Matt Ridley joins us to talk about his new book, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. How are new ideas adopted from the bottom up?
Current attacks on free speech reveal progressivism as a uniquely American iteration of fascism that shares many of its historical and ideological roots.
Smith discusses the theory of value that provided the foundation for the argument that rational economic calculation is impossible in a socialistic economy.
The decrees of a tyrant are not law, but violent lawlessness. Are the decrees of a democratic legislature any better?
Can we ground a libertarian political philosophy in existentialist moral anti-realism?
Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
Robert Higgs joins us this week to share a few of his reflections on individual liberty, economics, war and peace, and the role of the state in human affairs.
Long examines political themes in Ancient Greek drama.
George H. Smith explores some of the traditional biblical arguments for and against religious persecution.
Adam Smith thought that everyone should receive an education, and that funding should be set up to comport with justice and to incentivize a high quality product.
Athens had many procedural safeguards against undesirable behavior.
Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on political philosophy in the science fiction franchise Star Trek.
Dickinson writes on the importance of opposing the Townshend Acts, which threatened the sovereignty of the Thirteen Colonies.
Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.
George H. Smith discusses Acton’s thesis that the conflict between church and state in medieval Europe was vital to the progress of freedom.
Markets bring us goods and services for less than we’d be willing to pay if we had to—in the case of the Internet and related products, a lot less.
Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
George H. Smith joins us for a discussion on the life of his friend and colleague, Roy A. Childs, Jr.
In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.
Problems with a “Fair Rate of Return”
George H. Smith discusses some common criticisms of Lord Acton and other classical liberal historians.
In this excerpt from his pamphlet Agrarian Justice, Thomas Paine argues for using land taxes to fund what we would today call a universal basic income.
Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Hayek lectures on the differences and similarities between the concept of evolution in biology and the concept of evolution in the social sciences.
Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory and the relationship between a natural-law justification of property and social conventions.
Edward Peter Stringham joins us for a discussion on his new book, Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life.
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