Speeches, events, short videos, and more.

July 21, 1986 Video Collection

Government, The Market, and Minorities

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) and The State Against Blacks (1982).

January 14, 1985 Video Collection

The Success of America’s Public School System

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. Smith’s fourth book, Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and he is also a regular blogger and essayist at Libertarianism.org.

July 15, 1984 Video Collection

Robert Poole on National Defense and Foreign Policy

Robert Poole is one of the founders of the Reason Foundation (which publishes Reason Magazine), and served as its president and CEO from 1978 to 2000. He is currently director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation and frequently writes about issues related to privatization.

In this video from a Libertarian International conference in 1984, Poole speaks about the moral frameworks surrounding national defense and foreign policy. He also goes into the means of national defense, including a lengthy discussion on nuclear armaments and nuclear shield programs.

September 21, 1986 Video Collection

Joan Kennedy Taylor: Pornography Versus Censorship

Joan Kennedy Taylor was a journalist, author, and political activist known for her advocacy of individualist feminism and her role in developing the modern American libertarian movement. She passed away in 2005.

July 12, 1984 Video Collection

John Hospers: From 1776 to 1984

John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972. He passed away in 2011.

In this video from a Libertarian International conference in London, England in 1984, Hospers compares 1984 (and Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell’s popular novel) to 1776, the year of the American Revolution. Hospers speaks about everything from dystopia to new technology to the inevitable failure of global communism.

August 24, 1991 Video Collection

Christian Gergils: Civil Disobedience in Sweden

Christian Gergils is the founder of the Freedom Front (Frihetsfronten), a free-market activist organization and think tank located in Stockholm, Sweden. The Freedom Front was founded in 1990 and became known for acts of civil disobedience in Sweden — setting up pirate radio stations and owning and operating an underground bar and club outside of state-mandated business hours.

August 22, 1995 Video Collection

Douglas Rasmussen and Robert Sirico: Rights, Human Flourishing, and the Liberal Order

Douglas Rasmussen is a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University and co-author (along with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of several books on ethics and political philosophy.

Robert Sirico is an American Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

April 26, 1981 Video Collection

Joan Kennedy Taylor: Respecting Diversity in Libertarianism

Joan Kennedy Taylor was a journalist, author, and political activist known for her advocacy of individualist feminism and her role in developing the modern American libertarian movement. She passed away in 2005.

In this lecture from a Libertarian Party of New York conference in 1981, Taylor stresses the importance of tolerating a diversity of opinions within the American libertarian movement because political movements generally are spontaneously organized.

July 10, 1984 Video Collection

A Response to Norman Barry’s “Differing Foundations in Libertarian Thought”

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

Geoffrey Sampson is professor emeritus in the School of Informatics at the University of Sussex and is currently a research fellow at the University of South Africa. His research includes work on linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.

Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from Staffordshire University where he was a professor of politics.

August 20, 1994 Video Collection

Antonio Martino and Vaclav Klaus: The Italian and Czech Economic Reform Models

Antonio Martino is an Italian politician. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1994 and as the Minister of Defense from 2001 to 2006.

Vaclav Klaus is a Czech politician; he served as Prime Minister from 1992 to 1997 and assumed office as the President of the Czech Republic in 2003.