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Politics, Ideas, and Freedom

featuring Ron Paul on Sep 19, 1981

Dr. Ron Paul shares his personal philosophy on how ideas can inform politics in this 1981 video from a Council for a Competitive Economy event.

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Academics, Intellectuals, and Politics

featuring Edward H. Crane in 1982

Edward H. Crane lays out a strategy to convert the public into “Hayekian intellectuals,” one of his purposes in founding the Cato Institute.

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Women in a Free Society

featuring Joan Kennedy Taylor on Jul 18, 1986

Joan Kennedy Taylor reviews the rise of the modern feminist movement and compares the goals of feminism with those of classical liberalism.

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Privacy and Freedom

featuring Solveig Singleton on Nov 21, 1998

Solveig Singleton explains how a regulatory vision of digital privacy can disrupt the free flow of information in society.

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A History of Libertarian Ideas, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 16, 2013

This is the first of a series of talks by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.

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Neighborhood Effects or Culture Rot?

by George C. Leef on Sep 17, 2013

Over time, Milton Friedman began to doubt that the spillover benefits of government-subsidized higher education were worth the costs.

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The Limits of the Non-Aggression Principle

by Sanford Ikeda on Sep 19, 2013

Determining what constitutes aggression can be complicated and libertarians should be wary to rely solely on the Non-Aggression Principle.

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The Market: This Time It’s Personal

by Sanford Ikeda on Sep 19, 2013

Markets are impersonal, but the social networks that develop inside markets are personal. Freedom within these networks is a crucial aspect of a free market.

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The Clenched Fist and the General Welfare

by Gary M. Galles on Sep 19, 2013

Government's only advantage over its citizenry is in the use of force to limit destructive behavior. Beyond this end, this fist of government limits social productivity.

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If You Like Wikipedia, You Should Love Markets

by Gary M. Galles on Sep 23, 2013

Wikipedia is collaborative, diverse and peaceful. In the internet age, it encapsulates the concepts of spontaneous order and free markets.

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Life Without a Microwave

by David R. Henderson on Sep 23, 2013

The progress of the past century, from the microwave to the smart phone to penicillin, originates from economic freedom.

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Markets Not Capitalism

by Matt Zwolinski on Sep 23, 2013

Markets not Capitalism, a collection of essays outlining left-libertarianism, reveals how our current system falls short of the free market ideal.

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The Enduring Lesson of “I, Pencil”

by Nicole Ciandella on Oct 1, 2013

"I, Pencil" describes the complicated process of creating a simple pencil. This essay honors the impact of "I, Pencil" in demonstrating spontaneous order in markets.

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The Nature and Origin of Money

by Alex Salter on Oct 1, 2013

Did the creation of money arise from state decree or emerge from free markets? The answer has important implications for economic policy.

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The Magic of Free Trade

by Arthur Foulkes on Oct 1, 2013

From fifth grade classrooms to the green energy industry, free trade grows economies and promotes peace.

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Problems with Libertarianism

featuring David D. Friedman on May 16, 1981

David Friedman lists problems he believes he has found with moral-rights based justifications for libertarianism.