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The American Founding in Practice: Ideals vs. Reality
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The United States was founded on the principles of natural rights, equality, and classical republicanism, but how well did it actually live up to these ideals? In this lecture, Professor Rob McDonald of the US Military Academy at West Point describes the conflict between the ideals of the American Revolution and the unfortunate realities of the time.

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United States history
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Rob McDonald
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01/12/2021
America's Founding: Why Our Founding Fathers Risked It All
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Have you ever stopped to think about the incredible risks the Founding Founders took when they rebelled against British authority? They were starting a war with the greatest military power of the time even though they did not have a mighty fighting force themselves. And they were fighting for a type of government that most people thought was impossible. In this video mini-course, Professor Sarah Burns of the Rochester Institute of Technology explains the historical and philosophical context of the American Revolution from the changing role of the British army in the colonies to Radical Whig theory.

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United States history
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Sarah Burns
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07/04/2016
Are the Greeks Villains if They Default on Their National Debt?
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What happens when governments default on their debts? In this video, Professor Garrett Jones of George Mason University uses the Greek government debt crisis to explain what happens when governments default on their debts and why it's not always a bad thing.

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Economics
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Garrett Jones
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01/12/2021
Ayn Rand: A Leading Lady of the Classical Liberal Tradition
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How should we understand Ayn Rand’s political philosophy? In this video, Professor Jennifer Burns of the University of Virginia argues that Rand belongs to the classical liberal tradition.

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Political science
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Jennifer Burns
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04/16/2011
Behavioral Economics
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Economics is built on the premise that humans act rationally, but everyone behaves irrationally some of the time. Is it possible that human irrationality nullifies economic theory? Join Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University and Erika Davies of George Mason University as they take you on a crash course of behavioral economics, discussing topics like rational choice, heuristics, nudging, and public choice economics.

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Economics
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Antony Davies
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08/15/2016
Can We End Poverty Overnight?
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Americans make up around four percent of the world population and yet they control over 25% of the world’s wealth. If that wealth were shared evenly across the globe, couldn’t we solve the problem of global poverty overnight? In this video, Professor Matt Zwolinski of the University of San Diego explores how best to end poverty for good.

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Economics
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Matt Zwolinski
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08/19/2015
Capitalism and Political Economy
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This course is an introduction to economics for non-majors and political economy, with an emphasis on the moral and ethical problems that markets solve, and fail to solve. Taught by Professor Michael Munger of Duke University, this course includes full length lectures, links to readings, and a sample final exam.

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Economics
Political science
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Michael Munger
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01/12/2021
Common Sense Economics Part 1: Twelve Key Elements of Economics- Study Guide
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The Institute for Humane Studies has partnered with the authors of the textbook Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth Creation and Prosperity to help teach students why economic understanding is essential for life in today's society. With videos and quiz question corresponding to each element, this collection can be used as a study guide for "Part 1: Twelve Key Elements of Economics".

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Economics
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Institute for Humane Studies
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01/12/2021
Condorcet's Paradox: How to Rig a Majority Vote
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Do you think that a majority vote is always the fairest way to reach a consensus? Think again! In this video, Professor Diana Thomas of Creighton University explains that it is very easy for a savvy politician to dictate the winner of a vote using Condorcet’s Paradox.

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Political science
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Diana Thomas
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01/12/2021
Does Government Have a Revenue or Spending Problem?
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People say the government has a debt problem, but what causes federal government debt? In this video, Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University traces the root cause of government debt to find out if the problem is too much spending or too little government tax revenue.

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Economics
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Institute for Humane Studies
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01/12/2021
The Drowning Child: A Philosophical Thought Experiment
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Professor Matt Zwolinski of the explains philosopher Peter Singer's drowning child thought experiment and explains why its moral may not be as clear cut as it appears.

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Philosophy
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Matt Zwolinski
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01/12/2021
Economics Made Easy: Curricular Resources for Economics Courses
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Looking for engaging content for your economics courses? The Institute for Humane Studies has curated this collection of educational resources to help economics professors enrich their curriculum. Find videos, interactive games, reading lists, and more on everything from opportunity costs to trade policy. This collection is updated frequently with new content, so watch this space!

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Economics
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01/12/2021
The Economics of the Zombie Apocalypse
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Presumably you've already made plans for surviving a zombie apocalypse, but have you thought through the important economic factors that might make the difference between surviving and losing your brain to one of the walking dead? In this video, Professor Anthony Davies of Duquesne University discusses how a zombie apocalypse would affect the price of gasoline, the supply of money, and the economy as a whole.

