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FFF Articles consists of every article that has ever been published by The Future of Freedom Foundation in reverse chronological order from our inception in 1989 to date. You can also search for FFF articles on the right side of the page under Find Freedom on FFF.

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The Logic of Crisis and Leviathan and Why It Still Holds (video)

On February 17, 2014 Robert Higgs presented the above speech as part of the ongoing Economic Liberty Lecture Series, a joint project of The Future of Freedom Foundation and the George Mason University Economics Society. Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute's quarterly journal ... [click for more]

Social Security Has Not Changed

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is touting the changes to Social Security for 2014. Instituted during the New Deal, Social Security, a federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program, provides monthly benefits for retirement, disability, survivorship, and death to about 57 million Americans, including survivors and dependents. Social Security is “funded” by a payroll tax deduction ... [click for more]

An Awesome Conference!

Despite the big snow storm that hit Washington, D.C., last Thursday, the annual 2014 Students for Liberty Conference went on as scheduled at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington. It was an awesome experience. I don’t know what the official attendance was but it seemed to be to be in the neighborhood of some 1,400 people, most of whom ... [click for more]

TGIF: Don’t Get Out the Vote

A seminar student once became upset with me for suggesting that instead of running get-out-the-vote campaigns, the government should keep the dates of elections and the locations of polling places secret so that only people with enough initiative and interest to ferret out the information could vote. It was not a serious suggestion, but the college-aged young woman didn’t catch ... [click for more]

Children Sue in Order to Learn

Schoolchildren in Los Angeles are currently pleading in court for the opportunity to learn. They claim bad teachers prevent them from doing so. California’s teachers’ unions are among the most powerful in the nation. California statutes are so skewed in favor of teachers’ job security that even grossly incompetent educators are almost impossible to dismiss. For instance, it can cost ... [click for more]

The Lethal Legacy of U.S. Foreign Intervention

Americans seem to believe that once the U.S. military exits a foreign country, its moral accountability ends. But the deadly consequences — and culpability — continue long after the last soldier leaves. Take Iraq, which the U.S. military left at the end of 2011 (though not before President Obama pleaded with the Iraqi government to let some American forces remain). ... [click for more]

TGIF: The Cruel Joke of Sacralizing Voting

By now we’re used to MSNBC’s state adoration, expressed not only on its programs but also through in-house promotions. These are often heavy-handed, such as Rachel Maddow’s spots asserting that only governments can accomplish “great things.” Sometimes the promos are more subtle, such as one currently running. Voiced by prime-time “All In” host Chris Hayes, the spot shows ... [click for more]

Give America a Raise?

President Obama said something especially perplexing when he implored Congress during his State of the Union address to “Give America a raise.” Since when does Congress have the power to do that? We live in a nominally private-enterprise economy, so it should strike the ear as odd to hear Obama acknowledge that it’s not a private-enterprise economy at all, ... [click for more]
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