Individual Rights & Law

Archived items are listed in reverse order of publication date.

The End of Central Banking, Part II

Explains why central banking should be terminated and how it can be, focusing primarily on the U.S. Federal Reserve System.

Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, by Andrew Breitbart

Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, by John C. Goodman

The Truth about Gun Control, by David B. Kopel

After the Welfare State, edited by Tom G. Palmer

The End of Central Banking, Part I

Argues, via a mountain of evidence, that the ultimate purpose of central banking is not to “correct market failures” or “prevent financial crises” or the like, but to finance fiscally profligate governments and welfare states.

Why “Big Government” is Not the Problem

Surveys various problems inherent in focusing on the non-essential characteristic of government’s size rather than on the truly essential characteristic of whether and to what extent government protects or violates individual rights.

Robert G. Natelson on State-Driven Amendments to Restrain Federal Spending

Mr. Natelson discusses state-driven amendments to restrain federal spending, the processes of proposing and passing or rejecting such amendments, the safeguards in place for preventing a “runaway convention” that might fundamentally alter the U.S. Constitution, and more.

Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure by Randy Simmons

Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders by Jason L. Riley

Interview with Curt Levey on the Supreme Court and the Presidential Race

Why Marxism? Evil Laid Bare

Examines key ideas that have driven Marxists and socialists?from Asian and European dictators to American college professors?to enact or advocate an ideology that is historically and philosophically pure evil.

Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand's Morality of Egoism

Lays out evidence in support of the fact that, in a free society, people would voluntarily pay to support a properly limited, rights-protecting government; and discusses the essential means by which they would do so.

How Would Government Be Funded in a Free Society?

Lays out evidence in support of the fact that, in a free society, people would voluntarily pay to support a properly limited, rights-protecting government; and discusses the essential means by which they would do so.

Steve Simpson on Continuing Threats to Corporate Free Speech

The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State, by Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore

Individualism vs. Collectivism: Our Future, Our Choice

Surveys the metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics of these two creeds, showing, at each level, that only one of them corresponds to observable reality.

Interview with Boaz Arad on the Israeli Freedom Movement

Boaz Arad, a founder of and spokesman for the Israeli Freedom Movement, discusses the inception, activities, allies, and successes of the Israeli equivalent of the Tea Party movement.

Drawings of Mohammed, in Defense of Human Life

The American Right, the Purpose of Government, and the Future of Liberty

Identifies the proper role of government; applies this principle to crucial issues of the day, including “entitlement” programs, corporate bailouts, and the Islamist threat; and calls for lovers of liberty to save America by adopting this moral truth as their fundamental political principle.

The Assault on Abortion Rights Undermines All Our Liberties (accessible for free)

Surveys the expanding efforts to outlaw abortion in America, examines the facts that give rise to a woman’s right to abortion, and shows why the assault on this right is an assault on all our rights.

This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House by Herman Cain

American Individualism—How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party by Margaret Hoover

Disabling America: The Unintended Consequences of the Government’s Protection of the Handicapped by Greg Perry

The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law by Timothy Sandefur

Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas by Andrew Bernstein

Dare to Stand Alone: The Story of Charles Bradlaugh, Atheist and Republican by Bryan Niblett

Ayn Rand's Theory of Rights:
The Moral Foundation of a Free Society (accessible for free)

Examines the essential aspects of her philosophy that give rise to her theory of rights, as against the theories of God-given, government-granted, and "natural" rights.

A Critique of Representative Paul Ryan's “Path to Prosperity”

Examines and grades various components of Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity,” which, although rejected in the Senate, is perhaps the best plan put forth by an elected official to date about how to deal with America’s financial crisis.

An Interview with John R. Bolton on the Proper Role of Government

An Interview with Governor Gary Johnson on What He Would Do as President

ObamaCare v. the Constitution

Presents a compelling legal argument against the Individual Mandate.

The Iranian and Saudi Regimes Must Go

Identifies the clear and present danger posed by these regimes and presents a policy for their swift elimination.

Interview with Historian John David Lewis about U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East

The Government’s Assault on Private-Sector Colleges and Universities (accessible for free)

Examines the government’s baseless case against career colleges and exposes its malicious efforts to destroy them.

