In this excerpt fromOn Liberty, J. S. Mill argues that the right of an individual to her own opinion isn’t only good for her, but for the rest of society, too.
Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.
Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
It’s often thought that Hayek disproved the possibility of a rationalist ethics. Babcock argues he didn’t.
George H. Smith recounts the violent reaction to the Stamp Act, a tax on paper goods levied against the American colonies in 1765.
Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”
Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
How much should we trust our moral intuitions? Is the task of ethics to describe those intuitions, or to change them?
George H. Smith explores America’s proud history of smuggling in the colonies—and the disastrous attempts by the British to put an end to it.
Some of the libertarian gender gap can be attributed to sociological factors, writes Stubbart, but substantive policy disagreements must not be dismissed.
What is money and where does it come from? How did the government become so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why?
Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.
What’s a libertarian? This essay explores some attempts at delineating the borders of libertarianism, especially attempts using beliefs about morality and the law.
George H. Smith examines two instances of curious wording in the Declaration of Independence.
Donohue explains how modern libertarianism traces back to the Antifederalists, the group opposed to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.
Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
George H. Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.
Greg Lukianoff joins us for a discussion about the state of free speech on college campuses in the United States.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
Martin Gurri discusses how the tidal wave of information rising in the past few decades has transformed the relationship between authority figures and the public.
Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority in the United States and around the world.
Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
What is the place of utilitarianism in the broader libertarian tradition?
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