The theme of this collection of videos is individual liberty. Each video examines important issues with respect to individual liberty, such as; why individual freedom is so essential to a peaceful and prosperous society, the importance of free speech, the role ideas play in the course of human history, what happens when law becomes a weapon of those in power, rather than a tool to protect freedoms of individuals, and much more. The lectures do not need to be watched in any particular order and we have many more planned for this series.
Collectivism and Individualism
In this lecture we examine collectivism and individualism from the perspective of the 20th century economist and philosopher Ludwig von Mises
John Stuart Mill – On Liberty
In this lecture we look at John Stuart Mill’s influential work “On Liberty” in which he argues for the importance of individual liberties, especially freedom of opinion and expression.
Frédéric Bastiat – The Law
This video provides a summary of Frédéric Bastiat’s most famous work “The Law”. The key theme of this work is an examination of what happens to a society when the law becomes a weapon of those in power, rather than a tool to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals
The Role of Ideas in History
In this lecture we examine the role ideas play in the course of human history, concentrating on the thought of Ludwig von Mises. We pay specific attention to how societies change and contrast Mises views to those who utilize a philosophy of history to explain historical change, such as Karl Marx.
Clarence Darrow and Pacifism
In this lecture we examine the pacifism of the famous American lawyer Clarence Darrow. We discuss his interesting views on society, war, and the punishment of criminals.