Why ObamaCare is Wrong For America: How the New Health Care Law Drives Up Costs, Puts Government in Charge of Your Decisions, and Threatens Your Constitutional Rights by Grace-Marie Turner, James C. Capretta, Thomas P. Miller, and Robert E. Moffit

Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands by Ezra Levant

Health Care and the Separation of Charity and State

Elucidates the proper roles of government and charity in health care.

Around the World: “The Communist War against the Philippines and Why It Rages On”

Reports on both the communists’ continuing efforts to enslave the Filipino people and the Philippine government’s communist-fueling policy of appeasement.

India in Focus: "India's Commonwealth Games: A National Disgrace"

Shows why, far from achieving their intended goal of “national prestige,” the Commonwealth Games exposed an ugly contradiction in Indian culture and politics.

The Republicans’ Opportunity to
Restore America . . . and Their Obstacle

Considers the Republicans’ alternatives following their victories in the 2010 midterm elections, and identifies a moral conflict, which, if unresolved, will preclude them from saving the land of liberty.

An Interview with Andrew Schiff about Fishing Nets, Hut Gluts, and other Economic Matters (accessible for free)

The author and investor discusses his book, the state of economy, the cause of America’s financial problems, and investment possibilities under the circumstances.

The Ground Zero Mosque, the Spread of Islam, and How America Should Deal with Such Efforts (accessible for free)

Considers the Ground Zero mosque, the spread of Islam in America, and how Americans and Westerners in general should deal with such efforts.

A Prescription for America’s Health Care Ills

Compares and contrasts the cost, quality, and accessibility of government-regulated, rights-violating medicine with that of free-market, rights-respecting medicine and finds, once again, that the moral is the practical.

An Interview with John Allison about Pro-Capitalism Programs in American Universities

The banking-magnate-turned-college-professor discusses his and BB&T’s continuing efforts and successes in establishing pro-capitalism programs in American universities.

The British Industrial Revolution: A Tribute to Freedom and Human Potential

Surveys the essential history of the British Industrial Revolution, showing that what made this period so remarkably productive was its substantial economic freedom, which unleashed countless industrious minds to solve problems of human survival and prosperity.

A Civilized Society: The Necessary Conditions

Discusses the necessary conditions of a civilized society—or, the moral nuts and bolts of freedom and capitalism.

Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, by C. Bradley Thompson with Yaron Brook

How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes, by Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff

How to Protect Yourself Against ObamaCare

Offers practical advice toward preserving your access to quality health care in this new era of “change.”

Citizens United and the Battle for Free Speech in America
(accessible for free)

Analyzes the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, surveys the relevant history of campaign finance laws in relation to the Court’s decision, and discusses the significance of the ruling for the future of free speech.

Government-Run Health Care vs. the Hippocratic Oath

Identifies and concretizes various ways in which government interference in health care precludes doctors from honoring their promise to use their best judgment in treating their patients.

The Virtue of Treating People Like Animals: Why Human Health Care Should Mirror Veterinary Health Care

Shows that although veterinary and human medicine are extremely similar in terms of quality of care, the freer market for the former makes it substantially more affordable and accessible than the latter.

The Practicality of Private Waterways

Shows how the establishment of private waterways, and the protection of property rights therein, would solve myriad pressing problems, from water pollution to depleting fish stocks to disputes about rights-of-way.

Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights,
by Andrew Bernstein

Pharmacide: The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Self-Destructive Effort to Loot America

Provides an illuminating view of the pharmaceutical industry, showing that industry executives have advocated and continue to advocate rights-violating legislation through which the companies gain revenue taken coercively by the government from American taxpayers—and further showing that the pharmaceutical industry’s advocacy of such legislation is killing . . . the industry itself.

Antitrust with a Vengeance: The Obama Administration’s Anti-Business Cudgel

Zeros in on the arbitrary, rights-violating nature of antitrust law; surveys the Obama administration’s efforts to bolster antitrust enforcement; considers the unprincipled arguments put forth by today’s most vocal opponents of antitrust; and calls for Americans to take a principled, rights-based stand—not only against the administration’s reinvigorated antitrust assault, but against antitrust law as such.

What the “Affordable Health Care for America Act,” HR 3962, Actually Says (accessible for free)

Asks ten crucial questions regarding the proposed law; examines what the proposed legislation actually says with respect to these questions; and evaluates the bill accordingly, showing that, if passed, it would massively expand government power over the health-care industry, virtually eliminate the remnants of freedom left in this market, and thus increase the U.S. government’s violations of individual rights by orders of magnitude.

