Learn Liberty, a Culture of Freedom

With your support, the Institute for Humane Studies it working to create a culture of freedom. Right now, you’re helping to counter politically-correct campus outbursts with our major Free Speech and Open Inquiry Initiative. And you’re helping to deliver messages of freedom to millions of students through our unique Learn Liberty online Educational videos.

These two efforts come together in powerful videos that help students see the essential value of free speech… and equip them to defend it at their schools.

Below I’ve included two videos that highlight our work on free speech, and two others that show how Learn Liberty offers a sound free-market take on issues of the day.


How is Offensive Speech Good for Society?

Professor Tom W. Bell from Chapman University, answers the provocative question “How Is Offensive Speech Good for Society?

Back in the day, IHS programs helped Tom become a law professor.  He’s also a favorite teacher at our educational programs for students.

As Professor Bell observes, “Censors pursue a policy of ignorance by design.  That’s why smart societies respect freedom of expression even when – especially when – it causes discomfort and offense.”


Why Do We Need Academic Freedom?

Professor Donald Downs asks “Why We Need Academic Freedom,” and he makes clear the dangers of speech codes, “safe spaces,” and other attempts to restrict ideas in higher education.

Don survived many battles over free speech at the University of Wisconsin, where he built a coalition of faculty and students to defend academic freedom.


Is Raising the Minimum Wage a Bad Idea?

Is raising minimum wage to $15 a bad idea? Professor Don Boudreaux explains why raising minimum wage actually hurts the economy instead of improving an employee’s chances of maintaining and getting a job.


Everything Has Its Price

Prices ensure your demands are supplied- even in times of scarcity. But who decides prices? Manufacturers and stores play a role, of course. As Professor Don Boudreaux explains, though, the biggest decider in determining prices is you, the consumer. Prices reflect the value consumers think the products are worth. Whether it’s the price of a bottle of ketchup or a Hermes Birkin purse, the price tag is the end result of a “global chain of cooperation.”


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