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Debasing Roger Taney

by Anthony Comegna on Aug 21, 2017

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.

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Lysander Spooner on Natural Law

by George H. Smith on Aug 18, 2017

Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.

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On the Paradox of Tolerance

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 17, 2017

What did Popper actually believe about speech and tolerance in a liberal, pluralistic society?

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Libertarian Thinking on Redistribution

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 14, 2017

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.

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Some Thoughts about Writing Essays

by George H. Smith on Aug 4, 2017

With his 250th essay, Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to offer some reflections on writing essays.

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Nancy MacLean and the Lazy Jury Fallacy

by Trevor Burrus on Jul 31, 2017

If you think certain policies will lead to a bad outcome, it doesn’t mean supporters of those policies intend that bad outcome.

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Are Judges Bound to Enforce Unjust Laws?

by George H. Smith on Jul 28, 2017

Smith details the scholarly debate between Lysander Spooner and Wendell Phillips over the constitutionality of slavery.

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Understanding the Feudal Order

by David S. D’Amato on Jul 10, 2017

Feudalism was, in a significant sense, private and contractual rather than public; that doesn’t make it libertarian.

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The Constitution and Slavery

by George H. Smith on Jun 23, 2017

Smith discusses the schism in the abolitionist movement over the constitutionality of slavery, and he begins his analysis of Lysander Spooner’s arguments in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.