INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE STUDIES

INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE STUDIES

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The mission of the Institute for Humane Studies is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of freedom.

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FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATES FREEDOM OF SPEECH, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

Freedom Day is an annual day-long celebration of the ideas of liberty, freedom of speech and expression, religion, equality, and other individual rights. Hosted by the National Constitution Center, each year’s Freedom Day “brings together the top liberal, libertarian and conservative thought leaders in America for a national con...

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LEARN LIBERTY VIDEO SERIES CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

The ideas of liberty can seem simple at first glance, but complex arguments undergird the value of individual freedom, property rights, and free markets. Five years ago, the Institute for Humane Studies launched a new program, Learn Liberty, devoted to making those arguments accessible and understandable for the online media of...

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‘LOVE GOV’ VIDEO SERIES WINS 2015 LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY! AWARD

Knowing how target audiences consume and interpret information is key to the success of the liberty movement. Thanks to Atlas Network’s Lights, Camera, Liberty! program, partners all over the world are working together to tell powerful stories through video and film. At LFFD 2015, Atlas Network hand-picked a selection of five sh...

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY! FINALISTS ILLUSTRATE FREEDOM WITH NARRATIVE POWER

The world is filled with stories that illustrate how innovation, entrepreneurship, productivity, exchange, and the voluntary aid of civil society combine to foster widespread human freedom and flourishing. It’s not always evident, though, how best to harness their narrative power and further spread the ideas of liberty. Lights,...

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LIBERTY 101 VIDEO SERIES PROVIDES ACCESSIBLE INTRO TO LIBERTARIAN IDEAS

Exploring the ideas of a free society just became easier with a new video series from Learn Liberty, providing an accessible introduction to libertarian ideas. Liberty 101, co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and Students For Liberty, is an on-demand series that will explore timely topics on the fundamental principl...

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INCOME INEQUALITY NARRATIVE USUALLY IGNORES UPWARD MOBILITY

The conventional narrative and data analysis tells us that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is withering away. On a recent episode of the Cato Institute’s Daily Podcast, Steven Horwitz, professor of economics at St. Lawrence University, takes aim at this prevailing narrative. The pro...

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IWF RESPONDS TO OSCARS SPEECH ABOUT GENDER WAGE GAP

Every year at the Oscars telecast, a few Academy Award winners inevitably use their acceptance speeches as a platform for their own pet political causes. During Sunday’s broadcast, Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette spent a few moments calling for “wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the U...

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BITCOIN: UNDERSTANDING DECENTRALIZED DIGITAL CURRENCY

Everybody’s talking about bitcoin. That shouldn’t be too surprising, because bitcoin is catching on with the public as a versatile new form of currency — and who’s not interested in talking about money? Although the market value of bitcoin fluctuates like any commodity, demand shows no signs of vanishing. Unfortunately, much of...

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CHALLENGING PIKETTY’S INEQUALITY EMPIRICS

It’s no surprise that French economist Thomas Piketty’s study of wealth inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has taken the left by storm, presented as an indictment of capitalism that embodies an unprecedented integration of exhaustive historical data. An in-depth review of Piketty’s citations and technique, however,...

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ALEX CHAFUEN REMEMBERS LEONARD LIGGIO ON FORBES

The free society lost a great champion on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 when Leonard P. Liggio passed away. I first met Leonard P. Liggio in 1980 at a Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) meeting held at the Hoover Institution. He was standing on the left side of the packed auditorium next to Murray Rothbard, another intellectual giant, much...

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TRACING THE REBIRTH OF AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS


How much influence can an "ideas conference" have? Forty years ago this month the Institute for Humane Studies held a seminar in the sleepy town of South Royalton, Vermont. It was the first of three that sparked a new beginning and camaraderie amongst some of the best in Austrian economics. Atlas Network board member John Blunde...

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