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June 24, 1985 Video Collection

Freedom, Morality, and Justice

Frank Van Dun is a Belgian law philosopher and natural law theorist. He is currently senior lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at the University of Ghent.

In this 1985 lecture given at the second world conference of the Libertarian International, Van Dun lectures on the ethical assumptions libertarianism makes. He specifically focuses on the differences between formal coercion and social pressure and what a libertarian society would look like.

June 24, 1985 Video Collection

Classical Liberalism vs. Socialism vs. Conservatism

Leonard Liggio is currently the Executive Vice President of Academics at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies, and a Research Professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.

In this 1985 lecture given at the second world conference of the Libertarian International, Liggio outlines the history of the classical liberal movement in the Western world, starting in the Middle Ages and progressing through to the modern era. He contrasts this with the rise of statism, socialism, and later, conservatism.

September 19, 1988 Video Collection

The Economic Crisis On Our Doorstep

Dr. Ron Paul was formerly the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district. He has also been a three-time candidate for President of the United States; as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

Paul speaks at a meeting of the Economic Club of Detroit in 1988. He warns of a coming economic crisis, which he claims is the end result of the government’s fiscal and monetary programs.

January 15, 1983 Video Collection

The Origins and Purpose of State Schooling

George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith’s fourth book, The System of Liberty, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

In this lecture from a California Libertarian Party event in 1983, Smith talks about the origins and political purpose of state schooling (commonly referred to as “public” education).

July 15, 1984 Video Collection

Reclaiming the Levellers from Socialism

Stephen Davies is currently education director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. Previously he was a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In this lecture from the second World Convention of the Libertarian International in 1984, Davies shares the history of the Levellers, a political movement during the English Civil War that espoused radical individualism, equality before the law, and religious tolerance. He also takes questions from the audience.

1982 Video Collection

We Are Libertarians!

John Northrup was a Certified Public Accountant from Syracuse who also ran for governor of New York in 1982.

In this speech, Northrup explains what liberty means to him and talks about what makes the philosophy of free markets and limited government so unique.

July 22, 1981 Video Collection

How Murray Rothbard Became a Libertarian

Murray Rothbard shares how he became a libertarian and his subsequent intellectual journey.

September 18, 1981 Video Collection

Free Market Environmentalism?

Robert J. Smith introduces the idea of free market environmentalism: an approach to environmental conservation that advocates the private ownership of resources.

September 15, 1981 Video Collection

Competition, Monopoly, and Antitrust

Dominick Armentano makes the case that a competitive economy doesn’t need antitrust laws to function well.