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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 Elusive Just Price

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The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was held in Chicago recently. The conference, which was attended by about 25,000 scientists and doctors concerned with the treatment of cancer, was heavily sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. Thus, it came as a big surprise when Dr. Leonard Saltz, chief of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Memorial Sloan ... [click for more]

Libertarians Are Pro-Market, Not Pro-Business

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There is a popular narrative that treats pro-market and pro-business essentially as synonyms, thus seeing the most libertarian-leaning candidates as those most favored by major corporate interests. The idea is that big business both desires and benefits from an environment of total laissez faire, of cutthroat competition free from the control of meddlesome regulators. The problem is that from a ... [click for more]

American Progressives are Bismarck’s Grandchildren

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American “progressives” portray themselves as “forward-looking,” advocates of a higher and better freedom than the traditional American conception of liberty as freedom from government coercion and control. In fact, they are the intellectual great-grandchildren of the “reactionary” nineteenth century Imperial German “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck. A recent example of the progressive’s retrogressive notion of the meaning of freedom was ... [click for more]

The State’s Exploitation of the Common Man

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One of the oldest complaints coming from the Left is that the business world exploits the common man. The Democrat Party uses it as a veritable rallying cry, with its candidates promising to protect the helpless lower classes from the predations of corporations and international conglomerates. As they say, the game is rigged. They are correct, but not in ... [click for more]

Missing the Point about Flourishing

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Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change Movement by Edmund Phelps (Princeton University Press 2013), 392 pages. Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps evaluates economic systems with a view to how they promote human prosperity, or “flourishing”: engagement, meeting challenges, self-expression, and personal growth.... A person’s flourishing comes from the experience of the new: new situations, new problems, ... [click for more]

The Tyranny of Trigger Words and College Safe Spaces

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The media has been full of stories recently about the new sensitivity on college and university campuses concerning the avoidance in courses or assignments of the use of “trigger words” or phrases that may have a “hurtful” affect on students when thoughtlessly used in the teaching environment. Student and other groups on campuses have insisted that professors provide advanced warning ... [click for more]

Are There Rules for Trade?

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Barack Obama has been lobbying Congress for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast-track authority,” so the executive branch can work in secret on trade deals before submitting them to Congress for a quick up-or-down vote with limited time for debate, no provision for amendments, and no possibility of a Senate filibuster. The president has made passage of the ... [click for more]
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