Speeches, events, short videos, and more.

July 13, 1984 Video Collection

Walter Williams on Minorities and Unemployment

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).

July 19, 1986 Video Collection

A Historiography of the Industrial Revolution and Otto von Bismarck

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.

July 21, 1986 Video Collection

Karl Hess: Tools to Dismantle the State

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.

October 25, 1988 Video Collection

William F. Buckley, Jr. and Vladimir Bukovsky: Gratitude and Glasnost

William F. Buckley, Jr. was an author, commentator, columnist, the founder of National Review, and host of the television show Firing Line. During his lifetime he somewhat interchangeably referred to himself as both a libertarian and a conservative.

Vladimir Bukovsky was a Soviet dissident writer and activist during the ’60s and ’70s. He spent a total of 12 years in Soviet prisons, labor camps, and forced-treatment psychiatric hospitals. He was able to escape the Soviet Union in 1976 thanks to a prisoner exchange.

January 11, 1987 Video Collection

Risk and Liberty

Aaron Wildavsky was a political scientist and professor known for his work in government budgeting and risk management. He taught at Oberlin College and Berkeley.

September 7, 1987 Video Collection

Rights During National Emergencies

Robert Higgs is an economic historian whose writings focus on the causes and means of government growth. He is the author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (1989).

In this lecture from 1987, Higgs speaks about governments’ tendency to bend or suspend individual rights during emergency situations. He reviews the history of this in the United States and questions whether the U.S. Constitution is strong enough to protect private rights in the face of an unending string of national crises.

July 12, 1984 Video Collection

Are We Still on the Road to Serfdom?

Eamonn Butler is an author on economic and social issues and the director and co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute.

In this lecture from 1984, Butler talks about Friedrich Hayek’s 1944 classic, The Road to Serfdom. He reviews the path to a totalitarian society that Hayek sketches in the short book, and comes to the conclusion that for the most part the Western world is done with heavy-handed authoritarian experimentation.

July 12, 1984 Video Collection

John Burton: The Failure of the Middle Way

John Burton is a professor, economist, and author. He is on the advisory council of the Institute for Economic Affairs.

In this video from 1984, Burton speaks about the factors that he believe will ultimately lead to the downfall of the mixed economy: the concentrated benefits and dispersed costs of subsidization and rent-seeking behavior by lobbying groups and special interests.

March 7, 1987 Video Collection

Richard A. Epstein: The Public Trust Doctrine

Richard A. Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University as well as an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. He is the author of Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995) and Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2004), among many other books.

February 22, 1989 Video Collection

The Failure of African Socialism

George Ayittey is a Ghanian economist and the founder and president of the Free Africa Foundation. He also taught economics at American University and is an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.