Bruce Benson

Bruce Benson is the chair of the economics department at Florida State University and is also a senior fellow at the Independent Institute.

Free Thoughts

How Conscious Capitalism Can Solve Global Poverty

featuring Michael Strong, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 15, 2017

Michael Strong joins us this week to talk about the role that capitalism and social entrepreneurship play in alleviating global poverty.

Free Thoughts

The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State

featuring Bruce Benson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 29, 2015

Bruce L. Benson joins us for a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about?

Free Thoughts

The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.



by Andrew Morriss on Aug 15, 2008

Anarcho-capitalism is one proposed type of anarchism, where market actors provide all goods and services to society, including security and common public goods.


Restitution for Crime

by Bruce Benson on Aug 15, 2008

A restitution-based system, which requires those guilty to pay recompense to those they wrong, may be more just than our retribution or crime-based systems.


Voluntary Contract Enforcement

by Benjamin Powell and Edward P. Stringham on Aug 15, 2008

With many private contract enforcement options in existence, libertarians now question whether government is needed to guarantee contracts are upheld.


Illicit Drugs

by Bruce Benson on Aug 15, 2008

Prohibitive and restrictive legislation towards drug use is both ineffective and does more harm to individuals than good.


Law and Economics

by Andrew Morriss on Aug 15, 2008

The “law and economics” approach, used by Coase, Posner, and others, combines the methods and principles of both law and economics scholarship.


Law Merchant

by Bruce Benson on Aug 15, 2008

The Law Merchant was the common law of merchants in the 11th and 12th century, a good example of laws not imposed by the state.


The Literature of Liberty

by Tom G. Palmer on Feb 4, 1998

Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.

Video Collection

Bruce Benson on the Evolution of Law

featuring Bruce Benson on Mar 8, 1997

Benson discusses the history of the legal system and the development of cooperation in society.