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“Amidst the Universal Darkness”

by Condorcet in 1795

Condorcet surveys the dismal feudal era, but highlights its greatest triumph—the libertarian moment when slavery disappeared across Europe.

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The Decline and Fall of Ancient Empiricism

by Condorcet in 1795

Condorcet believed secular sectarianism was the primary cause of ancient philosophy’s decline, but Christian dogmatism sure didn’t help.

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After Nestor: A Smattering of Subjects

by Benjamin Tucker on Nov 1, 1897

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.

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After Nestor: Liquor & Tariffs

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker squares off with a reader and fellow editor who suggests some monopolies are necessary for liberty to thrive.

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Anarchiad, a New England Poem: Part 5

by Various Authors on Sep 13, 1787

Federalists didn’t respect Democrats; Democrats hated Federalists. Libertarians know neither can be trusted with power.

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Anarchiad, a New England Poem: Part 4

by Various Authors on May 24, 1787

Our series climaxes with Hesper’s victory over the Anarch, published just as the Philadelphia Convention began.

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After Nestor: The Woes of an Anarchist

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe and Benjamin Tucker in 1897

In a delightful display of trans-Atlantic libertarianism and radical individualism, Wordsworth Donisthorpe pours out his troubled soul.

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Anarchiad, a New England Poem: Part 3

by Various Authors March/April 1787

The Wits foretell the end of Shays-ism as they look forward to the impending Constitutional Convention.

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Anarchiad, a New England Poem: Part 2

by Various Authors on Jan 11, 1787

Old Anarch, master of chaos, marshalls his forces and rallies them for battle against Hesper, Nymph of the West.

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The Greek Republic of Letters

by Condorcet in 1795

Condorcet surveys the widely-distributed, decentralized, yet deeply interconnected ancient Greek ‘Republic of Letters.’

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Anarchiad, A New England Poem: Part 1

by Various Authors on Oct 26, 1786

The Hartford Wits were Federalists, but their arguments against democracy may ring familiar to modern libertarians.

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The Writing Revolution

by Condorcet in 1795

The invention of agriculture was certainly epochal and revolutionary, but writing dramatically sped up the course of progress.

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After Nestor: Tucker vs. The Non-Resistors

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker responds to a pacifist-anarchist with the claim that individual moral agents are best suited to decide when force is appropriate.