FEE: Cities and Emergent Order

            by THE FREEMAN             By definition, cities are places where a lot of people want to live. So we thought it would be interesting to explore and celebrate them.             Cities are, after all, like coral reefs, or maybe rainforests. That is, not only are cities emergent orders of the sort we often admire here at The Freeman, but we want to communicate the idea that human beings aren’t some sort of invasive species. We are a part of nature, of course, and cities are our version of termite mounds or anthills. They are complex. We also think they can be …

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Menckenism: Once The Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

            by BILL FREZZA             Shock may best describe the Chicago Cabal’s reaction to recent events as the narratives these political operatives spent a lifetime constructing lie in tatters, revealing an ugly reality long held at bay. While Barack Obama’s presidency may yet recover “especially if the White House can win back the mainstream media’s active support” the ability to frame, spin, distract, blame, deny, distort, demonize, and prevaricate on any issue unchallenged has been compromised. As the president continues to do everything but his job, more and more mainstream journalists are finally starting to do theirs.             That it has …

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Cafe Hayek: Slavery “Even Temporary” Is An Offense Against Humanity

            by DON BOUDREAUX Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal: Gen. Stanley McChrystal joins the discordant chorus of anti-American voices calling for mandatory national service (“Lincoln’s Call to Service – And Ours,” May 30). Of course, Gen. McChrystal is convinced that government coercion of young people to “serve” in programs designed by politicians and operated by bureaucrats is pro- rather than anti- American.  But he’s mistaken.  What’s more central to the American creed than the manifesto in the Declarartion of Independence that every individual possesses “unalienable Rights” which include “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” “and that government’s …

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FEE: The Man Who Outsourced the Government

            by THE FREEMAN             Oliver Porter created and implemented the public-private partnership (PPP) model for Sandy Springs, Ga.�a city of 100,000 people near Atlanta. He has served as the principal advisor for many other new cities and for cities considering the conversion to the PPP model, both in the United States and Japan. He has authored three books on this subject and has agreed to sit down with The Freeman. The Freeman: Can you describe in a nutshell what Sandy Springs, Georgia, has been able to do�that is, provide a sketch of your model? Porter: The Sandy Springs model is a …

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FreedomBook #1: Ideas & Action by George P. Shultz

            by KEVIN CZARZASTY             The following is the first of many micro-commentary on books that foster freedom.  The FTCN Blog's goal in covering "FreedomBooks" is to present the basic background and knowledge of liberty-minded books that could serve contemporary politicians and voters.  The range of books will vary, but all FreedomBook reviews will have the goal of understanding and defending the Constitutional principles of the United States.             The 21st Century has presented many difficulttasks to American diplomats.  It can besaid that, considering the unprecedented American involvement in internationalaffairs combined …

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