How Arrogance Threatens Freedom | AIER

In his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman asserted, “Humility is the distinguishing virtue of the believer in freedom; arrogance, of the paternalist.”  Today, there are many more arrogant paternalists who don’t always wear the progressive or socialist label. They create little and demand much from those who add value to the lives of […]

Freedom begins with a book.

What would you describe as beautiful about a prison? To me, that seems a difficult question. Yet in this episode, returning guest Dwayne Betts helped me to see just how much there- or at least could be. Betts sat down with EconTalk host Russ Roberts to talk beauty, offer an update on his ambitious project […]

Forging Modernity or Freedom? | AIER

An interesting and well-written new book about the deep historical causes of modern economic growth, Forging Modernity, is about to appear from one of Britain’s oldest independent publishers, The Lutterworth Press, which survived the Napoleonic Wars, both world wars, the Falklands War, and, so far, Meghan Markle. Authored by Martin Hutchinson, a merchant banker turned […]

Recessions and Economic Freedom | AIER

Talks of imminent recessions are plentiful as people consider how central banks around the world are dealing with high inflation. Regardless of whether things end in a soft or hard landing, it is worth bearing in mind that recessions are shorter, shallower, and much farther apart now than in the past. We know this thanks […]

Economic Freedom: Breaking the Culture of Welfare Dependency

Chief Jerry Asp says any community can change its destiny in a message that reverberates around the world For generations the Tahltan Nation of northern British Columbia (with a territory comprising 11% of the province’s landmass) endured the poverty and exclusion known to many First Nations in Canada. Inspired by the memory of a previously […]

Obstacles to Freedom Can Be the Way to Freedom

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius famously observed, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” Contemporary writer Ryan Holiday put it this way: the obstacle is the way. Meditations was a personal journal; Aurelius was writing to himself what he was learning from his experience of life. He never […]