Thoreau describes his brief imprisonment and discusses the relationship between the state, his community, and his duties as an individual.
Smith explores Buckle’s claim that the “protective spirit” of governments has hindered the progress of civilization.
Thoreau develops a theory of the ethics of civil disobedience in the context of his tax resistance during the Mexican-American war.
Smith discusses Buckle’s stress on the importance of ideas in the progress of civilization.
After discussing some implications of early works on international law for libertarian theory, Smith concludes with a defense of Ayn Rand’s theory of rights.
Smith discusses the meaning of “natural rights” and some historical aspects of this theory.
Smith begins his discussion of one of the most libertarian works on history ever written.
Smith discusses various formulations of the non-aggression principle and concludes with some remarks about the problem of pollution.
Smith presents the rudiments of a theory of children’s rights.
Smith criticizes Zwolinski’s discussions of risk, fraud, and the relationship between aggression and property rights.
Smith examines the argument that minor acts of aggression are morally permissible if they result in good consequences that offset an unjust act.
Smith examines the claim that the non-aggression principle should be viewed as a defeasible presumption.
Smith explains why Mises predicted that “planned chaos” would emerge in a socialist economy and how F.A. Hayek elaborated on that insight.
Smith discusses the theory of value that provided the foundation for the Misesian argument that rational economic calculation is impossible in a socialistic economy.
Smith explores some of the traditional biblical arguments for and against religious persecution.
Smith discusses Acton’s thesis that the conflict between church and state in medieval Europe was vital to the progress of freedom.
Smith discusses some common criticisms of Lord Acton and other classical liberal historians.
Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.
John Locke argues for liberty of conscience which he calls “every man’s natural right,” in this selection from A Letter Concerning Toleration.
Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.
Smith discusses a metaphor that was widely used by early libertarian writers who defended the natural equality of humankind.
Smith discusses the distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
Smith broadens his discussion of a rights-based theory of freedom with an overview of modern political philosophy.
Smith considers the different conceptions of freedom defended by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.