Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
George H. Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.
Greg Lukianoff joins us for a discussion about the state of free speech on college campuses in the United States.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
Martin Gurri discusses how the tidal wave of information rising in the past few decades has transformed the relationship between authority figures and the public.
Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority in the United States and around the world.
Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
What is the place of utilitarianism in the broader libertarian tradition?
George H. Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Clark Neily joins us for a discussion on judicial engagement and judicial abdication. Have there been large changes in theories about the roles of judges?
Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
George H. Smith distinguishes “tolerating” religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom.
Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?
Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Originally published over several months in 1992, Raico’s brief history of classical liberalism was written in memory of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
Ayn Rand answers questions about the difference between Objectivism and Nietzscheism from students at Columbia University.
What does libertarianism have to offer Christianity? Are there Christian beliefs that would strengthen libertarianism’s philosophical foundation?
In this short newspaper opinion piece, Miron argues that the consistency of libertarianism sets it apart from other ways of thinking about politics.
Smith discusses Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Erasmus, a great Renaissance scholar, was a champion of peace and religious toleration.
Megan McArdle says that recognizing failure—and in some cases embracing it—is a crucial part of what makes American culture, markets, and society successful.
Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
This inventive and ambitious—though occasionally flawed—book demonstrates that developing the moral defense of markets is a worthwhile endeavor.
Cohen’s moral defense of socialism seriously underestimates the information problems plaguing an economy without prices.
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