May 14, 2017 Update: Freedom Outlook is no longer active. This page appears here as an archive.
Freedom Outlook is an online publication advocating a politics of individual rights. It will feature reflections on the issues of the day, book reviews, and the occasional piece on political theory.
Here individual rights is understood in the “classical” liberal tradition of constitutional governance, free markets, and freedom of choice, as opposed to the statist Progressive tradition now often (wrongly) called liberalism. At issue is the freedom to live one’s own life by one’s own judgment, to produce, and to trade peaceably with others—not the “freedom” to control others or to help yourself to others’ wealth.
I’m the publisher, Ari Armstrong. A bit of personal background: I read Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman back in high school in the late 1980s, and their work helped frame my intellectual path. I started the Colorado Freedom Report online back in late 1998 (it’s no longer active), right before the term “blog” had been coined and years before WordPress. (I hand coded the page using HTML for Dummies.)
Since then, I’ve written for various regional newspapers, helped edit the Objective Standard, and written numerous articles for my personal page. I’m also the author of two books: Values of Harry Potter: Lessons for Muggles and Reclaiming Liberalism and Other Essays on Personal and Economic Freedom.
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I believe that the struggle toward human liberty is the greatest and and most important movement in history at the political level. I hope you’ll join me at Freedom Outlook to explore the ideas of liberty, to refine them, and to push them forward.