Athenian banks afforded women and slaves a chance at economic autonomy. This was possible because of lax enforcement of laws restricting their economic liberty.
Smith discusses the distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.
For libertarians, property rights are deeply linked with our rights to bodily integrity, but for leftists, property rights aren’t seen as particularly important.
Having rejected Marxist, liberal, and conservative historical lenses, Childs applies a libertarian one. He first considers the railroad industry.
Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Ronald Bailey talks about environmental “doomsayers.” Their apocalyptic predictions change, but their solutions remain the same: more government control.
We reject the idea that some people are born superior to others, with a right to rule them. What, then, if anything, justifies a state’s power over its citizens?
Personal freedom in ancient Athens was tied up with economic freedom, including free trade and free immigration.
George H. Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
Libertarian scholars should engage with the past on its own terms. That means seeing beyond boringly obvious historical manifestations of sexism and racism.
Liberal, conservative, and Marxist historians all offer flawed interpretations of the Progressive Era. A different historical lens is needed.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
Berin Szoka joins us to discuss what the “net neutrality” movement stands for and why the online community is so angry about the state of the Internet.
Athens, for all its flaws, was a beacon of personal liberty in the ancient world.
Evolutionary psychology is not a “psychology of freedom.”
George H. Smith broadens his discussion of a rights-based theory of freedom with an overview of modern political philosophy.
Commutative justice has some peculiar features not shared by the other virtues in Adam Smith’s moral system.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
Jennifer L. Lawless joins us for a discussion about why young people in America seem to be almost wholly uninterested in running for electoral office.
This 1971 essay was serialized in Reason. In this opening part of the essay, Childs discusses history, philosophy, and revisionism.
This speech discusses the importance of the rule of law and property rights in India in the decades following independence from the United Kingdom.
George H. Smith considers the different conceptions of freedom defended by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
The politicians on TV change; the bureaucracy endures, unnoticed.
This episode features selections from Richard Cobden’s writings and speeches on the freedom of commerce after his election to Parliament in 1841.
Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
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