Smith explains how Robert Paul Wolff and Immanuel Kant used the same principle of moral autonomy to reach opposite conclusions about the legitimacy of the state.
Presley argues that libertarians will be more persuasive if they actively support private alternatives to government poverty programs.
Smith discusses some libertarian aspects of Kant’s theory of individual rights.
It’s reasonable to reach radical conclusions.
The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.
Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory.
Private property regimes incentivize good behavior—but some actors try to reap the benefits of the system without following the rules themselves.
Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.
Aristophanes explored the relationship between the ancient Greeks and their gods. Are people only pious to avoid bad luck? To get some boon in return?
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.”
Aristophanes often discussed economic topics, sometimes putting arguments in the mouths of his characters, other times showing different possible economic systems.
In Lysistrata, Assemblywomen, and Thesmophoriazousai Aristophanes anticipated some aspects of the modern belief in women’s equality.
To understand the Presidential election, look back to Burke and Rousseau.
Opposition to war was a recurring theme in Aristophanes’s plays, especially Acharnians and Lysistrata.
Having previously discussed abolitionist black women, Presley highlights some of the white women in the movement to end slavery.
In many contexts, private governance can be highly effective—but not in all circumstances.
Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.