A short biography of Rose Wilder Lane, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.
The birth of the modern American libertarian movement can arguably be traced to the work of three women.
Sweden often gets held up as an example of how socialism can work better than markets. But, as Norberg shows, Sweden’s history in fact points to the opposite conclusion.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
George Smith discusses some of Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy, as found in the Wealth of Nations.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
Smith discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
Smith discusses the common allegation that Spencer took many of his ideas from Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
Smith concludes his in-depth examination of Spencer’s fundamental objection to the private ownership of land.
Smith discusses some criticisms by Auberon Herbert and Thomas Hodgskin of Spencer’s position on land.
Smith explains and criticizes two more of Spencer’s arguments against private property in land.