YAL in Action

Check out YAL activities on campus and updates from around the liberty movement.

Tag: Free Market Economy
  • SimCity and Society

    Earlier this month, Electronic Arts released its latest installment of SimCity, the ever-popular city-simulation franchise. Writing at the New York Times, Stephen Totilo suggested that, “The new SimCity has all the potential to be a fascinating social experiment.” I think there’s even more to it. Besides being a social experiment, SimCity can also reveal some …

  • “Privatization” is not necessarily the free market answer

    Conservative blogger Communism Kills, remarked that libertarians abuse the word “statist,” using it as a crutch in lieu of genuine argumentation: It’s similar to when the left uses “racist” and homophobe”. If you cannot prove it, do not use it. A blogger, who fashions himself a libertarian, just called me a “statist neocon”—who is “ignorant …

  • Craigslist: How the founder espouses liberty ideals

    All of the quotes and information used in the post can be found in Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston. Craigslist was founded in early 1995 by Craig Newmark; it started as a simple e-mail list that grew exponentially over the next few years.  Newmark, who worked in the tech industry, would send an e-mail …

  • 60 Things Free Market Haters Shouldn’t Do

    I’m sure as consistent defenders of liberty we’ve all experienced someone saying to us that since we consistently defend liberty and free markets, that we should not drive on government roads, call the fire department, etc. Well, thanks to twitter (shameless plug: follow me @Locjeb) I stumbled upon a list of “60 Things NOT To …

  • YAL@VU: Sweatshop Economics Close Recruitment Month

    YAL@VU hosted a webinar watching party on Sept. 27th, streaming a presentation by Prof. Ben Powell on “No Sweat: How Sweatshops Improve Lives and Economic Growth.” The presentation explained how sweatshops provide a superior opportunity for the workers who work in them compared to other alternatives available to those workers and the role sweatshops play in …

  • Book Review: The Invisible Heart

    Capitalism involves struggle, but it has an invisible heart beating at its core that transforms people’s lives. If you give it the chance. Look at the full picture and you get a very different perspective. ~ The Invisible Heart, by Russell Roberts Do homeless people have the right to use the money given to them …

  • Why Free Markets Will Save America

    When President Obama took office, the country was experiencing an economic crisis. Keeping up with the old Keynesian economic tradition, the President, as well as many members of Congress, held the belief that government intervention was the only way to get the economy going again. Therefore, Congress approved over $2 trillion in stimulus funds and …

  • The Case for Anthropogenic Climate Change

    Many libertarians, including otherwise serious scholars and men of letters, sound like empty-headed dolts when discussing scientific matters.  To redress this unfortunate deficiency, I want to talk about Global Warming, a subject scarcely (if ever) raised on pro-liberty websites. The Greenhouse Effect entails the absorption of solar radiation emitted from the earth’s surface via certain …

  • Free Market Economics and the Future Business Leaders

    I have been an active member in the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda in the past few years, and I’ve noticed two things from the FBLA perspective: 1. Capitalism (in the sense that true free-market capitalist know it) is bad because it’s “unethical” 2. The only school of economics that is “correct” …

  • Science, Art, and the Free Market vs. The State

    Click the image for a larger version.  Credit to Whakahekeheke.