George H. Smith discusses how the educational system of Sparta influenced later advocates of state education.
Charles Murray’s new book raises intriguing questions—but is far less objectionable than one might think.
Hayek discusses a range of topics from monetarism and inflation to his debates with his mentor, Ludwig von Mises.
Balko argues that there simply isn’t much evidence to support the sky-is-falling scenarios offered up by proponents of modern paternalism.
Kelley defines ‘modernity’ as the rational culture of the Enlightenment, then stresses that the philosophy is under assault from both the right and the left.
Boaz highlights how history shapes our view of the present and stresses the necessity of looking back to the Founding Fathers to learn what makes America great.
This essay examines the important role culture plays in markets.
Daniel Griswold argues that free trade is not only more efficient than protectionism but also more moral.
In this excerpt from a 2010 debate, Palmer argues that you can have law, liberty, and order without the state.
Boaz acknowledges that America is in no golden age of liberty, but adds that freedom is on a perpetual march forward.
Boaz defends libertarians against the charge of being “anti-government.”
Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.
Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.
A glance at some economic regulations from the past.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party and the revolution-sparking Coercive Acts.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. In this essay, George Smith tells the story of that event.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.
Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.
Smith uses some of the crucial events that led to the American Revolution as background to explain the theory of resistance and revolution that emerged
Smith turns his attention to events after the Boston riots. As violence spread throughout the colonies, America moved ever closer to revolution.
Smith recounts the violent reaction to the Stamp Act, a tax on paper goods levied against the American colonies in 1765.
Smith explores America’s proud history of smuggling in the colonies—and the disastrous attempts by the British to put an end to it.
In this part of his series about the Declaration of Independence, George H. Smith turns to two instances of curious wording: the use of “self-evident” and the lack of “property” in Jefferson’s list of inalienable rights.
Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.