Welcome to Learn Liberty, a resource for learning about the ideas of a free society. Our goal is to provide a starting point for conversations on important questions:
- What is the nature of man and society?
- What are the best ways to organize human society?
- What is the proper role for government?
Classical Liberal Tradition
We believe that the classical liberal or libertarian tradition can offer compelling answers to these questions. Classical liberal ideas have deep intellectual roots, cultivated by thinkers such as John Locke, Adam Smith, the American Founders, and more recent scholars such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. These scholars emphasize the importance of free markets, voluntary exchange, individual rights, and peace. For a brief introduction to classical liberalism, watch this talk by Dr. Nigel Ashford:
Classical liberal thinkers do not agree on everything, and the speakers on Learn Liberty are no exception. We believe exploring and discussing these ideas is so important precisely because we do not all agree. We hope you will join our conversation, and help advance the understanding of these important ideas.
Through Learn Liberty videos and other content, college professors and public intellectuals provide a resource for understanding:
- Foundational principles and concepts drawn from disciplines such as economics, philosophy, history, political science, and law
- Contemporary issues and policy debates that impact individual liberty.
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A Project of the Institute for Humane Studies
Learn Liberty is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS). Each year, IHS runs educational and talent development programs for students, including free, weeklong summer seminars that feature some of the faculty on Learn Liberty! IHS also awards scholarships, hosts webinars, and provides other forms of career assistance to students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in ideas. Through these programs, IHS promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving. To learn more about IHS’s mission and programs, visit www.TheIHS.org.