Tolstoy’s radical Christianity led him to a pacifistic, anarchistic political philosophy that rejected the state as incompatible with Christ’s teachings.
Libertarianism frequently exalts the individual, but markets operate by orchestrating collective efforts to realize gains only possible through cooperation.
Adam Smith was concerned with the negative effects of occupational licensing, especially on the poor.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
The plays of Euripides condemned war on grounds libertarians should find appealing.
Adam Smith claimed humans have an inborn desire to “truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another.” That’s not true.
Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.
Long discusses the treatment of punishment and criminal justice in Aeschylus’s Eumenides.
Drawing on her memories of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, Presley calls for a renewed commitment to free speech on college campuses.
Adam Smith experienced higher education as both a student and a teacher. He thought it was important that teachers be held monetarily accountable to students.
Current attacks on free speech reveal progressivism as a uniquely American iteration of fascism that shares many of its historical and ideological roots.
Can we ground a libertarian political philosophy in existentialist moral anti-realism?
Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
Long examines political themes in Ancient Greek drama.
Adam Smith thought that everyone should receive an education, and that funding should be set up to comport with justice and to incentivize a high quality product.
Athens had many procedural safeguards against undesirable behavior.
Markets bring us goods and services for less than we’d be willing to pay if we had to—in the case of the Internet and related products, a lot less.
Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.