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on Jan 11, 1987

Milton Friedman: The Future of Freedom

Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, was one of the most recognizable and influential proponents of liberty and markets in the 20th century, and leader of the Chicago School of economics.

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on Jun 30, 1985

Robert Poole and Samuel Konkin: What is a Libertarian?

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.

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on Jun 1, 1983

American History with George H. Smith, Part Three

Libertarianism.org is proud to present George H. Smith’s lecture series on American history, given at Dartmouth College in 1983 at one of the first Cato Summer Seminars. Smith provides an intellectual history of the founding and development of the United States from the Declaration of Independence to the Progressive Era.

In the third and final part of this series, Smith lectures on the period of American history from the beginning of the Civil War to the beginning of what’s commonly known as the ‘Progressive Era’ in the early 1900s.

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on Jun 1, 1983

American History with George H. Smith, Part Two

Libertarianism.org is proud to present George H. Smith’s lecture series on American history, given at Dartmouth College in 1983 at one of the first Cato Summer Seminars. Smith provides an intellectual history of the founding and development of the United States from the Declaration of Independence to the Progressive Era.

In the second part of this series, Smith lectures on the Articles and Confederation, the Constitution, and the time period leading up to the Civil War.

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on Jun 1, 1983

American History with George H. Smith, Part One

Libertarianism.org is proud to present George H. Smith’s lecture series on American history, given at Dartmouth College in 1983 at one of the first Cato Summer Seminars. Smith provides an intellectual history of the founding and development of the United States from the Declaration of Independence to the Progressive Era.

In the first part of this series, Smith revisits the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence and Lexington and Concord to the Battle of Yorktown.

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on Jul 10, 1984

Norman Barry: Differing Foundations in Libertarian Thought

Norman Barry was an author and professor of political science at the University of Buckingham. He was an expert on the works of Friedrich Hayek and Frederic Bastiat and was also an early exponent of public choice theory. He passed away in October 2008.

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on Aug 14, 1999

Randy E. Barnett: The Harms of Drug Prohibition

Randy E. Barnett is a lawyer and legal theorist, and a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute. He also teaches constitutional law and contracts at Georgetown University Law Center.

In this video from a 1999 Institute for Economic Studies meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France, Barnett recounts his time spent as a prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois, and speaks about the harms to both drug users and civil society at large as the result of drug prohibition in America.

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on Sep 15, 1989

John Hospers on ‘Pure’ versus ‘Impure’ Libertarianism

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

In this lecture given at a California Libertarian Party conference in 1989, Hospers describes the differences between what he calls ‘pure’ and ‘impure’ libertarianism. He illustrates differences of opinion between the two in three situations: consent, privacy, and endangerment/risk.

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on Aug 14, 1999

Mario Rizzo: The State versus Civil Society

Mario Rizzo is currently an associate professor of economics at New York University and the director of the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy. Rizzo is co-author (with Gerald O’Driscoll) of The Economics of Time and Ignorance (1985).

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