The California Coastal Commission: A Case Study in Governmental Assault on Property Rights (accessible for free)

Surveys the history and nature of the Coastal Commission; examines three recent cases showing how the Commission violates property rights; points to similar agencies that are violating rights in similar ways in other states; and indicates what Americans must do if they want to put an end to this assault on their property rights.

Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, by Christopher C. Horner

Obama’s Atomic Bomb: The Ideological Clarity
of the Democratic Agenda (accessible for free)

Examines America’s political climate in light of the unmistakably statist agenda emanating from Washington, and finds cause for optimism in the effect Obama is having on the minds of Americans—and cause for activism toward helping Americans to see the proper political alternative: not conservatism but capitalism.

The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty (accessible for free)

Examines the morality of altruism, exposing its incompatibility with the basic principle of America (i.e., individual rights), identifying its philosophic roots, and showing that if Americans want to save America, they must repudiate this creed, root and branch.

The Rise of American Big Government:
A Brief History of How We Got Here

Focuses on the historical details of how American government, fueled by altruism, has become the rights-violating, economy-wrecking behemoth it is today.

How the Freedom to Contract Protects Insurability (accessible for free)

Shows that, contrary to proposals being put forth by Republicans, a genuinely free market in health insurance is not only moral, in that it respects the rights of producers and consumers, but also practical, in that it enables businessmen to solve problems for profit—which leads to more and better products and services at lower prices for consumers.

Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed, edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz

Discusses the nature and value of hedge funds, the ill effects of economic regulations, and how to fight for free markets.

Justice Holmes and the Empty Constitution (accessible for free)

Examines the meaning and consequences of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s famous dissent in Lochner v. New York, showing how and why it has devastated American jurisprudence, and indicating what future jurists must grasp and do in order to begin reversing the damage.

Energy at the Speed of Thought:
The Original Alternative Energy Market (accessible for free)

Surveys the history of the U.S. energy industry, with special emphasis on oil as the lifeblood of the modern world and on freedom as the condition that enabled oilmen to make it flow.

A Brief History of U.S. Farm Policy and the
Need for Free-Market Agriculture

Shows how the USDA has grown from a small, seemingly innocuous bureau promoting agricultural research to today’s freedom-thwarting, rights-violating, market-crushing behemoth.

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans From Too Much Law,
by Philip K. Howard

Fooling Some of the People All the Time Updated and Revised: A Long Short Story, by David Einhorn (accessible for free)

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the World Today (accessible for free)

An Interview with Yaron Brook

Explains why, more than fifty years ago, Rand was able to project the kinds of crises we are seeing today.

America’s Unfree Market

Demonstrates the actual nature of the allegedly free market that delivered the current mayhem.

Altruism: The Moral Root of the Financial Crisis (accessible for free)

Zeros in on the fundamental cause of the problem, showing that widespread acceptance of the morality of self-sacrifice necessitated the kinds of laws, regulations, and decisions that have driven the financial markets into the gutter.

Lest We Be Doomed to Repeat It

A Survey of Amity Shlaes’s History of the Great Depression

Provides an essentialized chronology of the era, focusing on the (ominously familiar sounding) policies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Of Freedom and Fat: Why Anti-Obesity Laws Are Immoral

Discusses efforts at state and federal levels to put Americans on a collective diet by violating the rights of food producers, restaurateurs, and consumers.

Houston, We Have a (Zoning) Problem

Demonstrates that Houston’s absence of zoning laws is largely responsible for the city’s relative health and prosperity, and urges Houstonians to halt and reverse the encroachments on their property rights before they find themselves zoned.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions,
by Dan Ariely

Concierge Medicine: A New System to Get the Best Healthcare, by Steven D. Knope, MD

Capitalism and the Moral High Ground (accessible for free)

Concretizes the selfishness-enabling nature of capitalism and shows why this feature makes it the only moral social system on earth.

Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative (accessible for free)

Analyzes the resounding Republican defeat and shows that the party faces a fundamental decision that will determine whether it orchestrates a comeback or stumbles into further defeat.

Net Neutrality: Toward a Stupid Internet (accessible for free)

Focuses on the principle of property rights as it applies to the Internet in the face of increasing calls for government controls of this, as yet, relatively free market.

