Rogers takes us on a transcendent yet rugged tour of Vermont, a land virtually untouched by the scourge called “Colorphobia.”
Our study begins with a frank discussion of slavery, its impact on American life, and the constitutionality question.
Advancing his own sort of self-esteem theory, Godwin concludes that healthy societies require healthy individuals who love and respect themselves.
Godwin casts himself—and the ideal social reform advocate—as a constant missionary for reason, truth, and justice.
Godwin recognizes the “obviousness” of voting and representation in the modern era, but carefully notes that democracy is no solution to the problem of coercion.
In his conclusion, Backus links his own generation’s “new light” theological revival of antinomianism with the struggle against “taxation without representation.”
Backus details the long history of Baptist sufferings in the American colonies, suggesting that only full disestablishment could protect minorities’ interests.
Backus details the ways in which early modern British statecraft merged church and state into the same invasive impediment to true salvation and happiness.
Backus begins the most famous sermon of his life with the argument that no government may justifiably intervene in ecclesiastical life.
Ingersoll concludes by examining religious liberty in America. He goes so far as to single out Catholics for their enormous contributions to American life.
Ingersoll moves to discuss the American contributions to practical life in an era when great efficiency yielded greater power and influence.
Presaging the Young Americans a generation later, Ingersoll argues that an exceptional degree of liberty can produce exceptional contributions to civilization.
Mises concludes by arguing that intervention is not a sustainable “third way” between totalitarian socialism and liberal capitalism.
Mises associates democracy with market processes and finds international peace and goodwill a necessary corollary to economic prosperity.
Mises surveys two poles in the modern conflict over the proper ways to moderate the perceived evils of industrial civilization.
Unable or unwilling to inflate away their inefficiency, the central planner or interventionist will likely resort to exorbitant taxation and doling of spoils.
Since the central planner or interventionist’s plans will inevitably fail, it’s only a matter of time before they turn on the people’s money.
Mises surveys two of the major methods by which governments interfere in free economies—the imposition of trade restrictions and price controls.