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Magnanimous in Victory, Gracious in Defeat

by Helen Dale on Jun 2, 2015

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.

 

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Kant on Justified Taxation

by Chris W. Surprenant on May 27, 2015

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.

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Thomism and Decentralism

by David S. D’Amato on May 18, 2015

The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.

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Adam Smith’s Criticism of Government: Hubris

by Paul Mueller on May 19, 2015

Adam Smith argued that hubristic “men of system” shouldn’t be trusted to arrange society. Decentralized government or private action is to be preferred.

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Dora Marsden, Free Woman

by David S. D’Amato on May 8, 2015

A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.

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Adam Smith’s Criticism of Government: Knowledge

by Paul Mueller on May 7, 2015

Adam Smith argued that politicians and bureaucrats lack both the information required to make good decisions and the incentives to become better informed.

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An Introduction to Jury Nullification

by David S. D’Amato on May 4, 2015

Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.

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Freethought and Freedom: Skepticism

by George H. Smith on May 1, 2015

Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.