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in 1981

State Education and the 19th Century Voluntaryist Movement

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. He authors a weekly essay series, Excursions, at Libertarianism.org.

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in 1982

Six Stages of the Libertarian Movement

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

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in 1991

The Nature and Role of Government in a Free Society

Gene Burns is a talk radio host and ran for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in 1984. In this lecture, given at a Libertarian Party of California event in 1991, Burns speaks about generally about the nature of government and the attitude of Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers when they drafted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

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in 1991

Do We Need to Go to War for Oil?

David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

In this video from a 1991 conference in Monterey, Henderson speaks about the then-ongoing Gulf War, which George H. W. Bush once described as a “war for oil.” Henderson asks whether America would ever conceivably need to go to war to secure oil supplies from the influence of rogue states and also speaks briefly on the effects of CAFE and other mileage standards on automobile manufacturers and U.S. drivers.

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in 1991

The Public School Monopoly: America’s Berlin Wall?

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and the author of Libertarianism: A Primer and The Libertarian Reader.

In this video from 1991, Boaz speaks about public schooling at a Libertarian Party of California conference. He evaluates how poorly state schooling educates children and identifies other problems with the system, explains why more spending never fixes these inherent problems, and proposes solutions that would introduce competition in education.

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on Apr 2, 1993

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Milton Friedman gives a talk about popular political aphorisms, one of his favorites being the one he helped popularize in the title of his 1975 book, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

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on Jul 15, 1993

Is There a Health Care Crisis?

Lawrence W. Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education. Reed previously served as the President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for over two decades.

In this lecture from an American Idea Seminar held by the Free Enterprise Institute in 1993, Reed describes the failures and successes of the American health care system in the early 1990s during President Clinton’s push for national health care legislation. He also submits ideas that he claims would fix health care in America while keeping it privatized.

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on Apr 27, 1981

Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction

Peter Ferrara is Director of the International Center for Law and Economics and President of the Virginia Club for Growth. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has practiced law with firms on Wall Street and in Washington, DC.

In this video, Ferrara lectures at a Libertarian Party of New York conference on his first book, Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (1980). He describes in detail the problems built into the way the U.S. Social Security system was designed and offers a method of transitioning to a fully privatized retirement-savings model.

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on Feb 22, 1989

A Liberal Against Banning Guns

Don Kates is professor emeritus of constitutional and criminal law specializing in gun ownership and gun control issues. He is also a research fellow at the Independent Institute, and is the editor of Firearms and Violence: Issues of Public Policy (1984).

In this lecture at a San Francisco Libertarian Party event in 1989, Kates gives a history of gun ownership in America and speaks about the historical implications of the right to self-defense.

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on Jul 10, 1984

Freedom and the Child

Frances Kendall is a portrait artist, businesswoman, former politician, and author living in South Africa. She is the co-author (with Leon Louw) of South Africa: The Solution (1986).

This 1984 lecture at a Libertarian International conference in London focuses on Kendall’s first book, Super Parents Super Children (1983), wherein she advocates a system of parenting based on respecting the rights of children.

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