George H. Smith interrupts his series on education with a timely discussion of social Darwinism.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
Smith explores some more Voluntaryist arguments against state education.
The Chinese economist and intellectual and social entrepreneur Mao Yushi explains the role that markets play in bringing about concord and cooperation.
Smith turns to the philosophy of Voluntaryism, discussing how its proponents fought against state control of education in the nineteenth century.
Smith begins his series on the critics of state education with a discussion of Joseph Priestley, the Englishman who discovered oxygen.
George H. Smith continues his examination of the intellectual roots of state education by turning to the views of Plato’s most famous student.
Blanks argues that there is no good libertarian reason to support the South’s secession prior to the Civil War.
Lester introduces the Popperian theory of “critical rationalism,” which holds that all knowledge is ultimately only fallible theory.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
George H. Smith discusses how the educational system of Sparta influenced later advocates of state education.
Charles Murray’s new book raises intriguing questions—but is far less objectionable than one might think.
A glance at some economic regulations from the past.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party and the revolution-sparking Coercive Acts.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. In this essay, George Smith tells the story of that event.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.