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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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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