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  • Discussion Question: Liberty and Security

    In the summer of 2013, Edward Snowden revealed to the newspaper The Guardian that the NSA was monitoring the metadata and content of every American citizen’s electronic communications (metadata is the details of the message – to whom, when, where, etc.) in order to protect America from terrorist threats. Is [...]
  • Did you know that David Friedman is a fan of Recreational Medievalism?

    In addition to being an anarchist, economist, and son of Milton Friedman, David Friedman is a fan of Recreational Medievalism. Recreational Medievalism includes a range of activities, which can include historical recreation like that of the Society for the Creative Anachronism and cooking recipes from medieval Europe. You can learn [...]
  • Can you be sued for your political newspaper ad?

    The Institute for Justice released a great video last week which describes just one of their cases regarding political speech. They point out how laws restricting freedom of speech, especially political speech, can have a negative impact on political dialog—and that the people who have the most to gain from [...]
  • Ayn Rand Seminar at ISFLC

    If you’re interested in Ayn Rand’s writing and will be attending the International Students for Liberty Conference, come a day early and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated moral-philosophical argument and its connection to a free society. The seminar will examine three of her essays, “The Objectivist Ethics,” “Man’s Rights,” [...]
  • Do You Want to Live in the World of Atlas Shrugged?

    Author Ayn Rand is one of the most divisive thinkers of the modern era, but does her work hint at themes that are common to most if not all of us? In honor of her birthday, take a moment to reflect on whether or not you would want to live [...]
  • What You Probably Haven’t Heard About Citizens United

    Did the Supreme Court decision in the case Citizens United vs. FEC really sell out democracy to corporations? Professor Bradley Smith disagrees and explains why treating corporations as persons for purposes of the law is important and beneficial for society in this Learn Liberty video.
  • Learn Liberty on Periscope This Week

    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, February 1st @ 4pm EST – “Vice City – Government regulations and prohibitions of Drugs, [...]
  • Tax Shield: The Tax man and the Aspiring Minimalist

    Fill in the blank: “He who dies with the most toys _______________.” If you answered “dies,” award yourself full credit. If you answered “wins,” read on and revisit your answer when you’re finished. My wife and I just sold our house in the suburbs and bought a cheaper, smaller house in the [...]
  • Featured On Demand Program of the Week: Citizens Divided

    How much do you really know about the electoral process? In this program, we take a fresh look at elections and voting and address some of the common misconceptions. Did the Citizens United case really make corporations people? Should we ban money in politics? How can Super PACs and political [...]
  • Censors Getting High on Their Own Authority

    Forbidden to wear a t-shirt featuring a plant leaf? Isn’t this the Land of the Free? A U.S. District Court in Iowa agrees. It recently upheld the First Amendment rights of a student group at Iowa State University after administrators tried to stop them from wearing t-shirts featuring images of marijuana [...]
  • 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 [...]