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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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Social Cooperation: Why Thieves Hate Free Markets

In this video Professor Aeon Skoble explains how market competition and spontaneous order result in the emergence of a civil order that discourages stealing and other harmful behaviors. This concept is often overlooked or ignored or just plainly misunderstood by critics of free markets. Can you think of other areas where competitive markets results in […]

Liberty

Quote of the Day: Mill's Harm Principle

In this bite sized quote, J.S. Mill perfectly encapsulates his Harm Principle put forth in his political treatise, “On Liberty.” The state, acting as an institution with the legal monopoly on the use of coercion, should only use force to prevent harm done to others. What would the world look like today if the government […]

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Steampunk Political Thought, Anyone?

In The God of the Machine, journalist Isabel Paterson (January 22, 1886, – January 10, 1961) offers an original theory of history based on the metaphor of the machine, with humanity as the dynamo. That’s right: one might venture to call this “steampunk political theory.” As one of the “big three” publications of feminist-individualist thought […]

War on Drugs

Featured On Demand Program of the Week: The War on Drugs Part 2

Can you believe that drugs in the US were initially banned partly because of fears of miscegenation (interracial relationships)? But that’s not the only reason. Other reasons included alarmist films like Reefer Madness (see program image!), fear of conspiracies, and the notion that government has a right to determine the productivity of its citizens. If […]

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Discussion Question of the Week: On Social Contracts

Does a ‘social contract’ between the people and their government truly exist? If so, what is contained in the social contract, and does it justify the size and scope of our current government?. If not, what is the best justification for government, and does it apply to our current government?

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Libertarian Movies You Don't Want to Miss This Fall

Check out the whole post at Rare. Looking for a list of fall movies that are actually worth your time? Look no further. These four flicks—two true stories, one historical fiction, and one a Bill Murray comedy—are the cream of fall 2015’s crop, each offering a unique liberty-friendly message. First up is Suffragette, giving the […]

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That Time Ludwig von Mises Called Milton Friedman a Socialist…Really.

Did you know that one time in a meeting of economists in 1947 Mises shouted at Milton Friedman, among others, that they were socialists? Check it out in the clip below. What do you think? Tell us in the comments. Be sure to check out “Commanding Heights”, the documentary this clip is excerpted from.

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Fight for $15 Needs More Brain Less Brawn

This week, another round of fast food protests occurred in major cities nationwide. The protests are part of the broader “Fight for $15” movement that seeks to more than double the existing federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. While such a policy sounds like it could help low-wage employees, it would actually end up […]

Education

Trans Talks Part Two

Part one introduced professor Deirdre McCloskey, a transgender University of Illinois economics professor, who explains her gender transition and highlights the educational aspects of the transitional experience. Part two below explores how best to reduce (often state sanctioned) violence against and secure the rights of the transgender community. McCloskey explains that while better laws and […]

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Save the Date: International Students For Liberty Conference 2016

Every year, thousands of student leaders from around the world descend on Washington, D.C. to discuss and debate strategies for creating a freer future. This year ISFLC2016 is the weekend of February 26th. Mark your calendars! This is a great opportunity for students passionate about the ideas of liberty. Whether you’re a student looking to […]

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Bernie Sanders and the Fixed Pie Fallacy

Senator Bernie Sanders isn’t the only one saying it—today you can’t go very long without hearing about how “the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer.” But is that really true? Chelsea German over at HumanProgress.org says “no”: “Senator Sanders is half right: the rich are getting richer. However, his assertion that […]

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Equality and Respect: How You Are Equal to Hugh Jackman

Being equal in the eyes of the law is something most if not all can agree on, but do you think governments should strive to assure at least a minimum level of equality in certain aspects of life? For example, everyone should have free drinking water, basic health care or some other necessity? Professor Aeon […]

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Quote of the Day

For more from Hayek on what he and fellow Austrian economists referred to as the knowledge problem be sure to check out Hayek’s seminal essay, “The Use of Knowledge in Society.”

War on Drugs

Featured On Demand Program of the Week: The War on Drugs Part One

Can you imagine which country would imprison more of its citizens than China or Russia? If you’re an American, you’re living in it. In fact, more people are in prisons in the United States than in all other developed countries combined. In this program, we’ll show you how the criminal justice system is becoming an […]

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On Artificial Intelligence, the Knowledge Problem, and Consumerism

Learn Liberty recently released a video titled “What if There Were No Prices? Railroad Thought Experiment” with Professor Howard Baetjer of Towson University. The video argues that market prices communicate the value of goods and services in the economy so that those goods and services are allocated to their most productive (and value generating!) uses. […]

Environmentalism

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Ultimate Resource

One of the most valuable economic insights is that human creativity is The Ultimate Resource. (The great economist Julian Simon wrote a book by that name.) It follows that as long as we are free to use our creativity, we don’t have to worry about running out of resources. Truly, human creativity makes resources of […]

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Libertarians Can’t Believe in Closed Borders

This piece by Christopher Freiman originally appeared in Bleeding Heart Libertarians on October 28th, 2015. Read an excerpt below but be sure to head over to BHL to read the whole thing. Patrick Lynch wrote an interesting and provocative piece the other day arguing that immigration restrictions are consistent with libertarianism. An earlier post of […]

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Trivia: What's in a name?

Did you know Frederick Douglass took his name from the hero of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem, The Lady of the Lake, the leader of the Scottish clan Douglas? Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, Frederick changed his last name to Johnson to avoid being discovered and returned to slavery, then later changed his last name […]

Education

Trans Freedom

With Caitlyn Jenner dominating headlines and actress Laverne Cox’s pivotal rise, now is the perfect time to address gender freedom and its role in a free society. With that in mind, Learn Liberty is introducing a new three-part video series called Trans Talks, which explores transgender rights and features University of Illinois professor and transgender […]

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How to Truly Honor Veterans on Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, which honors all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made. But one aspect of Veterans Day that is often overlooked is its celebration of nonviolence. According to the text of the 1938 Congressional Act making the day a legal holiday, it is “a day […]

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How Bitcoin Can Help Get Money to Refugees in Need

This post by Kevin Boyd originally appeared on R Street on October 19th, 2015. Below is an excerpt. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have grown in influence and usage the past few years. People looking for an alternative to government-issued fiat currencies, or who simply don’t trust having their spending tracked by banks, have flocked to them. Bitcoin […]

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IHS events are coming to a campus near you.

Our parent organization, the Institute for Humane Studies, brings the ideas of liberty to students in more ways than just online education like on Learn Liberty. They also provide funding, career advice, and more to help educate students about the principles of a free society. And now, IHS is coming to your neighborhood with On-Campus events! […]

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Quote of the Day

Do you agree with F.A. Harper’s assessment? Can you think of any historical examples?

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What Caused the Economic Boom of Wealth?

In this video Professor Deirdre McCloskey explains how property rights and economic freedom has resulted in a dramatic explosion in overall wealth. Why then do you think free markets and capitalist are derided so much in society? Let us know what you think in the comments!