The history of Marxism (and its offspring, Communism) in Latin America is a sordid one. Many of its brutal dictators, including Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Pedro Castillo, have used the Marxist doctrine as a stepstool to power. But, as this video argues, those dictators only succeeded in plunging their countries into poverty — as Marxism promises to do anywhere its ideas are adopted.
The United States government is, yet again, facing a budget crisis. Government funding is set to expire on December 3, 2021 and Congress has a deadline of December 15 to raise the debt ceiling. Otherwise, the U.S. will default on its debts, and a worldwide financial collapse becomes a possibility.
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is part of the reason these crises — not to mention inflation — are becoming more common. It theorizes that because modern states control currency and have the power to levy taxes, they can print as much money as they want.
As we witnessed during the 2020 election season, and as we are sure to witness during the upcoming holiday season, the United States Postal Service doesn’t exactly instill confidence. That’s not surprising, given that most of what the government provides or funds is inefficient. Think about it: do you take better care of your home […]
Now that the war is over and American troops have withdrawn, how should U.S. policy treat refugees from Afghanistan? After all, the U.S. spent 20 years there and it ended in perhaps the least organized, most disastrous pullout in the history of human combat — but what, if anything, can still be salvaged?
In this video, we lay out a clear argument in favor of an open-borders policy from both an economic and a moral perspective.
Is immigration bad for the United States in 2021? Should the southern border be closed? Should we “build the wall,” as former President Donald Trump suggested?
Part 1 of Learn Liberty’s immigration series, “Why Should Conservatives Embrace Immigration?” tackles the stereotypical narratives around immigration from a Libertarian perspective — and from a statistical one.
As economic writer and researcher Daniel DiMartino describes, the economy doesn’t have a fixed number of jobs, and preventing highly skilled immigrants from entering the United States will only persuade companies to move those jobs elsewhere.
$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.
The G7 recently reached a historic decision favoring a global corporate tax rate, aligning interests from the US government and the European Union. They want to change how corporations pay their taxes and eliminate the competition between countries with lower rates. What is behind this decision? What are the possible consequences of implementing a global tax? But most importantly, why is this such a terrible idea?
Vox recently posted a video explaining how inflation works and why some people want inflation to rise in the US. However, they are not telling the whole story, so we had to set the record straight.
We invited our good friend, professor Antony Davies, to explain what inflation is and how that affects the lives of everyone. He talks about how inflation erodes people’s purchasing power, the role of politicians in all this, and what people can do to protect themselves against inflation. We want to hear what your savings strategies are against inflation. Comment them down below!
On November 4th, 2020, Students For Liberty hosted a conversation with Eline Chivot, the senior adviser on digital policy at the European People’s Party and a former senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, on Data Protection and Innovation.
These are the highlights of the event, which focused on the theme of innovation in the digital economy, and the role of data protection policies in the European Union. In recent years, the debate around balancing digital privacy and innovation has gained significant prominence, especially in light of the European Union’s GDPR policy implemented in 2018. The debate is expected to continue further, given the increasing rise of AI amid many barriers to innovation.
We hear from June Arunga, a Kenyan technology entrepreneur and CEO of Usafi Comfort Limited, about the issues faced by many entrepreneurs around the African continent to keep their businesses running.
The Prohibition Era is a dark time in US history: bootleggers, corrupt politicians, mafia organizations… It is gone, but alcohol laws are still reminiscence of that time. We realized this only after the pandemic.
In this video, we talked to Jacob Rich, policy analyst of the Reason Foundation/Magazine, discussed the history of alcohol policies in the US and how to improve them for the future.
Since the last presidential election in August 2020, Belarus has seen demonstrations, arrests, and even deaths of people fighting against Lukashenko’s government. Piotr Markielau is one of those people who are fighting for freedom in his own country but is constantly in danger. He’s been in prison five times, fears he is being followed, and has seen friends being locked up and beaten up.
The opposition’s demands are very fair. Free and fair elections, free political prisoners, and fair trials for all those who committed crimes against humanity in Belarus.
Students For Liberty has been supporting Piotr and his friends’ fight for freedom for years. To support them, you can call your countries’ embassies to Belarus and demand freedom of speech for Belarussians. Keep them accountable.
As a user of the internet, you most likely use one or more internet platforms to read the news, share status updates, or connect with your friends and acquaintances. But what made it possible in the first place?
A small part of the Communications Decency Act, called Section 230, is a short clause that enables free speech on the internet today.
Section 230 says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” It means that online outlets can host many kinds of content, and they would not be the legal owner of the content.
This sentence allowed big tech organizations like Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and many more to exist. However, Section 230 also creates an opportunity for people from all walks of life to join the conversation on the net and start movements, build businesses, and exchange opinions.
Nevertheless, members of the right and the left have joined the call to repeal Section 230.
In this video, you will learn how Section 230 enables free speech, and why there is a movement against it. We spoke with Jennifer Huddleston, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, who is a specialist in the topic. Special thanks to Ashkhen Kazaryan.
We asked Tom Palmer about his take on new anti-liberty regimes.
Tom G. Palmer is the author of Why Liberty: Your Life, Your Choices, Your Future. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network.
Ahead of his panel on Corruption and Poverty in Latin America at LibertyCon Europe, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, former policy analyst at the Cato Institute talks about why Latin America has so many cases of corruption, the recent protests in Chile and other countries around the world.
Between Outtakes is a series of videos from various public intellectuals and their opinions about current issues from a pro-Liberty point of view.
In this first video, we invited Prof. Nigel Ashford, Senior Programs Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, to give his perspective on the discussion of Brexit within libertarian circles. He explains why the support for the Brexit referendum of leaving the European Union is not unanimous between libertarians and gives his personal view on the matter.
Bret Weinstein, evolutionary biologist and former professor at Evergreen State College, makes the case that those who value liberty—whether we lean right or lean left—should unite in its defense. Excerpted from Spiked Magazine’s ‘Unsafe Space Tour’ panel discussion at New York Law School.
We all want the safety and dependable quality that “regulation” is supposed to provide. Government can provide it to some extent, but markets can do it better, if we let them. Howard Baetjer of Towson University explains.
What’s the evidence that economic freedom is beneficial for society? Prof. Antony Davies shows charts of the free market’s effects on unemployment, inequality, poverty, and even child labor.
A panel of experts from TechFreedom, the ACLU, R Street, and the US Naval Academy discuss Section 702, the controversial warrantless mass-surveillance provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Remember the mid-2000s housing crash that wiped out homeowners? Well, there’s another bubble getting ready to pop, and this one’s in student debt. Prof. Antony Davies explains.
Myth 1 is that the government owes “only” $20 trillion. (In reality, it’s much more.) But luckily, Myth 10 is that there’s no way to fix this problem…
Governments don’t work the way most people think they do. Public choice theory explores how voters, politicians, and bureaucrats actually make decisions. Prof. Antony Davies explains.
Why does America put so many people in jail? Is it because we have lots of guns? Lots of criminals? Or lots of laws turning nonviolent people into criminals? Watch this UNSAFE SPACE debate featuring Heather Mac Donald and Prof. Thaddeus Russell. UNSAFE SPACE is a live show and podcast where comedians do standup on […]