Long begins a series about the legacy left to libertarianism by ancient Greece with a discussion of Achilles and the Homeric attitude toward war and glory.
Smith criticizes some features of Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Michael C. Munger joins us for a discussion on the nature of voluntary choice in economics. What counts as voluntary? Is it possible to be coerced by circumstance?
George H. Smith explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.
Dale reviews Chris Berg’s Liberty, Equality & Democracy and discusses how some people think they should rule over others “for their own good.”
Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?
Kant’s ethics relates moral standing to the capacity for reason. But how much sense does that connection make?
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
The market facilitates cooperation without regard to our political disagreements.
George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.
The partisans of “reasonable” technocracy often hide their desire to dominate others behind a disdain for “ideology” and “politics.”
Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.
Andrew I. Cohen joins us to talk about his book, Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy. Can practical commitments undercut a philosophical argument?
This episode features two selections from both The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
Smith continues his discussion of Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
The political process is fundamentally antisocial and corrodes our ability to live in harmony with others.
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Excerpts from Chapter 7 of Jeff Riggenbach’s Persuaded by Reason, titled “Libertarianism – Yet More Individualism In Politics.”
George H. Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”
Automated decisions, Coase’s theory of the firm, and how it all applies to companies like Uber.
Presley begins a series of posts describing a “psychology of freedom” and explaining its relevance to libertarianism more broadly.
Jacob T. Levy says a tension exists in liberal political thought between a rationalist suspicion of localized power and a pluralism favoring intermediate groups.
In this episode of Classics of Liberty, Caleb O. Brown reads the iconic speech “What to a slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass.
Smith explains how government is responsible for many of the current controversies over religious freedom.
The debate between those libertarians who favor limited government and those who want to abolish the state goes back generations.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
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