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Report 2004: Individual Freedom and the Rule of Law

Scholars involved in this initiative assess the coexistence of well-defined intellectual and physical property rights, individual liberty, economic development, environmental issues, and the regulation of commerce and industry within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and, hence, of a free society.

In the 2004 Hoover Press book You Have to Admit It’s Getting Better: From Economic Prosperity to Environmental Quality, the authors dispense with the idea of conserving finite resources as a way to sustain the environment. Instead they powerfully argue that, through such established institutions as property rights, the rule of law, and limited government, economic growth and environmental quality will both flourish. Although some consider their propositions controversial, throughout the book the authors repeatedly show that economic growth is not the antithesis of environmental quality; rather, the two go hand in hand if the incentives are right. Hoover fellow Terry Anderson edited the volume and contributed to it.

Hoover fellow and social commentator Tibor Machan brings together a collection of his columns (first published by Freedom Communications) in Neither Left nor Right: Selected Columns, published by the Hoover Press in 2004. Spanning the past four decades, this retrospective of his work presents his views on a variety of topics, including the independent self, capitalism and its critics, and the individual versus the state. Throughout, he seizes the intellectual offensive against those who believe that only laws and bureaucrats can make life better — and provides a rigorous moral case for natural rights, individualism, and capitalism.