While Renaissance artists and intellectuals rediscovered, revived, and revered, tinkering inventors drove progress into its next epochal period.
Condorcet believed secular sectarianism was the primary cause of ancient philosophy’s decline, but Christian dogmatism sure didn’t help.
Federalists didn’t respect Democrats; Democrats hated Federalists. Libertarians know neither can be trusted with power.
Our series climaxes with Hesper’s victory over the Anarch, published just as the Philadelphia Convention began.
Condorcet surveys the widely-distributed, decentralized, yet deeply interconnected ancient Greek ‘Republic of Letters.’
The invention of agriculture was certainly epochal and revolutionary, but writing dramatically sped up the course of progress.
Our author covers barbarian hordes and pastoral-nomadism and we recall that the past is a place historians interpret into existence.
Our author considers the marriage of Tyranny and Hypocrisy as a literal event—for us, it is the metaphorical beginning of institutional violence.
Our author pursues historical examples of when the Devil married his daughter, Hypocrisy, to “his great friend Tyranny.”
For Coppe’s second rant, he targets the notion that some behaviors are innately sinful. All creation, he says, leads the faithful closer to God.
Jacksonian management of the Bank War and its after-effects prompted new types within the American political class: opinion-makers and faction-wranglers.
In our final number from Putney, contenders clash over whether powerful elites or common people are the more likely tyrants.
Against the levelling impulse in the New Model Army, General Ireton argues that only those with fixed local interests should exercise political power.
Having defined and described liberty, Hart exposes the sin of slavery, and the slaveholder’s own bondage to Satan.
Gerard Winstanley and the Diggers took direct action to reclaim the commons and level the rights, powers, and privileges unjustly granted to a few aristocrats.
Advancing his own sort of self-esteem theory, Godwin concludes that healthy societies require healthy individuals who love and respect themselves.
In his literary sketches of the Galapagos Islands, Melville sees a lens through which individuals can fully explore existence, power, liberty, and responsibility.
In our second portion of “Bartleby,” we ask why exactly his simple expression of preference remains so troubling and meaningful to the present day.