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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 Power of an Idea

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In spite of the popular belief that the world today is dominated by new and terrible problems, the fact is that the latter part of the eighteenth century bears certain similarities to the present time: The continent of Europe, as well as Britain, was then dominated by "mercantilism" — a form of "planned economy" arising out of feudalism. National ... [click for more]

Conscience of the Majority

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The real American Revolution was not the armed conflict with King George III. That was a relatively unimportant incident. It was, instead, a concept which, when fully understood, is seen to be a fundamental principle. To fully appreciate the fundamental nature of this revolutionary principle, it is necessary to keep in mind that in other ... [click for more]

Book Review: Prices & Knowledge

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Prices & Knowledge: A Market-Process Perspective by Esteban F. Thomsen (New York: Routledge, 1992); 150 pages. In spite of the repudiation of Soviet-style socialist central planning, the free market has not triumphed. A good part of the reason for this is the ideological prejudice of our times. The entire world in the 20th century has swallowed the socialist critique of capitalism. ... [click for more]

Serfs on the Plantation, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Bill Clinton wants Americans to sacrifice more. Larger "contributions" to the government will save the welfare state and the managed economy, Clinton tells the citizenry. Sacrifice more, and permanent prosperity will be just around the corner. Most Americans see through the sham and deceit of the term ... [click for more]

Living the Life of the Lie, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In 1949, John T. Flynn published a book entitled The Road Ahead: America's Creeping Revolution. In it he explained that "modern socialism means the assumption by the State of the responsibility and authority for the control of the entire economic system. This does not mean," Flynn pointed out, "that the ... [click for more]

Licensed to Steal

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Question: What do architects, attorneys, dentists, dietitians, embalmers, funeral directors, innkeepers, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, physicians, surveyors, and veterinarians have in common? Answer: They are all employed in occupations that are licensed or similarly regulated by the state. Question: What else do these occupations have in common? Answer: They are all under-represented by minority practitioners. Is there a relationship? You bet your state-board ... [click for more]

The Hand in Your Pocket

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Perhaps one of the most monumental frauds in our history is the politicians' trick of making the ordinary citizen believe that the income tax is a scheme to soak the rich. The harsh fact is that the so-called "little man" or "common man" on whom the politicians lavish so much affection, is the lad who pays the great mass ... [click for more]

The People’s Pottage

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In 1932 a bund of intellectual revolutionaries, hiding behind the conservative planks of the Democratic party, seized control of government. After that it was the voice of government saying to the people there had been too much freedom. That was their trouble. Freedom was for the strong. ... [click for more]

A Practical Way to Advance Freedom

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Ideas matter. They have consequences. Thus, essays on liberty are vitally important in moving us toward our goal of achieving liberty. However, is there a practical way to advance liberty? Is there a method by which people in their respective communities can move our nation toward freedom? Yes. A practical way to advance liberty at ... [click for more]

Book Review: Hayek and the Keynesian Avalanche

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Hayek and the Keynesian Avalanche by Brian McCormick (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992); 289 pages; $59.95. In England in the 1930s, there were two opposing schools of economic thought concerning the causes, consequences and cures of the Great Depression. One was headquartered at the London School of Economics, with the ... [click for more]

Freedom, Private Property, and the Environment

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Unfortunately, most Americans believe that the only way to preserve our environment is through public ownership of the means of production. "If there were no environmental threat," the refrain goes, "we would favor a capitalist system for America. But since our environment is at stake, we have no choice but ... [click for more]

Living a Life of the Lie, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In 1979, the Czech playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel illegally published his famous essay, "The Power of the Powerless." He analyzed the nature of the totalitarian system and the role of the individual in it, both as victim and supporter. That the Marxian and socialist promises and prophesies were unfilled ... [click for more]
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