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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Lawrence W. Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education. Reed previously served as the President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for over two decades.
In this lecture from an American Idea Seminar held by the Free Enterprise Institute in 1993, Reed describes the failures and successes of the American health care system in the early 1990s during President Clinton’s push for national health care legislation. He also submits ideas that he claims would fix health care in America while keeping it privatized.
Peter Ferrara is Director of the International Center for Law and Economics and President of the Virginia Club for Growth. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has practiced law with firms on Wall Street and in Washington, DC.
In this video, Ferrara lectures at a Libertarian Party of New York conference on his first book, Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (1980). He describes in detail the problems built into the way the U.S. Social Security system was designed and offers a method of transitioning to a fully privatized retirement-savings model.
Don Kates is professor emeritus of constitutional and criminal law specializing in gun ownership and gun control issues. He is also a research fellow at the Independent Institute, and is the editor of Firearms and Violence: Issues of Public Policy (1984).
In this lecture at a San Francisco Libertarian Party event in 1989, Kates gives a history of gun ownership in America and speaks about the historical implications of the right to self-defense.
Frances Kendall is a portrait artist, businesswoman, former politician, and author living in South Africa. She is the co-author (with Leon Louw) of South Africa: The Solution (1986).
This 1984 lecture at a Libertarian International conference in London focuses on Kendall’s first book, Super Parents Super Children (1983), wherein she advocates a system of parenting based on respecting the rights of children.
Hannes Gissurarson is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland. He frequently speaks about issues related to classical liberalism and is a strong advocate of free market-oriented policies.
In this video from a 1985 Libertarian International conference, Gissurarson attempts to disprove several of German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s theories about civil society being an alienating force among men, the origins of poverty, and so on.
Fred S. McChesney is an economist specializing in deregulation and anti-trust policy and is also a law professor at Northwestern University. He is the author of Money for Nothing: Politicians, Rent Extraction and Political Extraction (1997).
Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He is a well-known columnist and the author of South Africa’s War Against Capitalism (1989), The State Against Blacks (1982), Do the Right Thing: The People’s Economist Speaks (1995), and More Liberty Means Less Government (1999).
Ralph Raico is a specialist in European classical liberalism and Austrian Economics. He learned economics under Ludwig von Mises and is currently a professor of history at Buffalo State College. Raico was also the editor, along with Ronald Hamowy, of the New Individualist Review.
In this video from a 1986 Libertarian International conference in Stockholm, Sweden, Raico gives a lecture on how historians have treated the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Otto von Bismarck and his notorious social insurance programs in pre-World War Germany.
Karl Hess was a noted speechwriter (for Barry Goldwater among others) and author, and later in his life became known as a tax resister and market anarchist.