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Economics
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Anthony Davies
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01/12/2021
Equality: Whether and Why It Matters
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This reading list examines the different perspectives of philosophers such as Robert Nozick, G.A. Cohen, and Derek Parfit on income equality and encourages students to consider whether and why equality matters.

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Philosophy
Economics
Political science
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Institute for Humane Studies
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01/12/2021
Equality as an Ideal
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Philosophers across many different ideologies argue that equality is an important human ideal. But what type of equality should we strive for? In this lecture, Professor Mark LeBar of Florida State University reviews four different kinds of equality and the obstacles in achieving them.

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Philosophy
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Mark LeBar
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01/12/2021
Everything Has its Price (And That's A Good Thing): Spontaneous Order and the Price System
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In this video, Professor Don Boudreaux of George Mason University explains how the price system is able to coordinate the behavior of billions buyers and suppliers in a great chain of global cooperation.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Don Boudreaux
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01/12/2021
Externalities: When Is a Potato Chip Not Just a Potato Chip?
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Trade benefits both buyers and sellers, but what happens when the transaction affects a third party? In this video, Professor Michael Munger of Duke University defines the term externality and explains different ways to solve the problem of externalities.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Michael Munger
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01/12/2021
Five Inequality Myths
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Many people are concerned with growing income inequality, but according to Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University, there are a lot of misconceptions about inequality. In this lecture, Professor Davies explores five common myths about inequality, covering topics like profit, types of equality, and the standard of living.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Antony Davies
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01/12/2021
Foreigners Are Our Friends: Free Trade and Open Borders
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According to Professor Bryan Caplan of George Mason University, many people suffer from "anti-foreign bias", believing that countries should prioritize goods made within their own borders and limit immigration to preserve jobs for citizens. In this video, Professor Caplan explains how trade and immigration actually increase wealth for everyone.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Bryan Caplan
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01/12/2021
Forgotten Rebellion: Black Seminoles and the Largest Slave Revolt in U.S. History
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The story of John Horse and the Black Seminoles has been largely untold, but according to Professor Amy Sturgis of Signum University, it deserves to be remembered. Not only did they create the largest haven in the U.S. South for runaway slaves and lead the largest slave revolt in U.S. history, but they also secured the only emancipation of rebellious slaves prior to the U.S. Civil War. In this video, Professor Sturgis tells the incredible story of the Black Seminoles.

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United States history
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Lesson
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Amy Sturgis
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01/12/2021
Free Trade vs. Protectionism
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According to Prof. Don Boudreaux of George Mason University, free trade is nothing more than a system of trade that treats foreign goods and services no differently than domestic goods and services. In this video, Professor Boudreaux defines free trade and protectionism and provides real world examples of free trade.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Don Boudreaux
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01/12/2021
Friedrich Hayek on Liberty
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Friedrich Hayek was undoubtedly one of the most important classical liberal thinkers in modern times. Throughout his career, he sought to illustrate the importance of liberty to human flourishing. This reading list provides students with an introduction to Hayek's work on liberty, from the knowledge problem to his famous book The Constitution of Liberty.

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Philosophy
Economics
Political science
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01/12/2021
Fundamentals of Political Economy
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Economist Russ Roberts once remarked, "How strange it is that we live in the richest society in human history and we don't teach our children how we got to be the richest society in human history." We are unbelievably wealthy, yet most of us give little thought to what it takes to create that wealth. This video course, featuring Professor Dan Russell of the University of Arizona, explores the nature of wealth and the institutions that help us create it.

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Economics
Political science
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Module
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Dan Russell
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01/12/2021
Giants of the Scottish Enlightenment: Adam Smith
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Professor James Stacey Taylor of the College of New Jersey discusses the contributions of philosopher and economist Adam Smith to the Scottish Enlightenment. Smith is best remembered as the father of modern economics, but he also made important contributions to philosophy in his book "The Theory of Moral Sentiments".

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History
Philosophy
Political science
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Lesson
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James Stacey Taylor
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01/12/2021
Giants of the Scottish Enlightenment: David Hume
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Professor James Stacey Taylor of the College of New Jersey discusses the contributions of philosopher, historian, and economist David Hume to the Scottish Enlightenment, with a particular focus on sentimentalist philosophy.

