Pining for a golden age of liberty that never existed is analytically and rhetorically disastrous.
It may be doing more harm than good.
Smith explains the crucial role of rights in political theory.
Smith discusses the common argument that natural rights will lead inevitably to anarchism.
Smith continues his brief discussion of how to justify natural rights.
America may be increasingly polarized—but the split is cultural, not ideological.
In the debate over net neutrality, we need to pay closer attention to the anti-competitive interests of Internet Content Providers.
Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to present a barebones defense of natural rights.
Presley discusses Albert Camus’s essay “Neither Victims nor Executioners.”
Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.
The New York Times editorial board has it all wrong.
Kuznicki draws a parallel between the “God of the Gaps” fallacy and how some people justify the state.
New technologies might help integrate communities living under local, customary property law into the global economy.
Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.
Gun rights are fundamentally about the balance of power between rulers and ruled, not questions of constitutional interpretation.
Horwitz remembers the life and thought of Leland Yeager (November 4, 1924 – April 23, 2018).
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.