Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.
In America, Big Brother watches because he cares. And caring—at all costs—is the very stuff of modern liberalism.
Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
Smith examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.
D’Amato looks at the Garrisonians, the most diehard and arguably most consistently libertarian of the abolitionists.
Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.
Hayek endorsed a guaranteed minimum income—but didn’t say why. In this essay, Matt Zwolinski attempts reconstruct Hayek’s argument.
Decentralization and Federalism Is the Libertarian Way to Determine Whether a Basic Income Is Practical or Desirable
Mitchell argues against a national basic income, suggesting instead that federalism may provide a better solution to the problems of the current welfare state.
Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.
Zwolinski offers more arguments for his claim that a guaranteed basic income can be one way to rectify historical injustice—and needn’t violate libertarian principles.
Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.
Can we argue for a guaranteed basic income within libertarian principles? Matt Zwolinski offered a case. But David Friedman says his arguments don’t work.
Guaranteeing a minimum income to the poor is better than our current system of welfare, Zwolinski argues. And it can be justified by libertarian principles.
Ross Levatter argues that a thought experiment Jason Brennan uses to test our intuitions about the morality of markets has too many problems to genuinely be helpful.
Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
The radical libertarian abolitionists thought it was senseless to attack slavery while defending the institutions that upheld it.
Smith examines the common claim that the mere threat of physical force does not qualify as a type of coercion.
Smith discusses the distinction between freedom and coercion, and explains some of its implications for the human sciences.
Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so in this column George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.
The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
Smith explores Humboldt’s defense of individuality, written in 1792.
Should libertarians support the death penalty? Ben Jones argues that both evidence and philosophy say no.