Free Thoughts

Guantanamo Bay Is Still Open

featuring Andrew Turner, Aaron Ross Powell, and Adam Bates on Apr 21, 2017

Andrew Turner joins us to talk about his experience being stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2009 and 2010.


Without Reform, the Communists Will Win

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1880

In our first selection from The Claims of Labour, Donisthorpe surveys his philosophy, purpose, and method of unifying capitalists and laborers.


Race and the American Union

by John L. O'Sullivan in 1838

Tocqueville believed that America’s race problems could destroy the Union, but O’Sullivan naively argues that Manifest Destiny was unavoidable.


Social Laws, Part 8

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 19, 2017

George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.


Abolitionism, Prohibition, and the Whig Party

by George H. Smith on Apr 17, 2017

Smith continues his explanation of why so many abolitionists supported the compulsory prohibition of alcohol by linking them to the ideology of the Whig Party.


Abolitionism: Slavery as Sin

by George H. Smith on Apr 14, 2017

Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.

Free Thoughts

How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2017

Emma Ashford joins us this week to discuss the rise of the Islamic State. How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?


In Defense of Lawyers (Sort Of)

by John L. O'Sullivan in 1838

John L. O’Sullivan challenges Tocqueville, arguing that he misrepresented democracy and misidentified American aristocracy.


“No Treason,” Annotated: Part V

by Lysander Spooner in 1870

In his conclusion, Spooner targets the shadow-governing class of elites who use civic religion to manipulate a public unwilling to govern themselves.


Social Laws, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 12, 2017

George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

Liberty Chronicles

Welcome to Liberty Chronicles

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 12, 2017

Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past.


The Lightning Rod Man

by Herman Melville in 1856

Melville’s short story echoes his generation of artists’ widespread fears for America’s future. Without sufficient individual virtue, could polite society survive?


Final Comments on Wendell Phillips and Non-Voting

by George H. Smith on Apr 7, 2017

Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.