Webinar Archive

Spring 2013-2014


  • “Millennial Libertarianism” with Alexander McCobin – 3/5/14

  • “Libertarianism and Peace” with Tom G. Palmer – 2/27/14

  • “The Need for More Tolerance: How Libertarians Are Making the Conservative Movement and America Better” with Jack Hunter – 2/6/14

  • “Creativity Cannot Be Enslaved” with T.K. Coleman – 1/30/14

  • “Changing the Way We Educate” with Isaac Morehouse – 1/16/14


Fall 2013-2014


  • “How Entrepreneurship is Reinventing the World” with Jeffrey Tucker – 12/11/13

  • “Women and the Moral Case for Liberty” with Cathy Reisenwitz – 11/20/13

  • “Objectivism and Christianity” with Mark Henderson – 10/30/13


Spring 2012-2013


  • “The Primitivism of Politics” with Trevor Burrus  — 02/05/13 


  • “Commerce and the Commons” with Jeffrey Tucker  — 01/29/13

  • “Internships and Opportunities for Summer 2013” with Heather Lakemacher  — 01/22/13


Fall 2012-2013


  • “Freedom Through Technology” with Jeffrey Tucker  — 11/27/12

  • “How Private Schools are Serving the Poorest” with Pauline Dixon  — 11/20/12

  • “The Duty to Disregard the Law” with Michael Huemer — 11/13/12

  • “The Private Provision of Law Enforcement From a Historical Perspective” with Stephen Davies  — 11/06/12

  • “Bloody and Invisible Shakespeare: Shakespeare and Adam Smith” with Sarah Skwire  — 10/30/12


  • “LEAP Zones: A Legal, Economic, Administrative, and Political Framework for Free Cities” with Mark Klugmann   — 10/23/12

  • “Setting Up and Running a Student Organization” with Nick Roskams  — 10/09/12


  • “Creating Your Network” with Dr. Nigel Ashford  — 9/25/12

  •  “Modern Economics as Subaltern Studies” with Dr. Dan D’Amico — 9/18/12

  • “A Philosopher’s Guide to the Eurozone Crisis” with Stefan Auer— 9/11/12



Spring 2011-2012


  • “Why Our Universities Are So Bad” with Henry Manne — 4/10/12


Who would have thought that Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon would have anything to do with the muddle that is the modern U.S. university? Ironically, that divorce led to the most distinctive aspect of modern not-for-profit schools – they are not owned by anyone. As religion lost its hold on the minds of trustees, and as an ill-conceived bit of federal legislation in 1861 led to numerous state schools (with the usual unforeseen consequences), control of these institutions ultimately went to their faculties. It was mostly downhill from there. In this webinar, Henry G. Manne traces these problems and provide an analysis of property rights theory applied to non-profit organizations.

  • “The Myth of the Greedy Bankers: What Really Caused the Financial Crisis, and What It Says about Capitalism” with Jeffrey Friedman — 3/28/12


The conventional wisdom about the financial crisis overlooks its demonstrable cause: the Basel regulations covering banks’ investments. These rules penalized banks that did not invest in mortgage-backed securities. Ironically, these regulations made sense when they were enacted. But they suppressed the heterogeneous investing strategy that unregulated banks might have pursued. An important and neglected merit of capitalism is that it diversifies an economy. This is the only safeguard against human ignorance. A regulated economy imposes one view of best practices on the entire system, and if the regulators, being human, are mistaken, the entire system is put at risk.

  • “The Ability to Protect: Limits of State-Led Humanitarian Action” with Chris Coyne — 3/21/12


This webinar discusses the “economics of state-led humanitarianism” to understand the limits of government efforts to help those in need. A wide range of humanitarian actions (e.g., emergency assistance, development assistance, peacekeeping, etc.) will be discussed. Among the questions considered are: What incentives and constraints do the various parties involved in state-led humanitarian efforts face? And, what, if any, alternatives are available to current approaches to state-led humanitarian action?

  • “Cyberlibertarianism and the Future of the Internet” with Will Rinehart — 3/14/12


The popular outpouring of opposition against SOPA and PIPA early this year brought widespread attention to regulation of the Internet—an area of policy long ignored in mainstream political discourse. While the conversation focused on censorship, overzealous copyright enforcement isn’t the only threat to free speech and innovation. Will Rinehart provides an overview of how his think tank, TechFreedom, approaches a range of technology policy issues, including privacy, free speech, and antitrust from the unified intellectual framework of cyberlibertarianism.

  • “Building a New Frontier: How Ocean Cities Can Revolutionize Politics” with Matt Pritchard — 3/7/12


Matt shows why traditional libertarian tactics have failed to bring about a freer society, and how seasteading, or homesteading the high seas, can radically change that. He discusses how incentives play a large role in human behavior, and demonstrate that by altering the incentive structure of the global political landscape, we can radically improve the lives of billions of people. To help make this vision a reality, the lecture concludes with an outline of critical research projects which need the attention of the exceptional students of Students For Liberty.

