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  1. Air Transportation: More Government Equals Less Safety
    From the earliest days of aviation, the market has provided strong incentives for consu...
    The Freeman, August 1986, pp. 308-311
  2. Capital Punishment
    How inflation and taxation discourage and prevent the generation of capital for better ...
    The Freeman, September 1979, pp. 515-522
  3. Concealed Costs/ Bloated Benefits
    Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work
    Reason, March 1981, pp. 29-32
  4. The Crash of 1987: an Excuse for Government Intervention?
    What not to do in the wake of upheavals in the stock market.
    The Freeman, June 1988, pp. 220-224
  5. The Crisis in Public Finance: No Ways or Means
    Since public finance is neither fair nor feasible, the alternative is to rely on privat...
    The Freeman, March 1979, pp. 131-138
  6. Deregulation of Trucking
    Answers to some of the arguments against deregulation of the trucking industry.
    The Freeman, April 1979, pp. 246-251
  7. Do Seat Belt Laws Work?
    Challenging the presumed benefits of increased auto safety regulations.
    The Freeman, July 1992, pp. 280-281
  8. Don't Let Amtrak Con You
    President Reagan is trying to cut Amtrak's billions in subsidies, but the great train b...
    Reason, May 1985, pp. 36-38
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    Economics on Trial (Review)
    Roads in a Market Economy, by Gabriel Roth
    1. Roads in a Market Economy by Gabriel Roth
    The Freeman, August 1996, pp. 587-588
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    Economics on Trial (Review)
    Risk, by John Adams
    1. Risk by John Adams
    The Freeman, February 1996, pp. 123-124
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    Economics on Trial (Review)
    Driving America, by James Johnston
    1. Driving America by James Johnston
    The Freeman, November 1998, p. 699
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    Economics on Trial (Review)
    Driving Forces, by James A. Dunn
    1. Driving Forces by James A. Dunn
    The Freeman, November 1999, p. 59
  13. The Environmental Assault on Mobility
    We don't have to five up automobile travel in order to have clean air.
    The Freeman, August 1995, pp. 493-494
  14. Essential Air Service Subsidies: Just Plane Foolish
    The waste insubsidizing inefficient air services.
    The Freeman, October 1981, pp. 587-589
  15. Exporting Taxes Threatens State Economies
    When states export taxes they are also exporting opportunities for growth and prosperity.
    The Freeman, January 1991, pp. 27-28
  16. Freedom Is the Environment's Best Friend
    The Freeman, April 2007, pp. 10-12
  17. Government Cost/Benefit Analyses: The Impetus and the Impotence
    The attempt to justify government subsidies through cost/Benefit studies is bound to fail.
    The Freeman, May 1980, pp. 304-314
  18. Government "Investment"
    Analyzing the flaws in popular thinking about subsidies for public transit.
    The Freeman, April 1994, pp. 168-169
  19. Government Is Strangling Transit
    Regulatory barriers and subsidized prices stifle competition.
    The Freeman, July 1991, pp. 264-265
  20. Government Regulation and Business Management
    The state's invasion of managerial prerogatives has occurred on all fronts.
    The Freeman, May 1978, pp. 297-302
  21. Government Regulation of Air Safety May Be Hazardous to Your Health
    Do more crowded skies lead to less safety?
    The Freeman, April 1988, pp. 156-158
  22. The Guaranteed Minimum
    Reason, August 1972, p. 18
  23. Highways: Public Problems, Private Solutions
    The prospects for privately owned and managed highways,
    The Freeman, March 1985, pp. 172-181
  24. How Public Transit Undermines Safety
    The Freeman, April 2006, pp. 22-23
  25. Laissez Faire as a Development Policy
    A policy of planned development may sound good in theory, but reality is quite a bit di...
    The Freeman, May 1987, pp. 182-187
  26. Law of the Jungle vs. the Jungle of Law
    The laws to eliminate risks only confront us with additional uncertainties.
    The Freeman, September 1978, pp. 558-560
  27. Corporate State
    The Little Train That Couldn't Possibly.
    Amtrak's annual report boasts real losses of $750 million and high political dividends ...
    Inquiry, October 1982, pp. 11-13
  28. Losing Freedom Costs a Lot
    The Freeman, May 1996, pp. 267-270
  29. Make-Work Won't Work
    An assessment of the failing measures to relieve unemployment.
    The Freeman, September 1983, pp. 561-569
  30. Mandated Airline Safety Seats Won't Increase Travel Safety
    Attempting to force everyone to make the same choice diminishes individual freedom and ...
    The Freeman, September 1990, p. 340
  31. Mass Transit Mess
    Let taxpayers beware of the claims that mass transit affords a solution to the "energy ...
    The Freeman, October 1979, pp. 618-624
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    Oil Drilling in Alaska (Review)
    The Heated Debate, by Robert C. Balling
    1. The Heated Debate by Robert C. Balling
    The Freeman, September 1993, pp. 367-368
  33. Privatize the DMV
    The Freeman, September 2006, pp. 25-28
  34. Prosperity Without Pollution
    We can have both a growing economy and an improving environment.
    The Freeman, March 1996, pp. 168-172
  35. Public Policy Debate: The Rigged Game
    Government bureaucrats and professional politicians have certain advantages in slanting...
    The Freeman, October 1988, pp. 395-396
  36. Razing Arizona
    How Phoenix Taxpayers Derailed an $8-Billion Transit System
    Policy Review, Fall 1990, pp. 62-66
  37. Regulation and Energy Transport: An Unnatural Disaster
    Widespread economic benefits would follow even partial deregulation.
    The Freeman, February 1978, pp. 90-97
  38. By The Truckers
    Regulation of the Truckers by the Truckers for the
    ICC Regulation Benefits the Trucking Industry, but Every Dollar Gained by the Industry ...
    Reason, March 1979, pp. 26-29
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    Capital Letters (Review)
    Alternate Route, by Clifford Winston and Chad Shirley
    1. Alternate Route by Clifford Winston and Chad Shirley
    The Freeman, March 2000, p. 59
  40. The Road to Ruin
    The highway example of waste in public sector spending.
    The Freeman, December 1981, pp. 723-729
  41. School Censorship: Compulsion Creates Conflict
    Can free expression in the public schools be safeguarded?
    The Freeman, August 1988, pp. 298-299
  42. The Seen vs. the Unseen: A Modern Example
    How conservation measures by-pass the market, and backfire.
    The Freeman, August 1981, pp. 467-469
  43. Semantic Confusion in Economic Regulation
    Statutory law is unsuited to the control of variable economic affairs.
    The Freeman, May 1982, pp. 286-290
  44. The Social Cost of Railroad Regulation
    Government regulations and controls reduce returns and divert resources out of railroad...
    The Freeman, December 1979, pp. 732-739
  45. Spending for Spending's Sake
    The intransigence of a bloated government determined to spent more money.
    The Freeman, November 1991, p. 427
  46. Spending Limits Are Not Enough
    Reduced spending and taxation should enable government to function more appropriately.
    The Freeman, August 1980, pp. 459-462
  47. Taking it on the road
    They've got their transportation deregulation act together in Arizona, but some carrier...
    Reason, January 1984, pp. 37-40
  48. Tax Expenditures
    How government spends what it fails to collect as taxes.
    The Freeman, July 1982, pp. 428-431
  49. Transport Deregulation: An Economic Necessity
    The promise of more efficient service to the consumer with less waste.
    The Freeman, June 1977, pp. 368-379
  50. The Unemployment Act of 1946
    Government attempts to promote employment inevitably result in waste.
    The Freeman, October 1987, pp. 394-398
  51. Features
    Wal-Mart Is Good for the Economy
    The Freeman, October 2005, pp. 8-10
  52. Wal-Mart Wasn't Always the Biggest
    The Freeman, July 2006, pp. 16-18
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