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Author » Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman is vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of FFF's monthly journal, Future of Freedom. For 15 years he was editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. He is the author of FFF's award-winning book Separating School & State: How to Liberate America's Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State. Calling for the abolition, not the reform, of public schooling. Separating School & State has become a landmark book in both libertarian and educational circles. In his column in the Financial Times, Michael Prowse wrote: "I recommend a subversive tract, Separating School & State by Sheldon Richman of the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank... . I also think that Mr. Richman is right to fear that state education undermines personal responsibility..." Sheldon's articles on economic policy, education, civil liberties, American history, foreign policy, and the Middle East have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Scholar, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Washington Times, The American Conservative, Insight, Cato Policy Report, Journal of Economic Development, The Freeman, The World & I, Reason, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Liberty magazine, and other publications. He is a contributor to the The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. A former newspaper reporter and senior editor at the Cato Institute and the Institute for Humane Studies, Sheldon is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. He blogs at Free Association. Send him e-mail.

Latest from Sheldon Richman

Who’s Negative?

Why is it considered negative campaigning to say, “My opponent has a credibility problem,” but it is not negative to say, “We’re for the people; ...

The Real Surplus

Gov. George W. Bush has a presidential campaign slogan that says: "The surplus isn't the government's money. It's the people's money." What about the other nearly $2 trillion the government takes from productive American ...

Bright Days Ahead for the Second Amendment?

THE SICKENING spectacle of hoodlum gangs molesting women in New York City’s Central Park in broad daylight while the police stood by has elicited volumes of criticism. But two key facts have been left out ...

Abolish NHTSA

Purely for the sake of discussion, let’s assume the worst about Firestone and Ford: that someone’s gross negligence led to the production of tires that endangered drivers of Ford Explorers. ...

The Bankrupt Anti-Gun Movement

IF THE CHARACTER of the anti-gun-rights forces was in doubt before the Million Mom March last spring, there is no longer any doubt. The statements of the leading participants vividly revealed them as demagogues who seek only to play ...

An Echo, Not a Choice

Must the Republicans' abandon every semblance of principle in order to save us from a Gore presidency? In the minds of the GOP leaders, the answer seems to be yes. Apparently, a decision has been ...

No One Is Qualified to be President

The Democrats' chief argument against George W. Bush is that he's not qualified to be president. They're right He's not qualified. But neither is Al Gore. Or Dick Cheney. Or Joseph Lieberman. No one is qualified ...

Lynching

The most refreshing reporter on television, ABC's John Stossel, is the target of nothing less than the modern equivalent of a lynching. Stossel is the popular investigative reporter who focuses on scientifically dubious consumerism ...

Gored, Not Gouged

Vice President Al Gore has an annoying habit. When he doesn't like the price of something, he sanctimoniously condemns the particular industry that produces it. He's lately accused both the oil industry ...

Stop the Political Gouging!

Price gouging! That's the sound of panicking Democrats as they contemplate the prospect of going into the election with the price of gasoline rising. They are miserable about the possibility that the growing ...
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