Smith discusses the controversy over whether the U.S. Constitution is pro-slavery, as illustrated in the opposing views of two leading abolitionists: Wendell Phillips and Lysander Spooner.
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.
Hildreth introduces the wide variety of competing ethical theories available to nineteenth century thinkers and begins exploring his own “forensic” theory.
Liberty by Bowen Xu is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!
Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Allison is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!
Passion for Liberty by John Russell is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!
Something to Be Passionate About by Jim Truong is one of four winners in our first annual Libertarianism.org video contest!
Learned late medieval Europeans “divided [into] Dominicans and Franciscans. And all that was most illustrious in intellect at this period belonged” to them.
George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.
Malthus was wrong.
Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.
Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on how wages are determined in a market economy.
Libertarian political institutions would maximize utility.
Godwin surveys the history of papal sorcery and finishes his discussion of European contacts with the Middle East during the Crusading era.
“Every valley had its fairies; and every hill its giants. No solitary dwelling…was without its ghosts; and no church-yard…could be crossed with impunity.”
How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.
Lives of the Necromancers, Part VI: Magic and Mysticism in the “East” from Zoroaster to the Arabian Nights
“Man is every where man, possessed of the same faculties, stimulated by the same passions…with similar hopes and fears, aspirations and alarms.”
“Where Japanese liberals failed to gain political power, they gained popular influence,” popularizing previously unknown ideas to the Japanese public.