A libertarian commitment to individualism means taking sexism in language seriously.
Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.
When it comes to creating innovative new products and allocating resources for maintainence, there’s no reason to think central planners will outperform markets.
Laurance Labadie was the last true exponent of ninteenth-century Tuckerite anarchism.
Smith discusses the controversy over whether the U.S. Constitution is pro-slavery, as illustrated in the opposing views of two leading abolitionists: Wendell Phillips and Lysander Spooner.
Malthus was wrong.
Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.
“Where Japanese liberals failed to gain political power, they gained popular influence,” popularizing previously unknown ideas to the Japanese public.
“As new ideas and concepts flooded into Japan following its opening to the West, many Japanese [confronted] the problem of creating their own words for them.”
“Evil customs of the past shall be broken off and everything based upon the just laws of Nature.”
“Their impact and role in forming Japan’s earliest institutions are well-documented among historians. Why then do so few libertarians know about them?”
Curse Those Scrooge-like [fill in your favorite Grinch]: Examining the Myths about Charitable Giving
“Giving is up…. And individuals give more than corporations, foundations and bequests put together.”
Smith discusses some elements of credibility and offers advice on how to engage in arguments.
“For at least two full generations, the Loco-Focos spread a radical anti-corporate republican ideology and made significant…marks on American…history.”
The Loco-Focos’ “life-long ‘War on Monopoly,’ resulted in a long series of events which in many ways diffused and democratized power throughout the populace.”
Smith discusses some common problems encountered by libertarians when they defend their political beliefs in arguments.
Smith explores the indispensable role of value commitments in our quest for knowledge.
Political correctness isn’t a good reason to support something—or to oppose it.