Natural rights underdetermine a society’s legal institutions and leave the door open for a much larger state than minarchists or anarchists want.
Smith discusses Lewis’s rare insights on Spooner’s personal life, and his libertarian case against prohibition.
Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure.
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.
Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.
Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.
Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting.
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.