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  • Discussion Question: Thalidomide

    Thalidomide was a drug marketed in the 1950s in West Germany for the treatment of morning sickness and other nausea in pregnant women. However, thousands of women who took thalidomide had babies who were born with limb deformities, and many of those children also died shortly after birth. Can the [...]
  • Remy Explains Democracy to Dictatorship through Star Wars

    Star Wars, whose next installment opens this week, includes many important themes. One of the most relevant today is that a democratic republic is precious thing. If it is not guarded, it can quickly turn into a dictatorship. People often forget that pre-Nazi Germany was a constitutional democracy and that [...]
  • Star Wars’s Timely Message on the Rise of Dictatorships

    The next installment of Star Wars premieres Friday. The Star Wars franchise tells the story of a republic that falls into a dictatorship because its citizens desire safety and are willing to sacrifice civil liberties in response to fear. Sound familiar? Western countries, including the U.S., have sacrificed hard won [...]
  • Announcing Institute for Humane Studies at the International Students For Liberty Conference 2016

    Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) has a few breakout sessions at ISFLC 2016 you wont want to miss. Be sure to register for ISFLC before the new year when prices jump! Looking for another reason to attend the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference? I’ve got three: David Friedman, Bryan Caplan, [...]
  • Microaggressions and Professor Speech on Campus

    The fall semester at many universities is coming to an end. That means course evaluations – one of the few opportunities students have to provide feedback on their professors. Constructive criticism is often taken into account in decisions about promotions and tenure. But now there is a movement to expand [...]
  • Minimum Wage and Employment: Debunking the Oft-Cited 1994 Study

    Preston Cooper over at Economics 21 has written an excellent piece about minimum wage’s effects on employment. Economics teaches us that when you raise the price of a good, the amount of that good which is demanded goes down. This is true whether the thing for sale is ketchup or labor. Supporters [...]
  • Blurred Lines: Police and Military

    Dozens of innocent people are terrorized, shot, or killed each year because of botched SWAT team drug raids on wrong houses. Dozens more are killed each year because of botched SWAT team drug raids on the correct houses. This needless suffering and death is largely a result of the massive [...]
  • Trivia: Did you know this about Rose Wilder Lane?

    Did you know? Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, was sympathetic to communism until a Red Cross mission to Russia, that would later influence her to become a libertarian? This article from the Foundation for Economic Education explains her disillusionment with communism: “Lane visited [...]
  • Check Out Learn Liberty This Week On Periscope

    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! This week Learn Liberty will be streaming live on Periscope on: Wednesday, December 16th @ 2pm EST – Learn Liberty Video Pitch Meeting (Help [...]
  • Get paid for your internship this summer.

    Want to intern at an organization that’s working to advance the principles of freedom this summer? Want to get paid to do it? Consider applying to the Koch Internship Program. Not only will the program pay for your internship at a liberty-advancing organization, you’ll learn valuable skills for your professional development through [...]
  • The Hunger Games as a Political Allegory

    Over at the Foundation for Economic Education, Jeffrey Tucker has broken down the political allegories of the Hunger Games. With the long-awaited finale of the Hunger Games series just recently released, it’s a great time to consider the political implications of the story, especially considering the series’ popularity with young [...]
  • Staff Profile: Daniel Contreras

    Learn Liberty: First, when did you join the Learn Liberty team and what is your role? Daniel Contreras: I came on board in June 2014, I am an Online Education Assistant working on the programs team. LL: How did you find your way to the philosophy of liberty? Are there any thinkers [...]