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  • 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. [...]
  • Featured On Demand Program of the Week: Mythbusters

    Did World War II really end the Great Depression? Does the minimum wage actually help low-income workers? Do violent video games cause violence? Modern society perpetuates many myths; in economics, history, and even personal behavior. Some sound plausible, and others are simply repeated so often that people accept them as true [...]
  • Transformative Trans Talks

    The third and final edition of Trans Talks, a conversation with transgender economist Dierdre McCloskey, was released this week. This video describes some of McCloskey’s challenges as a transgender economist and highlights her speech at the Students for Liberty conference. “When you have equal dignity,” says McCloskey, “you get equal [...]
  • Discussion Question: Immigration

    What might be reasons to restrict immigration to the United States? Can we justifiably refuse entry to immigrants on the fear that they will receive welfare but not work in return? Would that, then, justify kicking American citizens out of the country if they do not meet a certain standard? [...]
  • Did You Know?

    Did you know that selling milk for less than the government’s imposed price floor could land you in jail? Prison time isn’t the only drawback of minimum prices for milk. Prices are the miraculous mechanism by which complex market information about supply and demand are communicated throughout the economy. When government [...]
  • Free Speech Challenge on Campus

    The issue of free speech has exploded on college campuses in recent weeks, with students and faculty at numerous schools nationwide calling for restrictions of free expression in the name of tolerance, and calling for conformity in the name of diversity. In the video below, Towson University professor Howard Baetjer tries [...]
  • Value is Subjective: The Copernican Revolution in Economics

    What makes something valuable? Today, we know that value is in the eye of the beholder—that is, value is subjective. But for many years, people subscribed to the theory that the value of goods came from the amount of work that went into creating them: the “labor theory of value”. Professor [...]
  • Freedom of Speech on Campus: Help from FIRE

    Freedom of speech on college campuses is getting a lot of attention lately. With the recent student protests at Mizzou, people are concerned about freedom of speech not only for students, but also for professors and even journalists on campus. While student protests are one way of effecting change on campus, [...]
  • Social Cooperation: Why Thieves Hate Free Markets

    In this video Professor Aeon Skoble explains how market competition and spontaneous order result in the emergence of a civil order that discourages stealing and other harmful behaviors. This concept is often overlooked or ignored or just plainly misunderstood by critics of free markets. Can you think of other areas [...]
  • Quote of the Day: Mill’s Harm Principle

    In this bite sized quote, J.S. Mill perfectly encapsulates his Harm Principle put forth in his political treatise, “On Liberty.” The state, acting as an institution with the legal monopoly on the use of coercion, should only use force to prevent harm done to others. What would the world look [...]
  • Steampunk Political Thought, Anyone?

    In The God of the Machine, journalist Isabel Paterson (January 22, 1886, – January 10, 1961) offers an original theory of history based on the metaphor of the machine, with humanity as the dynamo. That’s right: one might venture to call this “steampunk political theory.” As one of the “big [...]