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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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Book Review: How Markets Work

How Markets Work: Disequilibrium, Entrepreneurship and Discovery by Israel M. Kirzner (London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1997); 78 pages; £8.00. The revival of Austrian economics during the last 20 years is largely due to the original and numerous contributions of Israel M. Kirzner. Kirzner studied with Ludwig von Mises at New ... [click for more]

What They Don’t Know

Vice President Al Gore says that if the tax on cigarettes is raised $1.10 a pack in the next five years, teenage smoking will drop 42 percent on average nationwide. Not 41 or 43 percent. Forty-two percent. Further, he says that 991,000 deaths from smoking would be avoided. ... [click for more]

Policy Overdose

From 1990 to 1996 heroin use among high-school seniors was up one hundred percent. Imagine how bad things would be if the war on drugs weren't succeeding! A report published in the journal Pediatrics attributes the increase to the falling price and higher purity of heroin, and to the belief that snorting or smoking heroin ... [click for more]

The Capricious State

A little noted passage in President Clinton's State of the Union speech offered a stark clue about the hypocrisy of politics. In announcing that his administration would sue the tobacco companies to recover money Medicare has spent on treatments for smoking-related illnesses, Mr. Clinton said, "Now, I ask this Congress to resist the tobacco lobby, ... [click for more]

Pay Equity Errors

President Clinton has pledged to step up enforcement of the Equal Pay Act. The promised $14 million to fight wage discrimination was on his list of bribes to the American people, otherwise known as the State of the Union address. The president's Council of Economic Advisers says women make only 75 cents for each dollar men ... [click for more]

Our Ultimate Resource Gone

On February 8, economist Julian Simon died. It is a grave loss on many levels. He was, first of all, a wonderful human being -- ever positive, smiling, and encouraging; a complete joy to be around. After that, he was one of freedom's great crusaders. When our age was ... [click for more]

Such a Deal!

Let's keep this among ourselves, but we nonrich folks have a good thing going. Even though we are of modest means, we have a huge staff of servants who perform valuable services for us. The best part is that we don't even have to pay them. For example, when VCRs ... [click for more]

Drawing the Line

Socialism and communism have collapsed so completely that only a few holdouts refuse to acknowledge the rubble before their eyes. We've apparently reached "the end of history," as Francis Fukyama labeled the post-Cold War era a few years ago. But appearances can deceive. Some people are clearly uncomfortable with the ... [click for more]

The Bipartisan Drug Warp

President Clinton promised recently to cut drug use by 50 percent over the next 10 years with the more than $17 billion--nearly a 7 percent increase--he's asked from Congress. Predictably, Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the effort isn't enough. Those who hate partisan bickering might take comfort that each ... [click for more]

Immigration Controls Cause Exploitation

Every so often, the news is filled with reports of the horrible exploitation of illegal immigrants. It might be the story of a dreary sweatshop where people work at low wages in unenviable conditions. Worse, it could be a report about the deaths of immigrants who suffocated while waiting in a ... [click for more]
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