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.
Libertarians frequently disagree about the status of intellectual property. D’Amato explores the views of four major libertarian thinkers.
Libertarianism ought to be appealing to black Americans, who have suffered greatly at the hands of the United States government. So why isn’t it more popular?
Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Paine’s theory of rights and government.
Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s theory of rights.
Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.
In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.
Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.
The libertarian case against the welfare state is really just the result of the consistent application of moral common sense.
Smith concludes this series with more observations about James Mackintosh’s defense of natural rights.
Smith explains why Edmund Burke opposed abstract rights and why James Mackintosh defended them.
Smith explains the defense of rights and other abstract political principles given by James Mackintosh, one of Burke’s most effective critics.