Explore

essays

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.

essays

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.

essays

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.

essays

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.

essays

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.

essays

The Greek Republic of Letters

by Condorcet in 1795

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

essays

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.

essays

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.

essays

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.

essays

After Nestor: Mr. Blodgett’s Questions

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker engages a reader with Q&A on all things anarchist, meeting a long series of challenges to society without the state.

essays

Progress and Perspective

by Condorcet in 1795

Our author covers barbarian hordes and pastoral-nomadism and we recall that the past is a place historians interpret into existence.

essays

After Nestor: A Puppet for a God

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

In these four short pieces, Tucker takes on readers and radicals alike, contending that abolition of the state is one of humanity’s pressing concerns.

essays

Introducing Philosophical History

by Condorcet in 1795

Condorcet was simultaneously one of the most significant Enlightenment thinkers, proto-libertarians, and philosophical historians of progress.