Kant discusses his theory of the state, concluding, “Whatever a people cannot impose upon itself cannot be imposed upon it by the legislator either.”
Smith begins his series on the critics of state education with a discussion of Joseph Priestley, the Englishman who discovered oxygen.
Lane compares socialism to individualism and shows out the latter is the only path to upholding freedom.
Smith turns to the philosophy of Voluntaryism, discussing how its proponents fought against state control of education in the nineteenth century.
The Chinese economist and intellectual and social entrepreneur Mao Yushi explains the role that markets play in bringing about concord and cooperation.
Smith explores some more Voluntaryist arguments against state education.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
Constant shows how the idea of liberty has changed, from the ancient conception of freedom as part of a collection to the modern, individualist view.
George H. Smith interrupts his series on education with a timely discussion of social Darwinism.
Smith continues his discussion of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner, explaining how they repudiated the ideas associated with social Darwinism.
George H. Smith concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.
In this selection from The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith discusses prices in terms of labor and happiness.
In this essay, Richard Cobden argues that “that no foreign State has a right by force to interfere with the domestic concerns of another State.”
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
George H. Smith begins his series on neoconservatism by exploring some of its fundamental differences with libertarianism.
Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.
Smith explores the ideas of Irving Kristol and Robert Bork on culture. He begins with a discussion of the anti-jazz crusade of the 1920s.