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History
Philosophy
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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James Stacey Taylor
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01/12/2021
Giants of the Scottish Enlightenment: Francis Hutcheson
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Professor James Stacey Taylor of the College of New Jersey discusses the contributions of philosopher Francis Hutcheson to the Scottish Enlightenment, especially his contributions to the sentimentalist approach to morality.

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History
Philosophy
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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James Stacey Taylor
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01/12/2021
The Great American Taxing Game
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If you were a government official trying to raise revenue, who would you tax? Pick whether to tax cigarettes, luxury goods, or oil and gas in this interactive game and Professor Art Carden of Samford University will explain how the market will react.

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Economics
Political science
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Game
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Art Carden
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08/03/2013
The History of Classical Liberalism
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Today people often believe that classical liberalism is all about free market economics, but according to Dr. Stephen Davies of the Institute of Economic Affairs, this definition misses the mark. In this lecture, Dr. Davies explains three key insights from classical liberalism and how the ideology has influenced how we approach subjects like history, economics, and even psychology.

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History
Philosophy
Political science
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Stephen Davies
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01/12/2021
How Big Is the US Debt? : Virtual Reality Experience
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The US government debt is now bigger than the debt of any other government in human history. It is so big, that it is hard to comprehend just how big it is. This immersive 360 degree video helps illustrate the scale of the debt while Professor Antony Davies from Duquesne University breaks down the debt and explains its implications.

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Economics
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Lecture
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Antony Davies
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02/18/2017
How Did the Pioneers Survive the Oregon Trail?
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Between 1840 and 1860, fur trappers used to say there was no law west of Leavenworth, Kansas. So how did more than 300,000 people avoid bloodshed and chaos when they crossed the American plains on the Oregon Trail? In this video, professor and cattle rancher P.J. Hill explains how the pioneers used contracts resolve disputes and keep the peace.

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United States history
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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P.J. Hill
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01/12/2021
Income Inequality and the Effects of Globalization
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Income inequality in America is a serious issue. People are worried about a widening gap between the rich and the poor in the United States. But is the global story the same? In this video, Professor Tyler Cowen of George Mason University explains how globalization is affecting income inequality worldwide.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Tyler Cowen
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01/12/2021
Introduction to the Austrian School of Economics
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The Austrian School of Economics produced some of the 20th century's most influential economists including Israel Kirzner, Ludwig von Mises, and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich Hayek. This reading lists provides an introduction to the ideas of Austrian Economics, from the knowledge problem to the role of the government in the economy.

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Economics
Political science
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Syllabus
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Institute for Humane Studies
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01/12/2021
Is There Too Much Inequality in America?: A Debate
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The question of income inequality has become a key issue in contemporary politics. What caused the distribution of wealth in America to become so lopsided in favor of the 1%? What are the best ways to even the playing field? How can society best help its poorest? Does inequality even matter? The Institute for Humane Studies asked two professors-- Professor Steve Horwitz, economist at St. Lawrence University, and Professor Jeffrey Reiman, philosopher at American University- to answer questions about wealth, fairness, inequality in the United States. This is their debate.

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Philosophy
Economics
Political science
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Jeffrey Reiman
Steve Horwitz
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01/12/2021
NSA Surveillance: A Debate
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Edward Snowden's revelations about government surveillance of private citizens sparked debate around the world about the trade off between privacy and security. The Institute for Humane Studies invited Professor Ronald Sievert of Texas A&M and Cindy Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation to answer questions about government data collection. This is their debate.

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Political science
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Lecture
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Ronald Sievert
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01/12/2021
The Nature of Rights
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Where do rights come from? In this lecture, Dr. Bill Glod of the Institute for Humane Studies explains the two approaches that philosophers use to derive rights, consequential and deontological, and their ability to provide a strong argument in favor of rights.

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Philosophy
Political science
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Bill Glod
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01/12/2021
Negative Externalities and the Coase Theorem
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Economics assume that exchange happens voluntarily, but sometimes exchange results in spillover effects called externalities. In this video, Professor Sean Mullholland of Stonehill College defines externalities and explains both public and private solutions to the problem.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Sean Mullholland
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01/12/2021
On Robert Nozick and Liberty
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Robert Nozick was one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, but according to Professor Chris Freiman of the College of William and Mary, he is frequently misunderstood. In this lecture, Professor Freiman gives an overview of Nozick’s political philosophy.

