- “Libertarianism and Peace” with Tom G. Palmer – 2/27/14
Students For Liberty joined students from all over the world on Thursday February 27th at 8pm ET for a webinar discussion led by Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Executive Vice President of International Programs of the Atlas Network and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, on the topic of “Libertarianism and Peace.”
- “The Need for More Tolerance: How Libertarians Are Making the Conservative Movement and America Better” with Jack Hunter – 2/6/14
Students For Liberty joined students from all over the world on Thursday Febaruary 6th at 8pm ET for a webinar discussion led by Jack Hunter, Contributing Editor at Rare, on “The Need for More Tolerance: How Libertarians Are Making the Conservative Movement and America Better.”
- “Creativity Cannot Be Enslaved” with T.K. Coleman – 1/30/14
Students from all over the world joined Students For Liberty on January 30th at 8pm ET for a webinar discussion led by T.K. Coleman, Education Director of Praxis, on human creativity.
T.K is a philosopher, writer, lecturer, entrepreneur, and life coach living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University and has worked as a licensed financial adviser for American Express, a Corporate Trainer for National Seminar Group, a Director of Business Development for Rock City Films Entertainment, and an Educator for the Continuing Education Divisions at Graceland University and Rockhurst University. T.K. is currently the Education Director for Praxis and he blogs daily on self-determinism, creativity, and philosophy at tkcoleman.com.
- “”Changing the Way We Educate” with Isaac Morehouse – 1/16/14
Students from all over the world joined us on Thursday January 16th at 8pm ET for a webinar discussion led by Isaac Morehouse, Founder & CEO of Praxis, on changing the way we educate.
Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis,an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college. Isaac previously worked at the Institute for Humane Studies and at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. Isaac holds a master’s degree in economics with a focus on the Austrian School from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Western Michigan University (though he feels the latter was a waste of time and money).
- “How Entrepreneurship is Reinventing the World” with Jeffrey Tucker – 12/11/13
SFL joined students from all over the world on December 11th at 8pm ET for a webinar discussion led by Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, on the role of entrepreneurship in society.
Jeffrey Tucker serves as distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant to the popular podcast Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for The Freeman and Crisis Magazine. He is author of Bourbon for Breakfast, It’s a Jetson’s World, and A Beautiful Anarchy, and thousands of articles, introductions, and prefaces. Following his 15 years as editor and builder of the website Mises.org, he now curates and writes editorial introductions to the product offerings for the Laissez Faire Club, and is also working on a new commercial venture Liberty.me.
- “Women and the Moral Case for Liberty” with Cathy Reisenwitz – 11/20/13
Students For Liberty joined students from all over the world on November 20th, 2013 for a webinar discussion led by “Sex and the State” Editor-in-Chief Cathy Reisenwitz on women’s specific issues in the morality of liberty.
Cathy Reisenwitz is a Young Voices Associate and a D.C.-based writer and political commentator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Sex and the State and her writing has appeared in Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Reason magazine, Talking Points Memo, the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, XOJane, The Freeman, the Individualist Feminist and Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist.
- “Objectivism and Christianity” with Mark Henderson – 10/30/13
On October 30, 2013, Students For Liberty joined students from all over the world for a webinar discussion led by Mark Henderson, author of The Soul of Atlas, on reconciling the seemingly irreconcilable philosophies of Objectivism and Christianity.
- “The Primitivism of Politics” with Trevor Burrus — 02/05/13
“You didn’t build that!” say many neo-communitarian politicians. It doesn’t follow from this claim, however, that the state and the political system is the best way to instantiate communitarian ideals. Actually, politics is the opposite of community. It turns us into tribes and warriors who must fight for basic freedoms, exemptions, give aways, and dispensations from the chief. In short, politics is primitive.
Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, the Jurist, as well as the Washington Times, Huffington Post, the Daily Caller, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and USA Today. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
- “Commerce and the Commons” with Jeffrey Tucker — 01/29/13
Intellectual Property Rights have always been a hot topic among libertarians. One of the main arguments in favor is the belief that these rights are essential for entrepreneurship. Businesses wouldn’t be able to innovate without the financial fruits of their intellectual labor. But exactly how essential is intellectual property in this regard? Would an end of these rights mean an end of commerce? Or the reverse? Find out during this upcoming webinar!
Jeffrey Tucker is executive editor of the newly refurbished Laissez Faire Books, a leading publisher of libertarian books, and founder and head of the Laissez Faire Club. He also author of Bourbon for Breakfast (2010), It’s a Jetsons World (2011), and Beautiful Anarchy (2012).
