Even when worthwhile, war brings terrible costs and must not be undertaken lightly.
Deirdre N. McCloskey joins us to discuss her Bourgeois Era book series. Why are we so much wealthier now than at any other point in human history?
“I am inclined to believe, that…every human creature is endowed with talents which…shew him to be apt, adroit, intelligent and acute.”
George H. Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
Though he was misled by the labor theory of value, much of Ingalls’s thought is right at home in the libertarian tradition.
Most of what we know of the Sophists comes from their enemies. Who were they, really?
Smith explains Kant’s basic justification of government and why he opposed the rights of resistance and revolution.
In this episode, Caleb O. Brown reads In re Booth by Abram D. Smith, an 1854 ruling that effectively nullified the Fugitive Slave Act in Wisconsin.
Liberalization in the economic sphere has made China politically freer.
Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us for a discussion about the last days of Socrates, as told by Plato in Crito.
Narrowly, we have property rights to things, but in the broader, more correct sense, all the rights we posses are property rights.
Donald Kochan reviews James Madison’s essay, “Property.”
“Let Texas go to Great Britain if she pleases. She has a right to be a slave in her own way.”
George H. Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
“We hope that our Government [secures] the Oregon Territory…before the great Brigand of the World pollutes [it with] the freebooters standard of Great Britain.”
Thucydides paints a nuanced picture of Athens, contrasting its domestic and foreign policies.
“Misson designed his Settlement[,] Libertalia, [naming his people] Liberi…desiring [that it might drown the] Names of French, English, Dutch, Africans, &c.”
“He fell upon Government, and shew’d, that every Man was born free, and had as much Right to what would support him, as to the Air he respired.”