Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.
Implementing policies like those proposed by Thomas Piketty would undermine the government’s legitimacy, which depends on the limits to its powers.
Donohue explains how modern libertarianism traces back to the Antifederalists, the group opposed to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?
Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Mchangama argues for the necessity of the right to own not just personal property, but all property, including the means of production.
David Boaz highlights movies with strong themes of liberty.
Affirmative action cannot solve the American dilemma of racial inequality.
Ilya Somin argues that the ignorance of the electorate should lead us to make arguments for limited government.