The following readings and videos have been selected to help you prepare for Freedom Week. These are not mandatory, but they may help you to better understand some of the concepts that will be discussed during the lectures and get you thinking about some of the issues we’ll be discussing.

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Economic Principles

  • I, Pencil – Leonard Read (PDF and Audio Book)
  • If You’re Paying, I’ll Have the Top Sirloin – Russ Roberts (HTML)
  • The Use of Knowledge in Society – F.A. Hayek (PDF)
  • A Petition from the Manufacturers of Candles… – Frederic Bastiat (PDF)
  • Economics is a Way of Thinking – Paul Heyne (PDF)
  • Externalities – Michael Munger (Video)

Economic History

  • “Fear the Boom and Bust” a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem (Video)
  • Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two (Video)
  • Bourgeois Virtue – Deidre McClosekey (PDF)

Liberty and the Individual

  • On Liberty (Chapter 1: Introductory) – J.S. Mill (HTML)
  • On Liberty (Chapter 4: Of the Limits to the Authority of Society Over the Individual) – J.S Mill (HTML)
  • Harrison Bergeron – Kurt Vonnegut (HTML)
  • The Humanitarian with the Guillotine – Isabel Paterson (PDF)
  • Credo – Rose Wilder Lane (PDF)
  • Should you be allowed to sell a kidney? – Peter Jaworski (Video)

Public Choice

  • Bootleggers and Baptists – Bruce Yandle (PDF)
  • Politics Without Romance – James Buchanan (PDF)
  • Rent Seeking: A Primer – Sanford Ikeda (PDF)
  • Why politicians don’t cut spending – Ben Powell (Video)
  • Frank Underwood’s Top 3 Lessons – Steve Horwitz (Video)