Down with Truck, Barter, and Exchange!

by Jason Kuznicki on Dec 7, 2015

Adam Smith claimed humans have an inborn desire to “truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another.” That’s not true.


John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

by George H. Smith on Dec 4, 2015

Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.


Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee

by Sharon Presley on Dec 2, 2015

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 on Public Policy: Teacher Compensation

by Paul Mueller on Dec 1, 2015

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.


The Most Liberal Value: Free Speech

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 26, 2015

Current attacks on free speech reveal progressivism as a uniquely American iteration of fascism that shares many of its historical and ideological roots.


John Locke: Money and Private Property

by George H. Smith on Nov 20, 2015

Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.


Adam Smith on Public Policy: Education

by Paul Mueller on Nov 17, 2015

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.


Against the Doomsayers

by Jason Kuznicki on Oct 26, 2015

People have been predicting calamities for countless generations, but the sky stubbornly refuses to fall. Reject the politics of doom.



John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

by George H. Smith on Oct 23, 2015

Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.


Adam Smith’s Ethics: Happiness

by Paul Mueller on Oct 20, 2015

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.