Tag: individual liberty
What Happened to Liberty in the The Hunger Games Movie?

As expected, The Hunger Games blasted through doors off movie theaters last weekend, raking in $152.5 million in its opening weekend. That represents the third highest domestic box-office gross in history, trailing just behind the last Harry Potter movie and The Dark Knight. This should have been good news for liberty lovers, as I...
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Congratulations to Mario Vargas Llosa on Receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to my father, Mario Vargas Llosa, is great news for those of us who value freedom. His work, as the Swedish Academy recognized in its public statement, explores the oppressive structures of power and the plight of the individual who rebels against them. His novels examine this...
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Manuel F. Ayau (1925-2010)

With great sadness, I convey the news I have just received that Manuel F. Ayau died yesterday. Known to his friends as Muso, Ayau was one of the greatest persons I have had the privilege to know. I am not given to hero worship, but I do not hesitate to affirm that, to me, Muso...
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Consent of the Governed?

What gives some people the right to rule others? At least since John Locke’s time, the most common and seemingly compelling answer has been “the consent of the governed.” When the North American revolutionaries set out to justify their secession from the British Empire, they declared, among other things: “Governments are instituted among Men,...
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Biological Determinism, as with Marxist Determinism, Is Folly

James Montanye’s recent posting on reciprocal rights theory and altruism provides the standard evolutionary biological (evo-devo) view, but as such fails to explain pure altruism or “radical altruism” and is inadequate to defend any consistent system of political economy and morality, including natural law and natural rights, individual liberty and the rule of law....
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Make Summer Vacation Exciting and Enlightening!

Attention High-school Students & College Undergrads: Don’t let your intellect atrophy! Make summer vacation a time to delve into new subjects or to probe topics that have sounded intriguing to you. The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar explores economics, liberty, and society using lectures, discussion, directed reading, and multimedia presentations. Students consistently give our...
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Robert Higgs Spotlighted on C-SPAN’s “In Depth”

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs was interviewed for three hours on C-SPAN2’s prestigious program, In Depth. The complete video interview can be watched here (in three parts): Dr. Higgs is editor of The Independent Review, and his authored books include the following: Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society Competition and Coercion:...
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