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Auberon Herbert and Voluntaryism

featuring Paul Meany on May 21, 2020

Auberon’s experience with war, politics, and his introduction to Herbert Spencer showed him there was an alternative to the state.

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Taking the King to Court, John Cooke

featuring Paul Meany on May 7, 2020

Born into poverty in 1609, John Cooke a Puritan lawyer is the first person in history to prosecute a head of state for crimes against humanity.

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Rehabilitating Democracy, George Grote

featuring Paul Meany on Apr 23, 2020

The 19th-century reformer and self-taught classicist George Grote was responsible for the rehabilitation of democracy as a viable and virtuous form of government.

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Poullain and Equality

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 26, 2020

François Poullain de la Barre was a philosopher who was completely ahead of any of his contemporaries on the topic of gender equality.

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Beccaria Modernized Criminal Law

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 12, 2020

Beccaria believed that the state had little, if any, moral legitimacy pursuing capital punishment.

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Cato’s Letters

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 12, 2020

John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon wrote Cato’s Letters in 1720. The essays quickly became the most popular reading of their day for their fiery criticism of the British government and radical political philosophy.

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The First Western Feminist

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 12, 2020

In this episode, we explore the life of the medieval writer Christine De Pizan, who in her famous book the City of Ladies debunked a long-standing tradition of misogyny.