Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments included this passage on two distinct ways of seeing the world: spontaneous order vs planned economy.
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.
Hume argues that rules of justice do not spring fully-formed from rational calculation but emerge from the uncoordinated actions of individuals.
Kant discusses his theory of the state, concluding, “Whatever a people cannot impose upon itself cannot be imposed upon it by the legislator either.”
Adam Smith explores the benefits of Free Trade.
George H. Smith continues his examination of the intellectual roots of state education by turning to the views of Plato’s most famous student.
Boaz outlines his libertarian view of rights and morality.
Pilon discusses the erosion of property rights by the Supreme Court.
Hayek discusses his book, “The Fatal Conceit,” the development of money, and Margaret Thatcher.
Boaz addresses the question of whether libertarianism must rest on the Objectivist philosophical system.
Hunter and lastowka discuss the impact technological decentralization should have on the future of copyrights.
Affirmative action cannot solve the American dilemma of racial inequality.
Blanks argues that there is no good libertarian reason to support the South’s secession prior to the Civil War.
Ilya Somin argues that the ignorance of the electorate should lead us to make arguments for limited government.
Lester introduces the Popperian theory of “critical rationalism,” which holds that all knowledge is ultimately only fallible theory.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
How happy are Americans? Wilkinson examines and critiques the field of happiness research.
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.