- “Internships and Opportunities for Summer 2013” with Heather Lakemacher — 01/22/13
Are you interested in learning about the opportunities for students to travel, learn, intern and network within the liberty movement this summer? Join Students For Liberty for a webinar with Heather Lakemacher to catch the inside scoop on which opportunities are available and tips for applying.
Heather Lakemacher joined the Institute for Humane Studies in March 2011 and is currently the Policy Programs Director. In this role, she directs the Koch Summer Fellow Program and other IHS programs for students and recent graduates who are interested in careers in public policy. Much of her time is spent reassuring students they haven’t ruined their life by picking the “wrong” major and exposing them to the wide variety of careers where they can use their talents to advance liberty.Prior to joining IHS, Heather participated in the Koch Associate Program and worked as a Senior Program Officer at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. There she was responsible for researching, writing, and editing publications on higher education policy issues. Heather was born and raised in Illinois and graduated in 2009 from Shimer College in Chicago with a BA in Humanities, which is definitely the “wrong” major for hanging out with libertarian economists all the time!
- “Freedom Through Technology” with Jeff Tucker — 11/27/12
If the government had known what would happen, would the Internet have been privatized in 1995? Maybe not. It has been a zone of freedom in a world of despotism, and it has been the font of a dazzling display of human creativity. Its contribution to economic prosperity and human freedom has been mighty. And it’s not just about hardware and software. It’s about those crucial market institutions of communication, learning, and creativity. The digital world has allowed humanity to loosen the chains just enough to give us a glimpse of the wonders of liberty itself.
- “How Private Schools are Serving the Poorest” with Pauline Dixon — 11/20/12
This talk will present the success story of low-cost private schools in Africa and Asia and how they are run and patronised. We will look at parental choice, the comparison between government and low-cost private schools as well as other innovative initiatives that are currently underway.
Dr. Pauline Dixon is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Development at Newcastle University, England and has extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. She gained her PhD on the subject “Regulation of Private Schools for the Poor in India: An Austrian Economic Perspective”.
- “The Duty to Disregard the Law” with Michael Huemer — 11/13/12
In the practice of jury nullification, a jury votes to acquit a defendant in disregard of the factual evidence, on the grounds that a conviction would result in injustice, either because the law itself is unjust or because its application in the particular case would be unjust. The practice is widely condemned by courts, which strenuously attempt to prevent it. Nevertheless, I find the arguments against jury nullification amazingly weak. I argue that, pursuant to the general ethical duty to avoid causing unjust harms to others, jurors are often morally obligated to disregard the law.
Michael Huemer received his BA from UC Berkeley and his PhD from Rutgers University. He is presently professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of Skepticism and the Veil of Perception and Ethical Intuitionism, as well as more than 40 academic articles in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and metaphysics. He has just completed a brilliant and fascinating book called The Problem of Political Authority, which will be available this December.
- “The Private Provision of Law Enforcement From a Historical Perspective” with Stephen Davies — 11/06/12
How did law provision evolve throughout the ages and how were non-governmental systems developed to deal with public disorder and crime? This talk will feature a look at these questions to give a unique look on the matter of law and order through market processes.
Dr. Stephen Davies is Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. A historian, he graduated from St. Andrews University in Scotland where he later obtained his PhD. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History.
- “Bloody and Invisible Shakespeare: Shakespeare and Adam Smith” with Sarah Skwire — 10/30/12
Adam Smith’s metaphor of the “invisible hand” comes from Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s eeriest and bloodiest plays. While, for some time, critics have debated what that direct reference to Macbeth can tell us about Smith’s thinking about markets, they have not noticed other, less explicit allusions to Macbeth in Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations. This webinar will outline those bloody and invisible allusions and discuss what Smith’s interest in Macbeth might reveal to us about his preoccupations and concerns.
Sarah Skwire is the author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is about to enter its 12th edition. She has won prizes for her poetry which has appeared, among other places, in Standpoint, the New Criterion, and The Vocabula Review. Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her writing has appeared in journals as varied as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Recent pieces have appeared in Cato Unbound, and The Freeman. She writes a twice-monthly book review column, Book Value, for The Freeman Online, and has lectured for FEE and HIS. She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Her research interests focus on the intersections of economics and literature. Sarah is also a full-time Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation. Sarah and her husband are raising two wonderful daughters, aged 7 and 4.
- “Islam, Digital Media, and The Future of Liberty ” with Amir Ahmad Nasr — 10/23/12
(link coming soon!)
This talk will feature a brief history of Islamdom’s Ash’ariyya (the foremost theological school in Sunni Islam with an emphasis of revelation above rationalism) and Mu’tazila (a school that seeks to give a rationally coherent account of Islamic beliefs) and the impact of these schools to this day. How did the digital revolutions rewire the house of Islam and what are the consequences for the ideas of liberty in the Islamic world?
