How do classical liberal ideas translate into sound public policy? This seminar considers how the libertarian tradition can help frame responses to current policy questions and problems. Participants analyze emerging policies in light of their bearing upon individual liberty. Ideal for students and recent graduates with a beat on current events and interest in policy-related careers.
Liberty and Current Issues
The following is a list of suggested reading for the seminar:
- Bryan Caplan, "The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies"
- Sir John Dalberg-Acton, The Morals of Markets and Related Essays, pages 135-150
- H.L.A. Hart, Law, Liberty, and Morality, pp. 1-24
- Thomas Hobbes, "On the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts," from The Leviathan
- Peter T. Leeson, "An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization"
- John Stuart Mill, "On the Connection Between Justice and Utility" from Utilitarianism
- Randy T. Simmons, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure, Chapters 1 and 2