Last Christmas, Pope Francis criticized holiday consumerism, saying that ours is “a society often intoxicated by consumerism … wealth and extravagance.”
To understand why this sort of critique is mistaken, and why consumerism and capitalism deserve our love at Christmastime and throughout the year, we need to go back to basics.
Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, stands out because of her unconventional views on education and marriage, challenging the staunchly patriarchal society of Georgian England. Here’s what her story can teach us about liberty…
Free-market environmentalism combines the ideals of environmental protection with the principles of a free-market economy. It acknowledges that markets can provide powerful incentives for conservation and environmental stewardship, and that private property rights and contracts can be leveraged as tools to protect the environment. But how exactly does this work?
The tragedy of the commons is a concept that describes the depletion or degradation of shared resources that are not owned or managed by any individual or group. It occurs when multiple individuals, each pursuing their own ends, overuse or exploit a shared resource to the point of depletion, resulting in harm to all users of that resource in the long run.
Why are some countries successful while others aren’t? Is it down to natural resources, colonialism, or can it be better explained by something else?
Technological advances have made it much easier for individuals to express themselves, but are major tech companies now stifling free speech?
As long as they do not violate anyone’s rights, immigrants should be able to purchase property, engage in commerce, speak their language, and practice their faith in any manner they choose and within any borders.
What lessons can we learn about the importance of property rights from examples such as rental cars and Brazil’s favelas?
Understanding the far-reaching positive influence of individual property rights requires some creative thinking.
A for-profit company is helping rural Africans earn money from their land by securing their property rights.
Should governments have a blanket right to exclude immigrants?
On the 8th anniversary of Minecraft’s launch, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how great it is.
California is running on the equivalent of a Windows operating system (OS) that’s backwards compatible with earlier versions of the OS — and thus just as confusing, complicated, and conservative as you would expect from a system dating back decades.
Truly supporting choice means supporting the right of individuals to choose.
Watson offered up a simple truism about feminism that is more powerful than it might sound: “Feminism is about giving women choice.”
Almost two centuries before the women’s lib movement and a full century before the suffragettes, not all women were quiet subordinates to men. In this 1996 essay, historian Jim Powell provides us with an illuminating account of the brilliant Mary Wollstonecraft, an 18th-century author and philosopher who never minced her words in defense of equal […]
Whether you’re on the right or the left, if you care about civil rights, property rights, or liberty, abolishing civil asset forfeiture should be high on your agenda.
Today is International Women’s Day and, in some of the least surprising news of the day, it turns out that women’s equality ties into economic freedom. International Women’s Day was founded by the American Socialist Party in 1909 and usually ends up celebrating women in government, politics, and statism, but let’s look at something else. […]
The free-market concept is simple — private property owners should be able to preside over whatever policies they want.
I was still a Soviet citizen when I first read some of the international documents on human, economic, and political rights.
The most far-fetched myth that I’ve encountered recently is that the wealth of the modern Western world, especially that of the United States, is the product of slavery.
One great benefit of markets is that prices tell us what to do. Not through orders, which often don’t work, but through incentives.
With minor variations between the states, the law governing the use and ownership of real property emerged as part of English common law.
The right of humans to freely cooperate on an open market is the surest way to bring about not only economic, but human harmony.