  • “The Case Against Education” with Bryan Caplan — 2/29/12


Education is over-rated. While it sharply increases the incomes of the well-educated, the reason is largely “signaling.” But the problem is largely the government’s fault: Without almost a trillion dollars of government subsidies per year, we’d waste far less time and money mastering irrelevant subjects – and young people would begin independent, productive lives years earlier.

  • “How to Succeed in Criminal Justice Without Really Trying” with Roger Koppl — 2/8/12


Roger Koppl’s talk shows why the American criminal justice system is producing false convictions. Police, crime labs, and prosecutors all have an incentive to produce convictions, but they do not have an incentive to correctly distinguish between the innocent and the guilty. When you don’t care who you convict, false convictions are more likely. Public defenders help, but they do not have the resources and strong incentives required to mount a vigorous defense. We should try to improve the criminal justice system by aligning incentives with justice, rather than convictions.

  • The Future of the Dollar in the Global Monetary System” with Mark Calabria — 2/1/12


Mark Calabria’s talk is about the current and future role of the Dollar in the Global Monetary System. He discusses what makes a global currency and evaluate the potential for both the Euro and the Yuan as competitors to the Dollar. In doing so, Calabria covers the influence of monetary policy on a currency’s value as well as the impact a reserve currency has on domestic industries.

  • “Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights” with Craig Biddle — 1/18/12


What are rights—where do they come from—how do we know it? In this webinar, Craig Biddle will present the essentials of Ayn Rand’s theory of rights, showing how its principles are derived from perceptual reality; differentiating it from traditional theories, including “God-given” rights, “government-granted” rights, and “natural” rights; and explaining why advocates of liberty must embrace Rand’s theory if they wish to succeed in establishing and maintaining freedom.

  • “Internships for Liberty” with Heather Lakemacher, John Elliot & Maggie Johnson — 1/11/12


Interested in interning for liberty this summer? This webinar discusses the top internship programs for liberty–the Koch Summer Fellowship, the IHS Journalism Internship, and the Koch Internship Program. This is your chance to get advice from the internship program directors. Each panelist will give a short presentation on the program with Q&A from the audience members to follow.


Fall 2011-2012


  • “Capitalism & the Family” with Steve Horwitz — 12/7/11


Professor Steve Horwitz argues that the enhanced freedom with respect to family choices that has characterized the modern family and that is celebrated by those on the political left, is largely a product of the economic system, market capitalism, that they often reject. At the same time, those on the right who are troubled by these changes in the family, including the demand for same-sex marriage, need to realize that such cultural changes are an inevitable by-product of the economic freedom they claim to celebrate. Prof. Horwitz argues that it is capitalism that is the main driver of the evolution of the western family and that the wider array of family structures that characterizes the 21st century represents an increased cultural freedom brought on by the freedom to engage in capitalist acts between consenting adults.

  • “Comparative Political Economy when Anarchism is on the Table” with Dan D’Amico — 11/30/11


Professor Dan D’Amico discusses his response essay to James C. Scott’s The Art of Not Being Governed

  • “Libertarianism & the Left” with Matt Zwolinksi — 11/16/11


Can libertarians find common philosophical ground with those on the political left? In this talk, Professor Zwolinski traces the historyoflibertarian/leftist cooperation (and conflict), and argues that there is ample philosophical justification for a new synthesis: a “bleeding heart libertarianism” that supports free markets and limited government while nevertheless embracing concern for marginalized and oppressed groups and an ideal of social justice.

  • “You Have No Power Over Me: The Legal Battle Against ObamaCare in Theory and Practice” with Trevor Burrus — 11/9/11


ObamaCare’s unprecedented requirement that nearly every individual purchase and maintain a qualifying health insurance plan has many Americans uneasy. 60% of Americans oppose ObamaCare and a recent AP poll showed that 80% of Americans believe that Congress cannot make citizens purchase products from a private business. Yet many “Constitutional Law Experts” are treating Obamacare like a run-of-the-mill law that is obviously constitutional. Who’s right, what will happen when the case hits the Supreme Court, and what are the ramifications of laws like ObamaCare for the philosophy of liberty?

  • “Money Under Laissez Faire” with George Selgin — 10/26/11


In this webinar George Selgin explains how monetary exchange arose as “a product of human action but not of human design,” and how in the absence of government interference market forces would favor the development of decentralized monetary systems both more efficient and more stable than the centralized and heavily-regulated systems prevailing today.