Bubble Boy: Alan Greenspan’s Rejection of Reason and Morality

Exposes Greenspan as anything but a principled capitalist whose free-market ideas somehow failed.

The Assault on Energy Producers

Surveys various ways in which the government violates the rights of energy producers and thereby impedes our supply of energy and raises prices on everything in the marketplace.

New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, by Burton Folsom Jr.

Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890–2000, by Adam Fairclough

McBama vs. America (accessible for free)

Surveys the promises of John McCain and Barack Obama, shows that these intentions are at odds with the American ideal of individual rights, demonstrates that the cause of such political aims is a particular moral philosophy (shared by McCain and Obama), and calls for Americans to repudiate that morality and to embrace instead a morality that supports the American ideal.

The Resurgence of Big Government

Identifies the cause of America's two-decade swing to the right, explains why this cause was philosophically insufficient to sustain the movement toward capitalism, and indicates what Americans must understand if we want to resume the trek toward freedom, armed with the means to sustain it.

Mandatory Health Insurance: Wrong for Massachusetts, Wrong for America (accessible for free)

Identifies the theory behind the Massachusetts mandatory health insurance program, exposes the program as a fiasco, explains why the theory had to fail in practice, and sheds light on the only genuine, rights-respecting means to affordable, accessible health care for Americans.

Deeper Than Kelo: The Roots of the Property Rights Crisis

Surveys the pivotal historic events that paved the way for today's flagrant violations of property rights in America, documents the United States Supreme Court's indifference to and complicity in the crimes in question, and indicates the solution to the crisis.

How the FDA Violates Rights and Hinders Health

Surveys the history, nature, and consequences of this behemoth government agency; shows that it is impractical and immoral; and indicates how, in the absence of the FDA, the free market could provide the highest possible level of drug safety and efficacy.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

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.

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

Vindicating Capitalism: The Real History of the Standard Oil Company

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.

Immigration and Individual Rights (accessible for free)

Zeros in on the basic principle of America and demonstrates that this principle mandates a policy of open immigration, debunks several common arguments for prohibiting or limiting immigration, shows why all such arguments are necessarily invalid, and indicates what Americans must do if we are to reestablish and maintain the kind of moral, rights-respecting immigration policy that was advocated by the Founders.

Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care” (accessible for free)

Surveys the history of government interference in health insurance and medicine in America, specifying the rights violations and economic problems caused thereby; enumerates the failed attempts to solve those economic problems by means of further government interference; and shows that the only viable solution to the debacle at hand is to gradually and systematically transition to a rights-respecting, fully free market in these industries.

Instrumentalism and the Disintegration of American Tort Law

Illustrates the utter insanity of today’s liability law, recounts the roots and original purpose of the law of torts, surveys the missing links and corrupt ideas that led to its destruction, and sheds light on the path to identifying a sound body of principles that will ground this field in the ultimate purpose of objective law: the protection of individual rights.

The Morality of Moneylending: A Short History (accessible for free)

Presents an essentialized history of usury, showing that, just as moneylenders are being damned and blamed for today's "sub-prime mortgage crisis," so they have been condemned and castigated for alleged wrongdoing from the beginning of Western civilization. Brook zeros in on the economic and moral premises that give rise to contempt for this profession; he identifies the moral-practical dichotomy inherent in these ideas; and he discusses a unified set of principles that must be understood and embraced if moneylending is to be seen as the noble business that it actually is.

Property and Principle

A Review Essay on Bernard H. Siegan’s Economic Liberties and the Constitution

Analyzes Bernard H. Siegan’s Economic Liberties and the Constitution, showing the first edition of the book (not the second edition) to be a valuable source for those seeking to understand how legal protections for property rights in America were gradually lost. Salzman also shows that, although Economic Liberties has certain virtues and is one of the best scholarly books on the subject, it fails to provide a proper philosophical grounding of property rights, and thus cannot stand on its own in defense thereof.

The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism (accessible for free)

Examines today's putatively splintered conservative movement, zeros in on the essence of its two dominant factions, and shows the movement to be only superficially split while fundamentally unified—and stultified—by the conservatives' universal acceptance of a morality that is antithetical to liberty.

Religion vs. Free Speech (accessible for free)

Demonstrates that the tenets of religion are incompatible with the right to free speech, and shows why those who want to establish and maintain freedom of speech must repudiate religion and embrace the rational, secular foundation for rights.