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Natural Rights: Spooner v. Bentham

Which way do you lean on natural rights? Who do you find yourself agreeing with most often, Spooner or Bentham?

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Which Way Do You Lean on Economic Theory?

Which way do you lean on economic theory? Whose approach do you find yourself taking more often, Mises's or Friedman's?

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Bitcoin's Prospects: Bane or Boon?

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is bitcoin. Daniel Bier explains why he is skeptical about the prospects for bitcoin, while Sam Patterson explains why he is hopeful.

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A Question of Privilege

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is privilege. Cathy Reisenwitz argues that libertarians should be more concerned about issues of class and privilege, while Julie Borowski argues that libertarians should stay focused on individual rights.

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Do Natural Rights Exist?

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is natural rights. Tibor Machan argues that natural rights come from human nature, while Brad Taylor argues that natural rights do not exist at all.

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The Future of Higher Education

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is the future of higher education. Michael Gibson argues that higher ed will transform fundamentally in the next 20 years, while Peter Boettke argues that it will not.

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The Fourteenth Amendment

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the proposition is "The Fourteenth Amendment Makes America Freer." Clark Neily will be arguing for the proposition. Allen Mendenhall will be arguing against the proposition.

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Staff Edition: Shaping Society

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, we have a special FEE staff edition of The Arena. The topic: Which is more powerful in shaping society, personal character or the legal-political environment? Our president Lawrence Reed will argue for personal character, and our editor Max Borders will argue for the legal-political environment.

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Capitalism

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is the term "capitalism." The proposition is: Advocates of liberty should abandon the term "capitalism." Gary Chartier will be arguing for the proposition. Tibor Machan will be arguing against the proposition.

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Immigration

The Arena is a monthly debate feature designed to help readers explore issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.

This month, the issue is immigration. The proposition is: The United States should open its borders. Nathan Smith will be arguing for the proposition. A. M. Fantini will be arguing against the proposition.

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FEE's mission is to inspire, educate, and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society. Since 1946, FEE has been the home to explore the ideas of liberty, anything that's peaceful. Keep on top of our debates, articles, and events for students by joining our monthly email list or following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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