George H. Smith examines the common claim that the mere threat of physical force does not qualify as a type of coercion.
In this episode, Caleb O. Brown reads part one of a selection from Barry Goldwater’s 1960 book The Conscience of a Conservative.
“All the great elements of society were drawn within the feudal enclosure, so even the…most trifling circumstances of common life, became subject to feudalism.”
“Those who realize that human life loses all value when liberty is denied the individual must…work and fight to preserve the old and gain even greater freedom.”
Smith discusses the source of moral obligations and the general approach of Aristotelian ethics.
Jonathan Rauch joins us for a discussion on the current political landscape in America. Why are we seeing so many renegade political actors these days?
“If we ever lose our liberties to a Fascist movement, led by the imposters of patriotism, it will be because in addition to men they also have guns.”
Seldes finds that the “program of 100 per cent Americanism is about 100 per cent false in the light of the views and actions of the rebel founders of our country.”
George H. Smith discusses the distinction between freedom and coercion, and explains some of its implications for the human sciences.
This episode features an audio recording of Barry Goldwater’s iconic address at the 1964 Republican National Convention.
“Although the nation is sometimes shocked by police brutality…there are even more powerful forces among the enemies of the American people.”
“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”
Smith explains how questions like “Why should I be rational?” and “Why should I be moral?” involve a bait and switch tactic.
Robby Soave joins us this week to discuss a disturbing new kind of censorship on American college campuses.
Liberalism and republicanism together made for a stronger worldview.
“Satan came among us in the guise of a Loco-Foco…[He] said much about the importance of a fixed standard of value…much about justice, and equity, and honesty.”
George H. Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.
“Cashier in trouble,—circulation above a million—gold and silver coin in vaults of too small an amount to be mentioned except to particular friends.”