Speeches, events, short videos, and more.

December 4, 1983 Video Collection

Antitrust and Politics as a Process

Public choice economist James M. Buchanan speaks about antitrust rules and politics as a predictable, incentive-driven process in this 1983 video.

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November 7, 1981 Video Collection

Spontaneous Order and Its Value to Society

Sheldon Richman gives an introduction to the idea of spontaneous order in this 1981 video.

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1981 Video Collection

State Education and the 19th Century Voluntaryist Movement

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. He authors a weekly essay series, Excursions, at Libertarianism.org.

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1982 Video Collection

Six Stages of the Libertarian Movement

A prolific author and Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard promoted a form of free market anarchism he called “anarcho-capitalism.”

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1991 Video Collection

The Nature and Role of Government in a Free Society

Gene Burns is a talk radio host and ran for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in 1984. In this lecture, given at a Libertarian Party of California event in 1991, Burns speaks about generally about the nature of government and the attitude of Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers when they drafted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

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1991 Video Collection

Do We Need to Go to War for Oil?

David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

In this video from a 1991 conference in Monterey, Henderson speaks about the then-ongoing Gulf War, which George H. W. Bush once described as a “war for oil.” Henderson asks whether America would ever conceivably need to go to war to secure oil supplies from the influence of rogue states and also speaks briefly on the effects of CAFE and other mileage standards on automobile manufacturers and U.S. drivers.

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1991 Video Collection

The Public School Monopoly: America’s Berlin Wall?

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and the author of Libertarianism: A Primer and The Libertarian Reader.

In this video from 1991, Boaz speaks about public schooling at a Libertarian Party of California conference. He evaluates how poorly state schooling educates children and identifies other problems with the system, explains why more spending never fixes these inherent problems, and proposes solutions that would introduce competition in education.

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April 2, 1993 Video Collection

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Milton Friedman gives a talk about popular political aphorisms, one of his favorites being the one he helped popularize in the title of his 1975 book, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

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