Guides are self-paced online courses taught by top professors and experts. Guides introduce the basic ideas and principles of a free and flourishing society and serve as a path to further learning. Start with the introductory video, then dive into the lecture series and featured book. If you’d like to dig deeper, each Guide’s homepage offers reading lists, essays, and links to other helpful materials.

Understanding Statistics

Many economists use statistics to help us understand how markets operate. Without assuming any prior mathematical knowledge, Antony Davies introduces some of the measures and methods used by economists in their work.

Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University.

Foundational Concepts in Economics

Economics is the study of human choice. In this Guide, professor Howard Baetjer introduces important concepts in economics that serve as the foundation for the economic way of thinking.

Howard Baetjer is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

The Cato Home Study Course

The Cato Home Study Course is a series of audio lectures providing an in-depth introduction to the history and principles of libertarianism. Perfect listening for your commute, or for more deliberate study. The lectures are centered around important libertarian thinkers and their most important works.

Lectures written by George H. Smith, Wendy McElroy, David Gordon, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, and William H. Peterson. Narrated by Craig Deitschmann et al.

Libertarian Public Policy

What do libertarians think about issues in public policy? Jeffrey Miron applies economic thinking to a variety of policy questions, building a picture of what a libertarian world might look like.

Jeffrey A. Miron is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard’s Economics Department.

Introduction to Political Philosophy

Political philosophy is the study of the ethical relationships between individuals, society, and the state. In this Guide, professor Jason Brennan outlines how philosophers tackle these issues, especially philosophers working from a libertarian point of view.

Jason Brennan is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Introduction to Libertarianism

This Guide covers a broad range of libertarian ideas in the realms of philosophy, history, economics, and political science. It’s a great starting point for anyone new to libertarianism, and a great jumping-off point for someone who knows a little and wants to learn more.

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of The Libertarian Mind.