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  • Understanding the 2008 Financial Crisis and Beyond

    If you’ve ever wondered about the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing “Great Recession,” you’re not alone. It’s not hard to point fingers at banks, financial institutions, and regulators—but do you know the underlying causes of financial crises? In our new On Demand program, Financial Crises and Government, we team up [...]
  • What Caused the Financial Crises: Bankers or the Government?

    Now that we’ve had eight years to digest the most recent financial crisis, the accepted narrative puts the blame squarely on the private banking sector. The conventional wisdom goes that the greedy banksters on Wall Street – not regulated thoroughly enough – took some risky bets on sub-prime mortgages and [...]
  • If You Want to Change Society but Don’t Know How, Here’s a Helpful Resource

    According to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, 58 percent of Americans ages 18-24 view socialism favorably. But according to the same poll, young Americans strongly favor a “free-market” economy versus a government-controlled system by a margin of 32 percentage points. How is that possible? A Concerning Trend Many young Americans view “socialism” in terms [...]
  • We’re Still Haunted By the Labor Theory of Value

    This post by Professor Steve Horwtiz originally appeared on the Foundation for Economic Education’s blog back in November of 2015. The following are excerpts. What Menger and others argued was that value is subjective. That is, the value of a good is not determined by the physical inputs, including labor, that [...]
  • What Does It Mean To Learn Liberty?

    For over five years, the team here at Learn Liberty has been producing content for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and even on our own gamified website. We’ve reached millions of students with videos, blogs, and graphics discussing topics from Star Wars to the Cold War. We have done these things for a specific reason: [...]
  • Discussion Question: Police Encounters

    Should police officers be obligated to inform suspects when they can refuse to be searched? Why might it be wise to refuse to consent to a search, even if the person being searched is not guilty of a crime and has ‘nothing to hide?’
  • Can We Really Learn From Hate Speech?

    When Williams College President, Adam Falk, cancelled John Derbyshire’s campus speech, many in the school community hailed the decision. The controversially conservative writer is known for his strong, and sometimes abrasive, stances on issues like multiculturalism and immigration. But unlike his classmates, sophomore Zachary Wood called the President’s decision “not merely [...]
  • Racial discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system: did you know?

    You’ve probably heard about racial disparity in the U.S. criminal justice system. With the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York in the last few years, national attention has been brought to racial injustice in policing. But it’s not just the police who are responsible for [...]
  • Donald Trump, NASCAR Driver: Success in Business vs Economic Knowledge

    Professor Donald Boudreaux has an excellent piece over at Cafe Hayek, where he rebuts a common argument he’s been hearing lately in support of Donald Trump: Trump has proven time and again he knows his stuff when it comes to economics. He has a personal wealth of $10Billion proving his understanding. [...]
  • Graduating soon? Consider this paid D.C. fellowship opportunity.

    Are you just starting your career? Just graduated, or working entry level jobs? Do you want to learn more about the ideas of freedom, or work at an organization which advances those ideas? Consider applying for the Public Interest Fellowship. The D.C.-based fellowship offers full-time, paid employment for two years. Fellows [...]
  • Lysander Spooner on the Social Contract

    For more of Spooner’s libertarian anarchist criticism of the US Constitution, check out his “No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority.”
  • Why Do All Politicians Sound the Same?

    As the election cycle starts to heat up you may begin to realize that most politicians sound the same, except for a few rhetorical differences. Why is that? Professor Diana Thomas investigates.