Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.
Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”
What is money and where does it come from? How did the government become so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why?
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.
Greg Lukianoff joins us for a discussion about the state of free speech on college campuses in the United States.
Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority in the United States and around the world.
Clark Neily joins us for a discussion on judicial engagement and judicial abdication. Have there been large changes in theories about the roles of judges?
Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?
What does libertarianism have to offer Christianity? Are there Christian beliefs that would strengthen libertarianism’s philosophical foundation?
Megan McArdle says that recognizing failure—and in some cases embracing it—is a crucial part of what makes American culture, markets, and society successful.
What happens when laws create more injustice than they fix? Is America “overlawyered”?
Why are people so angry at “Wall Street” all the time? What exactly is Wall Street, anyway?
Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?
The problems of knowledge, interest, and power always emerge when people live in a society with each other. How can we best resolve these problems?
Who loses when regulations have unexpected consequences: the companies or the consumers the regulations are meant to protect?
What libertarian ideas and policies would be particularly helpful for black Americans?
What’s wrong with copyright law in America today? Should we even have copyright at all? And if we should, how can we make it better than it is now?
Why is Thomas Piketty’s newest book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, getting so much attention in America?
What are the President’s actual duties according to the U.S. Constitution? Why does the President have so much more power now?
Should we be concerned about an equal distribution of resources in a society? An equal distribution of outcomes?
Is economic growth incompatible with a clean planet? Doesn’t the government already do a good job of regulating pollution? How would markets do better?
Is there something wrong with some people earning a lot more—or a lot less—than others?
If you ask “How do people talk about politics?” most of us will say something like “angrily.” But Arnold Kling thinks there’s more to it than that.
What is Bitcoin—and for that matter, what are cryptocurrencies in general and how do they work?
A live audience of students asks questions about the philosophy of free immigration.
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