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Apr 13, 2018

Show 3024 Learn Liberty Playlist. Ideological Robots, Can Cops Search Your Cell Phone?, Why Thieves Hate Free Markets, Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism, Top Three Myths about the Great Depression and the New Deal, Smoking Bans, The Broken Window Fallacy, Are the Poor Getting Poorer?


Are You An Ideological Robot? - The Ideological Turing Test

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Published on Nov 20, 2017

A lot of people don’t really understand their ideological opponents. Here’s how to test whether you are the exception. SUBSCRIBE: LEARN MORE: The Requirements of Persuasion (video): Prof. Brandon Turner talks with Dave Rubin about how we can have more meaningful conversations with our ideological opponents. Shaming Someone Doesn't Change Their Mind (video): So you want to fight prejudice and change people’s minds? Cultural scientist Alana Conner explains why shaming people does not help persuade them to consider new ideas. Why You Should Tolerate Wrong Opinions (video): Dave Rubin and Prof. Brandon Turner discuss why we should practice tolerance and defend free speech for even those ideas that we can be sure are 100% wrong. TRANSCRIPT: Available at: LEARN LIBERTY: Your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. We tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. Watch more at

Can Cops Search Your Cell Phone? | Learn Liberty

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You’re at a party. The police show up. The next thing you know, a cop is asking to see your cell phone. What do you do? Subscribe for more: If you don’t know your rights, you could be putting yourself - and your future - at risk. In this must-see video, Professor Josh Blackman details the ways in which recent court rulings have been defining and limiting the boundaries of cell phone content searches. Your life is in your phone. Know how to save it.


Why Thieves Hate Free Markets - Learn Liberty

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Many believe that market economies create a dog eat dog environment full of human conflict and struggle. Learn more: To Prof. Aeon Skoble, the competition in markets does not create conflict, but rather, encourages people to cooperate with one another for mutual benefit. For instance, suppose a thief steals a suit from Macy's. If Macy's knew who the thief was, one could argue that Macy's has an incentive to keep this information from their competitors. By withholding information about the thief, it would make it much less likely that thief would get caught while robbing Macy's competitors. However, in the real world, competitors share information about theft with one another, creating a valuable information network. Competitors share information because it is in all of their mutual interest to crack down on theft. If a business chooses to ignore the information network, they lose out on valuable information. The example above is just one of many examples where competitors have a strong incentive to cooperate with one another. In a certain way, we're all merchants who trade with one another. We all individually depend on networks of reputation and trust to own a car, own a home, and have a job. In a world of competition and scarcity, we are not only capable of cooperating with one another, but we frequently do. These voluntary systems of social cooperation, often called organic or spontaneous orders, are not planned from the top down by enlightened rulers. Rather, they emerge overtime as individuals interact with one another. These spontaneous orders are all around us, and include important things like language, fashion, internet memes, prices in a market, and law. Going back to the suit thief, it may very well be the case that some individuals abstain from crime because of the threat of jail. However, it is also very likely that crime is prevented through networks of trust and reputation. The next time you hear that the problems that society faces can only be solved by applying force from the top down, you are right to be skeptical. Peaceful and voluntary mechanisms that encourage and facilitate cooperation are all around us. SUBSCRIBE: FOLLOW US: - Website: - Facebook: - Twitter: - Google +: LEARN LIBERTY Your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. We tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. Watch more at



Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism | Learn Liberty

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Is being pro-business and pro-capitalism the same? Does capitalism generate an unfair distribution of income? Was capitalism responsible for the most recent financial crisis? Learn more: Dr. Jeffrey Miron at Harvard answers these questions by exposing three common myths of capitalism. SUBSCRIBE: FOLLOW US: - Website: - Facebook: - Twitter: - Google +:


Top Three Myths about the Great Depression and the New Deal

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Historian Stephen Davies names three persistent myths about the Great Depression. Myth #1: Herbert Hoover was a laissez-faire president, and it was his lack of action that lead to an economic collapse. Davies argues that in fact, Hoover was a very interventionist president, and it was his intervening in the economy that made matters worse. Myth #2: The New Deal ended the Great Depression. Davies argues that the New Deal actually made matters worse. In other countries, the Great Depression ended much sooner and more quickly than it did in the United States. Myth #3: World War II ended the Great Depression. Davies explains that military production is not real wealth.; wars destroy wealth, they do not create wealth. In fact, examination of the historical data reveals that the U.S. economy did not really start to recover until after WWII was over. Watch more videos:



Libertarian Philosophy: How I'm Equal to Hugh Jackman - Learn Liberty

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Are you equal to Hugh Jackman? Find out what Equality really means in our society. Learn more: According to the Declaration of Independence, we're all created equal. But Professor Aeon Skoble is not as rich as Bill Gates, as tough as Vin Diesel, or as sexy as Hugh Jackman. To Professor Skoble, the Declaration intends for us all to be treated equal before the law. Put another way, we should all have equal freedom to choose our own respective paths to happiness as long as we do not infringe on the freedoms of others. Treating people as equals means that we should show equal respect for the choices they make. That means that, although we may disagree with others, we should respect their preferences for jobs, tv shows, music, etc... The legal system should show equal respect for persons by respecting their rights equally, not by interfering with the outcomes of people's choices. If we try to produce equality in some other fashion, we will necessarily violate people's freedom to choose.


Libertarian Philosophy: Smoking Bans - Banning Freedom - Learn Liberty

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Do you think putting a ban on smoking is taking away your freedom?



The Broken Window Fallacy

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Does destruction create jobs? After natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and wars, some people argue that these disasters are good for the economy, because they create jobs and prosperity. Learn more: As Prof. Art Carden of Rhodes College explains, this is an example of the "broken window fallacy," a term coined by Frederic Bastiat. When a shopkeeper's window is broken, he will spend money on a new window, which gives income and jobs for glaziers. This activity is "seen," but the "unseen" is just as important: the money spend on a new window could have been spent on other things. Wealth has not increase, but only reallocated from some people to others, and society is worse off by one window.


Are the Poor Getting Poorer?

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People often say that "the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer." Is this really a myth? Learn more: Economics professor Steve Horwitz explains why in the United States, this characterization is largely a myth. Real income levels of the poorest 20 percent of Americans have actually risen over time. Further, the individual households that comprise the bottom income bracket do not stay the same. The majority of Americans in the poorest 20 percent become wealthier over the course of their lives. Want to learn more? Check out these resources: SUBSCRIBE: FOLLOW US: - Website: - Facebook: - Twitter: - Google +: LEARN MORE: • Op-ed on Inequality, by Prof. Horwitz: • Cox. W. Michael and Richard Alm. Myths of Rich and Poor: Why We're Better Off Than We Think, New York: Basic Books, 1999. • Reynolds, Alan. "Has U.S. Income Inequality Really Increased?" Policy Analysis 856, Cato Institute, January 5, 2007. Available online at: Watch more videos: LEARN LIBERTY Your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. We tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. Watch more at