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King Obama, King Trump: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2017

Gene Healy joins us for a special Inauguration Day episode of Free Thoughts. We assess Barack Obama’s legacy as President of the United States and think about what we might expect in the coming years from President Trump.

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Individuals and Their Actions

by Richard Hildreth on Jan 1, 1844

Hildreth introduces the wide variety of competing ethical theories available to nineteenth century thinkers and begins exploring his own “forensic” theory.

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Liberty

featuring Bowen Xu on Jan 18, 2017

Liberty by Bowen Xu is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!

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Pursuit of Happiness

featuring Chris Allison on Jan 18, 2017

Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Allison is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!

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Passion for Liberty

featuring John Russell on Jan 18, 2017

Passion for Liberty by John Russell is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!

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Something to Be Passionate About

featuring Jim Truong on Jan 18, 2017

Something to Be Passionate About by Jim Truong is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 18, 2017

George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.

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Abolitionism and Self-Ownership

by George H. Smith on Jan 13, 2017

Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.

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Wages and Workers

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 13, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on how wages are determined in a market economy.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 11, 2017

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.

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Jiyuto, Kaishinto, and the Meiji Constitution

by Michael Rieger on Jan 9, 2017

“Where Japanese liberals failed to gain political power, they gained popular influence,” popularizing previously unknown ideas to the Japanese public.