Liberty Matters

The OLL brings people together to debate and discuss important texts and big ideas about liberty.

Lawrence White, “Ludwig von Mises’s The Theory of Money and Credit at 101” (January 2014)

By: Lawrence H. White, Jörg Guido Hülsmann, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, and George A. Selgin

1912 was the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ludwig von Mises’ book Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel (The Theory of Money and Credit). In this month’s “Liberty Matters” online discussion our participants debate the…

Robert Leroux, “Bastiat and Political Economy” (July 2013)

By: Robert Leroux, Donald J. Boudreaux, David M. Hart, and Michael C. Munger

In this Liberty Matters discussion on “Bastiat and Political Economy"historian and sociologist Robert Leroux notes that Frédéric Bastiat’s intellectual legacy has been the subject of much debate since the mid-19th century. His…

George H. Smith, “The System of Liberty” (September 2013)

By: George H. Smith and Ralph Raico

This is a discussion of George H. Smith’s new book The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism published by Cambridge University Press (2013). Smith describes how he came to write the book, the works of the…

John Blundell, “Arthur Seldon and the Institute of Economic Affairs” (November 2013)

By: John Blundell, Peter J. Boettke, Stephen Davies, and Nigel Ashford

John Blundell, who headed the IEA between 1993 and 2009, discusses the contribution of Arthur Seldon ((1916-2005) to the success of the London based Institute of Economic Affairs in spreading free market ideas in Britain. He…

Roderick Long, “Gustave de Molinari’s Legacy for Liberty” (May 2013)

By: Roderick T. Long

The latest "Liberty Matters" forum is online. The lead essay is by Roderick Long on “Gustave de Molinari’s Legacy for Liberty” [the centennial of his death was last year]. Long concludes that “for all his shortcomings, Molinari…

James Buchanan and the Economics of Anarchy

By: Geoffrey Brennan

To commemorate the recent death of James M. Buchanan (1919-2013) on January 9 a number of scholars will discuss his considerable contribution to economic and political theory, most notably his work on "public choice" and…

Eric Mack on “John Locke on Property” (January 2013)

By: Eric Mack

John Locke (1632-1704) is a key figure in the history of classical-liberal thought. His Second Treatise of Government(1689) is the canonical text in political philosophy that most extensively and systematically advances the…