Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Thoreau develops a theory of the ethics of civil disobedience in the context of his tax resistance during the Mexican-American war.
Thoreau describes his brief imprisonment and discusses the relationship between the state, his community, and his duties as an individual.
George H. Smith discusses Buckle’s stress on the importance of ideas in the progress of civilization.
Étienne de La Boétie, best known as the subject of Michel de Montaigne’s essay “On Friendship,” argues that political power is founded on people’s obedience.
La Boétie identifies several ways tyrants secure the cooperation of the oppressed.
The eight books on this list offer a thorough but accessible introduction to libertarianism.
Emma Goldman discusses the nature of the state as an institution and how it is fundamentally at odds with the dignity of the individual.
The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.
Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.
Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.
Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and author, was one of the founding mothers of modern American libertarianism.
John Locke was an Enlightenment philosopher who developed a social contract theory of natural rights and government.
A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Born a slave, Booker T. Washington went on to found Tuskegee University, and raised money for many other black schools and colleges.