Smith discusses some similarities between the anti-political abolitionists and contemporary voluntaryists.
“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.
Frances E. W. Harper was an author, poet, and abolitionist.
The link between American gun culture and white supremacy undermines conservative arguments for gun rights—but not classical liberal arguments.
Tarko’s book is “the best available introduction to the unique and remarkable thought of Elinor Ostrom.”
Smith continues his discussion of the arguments in Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office Under the United States Constitution?
Modern authoritarian states excel at keeping up democratic appearances, while keeping the real sources of their power inscrutable and so safe from public scrutiny.
To neutralize political opposition to libertarian policies, it is necessary to address the concerns driving that opposition.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist.
A libertarian commitment to individualism means taking sexism in language seriously.
Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.
When it comes to creating innovative new products and allocating resources for maintainence, there’s no reason to think central planners will outperform markets.
Laurance Labadie was the last true exponent of ninteenth-century Tuckerite anarchism.
Smith discusses the controversy over whether the U.S. Constitution is pro-slavery, as illustrated in the opposing views of two leading abolitionists: Wendell Phillips and Lysander Spooner.
Malthus was wrong.
Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.
“Where Japanese liberals failed to gain political power, they gained popular influence,” popularizing previously unknown ideas to the Japanese public.