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.
Mark Calabria joins us for a discussion on federal housing policy and homeownership in America. What political forces helped create our modern housing policy?
Smith discusses what Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Hutcheson criticized that theory.
George H. Smith concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.
The Libertarian Mind is an updated edition of David Boaz’s classic book Libertarianism: A Primer. It will be available February 2015.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins us for a discussion on libertarianism and women. What does libertarian feminism look like? How does libertarianism appeal to women?
Smith discusses Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
Smith continues his discussion of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner, explaining how they explicitly repudiated the ideas associated with social Darwinism.
Stressing the anti-centralization impulse in libertarianism, D’Amato envisions a future without bureaucratic central planners—socialist or corporate.
Peter Van Doren returns to Free Thoughts for a discussion on public choice economics and how it affects political decision making.
Smith explains why Mandeville’s ideas about vice made him one of the most notorious writers of his time.
George H. Smith interrupts his series on education with a discussion of social Darwinism.
There are many different branches of feminism. Libertarian feminism is distinguished most importantly by its suspicion of the state.
Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?
Legal and cultural changes allowing women to own property and participate in the market as entrepreneurs contributed to the Great Enrichment.
George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
Patrick Eddington joins us this week for a discussion on the recently-released Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs.
Dale argues that wonkish modern politics fails to interest people because political debate isn’t easily turned into narrative.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
Three distinctly libertarian takes on war and the state.
Terence Kealey joins us for a discussion about publicly funding scientific research. Should science be funded by the government?
Smith continues his discussion of Butler’s theory of moral psychology, and summarizes his ideas about conscience and rational self-interest.
George H. Smith explores some more Voluntaryist arguments against state education.
The philosophical principles underpinning rape law have changed over time. What’s the next step in our understanding of the issue?
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