Speeches, events, short videos, and more.

August 14, 1999 Video Collection

Randy E. Barnett: The Harms of Drug Prohibition

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.

In this video from a 1999 Institute for Economic Studies meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France, Barnett recounts his time spent as a prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois, and speaks about the harms to both drug users and civil society at large as the result of drug prohibition in America.

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September 15, 1989 Video Collection

John Hospers on ‘Pure’ versus ‘Impure’ Libertarianism

John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972.

In this lecture given at a California Libertarian Party conference in 1989, Hospers describes the differences between what he calls ‘pure’ and ‘impure’ libertarianism. He illustrates differences of opinion between the two in three situations: consent, privacy, and endangerment/risk.

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August 14, 1999 Video Collection

Mario Rizzo: The State versus Civil Society

Mario Rizzo is currently an associate professor of economics at New York University and the director of the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy. Rizzo is co-author (with Gerald O’Driscoll) of The Economics of Time and Ignorance (1985).

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January 13, 1985 Video Collection

Bill Evers: How to Convince a Socialist

Bill Evers was a resident scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution (and is currently a research fellow there) and also served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Education from 2007-09.

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January 13, 1985 Video Collection

Thomas Hazlett: Bumper Sticker Ideology

Thomas Hazlett is a professor of law and economics at George Mason University’s School of Law. From 1991-92 he served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission, and prior to that he was Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

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August 27, 1987 Video Collection

Dr. Demento, Robert Anton Wilson, and Walter Block: Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Libertarianism

Robert Anton Wilson was the author (along with Robert Shea) of the popular Illuminatus! trilogy, which won the Prometheus Hall of Fame award in 1986. His other books have found great acclaim as well, many of them achieving “cult classic” status. Wilson was described at various times throughout his life as a novelist, philosopher, psychologist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, civil libertarian and agnostic mystic.

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August 22, 1995 Video Collection

James Sadowsky and Douglas Rasmussen on Society and the Common Good

James Sadowsky was a Jesuit priest and professor of philosophy at Fordham University. A friend to and follower of Murray Rothbard’s political philosophy, he also gave lectures at Aix-en-Provence for the International Society for Individual Liberty for many years. He passed away on September 7, 2012.

Douglas Rasmussen is a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University and is the author of several books on ethics and political philosophy.

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August 21, 1991 Video Collection

David Kelley on Ayn Rand and the Rebirth of Liberty

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).

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February 27, 1994 Video Collection

Richard Ebeling: Ludwig von Mises in Austria

Richard Ebeling is currently a professor of economics at Northwood University. He was the president of the Foundation for Economic Education from 2003 to 2008 and has published several books on Ludwig von Mises and Austrian economics.

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September 21, 1986 Video Collection

Roy A. Childs, Jr.: A Tribute to Bob LeFevre

Roy A. Childs, Jr., was an essayist, lecturer, and critic. He first came to prominence in the libertarian movement with his 1969 “Open Letter to Ayn Rand,” and he quickly established himself as a major thinker within the libertarian tradition. He passed away in 1992.

In this video from Free Press Association dinner in New York in 1986, Roy Childs gives a tribute to Bob LeFevre, the founder of the Freedom School and one of Childs’s mentors. LeFevre had passed away earlier that year.

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