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The Man of System

Adam Smith’sThe Theory of Moral Sentiments included this passage on two distinct ways of seeing the world: spontaneous order vs planned economy.

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Of Society and Civilization

In this excerpt from The Rights of Man, here Thomas Paine argues that the order naturally observed in human society is not the result of government.

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Justice and Property

Hume argues that rules of justice do not spring fully-formed from rational calculation but emerge from the uncoordinated actions of individuals.

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Equality of Rights

Kant discusses his theory of the state, concluding, “Whatever a people cannot impose upon itself cannot be imposed upon it by the legislator either.”

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Free Trade

Adam Smith explores the benefits of Free Trade.

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Critical Rationalism

Lester introduces the Popperian theory of “critical rationalism,” which holds that all knowledge is ultimately only fallible theory.

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Myths of the Nanny State

Balko argues that there simply isn’t much evidence to support the sky-is-falling scenarios offered up by proponents of modern paternalism.

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The Party of Modernity

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.

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The Importance of History

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.