By Kerry McDonald Whenever my children express an interest in economics or are curious about the ideals of freedom and responsibility, I can barely contain my excitement. It wasn’t until college that I discovered, and fell in love with, economics, and it wasn’t until much later that I understood liberty as a life philosophy. Fortunately, I can avoid stifling their … [Read more...] about 4 Great Tools for Teaching Kids Economics and Liberty
By Graham Smith For the uninitiated, voluntaryism is a philosophy based on consent. In the simplest terms it says: “If it’s not voluntary, it’s not moral.” This basic statement is often countered with “Yes, but not everyone agrees on that, some people use violence to get what they want.” This is 100% true. And this is why voluntaryists are not pacifists, but believe in and … [Read more...] about Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto
By David Evans We all want to be happy, but we’re not terribly good at it. As a result, for centuries philosophers have wrestled with how to attain happiness. Few, though, have offered as novel an answer as Marcus Aurelius, one of Rome’s greatest emperors. Ready for it? There might be a deeper problem with how we’re pursuing happiness: We’re not focusing on the negatives … [Read more...] about How Healthy Pessimism Can Lead to Personal Freedom
By Lawrence W. Reed For three hours, the famous “standoff at the schoolhouse door” riveted the country’s attention. Alabama Governor George Wallace physically blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His intent was to prevent two students from registering for classes. Why? It had nothing to do with the content of their … [Read more...] about The Golden Rule Is as Golden as Ever
By Michael Munger What limits should be placed on the ability of individuals to enter into negotiable agreements? It’s tempting to say, “none.” But there are some “agreements” — those reached under duress or in restraint of trade or other rights of third parties — that the state may decline to enforce, or outlaw completely. Presumably, if an exchange is truly voluntary, … [Read more...] about What Does “Voluntary” Actually Mean?