Adam Smith’s ethical system is centered around the human capacity to put ourselves in another’s place.
Smith critically examines the claim that Meslier was a communist anarchist.
Hesiod distinguished between market competition and war, saying “The two Strifes have separate natures.”
Smith explains Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.
Mueller begins a series of posts about Adam Smith’s ethical system as laid out in The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
When laws are based on the esoteric lore of specialized experts rather than custom and common sense, the rule of law becomes a Kafkaesque farce.
We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.
The ancient Greek poet Hesiod favored productive work over violent expropriation.
Plato and Aristotle both embraced a vision of the good life which saw commercial activity as necessarily beneath political, academic, and artistic life.
Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
Libertarian feminism can help one see the dangers of patriarchy and the futility of statist intervention at once.
In the Iliad, it’s not only heroes like Achilles who raise doubts about war. Thersites, a commoner, does, too—attacking the aristocracy while he’s at it.
The market process makes entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs don’t only come from the elite.
Property, properly understood, does not restrict liberty. Well-defined boundaries help us differentiate between aggressive and defensive violence.
Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.
Long begins a series about the legacy left to libertarianism by ancient Greece with a discussion of Achilles and the Homeric attitude toward war and glory.
Smith criticizes some features of Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Dale reviews Chris Berg’s Liberty, Equality & Democracy and discusses how some people think they should rule over others “for their own good.”
Kant’s ethics relates moral standing to the capacity for reason. But how much sense does that connection make?
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
The market facilitates cooperation without regard to our political disagreements.
The partisans of “reasonable” technocracy often hide their desire to dominate others behind a disdain for “ideology” and “politics.”
Smith continues his discussion of Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
Automated decisions, Coase’s theory of the firm, and how it all applies to companies like Uber.