Roger Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island and was an important advocate of freedom of religion.
Samuel Adams was an important popular agitator and organizer during the American Revolution.
Smith discusses the common allegation that Spencer took many of his ideas from Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
In this essay, Ralph Raico examines the libertarian case for gay rights and describes how that case was expressed in the Libertarian Party’s positions.
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.
Smith discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
George Smith discusses some of Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy, as found in the Wealth of Nations.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
Sweden often gets held up as an example of how socialism can work better than markets. But, as Norberg shows, Sweden’s history in fact points to the opposite conclusion.