Don Ernsberger is the co-founder of the Society for Individual Liberty and was also heavily involved in the creation and philosophical guidance of the Libertarian Party as a member of its National Committee in the 70s and 80s.
In this address at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention in 1987, Ernberger talks about a “culture of freedom” in America, the growth of the Libertarian Party since its inception 16 years prior, and the then-ongoing liberalization of the world’s largest communist states, China and the Soviet Union.
David Kelley is a political philosopher, writer, and the executive director of the Atlas Society. Kelley is a strong proponent of objectivism and has published a wide range of literature including A Life of One’s Own (1998) and The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand (2000).
Tom G. Palmer is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, director of the Institute’s educational division, Cato University, Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity.
“There are very few people over the generations who have ideas that are sufficiently original to materially alter the direction of civilization. Milton is one of those very few people.”
That is how former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described the Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman. But it is not for his technical work in monetary economics that Friedman is best known. Like mathematician Jacob Bronowski and astronomer Carl Sagan, Friedman had a gift for communicating complex ideas to a general audience.
Bettina Bien Greaves attended Ludwig von Mises’s New York University seminars for many years and has translated, edited, and compiled several of his works. She is currently a resident scholar and trustee of the Foundation for Economic Education.
Randy E. Barnett is a lawyer and legal theorist, and a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute. He also teaches constitutional law and contracts at Georgetown University Law Center.
Jan Narveson is professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the author of several books, including The Libertarian Idea (1988).
In this lecture, Narveson tackles the philosophical question of whether our current conceptualization of justice would exist in a stateless society. He reviews three theories of justice under government, explains the prisoner’s dilemma and coercion by means of game theory analysis, and elaborates on the difference between positive and negative rights.