$15 trillion dollars. That’s $15,000,000,000,000. It’s an unfathomable amount of money. As Professor of Economics Antony Davies says in our final installment of the COVID DISRUPTION SERIES, it’s enough money to buy everything in Spain.
And yet that’s how much the Congressional Budgeting Office estimates Covid-19 measures will cost the U.S. government over the next five years. In light of such an abuse of power from the federal government, it’s worth revisiting one of Covid’s enduring lessons: that small, local governments are quicker, more precise, and more efficient than large, national ones.
Fantasy novels and films often depict the heroes fighting for freedom against an oppressive regime. This happens in Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and many other universes. But what do they all have in common? The younger generation might not understand how oppression and lack of freedom happened in the real world but might relate to fiction, to grasp what it means to live in societies like Germans under the Nazis or Soviets under Stalin.
Have you ever questioned what science fiction films and books can teach us about politics? We asked Csaba Tóth, a prominent political scientist and sociologist, at an event hosted by Students For Liberty.
The discussion focused on the fictional universes of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Game of Thrones, among others. Csaba shared his thoughts on the different political structures, as well as their merits from a pro-liberty point of view.
What is the point of going to college in a pandemic? Students went home, classes are now online, and there seems to be no return to campus life happening in the near future.
In this video, we asked Bryan Caplan, the author of the Case Against Education, and Professor of Economics at George Mason University: “Will there be anything left from higher education after Covid-19?”
We started from the history of higher education in the US through to present day, and we’ve explored options for the future of higher education. (Spoiler: there are many of them.)
“Title IX” was never intended to regulate romantic relationships on campus. So how did we get here? Robert Shibley, Executive Director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, explains.
Do “Title IX” rules on campus protect women or restrict them? Watch the Unsafe Space Tour panel discussion with Tom Slater and Ella Whelan of Spiked Magazine, Robert Shibley of FIRE, and Elizabeth Nolan Brown of Reason. Special thanks to Reason for helping us relocate the panel discussion on very short notice.
Professor Mark Lilla of Columbia University makes the case that when people become too wrapped up in identity politics, they can lose sight of how to affect the change they want to see in society.
Does Identity politics cut us off from important conversations on issues that affect us all? Watch the Unsafe Space Tour panel discussion at Rutgers University featuring Kmele Foster, Sarah Haider, Bryan Stascavage, and Mark Lilla. Moderated by Tom Slater (of Spiked Magazine).
We treat those we believe to be ill-motivated as adversaries to be defeated, and we frequently have no compunction about excluding them from our “disinterested pursuit of truth.”
Student loans skyrocketed from the 1980s to the 2007 recession. Dr. Domitrovic says this is a bubble that needs to pop. For notifications of new Learn Liberty videos, click the bell above.
“One of the big problems at the moment with education is that the role of the teacher has become so confused with the role of the parents.”
Why is every career path littered with once-passionate but unsuccessful people?
Prof. Bryan Caplan argues that public funding for education doesn’t make sense. Watch the full interview on the Rubin Report. Caplan claims that educational degrees communicate a signal of worth rather than delivering valuable skills or information. Second, he argues that public education does not lead to a knowledgeable citizenry, since surveys show high school […]
On the 8th anniversary of Minecraft’s launch, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how great it is.
A genuine government subsidy of religion would put the state in the business of directly funding religious institutions.
If you missed the Reddit AMA with Professor Lauren Hall last week, fear not! We’ve taken the liberty of compiling some of the highlights for your viewing pleasure. You can check out the whole thing here. Dr. Hall is associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author of Family and […]
The main culprit behind bad writing habits? Page requirements.
What was I supposed to do in college to make me attractive to employers after graduation?
We reached out to Learn Liberty professors for suggestions on great women whose achievements should earn them a place on US currency.
Opinions of Anne Hutchinson have, shall we say, covered the waterfront. In his masterful tome, Conceived in Liberty, 20th-century economist and libertarian historian Murray Rothbard cast her as a staunch individualist and the greatest threat to the “despotic Puritanical theocracy of Massachusetts Bay.” John Winthrop, the 2nd, 6th, 9th, and 12th governor of the Massachusetts […]
Upon seeing a copy of the (now classic) fighting game Mortal Kombat, Senator Joe Lieberman announced his intention to introduce legislation that would prohibit the sale of such games to minors.
My own hands are dirty and my own heart is impure; however, I have seen the light. I repent.
Almost two centuries before the women’s lib movement and a full century before the suffragettes, not all women were quiet subordinates to men. In this 1996 essay, historian Jim Powell provides us with an illuminating account of the brilliant Mary Wollstonecraft, an 18th-century author and philosopher who never minced her words in defense of equal […]
Free expression is so important that we must tolerate even the expression of opposition to free expression.