Do You Like the Mona Lisa More Than Your Mom?

AUGUST 07, 2014

Why is it so controversial when the government commissions art? Is it crazy to spend millions of dollars on a painting? What is the most valuable art you own? The answers to these questions, and what they can teach us about life and each other, might surprise you.

On August 12, 2014, host Janet Neilson was joined by Sarah Skwire of Liberty Fund to talk about the concept of subjective value and why it's important in art, economics, and life.





This event was based on the idea of subjective value

Follow Sarah Skwire's columns at The Freeman for lots more on art and liberty.


The following are useful links when thinking about art, economics, and freedom:

How to Talk to a Poet: Now With More Hayek! explores what poetry and Hayek can teach us about the discovery process. 

Bonfire of the Cliches discusses why literature might not be as hostile to the market as you might think.

No Art, No Liberty was a talk from the International Students for Liberty Conference in 2014. 

Video of the full event:

Dr. Skwire's pieces on art, freedom, and peace can also be found in the Students For Liberty publications Why Liberty and Peace Love & Liberty.


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October 2014

Heavily-armed police and their supporters will tell you they need all those armored trucks and heavy guns. It's a dangerous job, not least because Americans have so many guns. But the numbers just don't support these claims: Policing is safer than ever--and it's safer than a lot of common jobs by comparison. Daniel Bier has the analysis. Plus, Iain Murray and Wendy McElroy look at how the Feds are recruiting more and more Americans to do their policework for them.
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Biddle v. Borders on Moral Foundations

Do you believe a free order is justified by one single moral justification or by a number of different moral justifications?