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.
Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory and the relationship between a natural-law justification of property and social conventions.
How were police services, courts, and education provided in ancient Athens?
People have been predicting calamities for countless generations, but the sky stubbornly refuses to fall. Reject the politics of doom.
Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
While Smith thought the state should be restricted to questions of commutative justice, he didn’t think other aspects of ethics were merely matters of taste.