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  • 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 [...]
  • Free Speech and Central Funding

    Controversies surrounding the funding of college publications with student fees illustrate some important difficulties when it comes to the funding and activities of the federal government. Wesleyan University’s student government cut funding for the campus newspaper in the wake of an op-ed critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. The [...]
  • Do States Have the Power to Bar Syrian Refugees?

    The following post by Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, appeared at the Volokh Conspiracy on November 25, 2015. Below is an excerpt. Do they have the legal authority to do so? Under current Supreme Court precedent, the answer is a clear “no,” though things might [...]
  • Don Boudreaux on a Good Economics 101 Course

    This post originally appeared on Don Boudreaux’s blog Cafe Hayek on November 25th, 2015. Below is an excerpt: But a well-taught principles course – a course taught, for example, by the likes of Deirdre McCloskey, by my colleague Walter Williams, by Dwight Lee, or by the late Armen Alchian – is [...]
  • What You Need to Know About Mandatory Minimums

    Mandatory minimums are a chief culprit in the rise of the United States’ obscene prison population. Here’s what you need to know about them.
  • Explaining the Paris Terrorist Attacks in 90 Seconds

    The world is still reeling from the recent ISIS terrorist attack in Paris that left 130 dead and 352 injured. Many are left wondering, why did this happen? and what are the ramifications? In the video below, George Mason University professor Christopher Coyne attempts to answer these questions in 90 seconds. [...]