Liberty in Books

New Books in Liberty webinars coming soon in Fall 2013!


Past Liberty in Books webinars

Doing Bad by Doing Good, with Christopher Coyne

Government-led humanitarian efforts have created more harm than good. Despite spending an enormous amount of resources, these good intentions are not producing their desired results. Do we need more government intervention in economic development? FEE Board of Scholars and George Mason University professor Christopher Coyne will introduce his book Doing Bad by Doing Good where he discusses how by "doing good", government intervention produces bad results.

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About the author: Christopher Coyne is associate professor of Economics and director of the graduate programs in Economics at George Mason University. He is a member of the FEE Board of Scholars and co-editor of The Independent Review. Professor Coyne is the author of After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007, Stanford University Press), Media, Development and Institutional Change (co-authored with Peter Leeson, 2009, Edward Elgar Publishing), and the editor (with Rachel Mathers) of The Handbook on the Political Economy of War (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing).


The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure, with John Allison

The primary cause for the 2008-09 financial crisis, and for our ongoing economic woes, is government policy. Financial services is the most regulated industry in the world. As a result, the industry has performed poorly. Government regulations created incentives for massive misinvestment. When the "bubble" burst, millions of jobs were destroyed and tremendous wealth evaporated. Mr. Allison claims that the fundamental cause of the financial crisis is not economic but philosophical. The cure is also philosophical.

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About the author: John Allison is the President and CEO of the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Allison was Chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.


Madmen, Intellectuals and Academic Scribblers, with Edward Lopez and Wayne Leighton

In this webinar, Wayne Leighton and Edward Lopez talk about their book, "Liberty in Books: Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers". They argue that a crisis is neither necessary nor sufficient for meaningful political reform. Ideas have consequences only when the right conditions of time and place present themselves, and only when certain individuals -- we call them political entrepreneurs -- seize the opportunity.

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About the speakers: Edward Lopez is Professor of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University. He is a member of FEE Board of Scholars. Previously, Prof. Lopez was associate professor of economics at San Jose State University, program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, and scholar in residence at Liberty Fund.

Wayne Leighton is Professor of Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala, Executive Director of the Antigua Forum, and Senior Expert at Navigant Economics, LLC.



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November 2014

It's been 40 years since F. A. Hayek received his Nobel Prize. His insights, particularly on the distribution of knowledge and the impossibility of economic planning, remain hugely important today. In this issue, we look back on the influence of his work. Max Borders and Craig Biddle debate whether liberty must be defended from one absolute foundation, further reflections on Scottish secession, and how technology is already changing our world for the better--including how robots, despite the unease they cause, will only accelerate this process.
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