The Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of socio-economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
War powers practice in the early republic suggests that the president’s power of “self‐defense” was far narrower than Trump’s defenders imagine.
Affirmative action cannot solve the American dilemma of racial inequality.
“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”
Our study begins with a frank discussion of slavery, its impact on American life, and the constitutionality question.
Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
The greatest evils are typically perpetrated by ideologues committed to false conceptions of the good.
James Madison was instrumental in creating the values behind the United States Constitution, both as one of its primary authors and in his own writings.
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
The American welfare state is expensive, of limited efficacy, and crowds out better options for alleviating poverty.
Founding father, scientist, businessman, diplomat—Franklin was America’s original “self-made man.”
Ingersoll tries to revive the Second Party System’s spirit of compromise—one marked by wilful ignorance of slavery, its horrors, and its legacy.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.