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Adam Smith, Class Warrior: The Left-Right Spectrum

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 20, 2016

D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.

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The Birth of the State

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 18, 2016

The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.

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Mussolini and the Press

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 28, 2016

Mussolini attempted to remake the Italian mind, taking a personal interest in applying the twin tools of censorship and propaganda.

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Italian Fascism in Maturity

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 14, 2016

D’Amato discusses the rule of the Fascist Party in Italy and draws parallels to American politics.

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Tolstoy’s Christian Non-Resistance

by David S. D’Amato on Dec 30, 2015

Tolstoy’s radical Christianity led him to a pacifistic, anarchistic political philosophy that rejected the state as incompatible with Christ’s teachings.

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The Most Liberal Value: Free Speech

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 26, 2015

Current attacks on free speech reveal progressivism as a uniquely American iteration of fascism that shares many of its historical and ideological roots.

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Against “Grab World”

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 14, 2015

Is there a contradiction in forbidding aggression against persons and permitting people to defend their property with physical force? Not so, argues D’Amato.

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Case(s) for Private Property

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 12, 2015

Are libertarians begging the question when they talk about what counts as aggression? Not so, argues D’Amato.

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The Right to Rule

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 1, 2015

We reject the idea that some people are born superior to others, with a right to rule them. What, then, if anything, justifies a state’s power over its citizens?

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Occupational Licensing Is a Scam

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 9, 2015

Government restrictions on who can enter an occupation don’t protect consumers, but rather licensees’ bottom lines.

 

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The Politics of Modernism

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 13, 2015

We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.

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Private Property and Two Kinds of Force

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 3, 2015

Property, properly understood, does not restrict liberty. Well-defined boundaries help us differentiate between aggressive and defensive violence.