An emphasis on decentralization unites radicals on left and right in American politics, while moderates support central power.
Civilization—mankind’s escape from the crushing poverty of the state of nature—depends on economic freedom and the institutions that support it.
Henry Meulen was an individualist anarchist and an early proponent of free banking.
We want to describe a society not only where nobody’s rights are violated, but where everyone – even the least of those among us – is living well.
Humans have always used technology to change nature, both the external environment and our own bodies.
Does an individualist psychology yield misanthropy, alienation, and manipulative behavior? Quite the opposite.
Classical elites and libertarians both agree that oligarchic rulers are corrupt. However, the two groups also have a fundamental disagreement.
Violence isn’t a proper response to losing an election, and using the law to coerce one’s political enemies isn’t a proper response to winning one.
Smith explains why Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
Immanuel Kant said taxation was justified when it increased human autonomy by providing for people’s basic survival needs or for the protection of property rights.
Smith discusses Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
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.