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  • Staff Profile: Cassie Whalen

    Learn Liberty: First, when did you join the Learn Liberty team and what is your role? Cassie Whalen: I joined the Learn Liberty team in September of 2014 as an intern, but I loved working here so much that I didn’t want to leave. Luckily I got hired, so now I [...]
  • Douglass North and Ridesharing

    In the wake of his passing, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the contributions of my mentor Douglass C. North (Nobel Prize winner in 1993). In the last few months, I have been thinking especially about how we can understand debates about innovations like “Big Box” retail and [...]
  • Getting to Know the Gender Gap

    We take a trip down memory lane to look at one of our older and perhaps more controversial videos, where we tackle the question of the wage gap. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think.
  • Quote of the Day

    Mary Wollstonecraft was a prominent figure in the first wave American feminist movement and most famously known for her very libertarian text, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” For a more in depth look into Wollstonecraft and her contemporaries be sure to check out our On Demand program on [...]
  • The War on Yoga

    Free expression is under attack on college campuses. Last month, there was an uproar over – of all things – Halloween costumes at Yale. Now, it’s a war on yoga. The University of Ottawa recently decided to ban a free yoga class because of worries over “cultural appropriation” – the [...]
  • We Should DO Something!

    Shamans of old knew they could bend the credulous to their will (and make a boatload of money) if the shaman could predict something like a storm, or an eclipse. “This very evening, the Night Wolf will devour the Moon Virgin! But if you pay me many coins of silver, [...]
  • Featured On Demand Program of the Week: Feminism – A New Perspective

    From gaining the rights to vote and to own property to contemporary issues like wage gaps and slut shaming, feminism has been a topic of debate for decades. Some argue that the best way to give women equal rights and opportunities is to enact government policies which mandate the equal [...]
  • Save the Date – Buchanan Speaker Series: Education, Inequality, and Incentives

    Join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics on Thursday December 10th from 4:30-6pm for the inaugural event in the Buchanan Speaker Series featuring Roland G. Fryor, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory. Fryor’s current [...]
  • Discussion Question: Democracy

    Some decisions, such as the selection of a government representative, are made by democratic means. However, decisions like which religion to follow are left to each person to choose for herself. Which decisions should be made by a democracy, and which decisions should be made by the individual. When should [...]
  • Free Books on Free Markets

    Looking to learn more about Austrian economics, libertarianism, or classical liberal thought? The Mises Institute (named for famed Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, author of Human Action) offers a huge online library of books, journal articles, and other writings on a range of topics related to Austrian economics and classical [...]
  • Black Friday, Thanksgiving, and the Economy: The Economics of Black Friday Sales

    As the holiday season begins, you might be getting a lot of emails about Black Friday sales. Over time, the store openings for many retailers on Black Friday has been getting earlier and earlier, even to the point of stores opening on Thanksgiving. Check out the chart below for opening [...]
  • What is the total number of federal laws on the books? Hint: Googling won’t help.

    That’s because nobody has been able to count the total number of federal laws on the books. A post at the Library of Congress’s blog put it this way: At the reference desk, we are frequently asked to estimate the number of federal laws in force. However, trying to tally this number [...]