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.
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.
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.”
Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor and the Rebirth of American Individualism by Jeff Riggenbach
A review of Jeff Riggenbach’s biography of Joan Kennedy Taylor, an important figure in the modern rebirth of the liberty movement.
Immanuel Kant had a conception of the popular will that was very similar to Rousseau’s, yet Kant ascribed a much narrower set of powers to the state.
Samuel Edward Konkin III developed a theory of resistance to the state that eschewed politics for peaceful but illegal market activity.
Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.
Smith explains the controversial arguments of the deist John Toland, as defended in Christianity not Mysterious.
Some libertarians have scoffed at the idea that a “rape culture” exists in America. Presley argues that according to the best social science, they’re mistaken.
Adam Smith’s commitment to liberty wasn’t without exceptions, but the centrality and import of those exceptions should not be exaggerated.
Ludwig von Mises showed that when the government solves a problem, that means the problem is solved bureaucratically.
Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Adam Smith argued for a general presumption of liberty, with exceptions requiring justification.
Surprenant discusses Kant’s thinking on the relationship between individuals’ moral development and the political sphere.
When our first reaction is to bring in government, we stop asking the hard questions.
D’Amato examines the arguments presented by a range of advocates for decentralism in government and the private sector.
Mueller offers a survey of different interpretations of Adam Smith by classical liberal thinkers.
Libertarians needn’t resort to hypothetical examples of extremely unusual people to defend individual autonomy, argues Hobart.