Terence Kealey joins us for a discussion about publicly funding scientific research. Should science be funded by the government?
Smith continues his discussion of Butler’s theory of moral psychology, and summarizes his ideas about conscience and rational self-interest.
George H. Smith explores some more Voluntaryist arguments against state education.
The philosophical principles underpinning rape law have changed over time. What’s the next step in our understanding of the issue?
An intellectual portrait of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, an early anarchist who had a profound influence on libertarianism and socialism as we know them today.
Alex Epstein joins us for a discussion on fossil fuel use. How much have fossil fuels benefited humanity? Is there a moral case for their use?
Smith discusses Butler’s influential theory of psychology and his ideas about self-interest and benevolence.
George H. Smith turns to the philosophy of Voluntaryism, discussing how its proponents fought against state control of education in the nineteenth century.
Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.
Smith discusses various objections to the claim that all actions are necessarily self-interested.
A brief history of the libertarian roots of feminism, and an introduction to a rotating column discussing libertarian feminism.
George H. Smith begins his series on the critics of state education with a discussion of Joseph Priestley, the Englishman who discovered oxygen.
Smith explains Burke’s argument against majority rule and a constitution based on the consent of the governed.
Adam Gurri joins us this week for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.
This comparison of Rand and Smith was originally given as a presentation at Clemson University; this is a transcript.
George H. Smith continues his examination of the intellectual roots of state education by turning to the views of Plato’s most famous student.
This week Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and subsequently flourished.
Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
The libertarian alliance with conservatism is called “fusionism.” It needs to end.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
The Austrian and feminist critiques of mainstream economics are compatible in surprising ways.
Libertarian ethics is best grounded in a commitment to radical equality, not in trying to optimize preference satisfaction. Some preferences are bad.
John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.
Smith marks three years of his essays with some thoughts about the importance of libertarian theory and history.
A brief history of modern libertarian engagement with the study and practice of nonviolent action.
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