For Free Men and Women

by Don Boudreaux on February 20, 2007

in Environment, History, Politics, Risk and Safety

The latest issue of The Freeman — the venerable (almost-)monthly magazine published by the Foundation for Economic Education since 1956 — has three especially fine articles.

One is by historian Steve Davies, who wonders how our sense of history would be different if, instead of marking history by important dates in politics and war, we marked it by the dates of important commercial and industrial events that proved to have enormous impact on our lives (such as the advent of container shipping).

The second is by Max Borders who argues, wisely, that "government solutions to climate change are wrong-headed."

In the third, economist David Henderson offers a friendly critique of Russ Roberts’s assumption (made in an article appearing in an earlier edition of this magazine) that government generally does provide security.

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jp February 21, 2007 at 10:12 am

I nominate as a national holiday March 22, to be known as "Freedom to Incorporate Day." On that date in 1811, New York enacted the first general incorporation law in the world. New York thus became the first state in which entrepreneurs could use the legal "invention" of the corporate form without going hat-in-hand to a legislature to request permission.

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