Condorcet surveys the dismal feudal era, but highlights its greatest triumph—the libertarian moment when slavery disappeared across Europe.
Condorcet believed secular sectarianism was the primary cause of ancient philosophy’s decline, but Christian dogmatism sure didn’t help.
In a troubling set of quotations, Tucker derides age of consent laws, displays plenty of misogyny, and shows more concern for butter than child welfare.
Tucker addresses (and disenchants) the magic leaps some libertarians make from individualism to socialism.
Tucker squares off with a reader and fellow editor who suggests some monopolies are necessary for liberty to thrive.
Federalists didn’t respect Democrats; Democrats hated Federalists. Libertarians know neither can be trusted with power.
While early libertarians like Tucker and Donisthorpe built a trans-Atlantic movement, less hopeful figures looked to diffusion and localism.
Our series climaxes with Hesper’s victory over the Anarch, published just as the Philadelphia Convention began.
In a delightful display of trans-Atlantic libertarianism and radical individualism, Wordsworth Donisthorpe pours out his troubled soul.
The Wits foretell the end of Shays-ism as they look forward to the impending Constitutional Convention.
Old Anarch, master of chaos, marshalls his forces and rallies them for battle against Hesper, Nymph of the West.
Condorcet surveys the widely-distributed, decentralized, yet deeply interconnected ancient Greek ‘Republic of Letters.’
The Hartford Wits were Federalists, but their arguments against democracy may ring familiar to modern libertarians.
Helen Dale’s novel incorporates her classical liberal understanding of the world.
The invention of agriculture was certainly epochal and revolutionary, but writing dramatically sped up the course of progress.
Two readers square off on Tucker’s pages, somewhat crudely debating a somewhat pre-Austrian concept of economics.
Tucker continues debating pacifism, suggesting that our ideas must grapple with gritty—often violent—reality, or face a failure of purpose.
Tucker responds to a pacifist-anarchist with the claim that individual moral agents are best suited to decide when force is appropriate.