums up the ...
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