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Good Cops Do Exist / There Are No Good Cops

Are there good cops, or are they all bad? Read the arguments below and decide.

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Voting Advances Liberty / Voting Does Not Advance Liberty

Does voting advance liberty? Read the arguments below and decide.

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Single vs. Plural Moral Foundations

Do you believe a free order is justified by one single moral justification or by a number of different moral justifications? Who makes the most compelling argument below?

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Natural Rights: Spooner v. Bentham

Which way do you lean on natural rights? Who do you find yourself agreeing with most often, Spooner or Bentham?

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Which Way Do You Lean on Economic Theory?

Which way do you lean on economic theory? Whose approach do you find yourself taking more often, Mises's or Friedman's?

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Bitcoin's Prospects: Bane or Boon?

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is bitcoin. Daniel Bier explains why he is skeptical about the prospects for bitcoin, while Sam Patterson explains why he is hopeful.

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A Question of Privilege

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is privilege. Cathy Reisenwitz argues that libertarians should be more concerned about issues of class and privilege, while Julie Borowski argues that libertarians should stay focused on individual rights.

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Do Natural Rights Exist?

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is natural rights. Tibor Machan argues that natural rights come from human nature, while Brad Taylor argues that natural rights do not exist at all.

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The Future of Higher Education

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is the future of higher education. Michael Gibson argues that higher ed will transform fundamentally in the next 20 years, while Peter Boettke argues that it will not.

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The Fourteenth Amendment

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the proposition is "The Fourteenth Amendment Makes America Freer." Clark Neily will be arguing for the proposition. Allen Mendenhall will be arguing against the proposition.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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