Home Study Course

Spend time with some of the world's greatest minds and truest friends of freedom

  • Professionally prepared audio programs on the historical, philosophical, economic, legal, and moral foundations of individual liberty and limited government
  • Listen/Download at no cost
  • Programs you can enjoy at your own pace
  • Extensive topic summaries prepared on each major subject

When was the last time you were truly energized by ideas? In our WiFi, high def, high res, compressed digital, podcast and video clip era of 24-hour news channels and sound bites – how can you gain calm perspective and thoughtful understanding? Whatever happened to real thinking?

For that, you can turn to the Cato Home Study Course. It offers you the opportunity to deepen your perspectives, knowledge, and insight through exposure to some of the world's most compelling thinkers. The growth of human freedom – and with it science, culture, and capitalist prosperity – are examined, explained, and clarified through the works and ideas of some of our civilization's most brilliant thinkers. Mastering their ideas can make you a more effective advocate of freedom, a more informed and interesting member of your community, and someone more people will turn to for guidance and insights.

The Cato Home Study Course immerses you in the thoughts and views of John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Adam Smith, Voltaire, John Stuart Mill, Henry David Thoreau, Ayn Rand, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and others. You are stimulated and surrounded by their ground-breaking ideas on liberty, justice, property, constitutionalism, free trade, capitalism, toleration, and peace.

This is a self-paced, home study program, enabling you to spend time with brilliant minds wherever and whenever you have an opportunity to listen and think. Each program is presented by professional actors and broadcasters, and the content is lively, dynamic, and truly thought-provoking.

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The 12 Home Study Course programs are:

  1. The Ideas of Liberty
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  2. John Locke's Two Treatises of Government
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  3. Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
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  4. Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations (part 1)
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  5. Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations (part 2)
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  6. The Constitution of the United States of America
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  7. The Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments to the Constitution
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  8. John Stuart Mill's On Liberty and Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman
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  9. Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator
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  10. The Achievement of 19th Century Classical Liberalism
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  11. The "Austrian" Case for the Free Market
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  12. The Modern Quest for Liberty
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Recommended Reading


Learning About Liberty: The Cato University Study Guide
By Tom G Palmer