The Review’s life of Woodbury smacks of romance, but the reality is much more interesting and important to the history of libertarianism.
In our final number from Putney, contenders clash over whether powerful elites or common people are the more likely tyrants.
True to their radicalism, the Levellers get to the root of it all: The great land claims defied God’s commandment “Thou shalt not steal.”
Against the levelling impulse in the New Model Army, General Ireton argues that only those with fixed local interests should exercise political power.
Cromwell and his proxies urge unity of purpose, unity of action, and constant movement forward. Conspiracies flourish in streams of constant activity.
Camped between two epochs in English history and two factions in a civil war, the New Model Army debates republicanism, slavery, and freedom.
In Restoration-era Virginia, exiled Parliamentarians, New Model Army veterans, radical Dissenters, and African slaves joined powers to revolutionize their colony.
Having defined and described liberty, Hart exposes the sin of slavery, and the slaveholder’s own bondage to Satan.
Levi Hart defines and describes the most essential types of liberty—a necessary precursor to his later attacks on all things slavery.
Rhode Island’s Quaker deputy-governor desperately seeks peace while Puritan expansionists see only opportunity.
For his concluding essay, Godwin argues that humanity’s full potential will be reached by a right-thinking, right-doing “remnant.”
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.
Our author holds that individuals are universes-in-themselves, and social interactions allow for truly cosmic exchanges of intelligence and emotion.
Rogers introduces Cinques and the Amistad rebels, who showed that a chance at liberty and autonomy was more precious than life under slavery.
In the most difficult period for his party and his movement since their inceptions, John L. O’Sullivan attempted to brace up the troops and squeeze out a victory.
Godwin argues that philosophers and scientists should discover themselves and their own immediate world before casting about the galaxy.
Godwin embraces Enlightenment skepticism and chastises modern astronomers for pretending to be a new oracular class.
Godwin investigates the convincing truths and falsehoods behind one of modernity’s more pernicious pseudosciences: phrenology.