George H. Smith explores Humboldt’s defense of individuality, written in 1792.
“In the process of instituting bold economic reform, the government would (a) make outside sanctions almost irrelevant and (b) set all South Africans free.”
“Unlike apartheid and socialism, free enterprise would [allow people] to choose where to live…how to spend their money[, what to] read, and where to worship.”
Should we apply moral judgments, such as “immoral,” to beliefs per se? Smith begins his discussion of this difficult problem.
Roger Pilon joins us again to give an outline of Constitutional jurisprudence from its signing in 1787 through the New Deal era and into modernity.
“Because liberty permits us to correct our mistakes…files the chains that bind us to the dead body of the past…we strive [for liberty in] morals and love.”
George H. Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
In considering constitutional questions, libertarians shouldn’t let the text come before justice and liberty.
Living well requires autonomy and reality-orientation.
Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.
“The agitation of all reforms is useful and necessary, but…the reform of reforms, is that which will restore to woman her natural right of self-ownership.”
Roger Pilon joins us to discuss the United States’s founding documents and the philosophy of the men that drafted them.
No class holds a monopoly on talent. Rather, “Every human creature…is endowed with talents, which…shew him to be apt, adroit, intelligent and acute.”
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
What we know of Socrates comes second-hand. How much is true?
“To my mind the law is not our worst enemy. … Religious bigotry, marital jealousy, social prejudice, will operate in ostracism, contempt…and actual violence.”
Smith explains Kant’s notion of the “unsocial sociability” of human nature, and how these antagonistic tendencies generate human progress.
Trevor Burrus shares his theory of how government reorganizes the world around its own policies and programs.