Defying categorization as a socialist or capitalist thinker, Josiah Warren was staunchly individualist—distrustful of institutions like states that subsumed individuals into “combinations.”
The 1619 Project and the debate it spurred have both been fraught with conceptual and historical misunderstandings about the relationship between slavery and free markets.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it carve out a spot for secretive bureaucracies that never have to answer to the public.
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.
Samuel Edward Konkin III created a theory of resistance to the state, agorism, that eschewed politics for peaceful but illegal market activity.
Minarchists and anarchists—i.e. champions of the night-watchman state and opponents of any state—aren’t as clearly distinguishable as one might think.
D’Amato profiles Robert Anton Wilson, an eclectic thinker with a strong commitment to individualism and a penchant for mischief.