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on Jan 15, 1983

The Origins and Purpose of State Schooling

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, The System of Liberty, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

In this lecture from a California Libertarian Party event in 1983, Smith talks about the origins and political purpose of state schooling (commonly referred to as “public” education).

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on Jul 15, 1984

Reclaiming the Levellers from Socialism

Stephen Davies is currently education director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. Previously he was a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In this lecture from the second World Convention of the Libertarian International in 1984, Davies shares the history of the Levellers, a political movement during the English Civil War that espoused radical individualism, equality before the law, and religious tolerance. He also takes questions from the audience.

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in 1982

We Are Libertarians!

John Northrup was a Certified Public Accountant from Syracuse who also ran for governor of New York in 1982.

In this speech, Northrup explains what liberty means to him and talks about what makes the philosophy of free markets and limited government so unique.

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on Jul 22, 1981

How Murray Rothbard Became a Libertarian

Murray Rothbard shares how he became a libertarian and his subsequent intellectual journey.

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on Sep 18, 1981

Free Market Environmentalism?

Robert J. Smith introduces the idea of free market environmentalism: an approach to environmental conservation that advocates the private ownership of resources.

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on Sep 15, 1981

Competition, Monopoly, and Antitrust

Dominick Armentano makes the case that a competitive economy doesn’t need antitrust laws to function well.

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on May 16, 1981

Problems with Libertarianism

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

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on May 16, 1981

Do Children Have Rights?

George H. Smith theorizes on what rights children retain—if any—in this 1981 video.

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on Nov 21, 1998

Privacy and Freedom

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

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