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Abolitionism, Prohibition, and the Whig Party

by George H. Smith on Apr 17, 2017

Smith continues his explanation of why so many abolitionists supported the compulsory prohibition of alcohol by linking them to the ideology of the Whig Party.

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Abolitionism: Slavery as Sin

by George H. Smith on Apr 14, 2017

Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.

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Final Comments on Wendell Phillips and Non-Voting

by George H. Smith on Apr 7, 2017

Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.

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Abolitionism and Modern Voluntaryism

by George H. Smith on Mar 24, 2017

Smith discusses some similarities between the anti-political abolitionists and contemporary voluntaryists. 

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Is Taxation Theft?

by Michael Huemer on Mar 16, 2017

“Taxation is theft” is a popular slogan among libertarians. It captures the sentiment that we should hold the state to the same moral standards as non-state actors.

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Second Amendment for Me, Gun Control for Thee

by Billy Christmas on Mar 7, 2017

The link between American gun culture and white supremacy undermines conservative arguments for gun rights—but not classical liberal arguments.

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Authoritarianism Gets Smart

by Jason Kuznicki on Feb 23, 2017

Modern authoritarian states excel at keeping up democratic appearances, while keeping the real sources of their power inscrutable and so safe from public scrutiny.

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Unpersuasive Arguments: An Analysis

by Neera K. Badhwar on Feb 21, 2017

To neutralize political opposition to libertarian policies, it is necessary to address the concerns driving that opposition.

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Abolitionism: The Schism Over Voting

by George H. Smith on Jan 27, 2017

Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.

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Innovative Maintenance, Maintaining Innovation

by Pamela J. Hobart on Jan 26, 2017

When it comes to creating innovative new products and allocating resources for maintainence, there’s no reason to think central planners will outperform markets.