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The Liberty Party

by George H. Smith on May 14, 2018

Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.

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The State of the Gaps

by Jason Kuznicki on May 10, 2018

Kuznicki draws a parallel between the “God of the Gaps” fallacy and how some people justify the state.

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Code is Capital

by Kate Sills on May 9, 2018

New technologies might help integrate communities living under local, customary property law into the global economy.

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Slavery as Socialism

by George H. Smith on May 4, 2018

Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.

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Leland Yeager: In Memoriam

by Steven Horwitz on May 1, 2018

Horwitz remembers the life and thought of Leland Yeager (November 4, 1924 – April 23, 2018).

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Defending Slavery by Attacking Capitalists

by George H. Smith on Apr 27, 2018

Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North. 

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Challenging Ideal Theory

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 20, 2018

“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.

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Moncure Conway’s Fall from Grace

by George H. Smith on Apr 13, 2018

How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?

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A(nother) Neglected Anniversary

by Anthony Comegna on Apr 1, 2018

Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.

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Defenses of the Right of Secession

by George H. Smith on Mar 30, 2018

Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.