Category Archive: Rights

  1. An Unhealthy Alliance: Tobacco Companies and Anti-smoking

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    Why are cities across America considering bans on e cigarettes and vaping? And what do the tobacco industry and anti-tobacco groups have in common?

    Prof. Aeon Skoble looks at the motivations of the groups who want to ban e cigarettes and vaping. While anti-tobacco groups want to ban e cigarettes out of concern for public health, big tobacco companies also want to ban e cigarettes to protect their profits and to prevent people from using e cigarettes to quit smoking.

    These special interest groups, even though they have different motivations, end up lobbying for the same regulation to ban vaping and e cigarettes. Public choice economists call this type of alliance a “bootleggers and baptists” scenario.

  2. Warsaw’s Blinking Lights

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    In the 1980s, an oppressive communist regime suppressed free speech, dissent, and messages of freedom in Poland. In resistance, Radio Free Poland was born: a hidden radio station which broadcast messages of freedom to the people of Warsaw. Professor Peter Jaworski and his family, who lived in Poland during this time, share their personal stories of what life was like under the communist regime, how Radio Free Poland worked, and the night when all of Warsaw blinked their lights.

  3. Who’s Afraid of the NSA?


    Should we be scared of the NSA? Are they watching what we do online?

    Ronald Sievert of Texas A&M says that we shouldn’t worry. He argues that the portion of data they collect is small, but vital to our national security in a post-9/11 world. He also argues that the legal system has checks and balances that prevent abuses of power.

    Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation disagrees—she thinks we should worry about mass data collection. She argues that not only is the data collected significant, it also has significant potential for abuse. She argues that there is no evidence that these programs keep us safer and that the government should need probable cause to violate citizens’ privacy.


  4. Should We Ban Experimental Drugs? [#KeepAskingWhy]


    Keep Asking Why is a new weekly video series (updating every Wednesday!) from Learn Liberty, where we take your questions, give them to our professors (no matter where they are in the world!), have them answer, and start a conversation with YOU.

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    This week’s question comes from Twitter user ‘Unvanquished Sun’:
    “Is it moral to limit experimental drugs/treatments in situations like ebola? Can it hamper responses and containment?”

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  5. Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid?



    In this video, Professor Peter Jaworski tackles the issue of paying NCAA players. In an $875 million industry where coaches’ salaries are measured in the millions, is there a good justification for compensating student athletes only in scholarships? Jaworski examines the NCAA’s arguments, and presents his own. What do you think–should college athletes be paid?

  6. Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide to Patents, Trademarks, & More [Teaser]


    Microsoft. Google.
    These massively successful companies don’t owe their success to innovative ideas alone—they are successful, in part, because of copyrights and patents. In this new online course, Professor Tom Bell of Chapman University explores how intellectual property can help—and harm–entrepreneurs. Through real case studies and practical instruction on things like registering copyrights, you’ll get the hands-on, how-to knowledge you need to turn your enterprise into an empire.

  7. Rise of the Mockingjay: From Ferguson to Hong Kong


    In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen becomes the Mockingjay–a symbol of hope and rebellion for the people of Panem. In today’s world, where new technology enables government surveillance and censorship, citizens are able to fight back by using that same technology to organize and rebel against abuse of power. Both in the fictional dystopia of the Hunger Games and the real, near-dystopian rights violations faced by people across the world today, the ideas of freedom catch fire, spreading faster than governments can stamp them out.

  8. Guilty Til Proven Rich – Drug War Stories (Ep. 8) with Alex Kreit


    You know what they say about assumptions, right? Well, what if our criminal justice system worked off that flawed system? Right now police officers are making wild assumptions about what a lot of money is, and what a drug dealer is supposed to look like. Listen to Professor Alex Kreit as he explains why our drug laws make no sense, and what you need to do to avoid getting hassled by ‘the man.’

  9. University Privilege – Drug War Stories (Ep. 7) with Alex Kreit


    When you think about going to college or university, crime is usually not your first thought. But with sexual assault, robbery, and especially drug related arrests, maybe it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about campus safety. While courts don’t often associate dorm rooms as a crime neighborhood, the danger is there, and Professor Alex Kreit is here to discuss what that means for keeping you away from your R.A’s office, or worse.

  10. Don’t Buy Drugs At The Mall – Drug War Stories (Ep. 6) with Alex Kreit


    Right now, while your car or home is being broken into (hopefully not, though) there is a police officer sitting inside a mall drinking an Orange Julius, trying to convince impressionable teenagers to buy drugs.  Professor Alex Kreit offers an inside look at some of the strangest drug enforcement techniques cops are using right now to catch minor drug users.

  11. Are Cops Confused? – Drug War Stories (Ep. 5) with Alex Kreit


    If you caught someone with their hand in the cookie jar, you wouldn’t let them keep the cookie and only step in once the entire jar is empty to establish a stronger case, would you? Well, right now, that is exactly what the police are doing with drug offenders.  Go inside the strange world of  drug law loopholes, exemptions, and monkey shines with Professor Alex Kreit.

  12. All The Cool Cops Are Doing It – Drug War Stories (Ep. 4) with Alex Kreit


    21 Jump Street isn’t just in your Blu-ray player. Right now, young-looking police officers are infiltrating America’s high schools, looking to break up major crime rings. One problem: they’re usually doing more harm than good. So if you see Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp wandering the halls of your high school, before you ask for their autograph, make sure you’re informed of the real ways cops are taking advantage of today’s teenagers.