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Free-Market.Net (FMN) was started by Chris Whitten in 1995 as free-market.com. The idea was to have a central clearinghouse on the newly burgeoning World-Wide Web for libertarian ideas, organizations, and people.
FMN worked to encourage libertarian organizations such as the Cato Institute, Reason magazine, Laissez Faire Books, Independent Institute, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to create websites and distribute information.
On the other side, FMN worked to connect website visitors to the organizations, local events, books, articles, and other individuals who might interest them.
In 1997, the Henry Hazlitt Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to host Free-Market.Net. As the organization grew, other "sister sites" for FMN were created, including libertarian.org (for people new to libertarian ideas), ifeminists.com (for individualist feminists), and Bureaucrash (for students).
FMN had over 250 paying partner organizations and over 5,000 paying members. There were a half-dozen full-time employees and more than a dozen part-time employees.
In 2001, Chris Whitten left his work at FMN in order to start a for-profit business, which became WikiAnswers. Louis James took over as president of the Henry Hazlitt Foundation.
In 2002, FMN and the Henry Hazlitt Foundation folded. The Institute for Humane Studies bought libertarian.org, the Independent Institute took over ifeminists.com, Bureaucrash spun off into a new organization, and Free-Market.Net went to the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL). ISIL eventually let FMN disappear as a separate website.
On August 18, 2010 Chris Whitten wrote:
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