In this episode Caleb O. Brown reads John L. O’Sullivan’s “The Great Nation of Futurity.”
Smith explains how Robert Paul Wolff and Immanuel Kant used the same principle of moral autonomy to reach opposite conclusions about the legitimacy of the state.
Paul D. Mueller joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and pioneer of economic theory, Adam Smith.
“John Bull has an awful day of retribution to look to when the world wakes up.”
“Opposition to the British empire, we repeat, is the sentiment of the whole world… The British government would unparadise the world to perpetuate its power.”
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
Foreign aid, argues Masani, transfers power from the people to the state while crowding out beneficial private investment.
Presley argues that libertarians will be more persuasive if they actively support private alternatives to government poverty programs.
Smith discusses some libertarian aspects of Kant’s theory of individual rights.
Lawrence W. Reed joins us for a discussion on how to effectively communicate the ideas of liberty through storytelling.
Levi Slamm thought that history was class conflict, and that “To the term aristocrat the time honored name of Democrat has always been opposed.”
It’s reasonable to reach radical conclusions.
George H. Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
“In modern Europe the diversity of the elements of social order, the incapability of any one to exclude the rest, gave birth to the liberty which now prevails.”
The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.
This episode features a remastered recording of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address.
Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
Aaron Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki discuss the second part of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty.