The Birth of the State

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 18, 2016

The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.


Immanuel Kant and the Natural Law Tradition

by George H. Smith on Apr 15, 2016

Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.


The State and Market Discipline

by Jason Kuznicki on Apr 5, 2016

Private property regimes incentivize good behavior—but some actors try to reap the benefits of the system without following the rules themselves.


Some Personal Reflections on Ayn Rand

by George H. Smith on Apr 1, 2016

Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.


Art as Ideas: Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire

by Anthony Comegna on Mar 25, 2016

For his stunning depictions of social and political theory, “Thomas Cole stands as one of the most influential fine artists in the history of liberal thought.”


The Jacobins of the Right

by Jason Kuznicki on Mar 15, 2016

To understand the Presidential election, look back to Burke and Rousseau.


The Limits of Private Governance

by Chris W. Surprenant on Mar 8, 2016

In many contexts, private governance can be highly effective—but not in all circumstances.



Ayn Rand on Aristotle

by George H. Smith on Mar 4, 2016

Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.


“Their Voyage to Hell:” Piracy, Thick and Thin

by Anthony Comegna on Mar 1, 2016

The slaver William Snelgrave is captured by pirates, barely escaping death. His account of the ordeal describes the ideology and internal politics of the pirates.


Slavery’s Defenders vs. The First Abolitionists

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 29, 2016

William Snelgrave traded slaves because it made him fabulously wealthy—But try as he might, he could not transform men and women into mere machines.