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The evolution of liberal thought

June 30, 2013

Cato has an interesting set of audio clips about “The Ideas of Liberty” which is available here.

There are 12 topics presented in 15 clips that you can download (MP3) or listen to at their site. There’s no fee – it’s available free.

Home Study Course

When was the last time you were truly energized by ideas? In our WiFi, high def, high res, compressed digital, podcast and video clip era of 24-hour news channels and sound bites – how can you gain calm perspective and thoughtful understanding? Whatever happened to real thinking?

For that, you can turn to the Cato Home Study Course. It offers you the opportunity to deepen your perspectives, knowledge, and insight through exposure to some of the world’s most compelling thinkers. The growth of human freedom – and with it science, culture, and capitalist prosperity – are examined, explained, and clarified through the works and ideas of some of our civilization’s most brilliant thinkers. Mastering their ideas can make you a more effective advocate of freedom, a more informed and interesting member of your community, and someone more people will turn to for guidance and insights. […]

The 12 Home Study Course programs are:

  • The Ideas of Liberty
  • John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government
  • Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
  • Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations (part 1)
  • Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations (part 2)
  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • The Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments to the Constitution
  • John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator
  • The Achievement of 19th Century Classical Liberalism
  • The “Austrian” Case for the Free Market
  • The Modern Quest for Liberty
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