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Philosophy
Political science
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Lesson
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Chris Freiman
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01/12/2021
Opportunity Costs: The Parable of the Broken Window
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Paradoxically, while natural disasters clearly destroy wealth, they also seem to create wealth and employment when the damages are repaired. But 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat argued that this idea is a fallacy and fails to take opportunity costs into account. In this video, philosophy professor Dan Russell of the University of Arizona defines opportunity costs and explains the importance of Bastiat’s realization on contemporary economics.

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Economics
Political science
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Dan Russell
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01/12/2021
The Philosophy of Liberty: Curricular Resources for Political Philosophy Courses
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Looking for engaging content for your political philosophy course? The Institute for Humane Studies has curated this collection of educational resources to help philosophy professors enrich their curriculum. Find short videos, lectures, and reading lists on everything from where rights come from to Peter Singer's "The Drowning Child". This collection is updated frequently with new content, so watch this space!

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Philosophy
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Institute for Humane Studies
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01/12/2021
Profit, Loss, and Discovery: A Lecture
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In this lecture, Professor Howie Baetjer of Towson University explains how the market process generates improvements in the human condition, highlighting how profit and loss serve to help people channel their activities in creative and socially useful directions.

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Economics
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Howie Baetjer
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01/12/2021
Protest Against the Trail of Tears: A Letter by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In 1838, poet, essayist, and lecturer Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a letter to President Martin Van Buren protesting the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its land in Georgia to modern-day Oklahoma. In this extended excerpt from his letter, read by Professor Amy Sturgis from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Emerson demonstrates that people at the time were aware that the Trail of Tears was a grave injustice. Emerson's was only one of many voices protesting the government's treatment of the Cherokee people, but these protests fell on deaf ears. The Trail of Tears remains a blemish on U.S. History.

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United States history
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Amy Sturgis
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01/12/2021
Public Choice Theory: Why Government Often Fails
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Governments don’t work the way most people think they do. In this lecture, Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University explains public choice theory, a branch of economics that explores how voters, politicians, and bureaucrats actually make decisions.

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Economics
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Lecture
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Antony Davies
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01/12/2021
Public Choice: Why Politicians Don't Cut Spending
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Why do politicians never seem to cut government spending? Using public choice economics, Professor Ben Powell of Suffolk University explains why it's difficult to cut policies with concentrated benefits and dispersed costs.

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Economics
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Ben Powell
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01/12/2021
Public Choice and Government Failure
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Public choice economics uses economic tools to study political behavior. This reading list provides students with an introduction to important concepts in public choice economics, like logrolling and rent seeking, as well as some of the discipline's most important figures such as James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock.

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Economics
Political science
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Institute for Humane Studies
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01/12/2021
Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism
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What is "classical liberalism?" Is it a specific set of beliefs, a philosophy, an economic theory, or something else? In this video mini-course, Dr. Nigel Ashford of the Institute for Humane Studies explores what classical liberalism -- sometimes referred to as "libertarianism" -- actually means. Dr. Ashford looks at 5 different schools of classical liberalism, and examines their similarities and differences.

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History
Philosophy
Economics
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Nigel Ashford
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01/12/2021
The Scottish Enlightenment: Adam Smith and David Hume
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In the eighteenth century, Scotland experienced a period of great intellectual achievement. The political, economic, and philosophical ideas that came out of the Scottish Enlightenment still have a huge influence on our world today, especially those of Adam Smith and David Hume. This reading list provides an introduction to the ideas of the two economists and philosophers, especially on political economy and the nature of justice.

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Philosophy
Economics
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01/12/2021
Specialization and Trade: Because We Can't Be Good At Everything
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Ever wonder why people don’t do everything for themselves? In this video, Professor Art Carden of Samford University explains how specialization and trade create wealth and make us all better off.

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Economics
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Art Carden
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01/12/2021
The Spider in the Urinal: A Philosophical Thought Experiment
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This thought experiment, based on an essay by Professor Thomas Nagel, Philosopher at New York University, encourages students to question the morality of intervention. Professor Nagel attempted to liberate a spider he found living in a urinal from it is seemingly terrible living situation, only to find it dead the next day. Wracked with guilt, he began to question his decision. Should he have moved the spider? What would you have done?

