Summer 2008Vol. 3, No. 2

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Articles

Property Rights and the Crisis of the Electric Grid (accessible for free)

Surveys the history and achievements of America’s electricity entrepreneurs, shows how government interference in the transmission grid has hampered their enterprises from the outset to the present day, and indicates what America must do to liberate the grid and enable a new wave of entrepreneurs to supply this vital product commensurate with the country’s demand.

Vindicating Capitalism: The Real History of the Standard Oil Company (accessible for free)

Examines the inception and rise of Standard Oil, demonstrates that the company’s immense success was the result not of so-called “anti-competitive” practices or “predatory pricing” but of its superior efficiency and productivity, and does long-overdo justice to one of the greatest producers of life-serving values in history: John D. Rockefeller.

Proof of the Atomic Theory

Surveys the observations, experiments, and generalizations that led to the discovery and validation of the atomic theory of matter; and, using that process of validation as an example, outlines the three criteria that are essential to the proof of any broad theory.

Book Reviews

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law, by Steven M. Teles

Sun-tzu: Art of War, translated with an introduction and commentary by Ralph D. Sawyer

Reforming Philosophy: A Victorian Debate on Science and Society, by Laura J. Snyder (accessible for free)

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