A lecture series on the theory and history of libertarianism, as well as how libertarianism applies to contemporary policy issues.

June 20, 2013 Exploring Liberty

Privacy, Regulation, and the Internet

Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, gives a quick primer on the meaning and importance of privacy in a digital world filled with government surveillance, tracking infrastructure, and laws and regulations that stop you from protecting your privacy. He compares privacy online with its physical analogs and explains several different aspects of what privacy constitutes in our culture today.

Produced by Evan Banks.

June 20, 2012 Exploring Liberty

The Problem of Political Ignorance

Ilya Somin is a Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law, an Adjunct Fellow at the Cato Institute, and a regular contributor at The Volokh Conspiracy, a group law blog.

March 6, 2012 Exploring Liberty

The Machinery of Freedom

David D. Friedman is an economist, political philosopher, and the author of many books including The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, wherein he lays the groundwork for a society based exclusively on voluntary transactions. In this Exploring Liberty lecture, Friedman discusses the main premises of The Machinery of Freedom and offers a few additional conclusions he has reached in the years after the first edition of the book was published in 1973.

Produced by Evan Banks.

February 17, 2012 Exploring Liberty

Simple Rules for a Complex World

In this Exploring Liberty lecture, Richard Epstein gives a quick outline of his “simple rules”— six conditions that he says provide the groundwork for the emergence of a civilized society.

Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University as well as an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. He is the author of Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995) and Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2004), among many other books.

Produced by Evan Banks.

January 18, 2012 Exploring Liberty

The History of Liberty, Pt. 1

Tom G. Palmer is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice. In this installment of the Exploring Liberty lecture series, Palmer leads a whirlwind tour through human history to document the rise of libertarian ideas, starting with the Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh and progressing through the history of ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment thinkers.

January 4, 2012 Exploring Liberty

Libertarianism and War

In the second lecture in the “Exploring Liberty” series, Christopher A. Preble gives an introduction to how American libertarians have historically felt about wars and military intervention abroad.