Dale considers how two political thinkers engage with some concrete policy questions, informed by scientific findings but applying Hume’s Guillotine.
Government employees are insulated from having to take any responsibility for even very serious wrongdoing.
Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
D’Amato replies to Ryan Cooper’s essay “The Fraud of Classical Liberalism.”
Property rights are conceptual constructs, ripe for translation into digital form.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
Setting up her discussion of Snowdon’s Killjoys and Leyonhjelm’s Freedom’s Salesman, Dale invokes Hume’s principle that one cannot derive an “ought” from an “is.”
Often claimed by modern socialist anarchists, Benjamin Tucker fits better in the libertarian tradition.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Advocates of “socialism” must express their support for a set of institutions, not a set of desired outcomes.
Anti-gun and anti-immigrant sentiments are driven by disgust and tribal signaling, not evidence and sound argumentation.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
Public-sector unions exert a baleful influence on the legislative process.
Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.
The internet may be beginning to deliver on its potential to radically change human interactions in all spheres of life.
Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.
Empowering the state so that it can “make us safer” often results in oppressive law enforcement crackdowns on minorities.