In which a perfectly normal law firm is unexpectedly disrupted by one of modernity’s strangest byproducts: a copyist named Bartleby.
Godwin takes us from Sweden to Massachusetts to conclude his discussion of the persecutionists. Modern technologies call his conclusions into question.
Godwin surveys the history and legend of Germany’s Dr. Faustus, the gloomy figure said to have sold his soul to the devil for earthly pleasure and power.
In our finale, we assess Bates’ impact and legacy, comparing his slow and steady reform pace with Spooner’s more radical agenda.
Bates’ personal mission becomes a reform movement, complete with a propaganda arm and lobbying wing. We question the origins of his crusade and its fruits.
Despite Bates’s lifetime of activism for postal reform, the government was extremely slow to change. And when it finally did, Daniel Webster stole all the credit.
Philatelic historian Van Dyk Macbride wrote the only significant biography of one of libertarianism’s unknown heroes.
Hildreth examines the origins of private property and presents his Jacksonian audience with a critique of slavery: it is simply repugnant to a free people.
Godwin compares the rather charmed life of a school boy with the difficult, tedious, taxing drudgery experienced by average Britons.
Godwin surveys the history of papal sorcery and finishes his discussion of European contacts with the Middle East during the Crusading era.
“Every valley had its fairies; and every hill its giants. No solitary dwelling…was without its ghosts; and no church-yard…could be crossed with impunity.”
“They greatly diminished the number of petty fiefs, petty domains, and petty proprietors; they concentrated property and power in a smaller number of hands.”
“Modern Europe, indeed, is born of this struggle between the different classes of society.”
“Karl Marx and Engels want to convert socialism into a German monopoly, and when Marx says ‘Proletariat of all nations, unite,’ what he means is ‘Pan-Germanise.’”
Godwin believed that most human beings are brute and imitative, making those precious few liberated individual minds all the more important.
“The mind is in a state of turbulence and tempest in one instant, and in another subsides into the deepest imbecility.”
“A single new thought…fit for the time, put in shape by some great literatus…[may cause change] greater than the longest and bloodiest war.”
“What an empire does the man of leisure possess in each single day of his life! He disposes of his hours much…as the commander [does his soldiers].”