The Austrian and feminist critiques of mainstream economics are compatible in surprising ways.
Libertarian ethics is best grounded in a commitment to radical equality, not in trying to optimize preference satisfaction. Some preferences are bad.
Smith marks three years of his essays with some thoughts about the importance of libertarian theory and history.
A brief history of modern libertarian engagement with the study and practice of nonviolent action.
Economics is an excellent tool for judging policies, but economic theory alone is a highly impoverished lens through which to view morality.
Smith explains Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
Removing yourself from the election process eliminates the largest incentive for politicians to care what you and those like you believe.
The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Smith begins his discussion of David Hume’s moral and social philosophy.
A short profile of the ideas of Gene Sharp, the foremost scholar of nonviolent resistance.
Presley argues one cannot explain the dearth of libertarian women without reference to the sexism and hostility libertarian women encounter.
Smith explores two concepts of political philosophy and their respective ideas about justice and a good society.
Economic liberty is neither separable from, nor inferior to, other freedoms.
An overview of the life, work, and influence of Henry George, who famously argued that the only justifiable tax was a property tax on land.
Pamela Stubbart theorizes that a no-holds-barred libertarian political order would benefit everyone, not only those born with exceptional self-control.
Adam Gurri explores the conflicts generated by three different ways of looking at the concept of liberty.
Smith begins his exploration of self-interest and social order by explaining Shaftesbury’s theory of social psychology.
Libertarians should support open borders, with possible exceptions for the exclusion of convicted criminals and people carrying disease.
Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.
Babcock examines how Hayekian insights can guide feminist reform efforts.
Blanks says that disregard for civil rights and police abuse continue to undermine the social fabric in black communities, despite hard-won formal legal equality.
Babcock examines a concrete case of the conflict between Hayek and rationalism: feminism.
What’s the libertarian lesson of the “ice bucket challenge?” Trust people to direct their charitable donations, even though they might make poor decisions.
Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.
Hayek’s insights are important for building a sucessful rationalist ethics.