The key to thinking like an economist is to ask: Is it worth it? As compared to what?
There are a lot of similarities in the two ideologies’ critiques of power and domination, but great differences in how they view state vs. market power. Yet both can learn from each other.
Locke wanted to prove that the world is not a mere amalgam of violence and arbitrary authority and that there is something that separates a legitimate from an illegitimate government.
Human progress and global enrichment in particular are largely dependent on invention and innovation.
The global pandemic, and the proper response to it, force us to critically examine the line between the need to respect individual rights and the desire to limit the virus’s spread.
Smith was not romantic about political authority.
Milton argued that the state is not some quasi-divine entity ordained by God but is instead an organization legitimized by the consent of the governed.
In the wake of the Norman Conquest of England, new institutions arose that would lay the foundations for English, and eventually American, self-government.
The printing press acted as a catalyst for cohesion by creating a standard language.
A boring government is the best kind of government, and cults of personality can’t do boring.
Libertarian principles and insights can provide some guideposts for how to respond in this unprecedented global emergency.
One of the most significant thinkers who shaped Locke’s philosophy, despite preceding him by eighteen centuries, is Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Defying categorization as a socialist or capitalist thinker, Josiah Warren was staunchly individualist—distrustful of institutions like states that subsumed individuals into “combinations.”
On Liberty is not merely a political text explaining the intricacies of how the state ought to act. It is a love letter to the individual virtues of intellectual curiosity, tolerance, and open-mindedness.
When the government’s rules favor incumbent firms at the expense of current and potential competitors, we all lose.
Fourth-wave feminism must be classically liberal to win.
As the debate around guns becomes increasingly divisive, it is important to know the original purpose of the Second Amendment.
The Anti-Federalists had a strong distrust of government power. A national government with too much power was, as far as they were concerned, a pathway to government oppression.