The Intellectual Portrait Series presents in-depth conversations with some of the world’s leading academics in economics, political thought, law, and more. Liberty Fund also makes available detailed educational documentaries on Adam Smith and F. A. Hayek and features historical overviews of the Industrial Revolution, Hong Kong, and the Constitution of the United States.

  • A Conversation with Henry Manne (DVD)

    by Henry Manne

    Henry Manne was one of the early proponents of the study of law and economics. He founded the Center for Law and Economics, now at George Mason University, and has directed scores of law and economics seminars attended by economists, judges, lawyers, educators, and policy makers. Manne’s book Wall Street in Transition redefined the commonly held theory of the corporate…

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  • A Conversation with Israel Kirzner (DVD)

    by Israel M. Kirzner

    Israel Kirzner is among the foremost scholars in the continuing development of the Austrian School of economic theory. His works comprise such classics in the field as The Economic Point of View (1960), Competition and Entrepreneurship (1973), Perception, Opportunity, and Profit (1979), and The Meaning of Market Process (1992). In each he has extended our understanding of the workings of…

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  • A Conversation with Jacques Barzun (DVD)

    by Jacques Barzun

    Jacques Barzun is one of our most distinguished cultural historians. Born in 1907 in France, he emigrated to America at a young age and attended Columbia University, remaining there, as a student and then as a teacher, for the rest of his academic career. He is one of the most influential writers on liberal education in America, and his books…

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  • A Conversation with James M. Buchanan (DVD)

    by James M. Buchanan

    In 1986, James M. Buchanan was awarded the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Universally respected as one of the founders of the “public choice” school of economics, he is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles in the areas of public finance, public choice, constitutional economics, and economic philosophy. He is best known for such works…

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  • A Conversation with John Hospers (DVD)

    by John Hospers

    John Hospers is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at the University of Southern California and author of such important philosophical texts as: Meaning and Truth in the Arts, Human Conduct, and An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis. His numerous philosophical essays are well known for their clear and careful style. As editor of The Personalist, John Hospers opened the pages of that…

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  • A Conversation with Leonard Liggio (DVD)

    by Leonard Liggio

    Leonard Liggio was one of the early leaders of the classical liberalism revival movement and was one of the most ardent defenders of the tenets of personal liberty worldwide. He was Executive Vice President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Distinguished Senior Scholar of the Institute for Humane Studies, and a research professor at George Mason University. He also served…

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  • A Conversation with Ljubo Sirc (DVD)

    by Ljubo Sirc

    Trained in both economics and law, Ljubo Sirc combines the perspective of a scholar with his firsthand observations of the dangers of communist regimes. Born in Kranj, Slovenia, he participated in the Resistance and served in the Yugoslav Army between 1941 and 1945. In 1947, due to his political opposition and friendship with Western diplomats, he was sentenced to death.

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  • A Conversation with Lord Peter Thomas Bauer (DVD)

    by Lord Peter Thomas Bauer

    Lord Peter Thomas Bauer has been one of the twentieth century’s leading thinkers on the relationship between free trade and the economics of developing countries. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1915, he emigrated to the United Kingdom to study at Cambridge in the 1930s. Through more than forty years of prolific writing, he presented a new view of the role…

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  • A Conversation with Lord Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon (DVD)

    by Lord Ralph Harris; Arthur Seldon

    In 1956 in London, England, Ralph Harris became the Director of the newly formed Institute of Economic Affairs, or IEA. The IEA, originally created by Antony Fisher, is dedicated to improving public understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society, especially the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. In 1957, Arthur Seldon joined Harris as the…

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  • A Conversation with M. Stanton Evans

    by M. Stanton Evans

    M. Stanton Evans is the former editor of The Indianapolis News and founding director of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. The Journalism Center is dedicated to teaching young journalists not only the technical skills of their trade but also a deep understanding of the issues they will be covering. More than 1,300 young journalists have trained at the…

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  • A Conversation with Manuel Ayau (DVD)

    by Manuel Ayau

    Manuel Ayau is the founder and former rector and teacher of economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Begun as an alternative to the prevailing statist views of higher education in Guatemala, Francisco Marroquin is now regarded as that country’s finest university. In addition to being a successful businessman, Ayau is a former Chairman of the Guatemala Stock Exchange, was a member…

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  • A Conversation with Max Hartwell (DVD)

    by Max Hartwell

    Max Hartwell is among the twentieth century’s foremost historians of the Industrial Revolution. Born in New South Wales, Australia, he emigrated to England for his graduate training and taught in Nuffield College, at Oxford University, for many years. His research set in motion the continuing debate about the quality of life and standard of living for those who lived through…

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