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.
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.
William Batchelder Greene was an individualist anarchist and a pioneer in free banking.
Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.
Poking fun at politicians? A tradition at least as old as ancient Greece, as the comedies of Aristophanes show.
Presley gives a rundown of some of the many black women, both famous and lesser-known, who worked toward the abolition of slavery.
Ancient liberty is declining. And some are hoping that you won’t notice.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.
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.
A compilation of links to all the content associated with Fascism Month 2016.
Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.
Mussolini attempted to remake the Italian mind, taking a personal interest in applying the twin tools of censorship and propaganda.