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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 Fault in Fairness

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The coffee aisle at the supermarket has become the latest front in the crusade for “social justice.” Coffee roasters proudly tout their allegiance to the ideals of the fair-trade movement, which ostensibly aims to elevate the economic and social welfare of disadvantaged Third-World farmers. Despite its meteoric rise in popularity, does fair trade translate its stated intentions into tangible results? ... [click for more]

Freedom of Speech: Abridge to Nowhere

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Americans, known for their outspokenness on matters of politics, sports, American Idol contestants, and practically every other topic, would appear to treasure few things more highly than their freedom of speech. Why, it’s even right there in the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law  ... abridging the freedom of speech.” In America, everyone is allowed to speak his mind ... [click for more]

Whither Power?

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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím (Basic Books 2013), 320 pages. The topic of Moisés Naím’s book is the decay of power — the shift of power “from brawn to brains, from north to south and west to east, ... [click for more]

The Business Cycle Explained

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It Didn’t Have to Be This Way: Why Boom and Bust Is Unnecessary — and How the Austrian School of Economics Breaks the Cycle by Harry C. Veryser (Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2012), 318 pages. This is one instance where a book’s subtitle tells the reader much more about its content than the title does. You know at once that ... [click for more]

Inflation Is the Last Thing We Need

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“Some economists say more inflation is just what the American economy needs to escape from a half-decade of sluggish growth and high unemployment,” the New York Times reports. One is Harvard economist Kenneth S. Rogoff, quoted in the Times: “Weighed against the political, social and economic risks of continued slow growth after a once-in-a-century financial crisis, a sustained ... [click for more]

The Keynes Disaster

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The government and the private sector should start spending more to turn the economy around. That’s what a former Obama administration official, speaking to a recent UBS adviser conference, said in making no apologies for the administration’s poor performance since 2009. Indeed, he said that Barack Obama had “saved” the country from a depression in 2009. He also called ... [click for more]

The Myth of Economics (video)

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On October 16, 2013 Edward H. Crane gave the following speech as part of the Economic Liberty Lecture Series which is co-sponsored by The Future of Freedom Foundation and the George Mason Economics Society. Mr. Crane's talk is entitled "The Myth of Economics:  They Changed Global Warming to Climate Change, Why not Economics to ... [click for more]

Economic Liberty Lecture Series: Edward H. Crane

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 Speaker: Edward H. CraneGeorge Mason University 5:30 PM - 7:30 AM ECONOMIC LIBERTY LECTURE SERIES Dinner, Lecture, and Social Hour PLACE: George Mason University – Johnson Center 333 TIME: 5:30 pm – Pizza 6:00 pm – Talk with Q&A 8:00 pm – Social hour at Brion’s Grille SPEAKER: Ed Crane is the founder and president emeritus of the Cato Institute. Under his leadership, the Cato ... [click for more]

Does Obama Have the Courage to Pursue Peace with Iran?

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Settling the nuclear controversy with Iran peacefully will require courage on President Obama’s part. Does he have what it will take to resist those who prefer war? While Obama has yet to stake out a promising unequivocal position, if he does, the obstacles would remain formidable. The two biggest are the U.S. Congress and the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Even ... [click for more]

The Real Problem with the Obamacare Mandates

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the PPACA or Obamacare, became law on March 23, 2010. Passed along strict party lines, it has proven to be one of the most polarizing pieces of legislation ever passed. Some of those who initially supported the president’s health-care law are now some of its most vocal critics. Yet ... [click for more]
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