The advent of the modern state did not usher in an era of unprecedented peace.
“[S]chools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”
Henry Clarke Wright was a radical among radicals, driven by a religious conviction in the equality of all people.
We must overcome our political-cultural group affinities if we wish to see things as they are: the problem isn’t ultimately who controls the state, but the state itself.
Libertarianism is, fundamentally, an other-regarding philosophy that emphasizes our obligations to refrain from dominating others and from imposing our vision of the good life on them.
Sidney Parker’s thoroughgoing Stirnerite individualism set him outside and against all political and moral ideologies.
Was Harry Truman one of the worst terrorists of all time? If words mean anything anymore—then absolutely, yes.
The common slogan that we must “get money out of politics”, when referring to campaign finance laws, has it backwards.
The paternalistic welfare state has failed to create a reliable social safety net. Decentralized, voluntary institutions can do the job better.
Originalism in all its various forms has been a pretense for defending one’s preferred legal conclusions.
The socialists, who would further regiment human social relations, are reactionaries; libertarians are the radicals.
Modern political economist Vincent Ostrom & classical anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon envisioned societies with overlapping centers of power.
Progressives provide confused narratives about taxation, justice, and the popular will because they misunderstand what the democratic state is.
A new book from Eric Posner and E. Glen Weyl avoids many mistakes commonly seen in modern arguments, only to resurrect other, long-buried, errors.
The modern state is a contingent historical development, born in blood—not a permanent or inevitable feature of human society.
It may be doing more harm than good.
America may be increasingly polarized—but the split is cultural, not ideological.
Gun rights are fundamentally about the balance of power between rulers and ruled, not questions of constitutional interpretation.