Amir Ahmad Nasr is a Sudanese-born writer, digital activist, and mischievous entrepreneur. He was the formerly anonymous voice behind the popular North African Arab blog, The Sudanese Thinker during the Arab revolutions of 2011. His forthcoming book is called “My Isl@m: A Journey of Heartbreak and Awakening”.
- “LEAP Zones: A Legal, Economic, Administrative, and Political Framework for Free Cities” with Mark Klugmann — 10/23/12
“LEAP Cities” is an innovative model designed to achieve economic development. By optimizing Legal, Economic, Administrative, and Political elements, the model has the potential to attract international investment, create jobs, and promote integration. Although it has received some objections, Mark Klugmann will show why the LEAP model is not what Friedrich A. Hayek considered to be a designed society or a planned economy. Instead, LEAP Cities is a model that can be used to facilitate liberty abroad, benefiting the overall marketplace of the world.
Mark Klugmann is the creator of the LEAP Zones model (special Legal, Economic, Administrative and Political jurisdictions, using “institutional leapfrogging” as a framework for a free city/charter city and for other purposes). He served in the White House as speechwriter to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; then, he moved to Chile where he helped Jose Piñera to create the International Center for Pension Reform. (Source: www.newmedia.ufm.edu)
- “Setting Up and Running a Student Organization” with Nick Roskams — 10/09/12
Student organizations are at the heart of the future liberty movement. ESFL’s mission is to support these groups with resources and advice. This will be an interactive talk on student organizing from setting up over organizing protests to finally passing the torch to the next generation.
Nick Roskams is a student activist from Belgium and board member of European Students For Liberty. He gained experience as a student leader in the Classical Liberal Students Association (LVSV).
- “Creating Your Network” with Dr. Nigel Ashford — 9/25/12
Why network? Because networks are people communicating with each other, sharing ideas, information and resources. As students for liberty this is an important aspect of our mission. Therefore this webinar will explain the value and skills of networking.
Dr. Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies and works on many of the Institute’s educational programs. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. He is the author of Principles for a Free Society.
- “Modern Economics as Subaltern Studies” with Dr. Dan D’Amico — 9/18/12
Subaltern research; inspired by thinkers such as Antonio Gramsci, progressed by theorists such as Michel Foucault, and most recently refined by writers such as Guyatri Spivak, is a sub-discipline within post-colonial studies. It seeks unique methods and theories to provide a more complete vision of history than those biased narratives residually produced through colonial oppression and human subjugation. Winners of wars typically write the history books, but not necessarily in accurate ways. I argue that the Austrian tradition provides a unique perspective, well-equipped to enter this discourse. To date Austrian thinkers have been predominantly ignored and or dismissed by researchers within the post-colonial project, though much contemporary Austrian research can arguably be described as subaltern in topic and insight; though researchers deploying Austrian methods have yet to contextualize their work within the subaltern framework.
Dr. Dan D’Amico is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University New Orleans and has received University awards for teaching, research and service. His current research is focused upon applying various political economy perspectives including Austrian Economics, Public Choice and New Institutional Economics to understand the processes of social change surrounding punishment and incarceration through history and in the United States today.
- “A Philosopher’s Guide to the Eurozone Crisis” with Stefan Auer— 9/11/12
This talk explains the Eurozone crisis against the background of EU history and the ideas that shaped it: from Hobbes versus Rousseau; Machiavelli versus Kant; to Carl Schmitt versus Juergen Habermas.
Dr. Stefan Auer is a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Interdisciplinary Studies and Associate Professor in History and Politics at La Trobe University. He is the author of Whose Liberty is it Anyway? Europe at the Crossroads.
- “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 will trace 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 will discuss 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 will be: 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 will provide 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. need the attention of the exceptional students of Students For Liberty.
- “Building a New Frontier: How Ocean Cities Can Revolutionize Politics” with Matt Pritchard — 3/7/12
Matt will show 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 will discuss 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 will conclude 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 will cover the influence of monetary policy on a currency’s value as well as the impact a reserve currency has on domestic industries. An open discussion will touch upon current challenges facing the Euro zone.
- “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 will discuss 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.
- “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 will argue 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 important – 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 will 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.
- “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 will review their relationships both historically and conceptually (or “philosophically”) and then discuss the universalist nature and appeal of libertarianism. He will conclude 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 will give 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 will share the secrets of IJ’s success and teach you how to effectively advance liberty in your own sphere. Further, he will show 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 will blow away the errors and explain 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!
- “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 cover 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.