Murray reflects on his own book, “Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950”
Attempting to reclaim the term “bourgeois” from its Marxist detractors, McCloskey examines the dual myths of the innate virtues and the innate evil of capitalism.
Doherty combines a short biography of the mother of Objectivism with an analysis of the intellectual impact of her published works.
Affluence is not an evil to be belittled but it is a good that the West is fortunate to have attained, and that is increasingly benefiting the rest of the world.
In an attempt to understand what makes capitalism tend to work better than communism, Wilkinson turns to evolutionary psychology.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom.
Boaz combats the pessimistic view that our freedom is declining, arguing that, in many ways, we are more free.
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.
According to Lindsey, the true character of the American electorate is not a patchwork quilt of red and blue states, but rather an increasingly purplish centrism.
Logan criticizes libertarian hawks, not only for supporting anti-libertarian policies, but also for promoting strategies which actually encourage terrorists.
Spooner argues in this radical essay that the Constitution, which he frames as a legal contract, is not binding.
In this excerpt from Social Statics, Spencer makes a radical claim: that an individual may sever all connections with the state.
Boaz rails against the “cartoonish misrepresentation” of libertarianism in pop culture.
Decrying the growing lack of understanding among Americans with regards to the First Amendment, Hentoff argues that this ignorance leads to the abuse of rights.
Root tells the tale of several noted leftists of the ’20s who found themselves marked right-wing reactionaries in the wake of FDR’s New Deal.
Wilkinson responds to Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.
Diversified knowledge required in the modern economy requires relying on experts, but imbuing these experts with political authority has disastrous consequences.
Mchangama argues for the necessity of the right to own not just personal property, but all property, including the means of production.
Overton was one of the Levellers who, during the English Civil War, were among the very first to articulate the early ideas of liberalism.
Grimké, a prominent abolitionist lecturer and early feminist, criticizes the legal status of women under English and American law.
Angelina Grimké applies libertarian ideas to the position of both women and blacks, showing that they are moral agents possessing both rights and responsibilities.
William Ellery Channing, a major influence on Ralph Waldo Emerson, argues that in the nature of property rights, human beings cannot be the property of others.
Frederick Douglass argues that slavery “destroys the central principle of human responsibility” and violates the Constitution in three short essays.
Friedman explores the nature of privatization in the United States, Europe, China, and Soviet Russia, arguing that there is no one route to economic freedom.