volume 14, number 2 | spring 2002

The Humane Studies Review is an online journal that fosters interdisciplinary research and inquiry in the classical liberal intellectual tradition of individual rights and free markets.


In the current issue:

Freedom and the Tragedy of the Commons: How Social Capital and Interpersonal Networks Enable Collective Action by Ronald S. Smith
"With Garret Hardin’s 1968 publication in the journal Science, resolution of market failure became a central tenet of public policy studies. Drawing on recently published works in economics, Hardin argued that the individual incentives surrounding certain goods discouraged collective action and could often lead to the destruction of the good itself. The ensuing concern over "free riders" and "defectors" led many to conclude that tragedy could be averted only through the power of the 'sword'." {more}


Two Cheers for Democracy: Classical Liberalism and the Revival of the Initiative by John Samples
Classical liberalism and direct democracy are not necessarily friends. Classical liberalism affirms the freedom of the individual and just enough government to protect that freedom from enemies abroad and criminals at home. Direct democracy means the rule of a majority of those eligible to vote. If a majority of the people turns out to be thieves, liberalism and democracy part ways and a nation can fall into civil war." {more}


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