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on Jun 1, 1983

The World at War

Ralph Raico is a specialist in European classical liberalism and Austrian Economics. He learned economics under Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek, and is professor emeritus of history at Buffalo State College. Raico was also the founder of the New Individualist Review.

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on Jul 27, 1985

Mapping the Ethical Minefield

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute, and has played a key role in both the Institute’s development and the growth of the American libertarian movement at large.

David D. Friedman is an economist, professor, political philosopher, and the author of many books including The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, wherein he lays the groundwork for a society based exclusively on voluntary transactions.

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on Jan 15, 1985

Why Does Big Business Love Big Government?

G. William Domhoff is a research professor in psychology and sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Who Rules America? (1967), Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness (1974), and other books.

A prolific author and Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard promoted a form of free market anarchism he called “anarcho-capitalism.”

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on Jun 24, 1985

Freedom, Morality, and Justice

Frank Van Dun is a Belgian law philosopher and natural law theorist. He is currently senior lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at the University of Ghent.

In this 1985 lecture given at the second world conference of the Libertarian International, Van Dun lectures on the ethical assumptions libertarianism makes. He specifically focuses on the differences between formal coercion and social pressure and what a libertarian society would look like.

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on Jun 24, 1985

Classical Liberalism vs. Socialism vs. Conservatism

Leonard Liggio is currently the Executive Vice President of Academics at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies, and a Research Professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.

In this 1985 lecture given at the second world conference of the Libertarian International, Liggio outlines the history of the classical liberal movement in the Western world, starting in the Middle Ages and progressing through to the modern era. He contrasts this with the rise of statism, socialism, and later, conservatism.

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on Sep 19, 1988

The Economic Crisis On Our Doorstep

Dr. Ron Paul was formerly the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district. He has also been a three-time candidate for President of the United States; as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

Paul speaks at a meeting of the Economic Club of Detroit in 1988. He warns of a coming economic crisis, which he claims is the end result of the government’s fiscal and monetary programs.

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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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