What’s a libertarian? This essay explores some attempts at delineating the borders of libertarianism, especially attempts using beliefs about morality and the law.
Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
What is the place of utilitarianism in the broader libertarian tradition?
Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Smith discusses Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
This inventive and ambitious—though occasionally flawed—book demonstrates that developing the moral defense of markets is a worthwhile endeavor.
Cohen’s moral defense of socialism seriously underestimates the information problems plaguing an economy without prices.
The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.
It is not enough to be passively “not racist.” We must be actively anti-racism.
Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.
The idea of universal empathy may sound nice. But, Kuznicki argues, upon closer examination, it’s actually rather troubling.
Kuznicki offers an objection to G. A. Cohen’s famous argument for the morality of socialism.
Smith explains Paine’s constitutional theory and why he believed that Britain had no constitution.
How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.