  • “How to Talk to Your Friends About Economics” with Isaac Morehouse — 10/19/11


It’s easy to be caught off-guard when accusations are hurled at a free-market system by students or friends. It’s hard to know how to answer when someone asks how the market works, or how it handles this or that problem. This webinar is designed to offer a few tips on the best way to approach these questions and conversations, so that you stay sane and clearly and accurately describe the ideas you believe in.

  • “Black Belt Ninja Liberty Moves” with Stefan Molyneux — 10/12/11


Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, shows you how to effectively deal with the most common objections to a free society, such as: Who will build the roads? Who will take care of the poor? How will the young be educated? Who will take care of the sick? How will national defense work? And most importantly – how are we going to get there from here?

  • “How to Run a Successful Student Organization” with Alexander Falkenstein, Karina Zannat, Kelly Jemison, and Liya Palagashvili — 10/5/11


A strong and well run student group can be a powerful force for change on campus. This webinar delves into what truly makes an effective pro-liberty student organization. Experienced SFL leaders address running events, marketing your group on campus, recruiting new membership, transitioning leadership and much more!

  • “No Sweat: How Sweatshops Improve Lives and Economic Growth” with Professor Ben Powell — 9/27/11


Ben Powell explains how sweatshops provide a superior opportunity for the workers who work in them compared to other alternatives available to those workers and the role sweatshops play in the process of economic development that ultimately leads to the disappearance of sweatshops.

  • “Austrian Economics, Institutional Economics and the Science of Liberty” with Peter Boettke — 9/21/11


Peter Boettke’s talk covers the role and importance of the paradigms of Austrian Economics and Institutional Analysis to gaining an understanding of the mechanisms that underpin a society characterized by sustained economic prosperity and cooperation among free and responsible individuals.

  • “The Criminalization of Nearly Everything” with Radley Balko — 9/14/11


America has more laws, more prisoners, and spends more money on putting people behind bars than ever before. Radley Balko looks at the frightening expansion of prosecutorial power in America, and what it means that we now use the criminal justice system to address so many of our problems.


Spring 2010-2011


  • “Privatizing the Roads” with Dr. Walter Block and Dr. Dan D’Amico


*Due to technical issues only half of this webinar was able to be recorded. If you would like to find out more about Privatizing Roads or a variety of other issues please visit Dr. Walter Block’s website atwww.walterblock.com.

  • “Anarchy and Efficient Law” with David Friedman


Classical liberals often don’t trust the government to produce consumer products. If the government is incompetent to produce everyday goods and services, is it really competent to produce a legal regime? Professor Friedman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University. He specializes include economics analytics of law, computers, crime, and privacy.

  • “Structure of the Libertarian Argument and Liberty as a Global Phenomenon” with Tom Palmer


Tom Palmer joins us for a special extended session to discuss how the elements of libertarian thought are neither an incoherent jumble of policy positions advanced by this or that ideologue, nor a strictly logical-deductive system of thought, but a coherent set of reinforcing ideas with a historical genesis. In his argument, the three main elements of libertarian thought are 1) imprescriptible individual rights, 2) spontaneous (or “emergent”) order, 3) limited government and the rule of law. Tom reviews their relationships both historically and conceptually (or “philosophically”) and then discusses the universalist nature and appeal of libertarianism. He concludes with a review of some very exciting developments involving libertarians around the world, including activities in Egypt, Central Asia, Africa, and East Asia.

  • “Lest We Forget: Lessons of Soviet Socialism” with Richard Ebeling


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. But the lessons to be learned from socialism-in-practice in the last century have continuing relevance for the political and economic problems of our own time, both in America and around the world. If we do not heed those lessons, we may continue going down a new road to serfdom with a loss of both freedom and prosperity along the way.

  • “Equality as a Political Ideal” with Mark LeBar


Some people think that equality is an important (perhaps THE important) aim of government. Should it be? Mark LeBar is an associate professor of philosophy at Ohio University in Athens. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Washington, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona. He has published papers on ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of mind, and is at work on a project exploring the foundations of political obligations and authority in Aristotelian moral theory.

  • “Political Economy and Economic Imperialism” with Nikolai Wenzel


Traditional tools from politics, sociology, law, and other disciplines are insufficient for a complete understanding of the world. Non-traditional applications of economics have a huge marginal impact: these include institutions, the knowledge problem, public choice theory, social theory, and spontaneous order. Nikolai gives an introduction to all these fields, while at the same time synthesizing them to show their importance.

  • “How to Advance Liberty: Winning in the Court of Public Opinion” with Bob Ewing


Bob Ewing works on the Institute for Justice’s award-winning media team. In this talk, Bob shares the secrets of IJ’s success and teach you how to effectively advance liberty in your own sphere. Further, he shows that you can apply these principles to other aspects of your life, including landing your dream job.

