Immanuel Kant, the Social Contract, and the State

by George H. Smith on Apr 29, 2016

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.

Free Thoughts

The Ideas of Adam Smith

featuring Paul Mueller, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 29, 2016

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.


Battling the Empire, Part II

by Levi Slamm and Daily Plebeian on Feb 25, 1843

“John Bull has an awful day of retribution to look to when the world wakes up.”


Battling the Empire, Part I

by Levi Slamm on Sep 21, 1842

“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.”


Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 27, 2016

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 Must Go

by Minoo Masani in 1972

Foreign aid, argues Masani, transfers power from the people to the state while crowding out beneficial private investment.

Free Thoughts

Why Liberty Takes Character

featuring Lawrence W. Reed, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 22, 2016

Lawrence W. Reed joins us for a discussion on how to effectively communicate the ideas of liberty through storytelling.


A Diversity of Orders: Guizot’s Second Lecture

by Francois Guizot in 1828

“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 Birth of the State

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 18, 2016

The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.

Classics of Liberty

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farewell Address

featuring Caleb O. Brown and Dwight D. Eisenhower on Apr 16, 2016

This episode features a remastered recording of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address.



Immanuel Kant and the Natural Law Tradition

by George H. Smith on Apr 15, 2016

Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.

Free Thoughts

Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, Part 2

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, & Jason Kuznicki on Apr 15, 2016

Aaron Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki discuss the second part of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty.