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February 4 — Is Bitcoin a Bubble?

March 30, 2021 — The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and the Human Mind

April 26, 2021 — In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Is Bitcoin a Bubble?

The price of bitcoin soared from around $9,000 in January 2020 to an astounding $40,000 in January 2021. It is currently around $32,000. Naturally, many are left scratching their heads. Why has the price of bitcoin fluctuated so much over the last year? Why does it remain so valuable today? Dr. Luther considers the fundamental value of bitcoin—and various factors affecting it.

The Free Market Institute hosted William J. Luther, Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Atlantic University, for a public lecture on February 4, 2021, on the economics of bitcoin.

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The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and the Human Mind

What is property, and why does our species have it? Bart J. Wilson explores how humans acquire, perceive, and know the custom of property, and why this might be relevant to understanding how property works in the twenty-first century. Arguing that neither the sciences nor the humanities synthesizes a full account of property, Dr. Wilson offers a cross-disciplinary compromise that is sure to be controversial: Property is a universal and uniquely human custom.

The Free Market Institute hosted Bart J. Wilson, Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University, on March 30, 2021, to present a public lecture based on his book, The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and the Human Mind (August 2020), to explain why people claim things as "Mine!", and what that means for our humanity. 

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In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Some of us must risk everything for the fundamentals of freedom, dignity, and justice. We must all fight against tyranny. Everything must be taught, even the fundamentals we sometimes take for granted: freedom, compassion, love. For Yeonmi Park, growing up in North Korea, right vs. wrong, justice vs. injustice—these weren't concepts inherently understood or taught. Telling her electrifying story of escape from North Korea, Park explains that the life she left there was "a totally different planet." There's only one definition of love in North Korea—"love for the Dear Leader." Romantic love doesn't exist as a concept or possibility. And for most North Koreans, neither does freedom.

The Free Market Institute welcomed North Korean defector and human rights activist, Yeonmi Park, for a public lecture on April 26, 2021, to recount the incredible story told in her searing memoir, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (September 2016). 

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