Sex radicals Angela and Ezra Haywood published the periodical The Word, often battling censors in their effort to get government out of the bedroom.
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
Progressive-Era reforms reflected sexist and racist beliefs, contrasting against classical liberalism’s “analytical egalitarianism.”
Smith discusses the common argument that atheists cannot be moral and so should not be legally tolerated.
Dale recounts the history of the legal presumption of innocence, drawing connections to the “just world” fallacy and the legal status of women and minorities.
Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.
Some feminists call for unlibertarian laws. Brown argues the best response is not to abandon feminism, but to build a libertarian alternative.
Smith discusses what Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Hutcheson criticized that theory.
Smith discusses Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
Stressing the anti-centralization impulse in libertarianism, D’Amato envisions a future without bureaucratic central planners—socialist or corporate.
Smith explains why Mandeville’s ideas about vice made him one of the most notorious writers of his time.
There are many different branches of feminism. Libertarian feminism is distinguished most importantly by its suspicion of the state.
Legal and cultural changes allowing women to own property and participate in the market as entrepreneurs contributed to the Great Enrichment.
Dale argues that wonkish modern politics fails to interest people because political debate isn’t easily turned into narrative.
Three distinctly libertarian takes on war and the state.
Smith continues his discussion of Butler’s theory of moral psychology, and summarizes his ideas about conscience and rational self-interest.
The philosophical principles underpinning rape law have changed over time. What’s the next step in our understanding of the issue?
An intellectual portrait of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, an early anarchist who had a profound influence on libertarianism and socialism as we know them today.
Smith discusses Butler’s influential theory of psychology and his ideas about self-interest and benevolence.
Smith discusses various objections to the claim that all actions are necessarily self-interested.
A brief history of the libertarian roots of feminism, and an introduction to a rotating column discussing libertarian feminism.
Smith explains Burke’s argument against majority rule and a constitution based on the consent of the governed.
Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
The libertarian alliance with conservatism is called “fusionism.” It needs to end.
The Austrian and feminist critiques of mainstream economics are compatible in surprising ways.