Gow’s pirate crew—much of it sailing with him involuntarily—falls apart, and Gow is hanged.
Native Americans lived happier and freer, “being void of care, which torments…so many Christians: They are not delighted in baubles, but in useful things.”
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
Lysander Spooner was an American legal theorist, abolitionist, and anarchist.
“If you’re known as a radical, it’s not long before you don’t have much influence any more.”
In our final portion from Jackson’s veto message, the president denies the Court’s authority to constrain his will and affirms states’ rights to monopoly banking.
Lane compares socialism to individualism and shows out the latter is the only path to upholding freedom.
“Navigation, trade, and commerce, in…the West-Indies, and Africa” is reserved exclusively to “the common united strength of the merchants…one General Company.”
Jackson’s message looms large in the libertarian memory of early American history, but how often do we stop to interrogate his motivations?
“The whole affair was a web of iniquity, but the subject of this wrong was a woman, & a weak, colored woman, & therefore contemptible.”
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
Address Delivered at the Request of the Committee for Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence
John Quincy Adams argued that any government that attempted to compel others to adopt its values by force risked undermining liberty at home.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent activist in the civil rights movement, a spectacular orator, and a practitioner of nonviolent resistance.
Rather than ride the wave of romantic, nationalistic Young Americanism, Rogers wanted to build a culture of abolitionism.
Starting from the premise that mass resistance to your ideas is a sign of success, Palmer critiques several criticisms of libertarian philosophy.
Historian Forrest McDonald exhaustively details what the Founders were reading.
In our final portion from “Bartleby,” we probe Melville’s relationship to Young America and Bartleby’s relationship to our modern world.