Free Thoughts, Ep. 189: Is Liberalism in Danger? (with Jacob T. Levy)

Free Thoughts, Ep. 189: Is Liberalism in Danger? (with Jacob T. Levy)

Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts. I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: And joining us today is Jacob Levy. He’s the Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory at McGill University. Welcome back to Free Thoughts. Jacob Levy: Thank you. Thank you for having me back. Aaron Powell: It’s the big question Read more about Free Thoughts, Ep. 189: Is Liberalism in Danger? (with Jacob T. Levy)[…]

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights – Learn Liberty

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights – Learn Liberty

Now let’s look at Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, and at natural rights. Ayn Rand is famous for being a novelist, but she wrote also lots of philosophy, probably best known for her book Atlas Shrugged. Robert Nozick was a Harvard philosopher who wrote a famous book called Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Both of them taking Read more about Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 5: Natural Rights – Learn Liberty[…]

She Survived History’s Greatest Mass Murderer | Guest: Li Zhao | Ep 39
What Is Subjective Value? – Learn Liberty

What Is Subjective Value? – Learn Liberty

One of the most crucial insights of economics is that value is subjective. That means value ultimately comes from the human mind. It doesn’t inhere in the things that we value. And I want to explain that with some t-shirts that I went out and made. I went to the mall recently and bought two Read more about What Is Subjective Value? – Learn Liberty[…]

Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism | Learn Liberty

Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism | Learn Liberty

If you look at the history of the world, a huge fraction of the improvements in the standard of living have come because private businesses have created new products, have given people jobs, have generated profits that raise people out of poverty and allow them to live fruitful and productive lives with reasonable standards of Read more about Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism | Learn Liberty[…]

Bringing Liberty to the Hood | Guest: Maj Toure | Ep 21
Debate: What To Do About Poverty | Learn Liberty

Debate: What To Do About Poverty | Learn Liberty

[Movie clip, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006, Columbia Pictures] WILL SMITH: I remember that day, because that’s the day that I found out there was only $21.33 left in my bank account. I was broke. [Door rattles.] [End clip] BRANDON TURNER: So a fairly moving depiction of what poverty looks like in that clip. And Read more about Debate: What To Do About Poverty | Learn Liberty[…]

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School

Now I want to look at Milton Friedman and the Chicago school. Milton Friedman, of course, the famous former president of the American Economic Association, Nobel Prize winner, wrote best-selling books, Capitalism and Freedom and Free to Choose, the latter of which was turned into a popular television series. They approach the question by using Read more about Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 2: Milton Friedman and the Chicago School[…]

Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty

Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty

What are natural rights? Well what are rights in the first place? Most generally, rights are moral concepts that establish the conditions within which we interact. When we say you can’t do that, we might mean that it’s literally impossible to do it, but we might also mean simply that to do it would be Read more about Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty[…]

Libertarian Philosophy: Rawls and Nozick on Liberty & Equality – Learn Liberty

Libertarian Philosophy: Rawls and Nozick on Liberty & Equality – Learn Liberty

One way to think about this tension between liberty and equality is to look at an exchange that took place between two of the great American political philosophers in the 20th century, Robert Nozick and John Rawls. John Rawls had argued that equality was really the benchmark, the moral benchmark, for social and political institutions Read more about Libertarian Philosophy: Rawls and Nozick on Liberty & Equality – Learn Liberty[…]