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.


On the Influence of Ideas

by George H. Smith on Feb 26, 2016

Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.


Slavery & Empire: The Destruction of Whydah

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 23, 2016

“All the Countries near the Sea side, which the King of Dahome could possibly get at, are not only conquered, but also turned into Desolation.”


Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy

by George H. Smith on Feb 19, 2016

Smith explains the views of Kant and Hegel on the history of philosophy, and explores whether moral judgments should be applied to the realm of ideas.


Ayn Rand and the History of Philosophy

by George H. Smith on Feb 12, 2016

Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.


Immanuel Kant and Nazism

by George H. Smith on Feb 5, 2016

Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.


False Promises and Uncertain Economic Truths

by Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 4, 2016

Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.


Why Did the Southern States Secede?

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 9, 2016

It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.