George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s most controversial work, Labour Defended Against the Claims of Capital.
Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.
Peter Suderman helps us make sense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How does it work, and why did we have to “pass it to find out what’s in it?”
Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
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When mistakes happen in the market, they can be quickly corrected. We have to live with government errors for decades.
Moses Harman, publisher of Lucifer, the Light Bearer, was an important figure in the ninteenth century free love, anarchist, and feminist movements.
Gurri discusses the concepts of pluralism and monism in politics and the social sciences.
Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment rights when it comes to funding campaigns. What does it mean to have an undue influence on an election?
Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
There are workable alternatives to the welfare state operating in America today.
George H. Smith explores the ideas of Irving Kristol and Robert Bork on culture. He begins with a discussion of the anti-jazz crusade of the 1920s.
Sex radicals Angela and Ezra Haywood published the periodical The Word, often battling censors in their effort to get government out of the bedroom.
Alan Gura joins us for a discussion on gun rights. Now that the Second Amendment has been upheld as an individual right, what’s next for gun laws in America?
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
Progressive-Era reforms reflected sexist and racist beliefs, contrasting against classical liberalism’s “analytical egalitarianism.”
George H. Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.
Scott Bullock explains eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture. How can we stop government from abusing the power to take away its citizens’ private property?
Libertarianism—the philosophy of personal and economic freedom—has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and it’s growing stronger.
Smith discusses the common argument that atheists cannot be moral and so should not be legally tolerated.
Dale recounts the history of the legal presumption of innocence, drawing connections to the “just world” fallacy and the legal status of women and minorities.
George H. Smith begins his series on neoconservatism by exploring some of its fundamental differences with libertarianism.
Michael Shermer joins us to discuss his newest book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.
Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Some feminists call for unlibertarian laws. Brown argues the best response is not to abandon feminism, but to build a libertarian alternative.
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