Godwin surveys the history and legend of Germany’s Dr. Faustus, the gloomy figure said to have sold his soul to the devil for earthly pleasure and power.
George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Our author shifts from criticizing witches to sympathizing with them in their life and death struggles against ignorance and power.
Tarko’s book is “the best available introduction to the unique and remarkable thought of Elinor Ostrom.”
Smith continues his discussion of the arguments in Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office Under the United States Constitution?
Mustafa Akyol joins us to talk about Islam. Is there a Muslim case for liberty? How has Islam traditionally treated the principles of political liberalism?
Modern authoritarian states excel at keeping up democratic appearances, while keeping the real sources of their power inscrutable and so safe from public scrutiny.
Guizot surveys the variegated, complex, and indispensible history of monarchy in the creation of western civilization.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
To neutralize political opposition to libertarian policies, it is necessary to address the concerns driving that opposition.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
Wolf von Laer joins us this week to talk about the movement for liberty on college campuses around the world.
If methodological individualists in the social sciences say literally every action is motivated by self-interest, is there no room for self-sacrifice?
In our finale, we assess Bates’ impact and legacy, comparing his slow and steady reform pace with Spooner’s more radical agenda.
George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
Bates’ personal mission becomes a reform movement, complete with a propaganda arm and lobbying wing. We question the origins of his crusade and its fruits.
Despite Bates’s lifetime of activism for postal reform, the government was extremely slow to change. And when it finally did, Daniel Webster stole all the credit.
Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist.