Policy Advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation

Associations

Policy Adviser, The Future of Freedom Foundation

Writings

Animal Rights Absurdity, 22 Oct 2003
Related Topic: Rights
A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Jun 2005
"You quickly get the feeling that anything can happen in San Jose. People were going everywhere. The shops were all open, and vendors were doing brisk trade all along the streets (and sometimes literally in the streets: sellers would walk right out into traffic when cars were stopped at traffic lights)."
A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jul 2005
"The Republic of Costa Rica has no army. The country. ... with a population of around 4 million people (including 50,000 North American expatriates), is proudly neutral. Its constitution dates to 1949 ... By Latin American standards, Costa Rica is extremely stable and wealthy, with the average annual income around $9,000."
Better Them Than Us, 19 Jan 2004
Discusses the Brazilian disarmament statute of 2003 and similar 1997 United Kingdom ban vis-à-vis findings by Gary Kleck and John Lott regarding gun ownership and prevalence of crime
"It has long been maintained by Second Amendment supporters in the United States that guns are a valuable tool in the hands of the citizenry. Pro-gun activists have been arguing for years that passing laws that make it harder for law-abiding citizens to have access to guns for their own defense only encourages crime. ... Handguns are the best and cheapest means for the average person to defend himself against criminals who don't care about the law."
Feeding Obesity, 13 Feb 2004
Related Topic: Personal Responsibility
Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 1, Future of Freedom, May 2004
Account of Irish history in the early 20th century, contrasting the views of unionists in Ulster with those of nationalists desiring home rule or outright separation from Britain
"In 1914, Britain, like the United States and other industrialized countries, was experiencing the tremendous material benefits of a century of laissez-faire economic policies. In Ireland, the most visible advantages of 19th-century capitalism could be seen in Ulster, where industries thrived and living standards soared, relative to the rest of the country."
Related Topics: Ireland, United Kingdom
Government Interventionism in Ireland, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jun 2004
Continued examination of the differences between Irish Protestants and Catholics in the early 20th century, suggesting the principles advocated by Mises could have resulted in better outcomes
"Had Irish nationalists espoused a philosophy of true political freedom — free markets, individual rights and private property, and limited government — rather than one of government interventionism, statism, and political control, there is every reason to believe that the majority of unionists would at least have been less suspicious of their Catholic neighbors and more prepared to see the Home Rule Act as no threat to their British values."
Related Topics: Ireland, Ludwig von Mises
Private Roads and the Economics of the Environment, 6 Aug 2003
Related Topic: Private Roads
Roads, Cars, and Responsibility, 7 Apr 2004
Should Government Run Churches ... or Schools?, 27 Dec 2002
Related Topic: Freedom of Religion
The Education Debate We're Not Having, 15 Nov 2006
"All this handwringing over the best way to pay for public schools distracts us from a far more important point: that we are dealing, first and last, with a broken system — and one that is inherently defective. Rather than patch it up with more money, we ought to try a different approach. Few dare speak of it, ... but an alternative to public schools does exist."
Related Topic: Compulsory Education
The Gun-Control Tide Is Turning, 4 Aug 2003
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got It Wrong, Part 1, 19 Sep 2003
Examines a debate on the pages of USA Today between supposedly opposing sides on the homeschooling issue
"Parents who choose to home-school their children ... have chosen to reject the government-run educational system ... Some find the government education system too secular, too politically correct, too inefficient, too corrupt, too crime-ridden, too sexual, too faddish, too bureaucratic, too incompetent, too dangerous, or any combination thereof. Some, known as 'un-schoolers,' find the entire concept of 'teaching' and 'schooling' to be impediments to real learning."
Related Topic: Homeschooling
To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool: How Both Sides Got it Wrong, Part 2, 24 Sep 2003
Examines the opponents' view in a debate on the pages of USA Today about homeschooling
"Any parent who is either homeschooling or planning to do so is quite aware of his own limitations, which is precisely why home-schooling networks provide information on tutorial services offered by fellow members. Those advertising to teach specific subject matter are usually homeschoolers themselves who have learned through personal experience that which Evans shrouds in mystery as the elusive 'teacher competency.'"
Related Topic: Homeschooling
What Crisis?, 18 Sep 2006
"... the root of the problem is a total breakdown in our society of any understanding of the concept of individual rights ... Were it otherwise, patients and health-care workers alike would stop making spurious arguments about their alleged rights and accept responsibility for their lifestyle choices — whether it's a patient who needs to find a new pharmacist or an ambulance driver who should find a new line of work."
Related Topics: Health Care, Rights