Spring Seminars Faculty
Liberty, Free Markets, and Moral Character
Professor Tom W. Bell earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1993, where he served on the Law Review. He practiced law first at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the largest law firm in Silicon Valley, and then at the Washington, DC office of Harkins Cunningham LLP, where he had the distinct pleasure of helping to shut down the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1998, following a stint as Director of Telecommunications and Technology Studies at the Cato Institute, Bell joined the faculty of Chapman University School of Law.
Bell coined the term “polycentric law” and has cultivated the field both as an academic and as a consultant to companies building legal systems for new cities. Though best known in academia for his work on high-tech and intellectual property law—winter 2014 will see publication of his book, Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good—Bell has taught a wide range of classes, including Contracts, Property, Torts, Corporations, Business Associations, and Law and Economics. He frequently writes for The Freeman on issues related to startup cities.
Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire
(2005); Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand
(2008); Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights
(2010); and Capitalist Solutions
(2011). He has taught Philosophy at SUNY Purchase, at Marist College, at Hunter College, and at several other New York-area colleges. He has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and many other outstanding universities. He is the 2013-14 Hayek Visiting Scholar at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University, where he is writing a new book, entitled: Heroes and Hero Worship: An Examination of the Nature and Importance of Heroism
Craig Biddle is editor of The Objective Standard
and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It
. He is currently writing a book on the principles of thinking in principles. In addition to writing, he lectures and teaches seminars on ethical and epistemological issues from an Objectivist perspective.
Max Borders is editor of The Freeman magazine and director of content for The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He is also co-founder of the Austin-based Voice & Exit event whose mission is to explore, celebrate, and implement ideas that maximize human flourishing. And Max is author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about the gap between rich and poor
. A writer and innovator with a decade of experience in the non-profit world, Max works daily towards a condition of peace, freedom, and abundance for all people.
Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. He is the author of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government
(Open Court, 2008), the editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty
(Lexington Books, 2008), and the co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections
(Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights
(Lexington Books, 2011). Besides his academic work, he has frequently lectured and written for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education. His main research includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, and virtue ethics. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, among other things co-editing the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy
(Open Court, 2000). Originally from New York, Prof. Skoble received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA and PhD from Temple University.
C. Bradley Thompson
C. Bradley Thompson is a Professor of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study Capitalism. He received his Ph.D at Brown University, and he has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.
Professor Thompson has published five books, including
• Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea;
• Freedom and School Choice in American Education
• and the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty;
He is currently writing two books, one on “The Ideological Origins of American Constitutionalism” and another to be entitled “Our Killing
Schools: How America’s Government Schools are Destroying the Minds and Souls of our Children.”
Dr. Thompson lectures all over the U.S. and around the world, his op-ed essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, and he appears regularly on television and radio. He is a homeschooling father of 3 children and, most importantly, he
supports Arsenal Football Club. In a former life, Dr. Thompson played on the 1978 Queen’s University national championship football team in Canada, and in 1980 he placed third in the long jump at the Canadian Track & Field Olympic Trials.
Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and George Mason University and teaches at the Institute for World Politics. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. She served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University.
Dr. Rathbone Bradley’s academic work focuses on: the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an Economic Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Terrorism Analysis.
Dr. Rathbone Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006 during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.
Big Ideas on the Big Screen: How Economic Thinking Can Make You a Better Filmmaker
T.K. Coleman is a philosopher and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University and has worked as a licensed financial adviser for American Express, a Corporate Trainer for National Seminar Group, a Director of Business Development for Rock City Films Entertainment, and an Educator for the Continuing Education Divisions at Graceland University and Rockhurst University. T.K. is currently the Education Director for Praxis and he blogs daily on self-determinism, creativity, and philosophy at tkcoleman.com
Glen Whitman is a Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge, whose work has been published in such journals as the UCLA Law Review, the Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. His research interests include game theory, healthcare policy, slippery slopes, and government paternalism. In his second career as a screenwriter, he has written for the Fox series Fringe and the upcoming El Rey series Matador. His favorite movies and TV shows include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Election, Breaking Bad, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the Venn diagram of Glen's two careers, the intersection is filled by a book -- coedited with James Dow -- entitled The Economics of the Undead
, forthcoming in summer 2014.
Nicholas Tucker is an award-winning independent filmmaker, a Moving Picture Institute fellow, and co-founder of Passing Lane Films, a multimedia and film production company with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. He made a name for himself as an innovator with micro-budget improv filmmaking, completing and selling his first feature film before graduating from the Academy of Art University. His recent adaptation of Leonard Read’s I, Pencil
won Best Short Documentary and the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Anthem Film Festival. His 2009 documentary Do As I Say
, based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book, is a wry, humorous exposé of respected leaders who privately embrace free-market ideas while publicly discouraging others from doing the same. His multimedia work has been featured by the New York Times, WIRED magazine, BettyConfidential, IEEE Spectrum magazine, as well as many other online publications.
Chandler Tuttle is partner at Freethink Media and a Moving Picture Institute fellow. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film program, he spent two years working as assistant to the president at Focus Features, the award-winning film studio behind Brokeback Mountain
, Lost in Translation
, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
. In 2006, Chandler worked with MPI fellow Evan Coyne Maloney to produce and release Indoctrinate U
, which takes a humorous look at the state of free speech and free thought on American campuses. The following year, he produced 2081
, an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” which tells the story of a dystopian future in which government has enforced equality by outlawing exceptional intelligence and talent. Starring Armie Hammer (The Social Network
, J. Edgar
, The Lone Ranger
), the film premiered as the opening night short at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2009, where it received a three-minute standing ovation.
MPI's vice president, Erin O'Connor holds a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. She has years of teaching experience at the university and secondary school level; she also has extensive experience with writing, editing, development, marketing, and consulting within the nonprofit world. Shaping MPI’s mission while also spearheading some of MPI’s most vital program work, she is active in MPI’s production, fundraising, marketing, and acquisition efforts, regularly providing mentoring and editorial guidance for filmmakers as they refine andpolish their work. She served as post-production consultant on The Cartel
and producer on The Machine
MPI's director of communications and marketing, Lana Harfoush is a former College of Public Interest Law Fellow at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where she filed briefs in courts around the country in the areas of economic liberty and individual rights. Lana is a graduate of the University of Chicago and a Fulbright grant recipient. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law where she was the school's Federalist Society chapter president and a lead articles editor for the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. She was a law clerk at the Pacific Legal Foundation in 2010 and at the Goldwater Institute in 2011.
Naomi Brockwell, MPI's program officer, is an actress, film producer, and opera singer. Originally from Western Australia, she has a BA in acting, BA in classical music, minor in business, advanced diploma in musical theatre, and a Certificate I in musical theatre. Naomi is the CEO and founder of Rainsworth Productions, media liaison officer for the Principality of Hutt River, contributor for Reason TV, and correspondent for JagTV. Naomi was co-executive producer and casting producer of the 2012 feature film Audition, producer and casting director of the 2013 feature film Subconscious, and producer of multiple other short films, TV pilots, and web-series.