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  • What’s Not Being Said About the Wage Gap

    The gap in wages between men and women has been a topic of debate for years. With candidate Hillary Clinton shining light on the issue with promises for a Paycheck Fairness Act, Diana Furchtgott-Roth has addressed what’s not being addressed in conversations about the wage gap: choice. Furchtgott-Roth notes that the [...]
  • Quote of the Day: David Friedman on the Infantile State

    This quote comes from David Friedman’s book, “The Machinery of Freedom,” in which he makes the case for private markets in law enforcement, courts, and other conduct typically defined as the exclusive realm of the state.
  • Can Bitcoin Help Alleviate Poverty?

    The benefits of having a denationalized form of money are great. Apart from the inherent budgetary constraints it would impose on governments it also makes trading and the transferring of money cheaper and easier. The potential this has for emerging market economies is breathtaking. Professor Jerry Brito talks how Bitcoin [...]
  • Featured On Demand Program of the Week: Bitcoin

    You may have heard a news report or two about Bitcoin. Your friends might have mentioned it in passing at the latest cocktail (read: frat) party, and you may even know someone who has invested in it. But what exactly is Bitcoin? And why is it important? In this program, [...]
  • New Smoking Ban is Anti-Liberty

    The government “smoking police” are at it again. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that will force more than 3,100 housing agencies in the United Sates to become smoke-free.  Specifically, the regulation will prohibit “lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all living units, indoor [...]
  • Discussion Question: Gun Control

    In March of 2015, the Obama administration proposed a ban on ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles. Are there functional differences between restricting ammunition and restricting the right of gun ownership? Should the government’s ability to control gun possession change based on the type of weapon? What are the distinctions, [...]
  • Trade-Offs, Not Solutions

    Among my favorite observations made by Thomas Sowell is his insistence that in economic reality human beings confront, not the possibility of solutions to problems but, instead, only trade-offs.  We can have more of this good, but only at the cost of having less of that good.  T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.  Such is [...]
  • Three Reasons Why a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Bad Idea

    Is a $15 minimum wage a free lunch? George Mason University Professor Don Boudreaux says no. In the brand new video below, he points out that minimum wage hikes may sound good in on their face, but in reality they result in job loss because they increase the cost of labor, [...]
  • Roman Phalluses Sink Professor

    Academic free speech is in serious jeopardy. And censorship doesn’t only hurt students—it also silences the professors who oversee and guide the flow of dialogue in the classroom. A former professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota found that out the hard way. David Hillman, a drama instructor, helped out with [...]
  • Trivia: What does it mean to plead the Fifth?

    You’ve probably heard the people use the phrase “I plead the Fifth,” either on television or when people, jokingly, don’t want to answer a question. You might not know that this is referring directly to
  • How to Make A Learn Liberty Video

    Every week, the team here at Learn Liberty works to bring you a fun and engaging video filled with the ideas of a free society. From economic theories to philosophy, through law and pop culture, we help present the themes and motifs that support individual freedom and a prosperous world. It [...]
  • Why We Don’t Invade Canada

    Over at Cafe Hayek, Professor Don Boudreaux has outlined an objection (or addition, really) to our recent Learn Liberty video with Peter Jaworski: War Sucks, What Is It Good For? He writes: “Countries whose peoples trade extensively with each other are less likely to go to war with each other not only [...]