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Some Personal Reflections on Ayn Rand

by George H. Smith on Apr 1, 2016

Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.


The Jacobins of the Right

by Jason Kuznicki on Mar 15, 2016

To understand the Presidential election, look back to Burke and Rousseau.


The Limits of Private Governance

by Chris W. Surprenant on Mar 8, 2016

In many contexts, private governance can be highly effective—but not in all circumstances.



Ayn Rand on Aristotle

by George H. Smith on Mar 4, 2016

Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.


“Their Voyage to Hell:” Piracy, Thick and Thin

by Anthony Comegna on Mar 1, 2016

The slaver William Snelgrave is captured by pirates, barely escaping death. His account of the ordeal describes the ideology and internal politics of the pirates.


Slavery’s Defenders vs. The First Abolitionists

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 29, 2016

William Snelgrave traded slaves because it made him fabulously wealthy—But try as he might, he could not transform men and women into mere machines.


On the Influence of Ideas

by George H. Smith on Feb 26, 2016

Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.


Slavery & Empire: The Destruction of Whydah

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 23, 2016

“All the Countries near the Sea side, which the King of Dahome could possibly get at, are not only conquered, but also turned into Desolation.”


Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy

by George H. Smith on Feb 19, 2016

Smith explains the views of Kant and Hegel on the history of philosophy, and explores whether moral judgments should be applied to the realm of ideas.