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.
When it comes to state and corporate power, the difference is one in kind, not of degree.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
For many women, resisting oppression meant turning a critical eye toward religious authorities.
Dale considers how two political thinkers engage with some concrete policy questions, informed by scientific findings but applying Hume’s Guillotine.
Government employees are insulated from having to take any responsibility for even very serious wrongdoing.
Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.