A directory of ‘real’ educational resources for the liberty-minded household. This is a community driven directory, however Parents For Liberty has given each listing its stamp of approval. We encourage you to contribute, it’s free!
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Government / Politics
The most complete online offering of the literature of the Austrian School and libertarian ideas, including books, journal articles, and other writings, sorted by author or any method you choose.
The Ludwig von Mises Institute was founded in 1982 as the research and educational center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory, and the Austrian School of economics. It serves as the world’s leading provider of educational materials, conferences, media, and literature in support of the tradition of thought represented by Ludwig von Mises and the school of thought he enlivened and carried forward during the 20th century, which has now blossomed into a massive international movement of students, professors, professionals, and people in all walks of life. It seeks a radical shift in the intellectual climate as the foundation for a renewal of the free and prosperous commonwealth.
A free video library for economics, history, law, philosophy, political science, classical liberalism, finance, etc.
The Mises Academy (founded 2010) is the online teaching service of the Ludwig von Mises Institute (founded 1982), designed for students of all ages. Drawing on the Mises Institute’s expert faculty, and long experience in curriculum design and classroom administration, the Academy advances the scholarship and teaching of liberty using digital media. Classes have an economics focus, but cover history, philosophy, law, politics, literature, and more.
Classes include forums, readings, video and audio, study questions, quizzes, forums, chats, live interaction with the professor, office hours, grading, transcripts, and more (tests and grading are optional). Students enjoy access to blogs and class-specific forums, providing opportunities to get to know fellow students. Papers can be uploaded, corrected and commented upon. Students have permanent access to their records. A complete support staff is here to help you. See this video introduction.
“Very few classes have really changed my life dramatically, actually only 3 have, and all 3 were classes I took at the Mises Academy.” ~ Marc Abela, student
Mises.org has an extensive collection of Rothbard’s papers available for free here.
Rothbard has a way of explaining things so simply, that even younger readers will find enjoyment learning real history, sound economics, philosophy, and politics.
Murray N. Rothbard (1926–1995) was dean of the Austrian School. He was an economist, economic historian, and libertarian political philosopher.
This lesson plan is found under Classroom Resources on readwritethink.org’s website, which is also listed as a separate resource within this directory.
This plan is designed to take four 50-minute sessions to complete. Here is the overview from the site:
After reading or viewing a text, students are introduced to propaganda techniques and then identify examples in the text. Students discuss these examples, and then explore the use of propaganda in popular culture by looking at examples in the media. Students identify examples of propaganda techniques used in clips of online political advertisements and explain how the techniques are used to persuade voters. Next, students explore the similarities of the propaganda techniques used in the literary text and in the online political ads to explain the commentary the text is making about contemporary society. Finally, students write a persuasive essay in support of a given statement.
In this lesson, some specific references are made to Brave New World as examples. A text list suggests additional novels, short stories, plays, and movies that will also work for this activity.
The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers.
There are free PDF copies of The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independents, and many more Founding Documents.
Very tasteful and intelligent 4 Part Podcast that encourages critical thinking, examination, and exploration into the realm of politics, the nonaggression principle, the myth of democracy, etc.