George H. Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.
Immanuel Kant said taxation was justified when it increased human autonomy by providing for people’s basic survival needs or for the protection of property rights.
Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh explores the idea of open immigration and the effects it would have on American public policy.
Bernard Kerik joins us to share his experience on both sides of the criminal justice system as former New York City Police Commissioner and as Inmate #84888-054.
Smith discusses Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
Herbert Spencer feared granting suffrage to women – at least during his time – would diminish “real” liberty. Was this a justifiable concern?
Grover Norquist joins us to tell us about his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and his plan to eliminate the IRS as we know it.
Trevor Burrus explains the meaning and origin of the common law, and differentiates that kind of law from rules that come about via regulation and legislation.
Smith explains Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.
Adam Smith argued that hubristic “men of system” shouldn’t be trusted to arrange society. Decentralized government or private action is to be preferred.
Smith pointed out that government interference exacerbates political divisions and creates new conflicts and factions where none existed.
George H. Smith discusses how Herbert Spencer’s analyses of nineteenth-century Germany and France contributed to his pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom.
Libertarians should oppose the state’s victimization of transgender people and help build a society safe for a diverse range of gender identities, argues Novak.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, and Lane’s protégé Roger MacBride were all important libertarian figures.
Daniel J. Ikenson joins us to explain how trade between countries increases wealth all around—and why restricting that trade is harmful to economic growth.
David Boaz writes about the life and thought of F. A. Hayek on the 116th anniversary of his birth. “He’s like Marx, only right.”
Alex Nowrasteh notes that historically, America has had open borders for many, many years and the sovereignty of its territory was never in question.
A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.
Adam Smith argued that politicians and bureaucrats lack both the information required to make good decisions and the incentives to become better informed.
Babcock analyzes Murray Rothbard’s 1963 essay “The Negro Revolution.”
George H. Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.
Edward H. Crane joins us to talk about the early days of the Libertarian Party and the Cato Institute, which he founded almost 40 years ago in 1977.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
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