This is an updated version of our episode from July 3, 2018. We discuss how John C. Calhoun led the charge in believing slavery to be a “positive good”.
Who was Stephen Douglas and, more importantly, what did his political attitude represent in a time defined by scheming politicians?
What would prevent the United States from the impending disastrous split over the “slavery issue”?
Our lengthy debate about who Van Buren really was as a person and as a President continues with new thoughts from Jeff Hummel.
The Loco-Focos were out there leading the young America cultural movement: integrating Whigish abolitionism, even when Van Buren had left them behind.
Our conversation about how all history is revisionist and open to creativity with Michael Douma continues this week.
Michael Douma joins us for the first part of a two-part series to discuss how we should see the past as as an interpretative history.
Timothy Sandefur joins us this week to discuss how Frederick Douglass does not align perfectly into the accepted political factions of today.
1848 changed American politics forever, and early Libertarianism was at the center of it.
Martin Van Buren was intellectually committed to laissez-faire and limited government, but the devil is always in the details.
The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives.
In 1844, America’s first libertarians made a serious mistake. The kind of mistake with the potential to destroy their whole movement.
Dr. Nima Sanandaji joins us this week to explain how and why ancient Middle Easterners invented capitalism and entrepreneurship.
This week, Gary Chartier joins us to discuss the libertarian corporation problem.
In the grand catalog of 19th century America, there are few villains so worthy of a Libertarian’s scorn, as James K Polk.
We often learn that Manifest Destiny was created by racists and imperialists and there’s truth to that, but the first libertarians were also responsible.
Radical Locofocoism was both implemented and watered down at the same time. New York’s Anti-Rent War and the Revolutionary Constitution of 1846.
Frances Whipple was almost your standard aristocrat, heir to an elite family name; but through a life of radical activism she helped transform America.