Category Archive: Politics & Policy

  1. Can Bitcoin Feed a Family?

    5 Comments

    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.

  2. Three Things to Know About Bitcoin

    3 Comments

    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.

     

  3. Should You Be Allowed to Sell Your Kidneys?

    14 Comments

    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.

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

    13 Comments

    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.

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

    4 Comments

    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!

    ► Check out more in our Keep Asking Why series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-erRSWG3IoBvWAG-vqX0nVWwT4BdJBX7

    ► http://LearnLiberty.org
    ► http://twitter.com/LearnLiberty
    ► http://google.com/+LearnLiberty
    ► http://facebook.com/LearnLiberty
    ► http://youtube.com/user/LearnLiberty

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

    5 Comments

    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!

    ► Check out more in our Keep Asking Why series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-erRSWG3IoBvWAG-vqX0nVWwT4BdJBX7

     

  7. Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid?

    2 Comments

     

    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?

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

    4 Comments

    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.

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

    3 Comments

    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.

  10. Business Cycles Explained [Teaser]

    1 Comment

    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.

  11. It’s Always Sunny In Government?

    3 Comments

    With great power comes great responsibility. But what happens when those in power are no longer responsible enough to wield it? From our ever-increasing debt to the chaos of Ferguson, MO, it’s no surprise that people with power end up abusing it. Look no further than ‘The Gang’ from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; each time they’re presented with even a modicum of authority, all hell breaks loose. While the show is clearly a comedy, its underlying themes speak to something much darker. Dr. Peter Jaworski of Georgetown University breaks down the three major ways politics is a dirty game – and offers two easy solutions for fixing the system. And it’s not the DENNIS System.

  12. Football Law: Changing the Rules of the Game

    6 Comments

    What happens when the rules of a game change?

    One of the most important parts of playing a game like football is that the rules remain predictable and consistent for all players. However, this doesn’t just apply to touchdowns and tackles – the rule of law is crucial to a well-functioning free market. The question at hand is whether or not this really does exist in the US; or are the rich and powerful benefitting from hiring lobbyists to get what they want and to protect themselves? In this video, learn from Professor Steve Horowitz what happens when the Rule of Law changes. What is the impact on our society, the economy, and YOUR life?