Paine explores the distinction between society and government and the impact the latter has on the former in this selection from Common Sense.
The Chinese economist and intellectual and social entrepreneur Mao Yushi explains the role that markets play in bringing about concord and cooperation.
Smith turns to the philosophy of Voluntaryism, discussing how its proponents fought against state control of education in the nineteenth century.
Smith explores the significance of the division of labor using his example of the pin factory where specialization lets the employees increase their production.
Lane compares socialism to individualism and shows out the latter is the only path to upholding freedom.
Smith begins his series on the critics of state education with a discussion of Joseph Priestley, the Englishman who discovered oxygen.
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.