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Audio: Live Better, Live Liberty

by Jacob Huebert on September 11, 2012
in Libertarian Movement, Media

This summer I had the honor of speaking on the Laissez-Faire Books panel at FreedomFest, the annual libertarian mega-event put on by Mark Skousen in Las Vegas. Now the audio of the panel — the theme of which was “Live Better, Live Liberty: The Quest to Get Government Out of Our Lives” — is online:

The lineup for the panel includes:

  • Robert Murphy, speaking on alternative educational institutions
  • Wendy McElroy, speaking about her new book, The Art of Being Free
  • Jeffrey Tucker, on “defying the plan through your own digital civilization”
  • Jacob Huebert, on private forms of security and dispute-management,
  • Stefan Molyneux, on “redefining communities of peace and learning,” and
  • Douglas French, as emcee

If you only have time for part of this two-hour event, then at least be sure to listen to Jeffrey Tucker’s talk. I have already heard from people who have said they found this presentation life-changing, and I understand why. Tucker talks about how we can defeat the state by creating better products through the market, rather than by just following the old think-tank model. He’s putting these ideas to work through LFB, but, as he explains, there is so much more to be done by people who aren’t just selling books or ideas.

The other talks were very well-received, too. First, Robert Murphy talks about one of my favorite topics, the importance of education in the advancement of liberty.

Next, Wendy McElroy offers a taste of her latest book, The Art of Being Free, which is available in paperback and as a free e-book for members of the Laissez-Faire Club. (The talk is great, but you may just want to skip directly to the book and start reading, since that’s what you’ll end up doing anyway.)

For my part, I talk about ways that the market already provides security and dispute-resolution through products such as credit cards, smartphones, and Yelp. When people think about how the market would provide these goods in the absence of government, they tend to look back to ancient examples (e.g. Iceland, Ireland) or speculate about insurance companies funding police and armies — but perhaps the most relevant examples already exist today, right in front of our faces (or in our wallets).

Finally, the inimitable Stefan Molyneux offers his usual clarity and enthusiasm in arguing that we must make the moral case for liberty. I don’t agree with his suggestion that we must only make moral arguments — I think consequentialist arguments may often be a good place to start, as I argue in my foreword to LFB’s new edition of Gary Chartier’s Conscience of an Anarchist. Still, Molyneux is compelling and enjoyable, and if you like his approach, there is of course much more at his site, Freedomain Radio, and in his books, two of which are also available from LFB.

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Talking About ObamaCare on WMAY Radio

by Jacob Huebert on July 1, 2012
in Law, Media, U.S. Constitution

Today I talked about ObamaCare with liberty-friendly radio host Greg Bishop on WMAY radio in Springfield, Illinois. We talked about the individual mandate and the so-called “tax” it imposes, but we also focused on the relatively overlooked provision of ObamaCare — which the Supreme Court partially struck down — that would have forced states to greatly expand their Medicaid programs to cover many more people.

Jacob Huebert on Saturday Session with Greg Bishop 6.30.12

The Medicaid expansion would not only harm taxpayers at the state and federal levels, it also would hurt the poorest people who currently depend on Medicaid by making it harder for them to get care as they compete for limited resources with all the new people in the system. In other words, the Medicaid mandate would cost taxpayers a lot, and it would hurt the people it’s supposedly intended to help. Fortunately, the Supreme Court said the federal government can’t make the states participate in this expansion, and in the interview we discuss why they can and should opt out.

I gave this interview on behalf of my employer, the Liberty Justice Center, a public-interest law firm that fights for liberty in the courts. As usual, the views I express otherwise on this website are my own, not necessarily those of any organization.

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Talking About ObamaCare on Chicagoland TV

by Jacob Huebert on March 27, 2012
in Media

Last night I was on Politics Tonight on CLTV, a Chicagoland cable channel, to briefly discuss what’s going on at the Supreme Court and why the ObamaCare mandate that everyone buy health insurance is unconstitutional. Here’s the video.

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Audio: Mises Circle Chicago Panel Discussion

by Jacob Huebert on April 28, 2011
in Immigration, Media

At the Mises Circle in Chicago earlier this month, I not only gave a speech, but I also had the honor of participating on a panel with the other speakers, Walter Block, Douglas French, Roderick Long, and Yuri Maltsev.

We addressed audience members’ questions on a variety of topics, but you may be especially interested in the discussion of immigration that begins at the 10:45 mark.

Here’s the audio:

Panel Discussion: Strategies for Changing Minds for Liberty, Mises Circle, Chicago, 4.9.11

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From the Mises Circle in Chicago, April 9, 2011.

Audio download available here.

Written version available here.

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Here’s the audio of yesterday’s debate on intellectual property sponsored by the Federalist Society at Whittier Law School:

IP Debate, Whittier Law School Federalist Society, April 14, 2011

I only had 15 minutes to make my opening statement, and of course it’s impossible to make anything close to a complete case for why we should abolish copyrights and patents in such a short time. I could only hope to challenge the students to begin to reconsider whether we need or should have those things. As you can tell from the Q&A at the end, the audience at least found it provocative.

Thanks to my debate opponent, attorney and software developer David Raskin, for making and allowing me to share this recording.

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The audio from my Chicago Mises Circle talk is now online for streaming or download:

Jacob H. Huebert – Is There Hope for Liberty in Our Lifetime?

My answer to that question: probably not!  But we shouldn’t let it discourage us.

Video coming soon.

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What should libertarian legal scholars study?  What kind of work can they do that will be respectable to their colleagues in academia while advancing libertarian ideas?

I offered my thoughts on this in a short talk at the 2010 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Mises Institute.  For some reason, I didn’t link to the audio when it was first posted, but here it is now:

Jacob Huebert on “What Should Libertarian Legal Scholars Study?” at the Austrian Scholars Conference, 3.13.10

And here’s a YouTube version:

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Video of Judicial Selection Panel

by Jacob Huebert on November 16, 2010
in Judicial Selection, Media

Video of my presentation at Ohio State’s law school on November 8 about why we should prefer judicial elections to judicial appointment is now online, thanks to the Ohio State Federalist Society chapter.

Here’s part one:

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

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Live Free Austin Radio Interview

by Jacob Huebert on November 13, 2010
in Libertarianism Today, Media

Austin has a new hardcore libertarian radio show, Live Free Austin with hosts Jason Rink and John Bush, on its “Big Talker” station, KXBT.

On last week’s show, they interviewed me about everything from Tea Parties to anarchy, and now the audio’s online:

Jacob Huebert on Live Free Austin 11.6.10

You can also check out their archives for an interview with Tom Woods, and you can hear their show live every Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. Central.

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