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  • Top 5 Reasons to Support Free Speech (of 2015)

    This year, Learn Liberty has discussed numerous ways that free speech is under attack and numerous reasons why it should be defended. The ways free speech is under attack are too many to count. They include “microaggressions” and “safe spaces” on college campuses as well as more explicit laws proposed [...]
  • Top 10 Learn Liberty videos of 2015

    To celebrate the end of the year, we’re counting down the top 10 most watched Learn Liberty videos of 2015. Markets, immigration, bailouts, vaping, urinals, the death penalty — we covered it all in 2015. Check out our new top 10 compilation video and re-watch some of your favorite Learn [...]
  • Did you know that BYOB is common in restaurants in Philadelphia?

    Bringing your own alcohol to restaurants is common in Philadelphia due to a combination of government rules which make it hard to obtain liquor licenses and to price alcohol reasonably in a system where the state controls the sale of all alcoholic beverages.
  • The Loopiest Ideas of 2015

    Every year has its own weird economic ideas which crop up. Back in 2012, there was the talk of the economic “silver lining” to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy (by people who are clearly not familiar enough with the parable of the broken window). 2015 had its own share of [...]
  • Discover liberty-advancing organizations in your neighborhood

    You don’t have to go all the way to Washington, DC to find people fighting for limited government and individual liberty. There are a range of organizations all across the United States which are working to advance liberty in their home states and across the country. Just a few of these [...]
  • Is the Cost of Living Really Rising?

    Bernie Sanders sure gets a lot of air time out of his class warfare rhetoric. Common arguments from him and his supports lead less knowledgeable people to believe that the middle class is at risk of an ever more exploitative wealthy elite. But is that true? Let’s take a look [...]
  • Staff Profile: Liz McCaffrey

    Learn Liberty: First, when did you join the Learn Liberty team and what is your role? Liz McCaffrey: I’ve worked at IHS since 2007, and I helped to found the Learn Liberty project when we launched it in 2011. This February will be 5 years that I’ve worked on Learn Liberty [...]
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  • Featured On Demand Program of the Week: Social Justice

    In this On Demand Program, our professors will explain the means and ends of arguments for social justice through the lens of classical liberalism. You’ll learn more about how to adapt your own arguments to fit the critiques of markets and individual liberty that come from advocates for social justice. Then [...]
  • Why Is Unemployment Persistently High for Low-Skilled People?

    A student recently asked me why unemployment remains so stubbornly high, especially for lower-skilled people. Here’s an adaptation of my answer. No one can know for sure the precise causes of unemployment; the economy is a fantastically complex system, like an ecology but still more complex, so unemployment is sure to [...]
  • Holiday Season Brings Booze (Taxes)

    Christmastime isn’t just about giving presents and sleeping in all morning. For many, it means boozy holiday parties and a chance to kick back a beer (or three) with family and friends. But holiday brews aren’t cheap—and it’s not the alcohol that makes them so expensive. In the video below, George [...]
  • Discussion Question: Vaccines

    A 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield claimed that vaccines to common viruses, such as the measles, were linked to causing autism. Based on this (widely discredited) study, many parents have not let their children receive vaccinations. Should parents have the right to do this? Should parents have the right to [...]