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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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Big Brother, not Snowden and Greenwald, Is the Story

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“Instead of being adversaries to government power … … servants to it and mouthpieces for it.” So said the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of NSA spying on the American people, after Greenwald’s confrontation with Meet the Press’s David Gregory. Greenwald needn’t have limited his observation ... [click for more]

Why Is the Drinking Age 21?

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Last month, the parliament in Turkey passed legislation ostensibly designed to curb alcohol consumption among Turkish youth. Retailers may not sell alcohol between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. No alcohol may be sold within 100 meters of educational or religious centers. Educational and health institutions, sports clubs, and gas stations will be banned from selling alcohol. Although the advertising of ... [click for more]

FFF Webinar: Bastiat’s Economic Harmonies (Audio)

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On May 15, 2013, FFF vice president and editor Sheldon Richman hosted a free, interactive online webinar entitled “Bastiat's Economic Harmonies,” which focused on Federic Bastiat's classic Economic Harmonies. The webinar was an interactive experience with Sheldon and the participants.  Download the audio. Subscribe to FFF Podcasts. [click for more]

TGIF: National Servitude

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To make citizens, we must facilitate the shared experiences that cultivate civic pride and responsibility. This should mean a period of full-time national service as a rite of passage for every young American, ages 18 to 28. Such service could be military or civilian. Young adults could choose the Army or Peace Corps, Marine Corps or AmeriCorps, the Navy or ... [click for more]

FFF Webinar: The Income Tax (audio)

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On June 19, 2013, FFF vice president and editor Sheldon Richman hosted a free, interactive online webinar entitled “The Income Tax." The webinar was an interactive experience with Sheldon and particiapants. Download the audio. Subscribe to FFF Podcasts. [click for more]

The Calling: Markets Turn Waste into Want-Satisfaction

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A frequent criticism of markets is that private owners have every incentive to dump the waste byproducts of their production processes into the air, water, or land without concern about the harmful effects. More sophisticated critics understand the idea of negative externalities and love to jump up and down about how they demonstrate the need for government intervention. There ... [click for more]

Motives Aside, the NSA Should Not Spy on Us

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You need not suspect the motives of those responsible for NSA surveillance to detest what they are doing. In fact, we may have more to fear from spies acting out of patriotic zeal than those acting out of power lust or economic interest: Zealots are more likely to eschew restraints that might compromise their righteous cause. For the sake of ... [click for more]

TGIF: It’s Not Edward Snowden Who Betrayed Us

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When you cut through the fog, the NSA controversy is about whether we should trust people with institutional power. Edward Snowden’s courageous exposure of massive secret surveillance separates those who say yes from those who say, “Hell no!” The trusting attitude can be found among progressives and conservatives alike (with notable exceptions), and even some who have identified themselves ... [click for more]

Where Is the Conservative Outrage over the IRS?

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The ongoing scandal concerning the IRS’s targeting conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status shows just how close conservatives are to liberals and how far they are from libertarians. It has come to light that the IRS singled out conservative organizations that included the words “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their applications for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. Lois Lerner, ... [click for more]
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