Category Archive: Politics & Policy

  1. Trading Away Income Inequality: the Effects of Globalization

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    Income inequality in America is a serious issue. People are worried about a widening gap between the rich and the poor in the United States. But is the global story the same?

    Professor Tyler Cowen tells how, globally, income inequality worldwide is on the decline. Thanks to globalization and free trade, the world is richer, and billions of people have escaped from poverty through the global economy. This is evidenced by the amazing growth of the economies in China and India.

    When we talk about income inequality in America, we mustn’t forget that, worldwide, globalization and free trade are the forces that have the potential to eliminate income inequality and bring billions out of poverty.

  2. Death Penalty: Justice, or Just Too Far?

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    The death penalty has been a topic of fierce debate for decades. From basic pros and cons lists to statistics supported cost analysis, the different arguments for or against capital punishment are well documented. But what happens when an innocent person is convicted and sentenced to die for a crime they did not commit?

    Even if you think that some people deserve to die, governments make mistakes. That means having to accept the unacceptable; innocent people will die and that can’t be undone.

    Professor Jason Brennan presents an unabashed look at the facts and faces and asks, “How many more innocent people have to die before we abolish the death penalty once and for all?”

  3. Can Bitcoin Feed a Family?

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    Can Bitcoin help alleviate poverty? In developed countries with easy access to credit and banking, Bitcoin is still used mostly by criminals and early adopters–but in developing countries where credit and banking are difficult, if not impossible to access, Bitcoin helps workers not just to store their money, but also to cheaply and effectively send remittances home to help their families.

  4. Three Things to Know About Bitcoin

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    Bitcoin can be a little confusing–maybe you’ve heard that black markets like the Silk Road use it, or heard stories about its ever-fluctuating market value. Jerry Brito, law professor and Executive Director of Coin Center, gives you the basics about Bitcoin, from how it works, to how many there are, to who can benefit from it. Hint: It’s not just criminals.

     

  5. Should You Be Allowed to Sell Your Kidneys?

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    Should we be allowed to sell our kidneys? What about sex? How about our blood?! Should there be limits on what we can and can’t buy? How can we decide what can be for sale on a market – are there things that we shouldn’t allow to be purchased?

    In this video, Professor Peter Jaworski asks students at Red Square at Georgetown University for their opinion on what should and shouldn’t be off limits – and the results might surprise you.

  6. Should We Let Them All In? How Immigration Helps the Economy

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    What if we could add trillions of dollars to the global economy and improve the lives of billions of people with a single, unpopular, policy change? Professor Ben Powell explains that the consensus among economists is that free trade between countries creates huge gains in prosperity. The same thing happens when you have free trade in labor- in other words, open immigration.

  7. How Can I Land a Date With Halle Berry? [#KeepAskingWhy]

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    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.

    Your question could be the next Learn Liberty video! Subscribe to our channel, make a comment, blow our minds. Comment below, or tweet/facebook us with hashtag #KeepAskingWhy

    This week’s question comes from Facebook user Thomas Scurlock:
    “I am an average looking guy who is about 5’7′ tall. Is there an economic calculation that would tell me exactly how much money I would need to get a date with Halle Berry?”

    What would your answer be? Do you agree? What’s your question? Let us know!

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

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    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.

    What’s YOUR question? Comment below with hashtag #KeepAskingWhy and it could be answered next week!

    Your question could be the next Learn Liberty video! Subscribe to our channel, make a comment, blow our minds. Comment below, or tweet/facebook us with hashtag #KeepAskingWhy

    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?”

    What would your answer be? Do you agree? What’s your question? Let us know!

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  9. Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid?

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    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?

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  12. Business Cycles Explained [Teaser]

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    What causes economic crises? How can we prevent them?

    If you’re tired of drawing a blank when faced with these questions, you’re in luck. In our new program, Professor Tyler Cowen will walk you through the different theories of booms and busts, the reasoning behind major crises, and even how we can prevent them in the future. Big crises raise big questions—so join the program to get some facts, and find your own answers.