We reject the idea that some people are born superior to others, with a right to rule them. What, then, if anything, justifies a state’s power over its citizens?
Personal freedom in ancient Athens was tied up with economic freedom, including free trade and free immigration.
Libertarian scholars should engage with the past on its own terms. That means seeing beyond boringly obvious historical manifestations of sexism and racism.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
Athens, for all its flaws, was a beacon of personal liberty in the ancient world.
Evolutionary psychology is not a “psychology of freedom.”
Commutative justice has some peculiar features not shared by the other virtues in Adam Smith’s moral system.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
The politicians on TV change; the bureaucracy endures, unnoticed.
Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
At high levels of competition in sports, players sometimes commit “professional” fouls to gain an advantage. Might the same concept apply to business?
Novak reviews Charlotte Gordon’s book Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.
Government restrictions on who can enter an occupation don’t protect consumers, but rather licensees’ bottom lines.
Was Meslier a communist? Smith explores this tricky issue.
Refraining from discussing “taxpayers” and “my tax dollars” does nothing to resolve deep disputes that leave some public expenditures in serious moral question.
The discovery of philosophy in ancient Greece was spurred on by a “marketplace of ideas” where rational justification trumped doctrinal authority.
Imagining ourselves in the position of an impartial spectator can help us hone our sympathetic emotions and ethical reasoning.
When so much of what you own comes with extensive strings attached, do you really own your property, or are you merely a feudal tenant?