  • “How Governmentally Mandated Safety Measures May Be Hazardous to Your Health” with Professor James Lark

How do individuals deal with risk in a free society? What if appeals to the state aren’t so good for us after all? Dr. Lark explores the lesser-known detrimental effects of government programs that are intended to keep people healthy and safe.

  • “Great Myths of The Great Depression” with Lawrence Reed


Contrary to the popular myth, capitalism didn’t bring on the Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt didn’t save us from it. Nor was Herbert Hoover a friend of free enterprise. Based on his widely-acclaimed essay, ‘Great Myths of the Great Depression,’ Lawrence Reed’s webinar lecture blows away the errors and explains the real causes of the debacle of the 1930s as well as the policy mistakes that prolonged it.

  • “Proving Libertarian Morality” with Stefan Molyneux


Libertarians stand for the nonaggression principle, property rights and objective morality. How can libertarian virtues be established without reference to subjective interpretations of religious texts, or the amoral might of the well-armed state? Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio has published a free book called Universally Preferable Behavior: A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics, which details a powerful solution to the problem of modern morality. In this engaging webinar, Mr. Molyneux introduces this theory, and takes questions, criticisms and corrections from the audience.

  • “How to Get an Internship for Liberty” with Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse, educational programs director at the Institute for Humane Studies and former director of the highly competitive and prestigious Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows Program, provides tips on how to plan your careers and internships around liberty-oriented goals and get the insider tips to make yourself the ideal candidate in the liberty movement! 


Fall 2010-2011


  • “Going Grad: Law School & Advancing Liberty” with Jeanne Hoffman


Jeanne Hoffman, Program Officer in Law at the Institute for Humane Studies, and Samuel Eckman, 1L at the University of Chicago Law School covers the basics of law school: what it is, whether it’s right for you, and how to get in and thrive. Learn how to write a killer personal statement, tips for nailing the LSAT, and how to turn an interest in law into a successful career advancing liberty.

  • “The Pessimistic Bias: Developing Historical Perspectives on Human Progress” with Dr. Bradley Hobbs


Dr. Bradley Hobbs of Florida Gulf Coast University discuss the “Pessimistic Bias” and historical perspectives on human progress. There is ample evidence that Americans misjudge their standard-of-living from both historical and current perspectives: they are also quite pessimistic concerning the future. People tend to engage in “The Good Old Days…” fallacy by idealizing the conditions of the past. Regarding the future, 68% of Americans believe that the “American Dream” will be “harder” for their children to achieve and 45% rated it as “much harder”. The failure to understand where we are, in terms of living standards, in both historical and relative terms feeds incorrect and biased views regarding human progress over the past few centuries. This webinar covers the speed and scope of human progress from not only an economic or material perspective, but in numerous other important measures of quality of life.

  • “True Egoism: What it is and Why It’s Needed For Freedom” with Dr. Ed Hudgins


Dr. Ed Hudgins of the Atlas Society discusses why ethics must rest on rational individualism not only as a path to a happy and flourishing life, but also to ensure a free society. How does objectivism fit into the ideas of liberty? Where is the dividing line between subjective and objective morals? Why is Ayn Rand necessary for our advocacy of a free society?

  • “Substantive Criticisms of the Libertarian Perspective”


Dr. James W. Lark III hosts our second webinar on outreach strategies and asserts that one of the best ways we can spread liberty is by understanding what liberty is up against. Learn how to properly meet the intellectual challenge!

  • “Frederic Bastiat: The Legendary Life & Works at a Time of Revolution”


Dr. David Hart of Liberty Fund, Inc. lectures and takes questions on the life and accomplishments of this giant of 19th century liberalism who’s ideas remain as relevant today as ever.

  • “The Failure of the ‘Market Failure’ Argument” with Dr. John Hasnas


Hear the phenomenal legal scholar, Dr. John Hasnas of Georgetown University, destroy the argument that government is necessary to fix “market failures.”

  • “By the Numbers: Important Issues in Interpreting Public Policy Data”


The aphorism “Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure” is well known among those who transform data into information. However, even those of impeccable intellectual integrity may fail to detect potential problems in accurately transforming data into useful information about public policy. Dr. James W. Lark, III of the University of Virginia discusses some important issues to consider when interpreting data for use in public policy matters.

  • “Transitioning Leadership”


Transitioning leadership is the most important task facing student group leaders. Identifying, training, and successfully transferring responsibility to future leaders is critical to the continued success of your student group. That is why we have assembled a panel of student organizers who have successfully transferred leadership of their groups. Learn directly from Masood Manoochehri, Andrew Kaluza, Pericles Niarchos, and Kevin Duewel about what worked well, what didn’t, and what steps you should be taking to pass the torch.