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  • Discussion Question: Externalities

    Milton the rancher lives downriver from a large chemical factory. In the past month, the chemical factory has been disposing of chemical waste in the river, which has flowed downstream and poisoned Milton’s cattle. Milton is also a libertarian-minded person and prefers to keep government out of his life and [...]
  • Did you know that Adam Smith coined the term the “Invisible Hand”?

    The term “invisible hand” is a metaphor coined by Adam Smith to describe unintended social benefits resulting from individual actions. The term first appeared in Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, written in 1759. You can read the Theory of Moral Sentiments online here, or check out Learn Liberty’s video on the [...]
  • National School Choice Week

    Imagine being required to use the dry-cleaner in your neighborhood, even if you prefer the services, prices, and quality of the one across town. That’s the scenario that most American parents are in when it comes to sending their children to public school. For the most part, they are prisoners [...]
  • Part-time Position for Pros at Prose

    Are you interested in writing? Do you have an eye for detail and a strong opinion about the Oxford comma? The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy is seeking a Part-Time Editor to edit and fact-check commentaries and work with authors under deadlines. The ideal candidate is familiar with [...]
  • The Gun Control Debate, Explained With Dogs

    Gun control is a topic which never fails to inspire heated debate. In addition to the vehement passion of groups which support or oppose gun control, conversations about restrictions on gun ownership are further complicated by a lack of agreement and understanding of gun vocabulary. Dan Bier at the Foundation for [...]
  • Quote of the Day: The Wisdom of Mises

    The argument no proponent of central planning has ever been able to overcome; if humans can’t be trusted with freedom, how can they be trusted with power?
  • How to Fix Our Fiscal Crisis

    The Congressional Budget Office announced last week that the growth of the federal budget deficit will outpace the growth of the economy in 2016 for the first time since 2009. The drag this places on economic growth is hard to overstate, but what can be done to solve this problem [...]
  • What’s Happening This Week on Periscope?

    If you haven’t checked us out on Periscope make sure to stay tuned this week, to discuss our new video releases and help us choose our next video! These are our scheduled streams for this week: Monday, January 25th at 4pm EST – “Getting Politics Out of Education” School Choice Week Discussion Wednesday, January 27th [...]
  • The First Rule of Wing-Walking

    Wing-walking was the practice of getting out of the cockpit of a biplane (while someone else was flying the thing) and staggering along the wing holding onto struts or wires.  It was a thrill show for onlookers at air shows and barnstorming events in the 1920s and 1930s in the [...]
  • The Criminal Justice System is Turning Martin Luther King’s Dream Into a Nightmare

    Americans across the country celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. this week. And while this is an opportunity to remember all that MLK has done for the civil rights movement, it’s also a chance to reflect on the progress that still needs to be made. Exhibit A: the [...]
  • Featured On Demand Program of the Week: America’s Health Care System

    If you follow the news, you’ve probably seen plenty of coverage on ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act. Even if you don’t follow the news, it’s hard to go for more than a few days without hearing someone mention their insurance premiums, high cost of care, or some other frustration [...]
  • Historical Inspirations Behind Star Wars

    It took Star Wars: The Force Awakens just 20 days to become the number one North American movie of all time. Obi Wan Kenobi might say the movie has become more powerful than we could possibly imagine. But there are a few things about the movie franchise that even hardcore fans [...]