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Making tax returns easier — without Turbo Tax — is just reason
Economics

Why We Need a Flat Tax

Making tax returns easier — without Turbo Tax — is just reason “The system of discriminatory taxation universally accepted under the misleading name of progressive taxation of income and inheritance is not a mode of taxation. It is rather a mode of disguised expropriation of the successful capitalists and entrepreneurs”. – Ludwig von Mises If the free market has been so successful at massively reducing poverty worldwide, then why do people continue to complain about inequality? People often argue that the free market has enabled a small group of wealthy individuals to profit

Juneteenth: 3 Lessons in Activism
Civil Liberties

Juneteenth: 3 Lessons in Activism

On June 19th, 1865, Texas became the last state in the nation to proclaim enslaved African Americans free. Exactly three years ago this past Monday,

High Time to Rethink High Schooling
Economics

High Time to Rethink High Schooling

Why Educational Vouchers Are Not Enough In 1955, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Milton Friedman, introduced the idea of school vouchers

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Education

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, and Antony Davies. The […]

Education

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 course evaluations to include feedback […]

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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 of the minimum […]

War on Drugs

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 increase in police militarization in […]

Education

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 the Soviet Union […]

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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 us choose choose […]

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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 projects, reading groups, […]

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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 people. Tucker touches on many […]

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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 in particular that […]

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Great Myths on the Great Depression

You most likely grew up thinking FDR’s New Deal played a pivotal role in ending the Great Depression, however as professor Stephen Davies points out in this video, there are many myths surrounding the Great Depression were the numbers don’t add up: Top 3 myths about the great depression? Are there any other “myths” you […]

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Quote of the Day

This quote was taken from Ludwig von Mises’s work Planning for Freedom: Let the Market System Work, which is a collection of essays and addresses on inflation and government intervention in the economy. In this work, as in others, von Mises maintains that government interventions in monetary and commercial affairs are destructive to the economy, regardless […]

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Discrimination, Freedom of Association, and “True Capitalism”

In order to label a country “capitalist” there must be complete freedom of association and private property. There is a limited government in place, but the government would be a referee, not a player. It would be outrageous to watch ESPN and hear, “The ref had a great game! He sacked the quarterback twice and […]

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Featured On Demand Program of the Week: Personal Finance

Have you ever wondered how to save for retirement and avoid debt? Well, this is the place for you. If you’re drowning in debt (and who isn’t, right?), unfortunately doing bank heists and selling crystal meth are out as solutions. So how do you get out? Join economist Art Carden of Samford University as he […]

Poverty & Inequality

Finland’s Plan to Fight Unemployment by Giving Everybody Cash

There’s a very good chance that Finland will become the first country to implement a nationwide Universal Basic Income (UBI). The country’s Social Insurance Institution (Kela) is studying proposals to replace most of its existing welfare state programs with a simple cash grant – 800 euros for every Finnish citizen, regardless of whether they work, […]

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Discussion Lending: Payday Lending

Payday lenders usually give out money in hours or less, but require as much as 3000% interest on repayments. Does the government have a responsibility to protect their citizens from payday lenders? What are the economic effects of outlawing loans with high interest rates?

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War, What is it Good For?

Free market defenders are often great at pointing out the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention in the economy. But they often overlook the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention abroad. As the War on Terror escalates in the wake of the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, it’s important to remember […]

Education

Trivia: Did you know this about Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales?

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, was influenced Friedrich Hayek’s essay, “The Use of Knowledge in Society” which argues that information is decentralized. You know it’s true, because it says so on Wikipedia, but if you’re looking for other sources, it’s corroborated by this New Yorker article, and Wales even went on EconTalk with Russ Roberts […]

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Human Rights Day

Today is Human Rights Day, a day when we commemorate the respect for individual rights, which are largely responsible for the human flourishing enjoyed in recent centuries. In the U.S., human rights are enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They guarantee basic rights like freedom of expression, self-defense, and due process. Historically, […]

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Stupid Alcohol Laws Give Festive Season a Hangover

The festive season is underway and for many people that means an increased consumption of alcohol. Staff holiday parties, friends’ Christmas parties, and — of course — New Year’s Eve are all classic occasions to knock back a few drinks and celebrate the season. But as professor Antony Davies explains in the video below, many […]

Education

South Park Skewers Political Correctness

Today is the season finale of South Park, which has lampooned political correctness this season. From “PC Principal” to “Shitipatown,” South Park showcases – in the words of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III – “the tyranny of political correctness.” This tyranny manifests itself in the stifling of unpopular and un-PC free expression. Recently, this […]

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President Obama Takes America Back to War in Iraq

The following post originally appeared on the Cato blog on December 2nd, 2015. The following is an excerpt. Head over to Cato for the whole post. U.S. military personnel are heading to Iraq and Syria. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter informed Congress that a “specialized expeditionary […]

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Intern with us!

It’s that time again: time to send out your applications for spring internships! So why not intern with us this spring? Learn Liberty is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS). Beyond the online videos, programs, and more that Learn Liberty provides, IHS helps students learn more about and spread the ideas of […]

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Appeals Court Rules Free Speech Trumps Moral Busybody Sheriff

The following blog post by Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute originally appeared on Cato’s blog on December 1st, 2015. Read an excerpt below. Backpage offers 11 categories of ads, primarily facilitating mundane transactions like used-lawnmower sales and vacation rentals but also with an “adult” section broken down into titillating subcategories such as “dom[ination] & […]

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Staff Profile: Cassie Whalen

Learn Liberty: First, when did you join the Learn Liberty team and what is your role? Cassie Whalen: I joined the Learn Liberty team in September of 2014 as an intern, but I loved working here so much that I didn’t want to leave. Luckily I got hired, so now I write for various Learn […]