Jeffrey Tucker

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Manners, Like Markets, Are Beautiful

There was a strange moment in the second debate when a question was posed to both candidates. Donald Trump deferred to Hillary Clinton for the answer because, he said, “I am a gentlemen.” Sure, he might have spoken ironically or even...

How Coffee Drinking Helped Advance Women's Rights

In 18th century Europe, many products and services reached a newly emergent middle class for the first time in human history. The capitalist age was maturing, and that meant that average people had money for the first time and lots of choices on how...

Watch this 17-Year Old Kid Explain Why He Won't Go to College

You might still believe that college is a great investment for nearly everyone. You might still hold to the view that a great education benefits the student and the whole of society. You might even agree with the politicians who are figuring out how...

What Early Feminists Meant by 'Equal Pay for Equal Work'

The phrase “equal pay for equal work” is in play again, with an intended meaning we all know. The idea is that government should force (really force, this time) private employers to boost the pay of women to match the rate of men in the same...

Central planners have a long history of controling birth

Even after all these years of experience, socialism still has a reputation for being a humane alternative to capitalism. It’s preposterous because socialism means controlling or stealing people’s property, whereas capitalism mean nothing more or...

Why You Should Watch this Censored Nazi Propaganda Film

A marvelous feature of the digital age is that we have opportunities to see films that were nearly impossible to view even decades ago. In some cases, the films were banned. This was the case with the 1935 Nazi propaganda film “Triumph of the...

Was this Man the Founding Father of Fascism?

Have you heard of the “great man” theory of history? The meaning is obvious from the words. The idea is that history moves in epochal shifts under the leadership of visionary, bold, often ruthless men who marshal the energy of masses of people to...

Must a Jewish Baker Make a Nazi Cake?

At the first-ever nationally televised debate between candidates for the Libertarian Party, the subject turned to a fundamental issue: the freedom not to associate. The subject concerned anti-discrimination law, particularly as it affects religion...

Despite Appearances, These Are Great Times for Human Liberty

Are you despairing of the presidential electoral trajectory? You are not alone. You are in the majority, one might even say the silent majority. A majority of voters in both major American political parties tell pollsters that they neither like...

Why the Holocaust Should Matter to You

People tour the nation’s capital to be delighted by symbols of America’s greatness and history. They seek out monuments and museums that pay tribute to the nation state and its works. They want to think about the epic struggles of the past, and...

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