FEE: Can We Correct Democracy?

            by TOM W. BELL             Suppose you and your friends want to throw an ice cream party, but you can afford only one flavor. Each of you has a different favorite, so you disagree about which flavor of ice cream to buy. No amount of voting can discover the one best flavor of ice cream for your party; you simply cannot please everybody.             Democracy evidently does not have all the answers. Yet you and your friends would readily agree to reject some flavors of ice cream. Nobody wants to party with dirt-flavored ice cream, for instance.             The lesson: Democracy …

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FreedomBook #2: The Law by Frederic Bastiat

            by KEVIN CZARZASTY             I was given a free copy of The Law at a Young Americans for Liberty conference a few years ago.  I can surely say, my understanding not just of government, but of my actions and their consequences, hasn't been the same since.  Frederic Bastiat changed me, for the better.             Few books capture the fundamental nature ofgovernment so sharply.  The book, less than 100 pages long, serves asa moral framework for all believers in freedom. Bastiat asserts that, one cannot justify the initiation of force onanother individual.  This assertion isthe bottom line …

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Cafe Hayek: Quote of the Day

            "Mary Ann Glendon makes much of the failure of law in the United States to impose a legal duty to come to the aid of a person in mortal danger�.  Yet one might well regard the nonimposition of a legal duty to give help as an example of humility and restraint on the part of law and government.  The absence of a legal requirement does not mean repudiating the moral duty to give help.  To suppose it does � more broadly, to suppose that the law determines or at least registers what morality requires � is a tacitly statist notion.  Government should …

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FEE: Keeping Austin Weird

            by MAX BORDERS             In a watering hole near the state capitol, pretty women with tattoos find a handful of sharply dressed men who’ve loosened their ties. A Johnny Cash song gives way to The Clash. A rocker works his way to the bar so he can have a drink before his set. And behind them in a corner, a scrawny kid sits at a laptop writing code for a game app that will soon swallow up millions of joyous hours from people around the world.             Cross the street and discover techno thudding in some basement club. A little …

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