Early anarchist thinkers blurred the line between socialist and capitalist.
Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
When the people fear to criticize their stone and metal icons, there is tyranny. When the icons fear criticism from the people, there is liberty.
Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.
What did Popper actually believe about speech and tolerance in a liberal, pluralistic society?
Most “history” has been the result of cyclical violence—expropriation, subjugation, civil war, and bloody revolution. How, then, can we build a better future?
Though they don’t think there’s anything wrong with unequal wealth distribution per se, libertarians can and do criticize the unjust processes that can lead to inequality.
With his 250th essay, Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to offer some reflections on writing essays.
The USSR tried to plan its economy without prices for capital goods. It failed, vindicating the scholarship of Ludwig von Mises.
If you think certain policies will lead to a bad outcome, it doesn’t mean supporters of those policies intend that bad outcome.
Smith details the scholarly debate between Lysander Spooner and Wendell Phillips over the constitutionality of slavery.
I am Jack’s being-for-itself.
Feudalism was, in a significant sense, private and contractual rather than public; that doesn’t make it libertarian.
Smith provides some background on Spooner’s influential book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.