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.
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.
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.
What might justify restrictions on trade? Surprenant considers some possibilities.
Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.
“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.”
A few remarks on gains from trade, restrictions on economic freedom, and sugar-free grape gum.