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Research Articles

These articles, written by Independent Institute Research Fellows, were originally published in other publications, and are republished here. For other research articles, please see our Policy Reports, Working Papers, and The Independent Review.

Nazism, the Second Amendment, and the NRA: A Reply to Professor Harcourt
Stephen P. Halbrook | December 23, 2006

New Light on the Prehistory of the Austrian School
Murray N. Rothbard | April 10, 2017

New York’s Not So ‘SAFE’ Act
The Second Amendment in an Alice-In-Wonderland World Where Words Have No Meaning

Stephen P. Halbrook | June 26, 2017

Nineteen Neglected Consequences of Income Redistribution
Robert Higgs | December 5, 1994

No Right to “Bear Arms”? A Critical Analysis of United States v. Masciandaro
Stephen P. Halbrook | December 16, 2011

The Non-Sustainability of Rwanda’s Economic Miracle
George B. N. Ayittey | October 30, 2017

The Origin of Religious Tolerance
Wendy McElroy | June 1, 1998

A Peaceful Ferment in Somalia
Spencer Heath MacCallum | June 1, 1998

The Perversity of Doing Good at Others’ Expense
Dwight R. Lee | September 1, 1997

Principled Independence
Jordan Paul Smith | October 7, 2009

Profits of U.S. Defense Contractors
Robert Higgs | March 13, 1992

The Promise and Sensibility of Integrative Dualism
Charles Taliaferro | August 30, 2013

Property Rights vs. Environmental Ruin
David J. Theroux | August 1, 1994

Public Opinion: A Powerful Predictor of U.S. Defense Spending
Robert Higgs, Anthony Kilduff | October 1, 1993

Quartering Species
Richard L. Stroup, Andrew P. Morriss | October 1, 2000

Rationing Health Care
Price Controls Are Hazardous to Our Health

Simon Rottenberg, David J. Theroux | February 1, 1994

Reality Check: The “Assault Weapon” Fantasy and Second Amendment Jurisprudence
Stephen P. Halbrook | June 26, 2017

Reflections on the Current State of Political Economy
Richard K. Vedder | March 4, 2016

Regulatory Extortion
Thomas J. DiLorenzo | March 1, 2000

Regulatory Poison
Thomas J. DiLorenzo, James T. Bennett | February 1, 1998

The Reserve Requirement Debacle of 1935–1938
Richard H. Timberlake, Jr. | June 1, 1999

Rethinking Church and State
The Case of Environmental Religion

Robert H. Nelson | October 1, 2011

A Revealing Window on the U.S. Economy in Depression and War
Hours Worked, 1929–1950

Robert Higgs | February 2, 2009

Richard Cobden: Creator of the Free Market
John Chodes | March 1, 1993

The Right to Bear Arms in the Virginia Constitution and the Second Amendment
Historical Development and Precedent in Virginia and the Fourth Circuit

Stephen P. Halbrook | June 26, 2017

The Second Amendment Upholds an Individual Right
Amici Curiae Brief in D.C. v. Heller for 55 Senators, the Senate President, and 250 Members of the House of Representatives

Stephen P. Halbrook | March 10, 2008

The Secular Religions of Progress
Robert H. Nelson | October 14, 2013

Secular Theocracy
The Foundations and Folly of Modern Tyranny

David J. Theroux | January 11, 2012

Should Profits Be Shared with Workers?
Dwight R. Lee | June 1, 1997

The Socialist Roots of Modern Anti-Semitism
Tyler Cowen | January 1, 1997

The Spread of Education Before Compulsion
Britain and America in the Nineteenth Century

Edwin G. West | July 1, 1996

St. George Tucker’s Second Amendment: Deconstructing “The True Palladium of Liberty,”
Stephen P. Halbrook | April 1, 2007

A Tale of Two Brain Trusts
Robert Higgs | October 1, 2002

Thank God for the Nation State?
Robert Higgs | March 15, 2002

Trade and the Rise of Freedom
Thomas J. DiLorenzo | June 1, 2000

Truman’s Attempt to Seize the Steel Industry
Robert Higgs | March 1, 2004

Truth in the Fire: C.S. Lewis and Pursuit of Truth Today
Dallas A. Willard | July 21, 1998

War and Leviathan in Twentieth-Century America
Conscription as the Keystone

Robert Higgs | April 1, 1996

Wartime Prosperity? A Reassessment of the U.S. Economy in the 1940s
Robert Higgs | March 1, 1992

We Can Do Better than Government Inspection of Meat
Ernest C. Pasour, Jr. | May 1, 1998

Weapons, Technology and Legitimacy
The Second Amendment in Global Perspective

William F. Marina | January 1, 1983

Where Does Law Come From?
Bruce L. Benson | December 1, 1997

Who Needs One Big Market?
Joseph R. Stromberg | March 18, 2009

Why Can’t We Be Like France?
How the Right to Bear Arms Got Left Out of the Declaration of Rights and How Gun Registration Was Decreed Just in Time for the Nazi Occupation

Stephen P. Halbrook | April 22, 2013

Why Crime Declines
Bruce L. Benson | January 1, 2000

Why Grover Cleveland Vetoed the Texas Seed Bill
Robert Higgs | July 1, 2003