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 […]
Libertarians talk about the non-aggression principle a lot, but what does it mean?
William Graham Sumner often gets unfairly labeled a social Darwinist. In this first post in a new series, Zwolinski tries to nail down just what “social Darwinism” means.
“I am so great an advocate of freedom that I would have everything done voluntarily.” – Lydia Maria Child
If you missed the Reddit AMA with Isaac Morehouse last week, fear not! We’ve taken the liberty of compiling some of the highlights for your viewing pleasure.
Identity politics, usually portrayed as a spectre haunting liberalism, is actually key to understanding uprisings against state power.
There are books that every libertarian should read and books every libertarian has read, but those circles don’t perfectly overlap. Here are 13 diverse book recommendations for well-rounded thinkers.
Now is the time to defend the liberty that makes possible a global civilization that enables friendship, family, cooperation, trade, mutual benefit, science, wisdom — in a word, life — and to challenge the modern anti-libertarian triumvirate and reveal the emptiness at its heart.
So here it is — halfway through December already! That friendship you started at last year’s ISFLC, FEE seminar, or IHS conference has miraculously lasted. You are happy, and maybe even in love. And now you need a gift for your liberty-loving partner.
While the singing Christmas turds of seasons past will always be funny, it is South Park’s growing, full-throated defense of liberal values like free expression, privacy, anti-authoritarianism, and individualism that will forge its larger legacy.
If you missed Antony Davies’ Reddit AMA last week, fear not! We’ve taken the liberty of compiling some of the highlights for your viewing pleasure.
When we get a spare moment around the metaphorical water cooler, we love to gab about the latest shows we’re binge-watching. It should come as no surprise that these conversations quickly turn to how libertarianism applies to our favorite shows.
Another day, another hilariously awful straw man argument against libertarianism.
According to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, 58 percent of Americans ages 18-24 view socialism favorably. But according to the same poll, young Americans strongly favor a “free-market” economy versus a government-controlled system by a margin of 32 percentage points. How is that possible? A Concerning Trend Many young Americans view “socialism” in terms of free […]
Author Ayn Rand is one of the most divisive thinkers of the modern era, but does her work hint at themes that are common to most if not all of us? In honor of her birthday, take a moment to reflect on whether or not you would want to live in the world Rand created […]
Will you be in DC next month for the annual International Students For Liberty Conference? It’s not too late to register! Taking place on the weekend of February 26-28, the conference is the largest gathering of pro-liberty students from all over the globe. Other organizations which fight for economic liberty and personal freedom, like the […]
To celebrate the end of the year, we’re counting down the top 10 most watched Learn Liberty videos of 2015. Markets, immigration, bailouts, vaping, urinals, the death penalty — we covered it all in 2015. Check out our new top 10 compilation video and re-watch some of your favorite Learn Liberty videos of the year. […]
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 […]
The third and final edition of Trans Talks, a conversation with transgender economist Dierdre McCloskey, was released this week. This video describes some of McCloskey’s challenges as a transgender economist and highlights her speech at the Students for Liberty conference. “When you have equal dignity,” says McCloskey, “you get equal inventiveness; you allow people to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Richard A. Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law and Director of the Classical Liberal Institute at the New York University School of Law. He is also the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. He served as editor of the Journal […]
Few people will say they are anti-liberty, so what makes the libertarian commitment to liberty stand out from the crowd? We teamed up with Students For Liberty to explain the basics of libertarian philosophy, law, and economics in our new On Demand program, Liberty 101. Check out the first video below. For more videos just […]