In many ways — continued warfare (declared or otherwise), the bleeding of the treasury, the erosion of civil rights — 2014 was a terrible year for liberty, at home and abroad. But it was a great year for Liberty Online! Check out some of our favorites from the year past, and let us know any we missed in the comments.
- Wayland Hunter wrote on political tribalism, and how all us little folk are very much outside tribal boundaries, while also wondering whatever happened to the president’s Nobel Prize.
- S.H. Chambers considered the administration of our first Mexican President and also took time to update a few aphorisms.
- Gary Jason celebrated the long-in-coming beginning of the end for Big Labor in the US, as well as the rise of the fracking revolution.
- Jo Ann Skousen steadfastly reviewed the best and the worst the movies had to offer, as well as much in between.
- Lori Heine detailed why she was, at long last, leaving the Blob-like mass of the GOP: and dreamed of a libertarian future.
- Mark Skousen and Leland B. Yeager pored over the runaway smash hit of the year in economics, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
- Steve Murphy, presciently speaking also to US Ebola fears, explained why the yearly hysteria over flu pandemics was, as usual, overstated. Climate science may be likewise overheated.
- Jayant Bhandari questioned whether poor people are actually happier and considered the fallout from Canada’s “terrorist attack.”
- Stephen Cox reported on a mysterious death in Michigan and readied himself to nullify a jury. And in another stellar year of Word Watches, Liberty’s editor found the time to pay special tribute to wordsmith (of a sort) John Kerry.
- Andrew Ferguson interviewed the new director of the Libertarian Party and watched a congressional test drive go all-too-predictably wrong.
- Russell Hasan counted off the reasons that the American Empire’s days are numbered.
- Robert Watts Lamon lamented the long decline and ultimate fall of Kodak.
- And, in an article that would have greatly appealed to our founder R.W. Bradford, Paul Hochstetler took us into one of America’s many pocket communities in An Amish Funeral.
Thanks everybody for reading! We’ll be back with much more in 2015. And if you feel up to it, you can even donate to the Liberty Foundation—and your tax-deductible donation will go toward server costs, platform upgrades, and everything else that will help keep us going through the new year and beyond.