Smith explains the controversial arguments of the deist John Toland, as defended in Christianity not Mysterious.
Some libertarians have scoffed at the idea that a “rape culture” exists in America. Presley argues that according to the best social science, they’re mistaken.
Trevor Burrus discusses the purpose and scope of the Constitution, as well as the values that shaped it.
George H. Smith discusses the controversy about Spencer’s use of opium and its possible effect on his later pessimism.
Adam Smith’s commitment to liberty wasn’t without exceptions, but the centrality and import of those exceptions should not be exaggerated.
Ludwig von Mises showed that when the government solves a problem, that means the problem is solved bureaucratically.
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Herbert Spencer doesn’t deserve his reputation as a “Social Darwinist,” and shouldn’t be used to attack libertarians.
James Otteson joins us this week to talk about the socio-economic system known as socialism. Is an idealized form of socialism possible, and if not, why not?
Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Trevor Burrus discusses the problem of complex regulatory legal systems and how this leads to unnecessary mass incarceration.
Adam Smith argued for a general presumption of liberty, with exceptions requiring justification.
George H. Smith begins his series on Spencer’s pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom and the reasons behind it.
Surprenant discusses Kant’s thinking on the relationship between individuals’ moral development and the political sphere.
Kevin Glass joins us to talk about transparency in local politics. How can state and local governments do more harm than the federal government?
When our first reaction is to bring in government, we stop asking the hard questions.
D’Amato examines the arguments presented by a range of advocates for decentralism in government and the private sector.
Mueller offers a survey of different interpretations of Adam Smith by classical liberal thinkers.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.
Libertarians needn’t resort to hypothetical examples of extremely unusual people to defend individual autonomy, argues Hobart.
Matt Zwolinski joins us to talk about libertarianism and pollution. What does it mean for libertarians to treat pollution as a violation of property rights?
Smith explains the basic tenets of deism and why it posed a political threat.
Ron Paul praises Reason Magazine’s influence in the liberty movement and discusses Washington’s need for new ideas.
Housework isn’t compensated with wage payments or counted in GDP. Is that a problem? And if so, who should solve it?
Mueller introduces a series of posts about Adam Smith, giving a broad overview of his thought and situating him relative to other thinkers.
George H. Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.
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