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Articles by Harry Browne, 2001


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For Public Safety, We Need Less Government, Not More
December 27, 2001 — We can do more to reduce the crime rate by reducing government than by adding more prisons, more police, and tougher sentences.

Bush's Coup d'Etat
December 20, 2001 — Like the Roosevelt revolution, the Bush revolution is taking away our freedom in the name of preserving our freedom.

Secret Trials Endanger Security
December 13, 2001 — Why the safety of America depends on enforcing the Bill of Rights, even for terrorists and even for foreigners.

Brute Force Doesn't Solve Conflicts
December 6, 2001 — Throughout history, political leaders have always turned to brute force as the first resort for settling problems. Isn't it time we started looking for better solutions?

Who gave your rights away?
November 27, 2001 — Many conservatives, liberals and libertarians are protesting the numerous invasions of your liberty that Congress and the Bush administration have imposed during the past two months. But without realizing it, many of the protestors brought these invasions on themselves.

I love America. Do you?
November 20, 2001 — Do you love America? If so, isn't it time you spoke out on behalf of America — before the President and Congress take away the rest of what made this the land of the free?

Isn't it time for the truth?
November 13, 2001 — It is time for President Bush to stop cheerleading and speak the truth.

What can we do about terrorism? - Part three
October 31, 2001 — A brief look at a more realistic foreign policy than what the U.S. government has been practicing. No foreign policy can guarantee complete safety, but we should certainly be much safer than we are today.

What can we do about terrorism? - Part two
October 15, 2001 — There really are only two choices available to us. Neither of those choices can guarantee that we will never be attacked again — but one of them makes a peaceful future much more likely.

What can we do about terrorism? - Part one
October 5, 2001 — The basic assumptions and principles that must be understood before any course of action can be discussed intelligently.

Was the Gulf War a 'just war'?
February 20, 1991 — Written in 1991 at the start of the Gulf War against Iraq, reprised now because so many of the mistakes made then are being made again today.

When will we learn? - Part four
September 19, 2001 — The idea that the American government will successfully retaliate for the terrorist attacks overlooks one simple problem: the American government is a government, and governments are notoriously inefficient at anything they promise to do.

When will we learn? - Part three
September 17, 2001 — Here are more of the comments I've received, objecting to my position on the War on Terrorism.

Attack Afghanistan?
September 15, 2001 — Before bombing Afghanistan into oblivion, perhaps it would be appropriate to ask what kind of country Afghanistan is, what its people are like, and how likely it is that they want war with the U.S.

When will we learn? - Part two
September 14, 2001 — Here is how I stand on the terrorist attacks, and here are my comments on the objections I've received to my position. 

When will we learn? - Part one
September 11, 2001 — The terrorist attacks against America comprise a horrible tragedy. But they shouldn't be a surprise. American foreign policy has been leading up to this day for decades.

The immigration scam
September 5, 2001 — Trying to limit immigration is an admission that the welfare state is a failure.

Free-market predators vs. well-meaning reformers
August 15, 2001 — The computer business is a prime example of the cut-throat competition that American history books and reformers warn us against. Is it good or bad for us?

Final fix for Social Security
August 7, 2001 — Social Security is inherently unsound because it's a political program — run by politicians for political purposes.

Citizen taxpayers vs. the press and politicians
July 20, 2001 — Tennessee is one of a very few states with no state income tax, but politicians keep trying to change that.

Freedom is Responsibility
July 7, 2001 — Do Libertarians believe in responsibility? Of course; they have to. (A response to an op-ed by Charley Reese)

Al Gore in drag
July 3, 2001 — Some people voted for George Bush because they were afraid of what Al Gore would do. And what did they get?

Top 10 misconceptions about government
June 26, 2001 — Here are 10 myths about government that form the mistaken assumptions for many political arguments.

Bringing back liberty
June 12, 2001 — Why we must be consistent if we want people to turn to freedom as the answer to social problems.

If all drugs were legal (gasp!) . . .
June 7, 2001 — Let's think the unthinkable for a moment. What would society be like if every drug law were repealed?

Who makes life better for you?
May 29, 2001 — Every day of the week businesspeople do something to make your life easier, more comfortable, more enjoyable. Meanwhile, politicians are busily doing the opposite.

Missing the point in the Kerrey controversy
May 4, 2001 — More important than asking whether Sen. Kerrey's actions in Vietnam were justified is the question: Why was he there in the first place?

Drugs, Downey, Strawberry, junkies and hypocrites
May 1, 2001 — In any discussion of the Downey and Strawberry cases, one point seems to be overlooked: Even though both are addicts, they're quite able to perform their jobs properly.

Why not real health-care reform?
March 26, 2001 — If any politician in Washington really cared about your health care, he wouldn't be debating how the federal government should impose its way on HMOs.

Trusting people to do the right thing?
March 9, 2001 — Libertarians don't believe we'll ever live in a perfect world. That's why we don't want politicians running our lives.

Libertarians are not a part of the "right"
March 7, 2001 — Choosing between "left" and "right" today is like choosing between the Yankees and the Mets.

The president speaks, but who is talking?
March 3, 2001 — If one actually listens to what presidents say when they address the nation, it's hard to tell conservatives from liberals.

Only one reason needed to repeal the estate tax
February 20, 2001 — We've heard many arguments, pro and con, about the estate tax and its potential repeal. But the most important argument has been overlooked.

Conservatives looking more like liberals every day
February 13, 2001 — Conservative activists are praising George Bush’s big-government policies — contradicting whatever they may have said about government last year. They are betraying their stated ideals as easily as the 1930s liberals did for Roosevelt and as the 1990s liberals did to defend Bill Clinton.

Do you have too much freedom?
February 5, 2001 — George Bush’s "communitarianism" is said to be a reaction to the "unfettered individualism" of the past couple of decades. The idea that you have too much freedom and need to turn more of your life over to collective action is laughable

Mr. Clinton's Mantra
January 29, 2001 — With Bill Clinton recently departed from the White House, you might enjoy reading an article written just after Mr. Clinton entered the White House in 1993.

Sources for statistical data
January 26, 2001 — A companion piece to The Clinton legends will live on in the Bush presidency

The Clinton legends will live on in the Bush presidency
January 23, 2001 — We’re besieged with a mountain of myths about the economy — tall tales about a non-existent surplus, about Clinton bringing interest rates down, about a booming economy.

Aiding and abetting Republicans?
January 11, 2001 — The Republicans think that just because George Bush isn’t Bill Clinton, we should run to his aid every time he needs help. By doing so, we give up a little more of our freedom.

Should we give George Bush another chance?
January 1, 2001 — George Bush has already had plenty of chances to prove himself as a promoter of individual freedom. Unfortunately, he’s flunked them all.

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