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Philosophy
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Thomas Nagel
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01/12/2021
Subjective vs. Objective Value: The Economist and the Philosopher
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According to Professor Aeon Skoble of Bridgewater State University, the word “value” has very different meanings for economists and philosophers. Economists view value as subjective to reflect individual tastes and preferences. Philosophers, on the other hand, use the term objectively, to refer to concepts such as rights. In this video, Professor Skoble explains how these different conceptions actually compliment each other.

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Philosophy
Political science
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Aeon J. Skoble
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01/12/2021
Ten Myths About Government Debt
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Many people are concerned with growing national debt, but according to Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University, there are a lot of misconceptions. In this lecture, Professor Davies explores ten common myths about inequality, covering everything from the causes of the debt to potential solutions.

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Economics
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Lecture
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Antony Davies
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01/12/2021
They Knew It Was Wrong: Moral and Legal Arguments Against the Trail of Tears
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According to Professor Amy Sturgis of Lenoir-Rhyne University, the Trail of Tears shouldn’t have happened. In this video, Professor Sturgis explains both the moral and legal arguments used to protest the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to "Indian Territory" as well as why it’s so important that we remember the Trail of Tears today.

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United States history
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Lesson
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Institute for Humane Studies
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Amy Sturgis
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01/12/2021
Trade Policy in the Trump Era: A Debate
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Traditionally, American presidents have supported free trade--or at least less restricted trade. But the new administration has invoked tariffs and possible renegotiation of longstanding trade agreements. Academic economists are all but unanimous on the benefits of free trade, but a few dissenters say free traders live in a fantasy land, ignoring economic reality. In this debate, Dr. Michael Hudson of University of Missouri Kansas City and Peking University and Dr. Farhad Rassekh of the University of Hartford debate whether the US should pursue a policy of free trade or protectionism.

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Economics
Political science
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Farhad Rassekh
Michael Hudson
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01/12/2021
Tragedy of The Commons
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People living together must find some way to preserve common resources. Unfortunately, there are strong incentives for people to exploit these resources when they are held in common by everyone. Professor Sean Mullholland of Stonehill College explains what causes this problem, known as tragedy of the commons, and potential solutions.

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Economics
Political science
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Sean Mullholland
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01/12/2021
US History: An Economic Perspective
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What is mercantilism? How did economics contribute to rising tensions between the North and the South in the years before the Civil War? What caused the Great Depression? In this video course designed specifically to help students study for the AP US History exam and SAT Subject Test, Professor Brian Domitrovich of Sam Houston State University explains key events in US economic history and surveys different (and sometimes opposing) viewpoints on each event.

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United States history
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Lesson
Provider:
Institute for Humane Studies
Author:
Brian Domitrovich
Date Added:
01/12/2021
What Can We Cut to Balance the Budget?
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In 2011, federal government spending significantly outweighed revenue. While the federal government spent $3.8 trillion, it collected only $2.2 trillion from various taxes, licenses, and fees. In this video, Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University explores what the federal government is spending money on and what can be cut to balance the budget.

Subject:
Economics
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Lecture
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Provider:
Institute for Humane Studies
Author:
Antony Davies
Date Added:
01/12/2021
What Do Prices "Know" That You Don't?
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According to Professor Michael Munger of Duke University, prices are akin to magic. In this video, Professor Munger explains how prices convert countless pieces of dispersed, complex information into a single signal that conveys to sellers what they should do to best benefit society.

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Economics
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Lecture
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Provider:
Institute for Humane Studies
Author:
Michael Munger
Date Added:
01/12/2021
What If There Were No Prices?: A Railroad Thought Experiment
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What if there were no prices? How would you use available resources? In this video, Professor Howard Baetjer Jr. of Towson University leads you through a thought experiment to illustrate why market prices are essential to human well-being. Suppose you were the commissar of railroads in the old Soviet Union. Markets and prices have been banished. You want a railroad from City A to City B, but between the cities is a mountain range. You can build the railroad around the mountains and use more steel or through the mountain and use more engineering. Which should you choose?

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Economics
Material Type:
Lecture
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Institute for Humane Studies
Author:
Howard Baetjer Jr.
Date Added:
11/05/2015
What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?
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The national debt is so big that it's often hard to comprehend. In this video, Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University presents the government’s fiscal situation scaled down to the level of an average household to help students understand the national debt.

Subject:
Economics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Institute for Humane Studies
Author:
Antony Davies
Date Added:
01/12/2021