Nathaniel Branden gives a personal account of his ideological journey at a 1987 California Libertarian Party conference.
George H. Smith explains some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.
Sheldon Richman has been a staple of modern libertarianism. His work builds on an argument that politicians do not build societies.
David Schoenbrod shares five specific tricks that politicians from both parties use to avoid public accountability.
George H. Smith explores Shaftesbury’s defense of ridicule and satire in matters of religion.
Leonard Liggio presents the case for libertarianism as an alternative to the traditional right/left divide in politics, especially with foreign policy.
For every successful revolution there are maybe dozens that fail. For every 1776 there is a 1741.
John Glaser and Emma Ashford join us this week to discuss the “Iran nuclear deal.” What is this deal—what did the US and Iran agree to?
George H. Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
We’re inclined to look at 18th-century America and see the grand legacy of freedoms won, but what about the freedoms we lost?
Richard E. Wagner joins us for a discussion on life and thought of James M. Buchanan, who was one of the founders of public choice theory.
George H. Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
The liberal imagination is pleased by multicultural societies like Mauritius but its culture was built with violent sacrifice.
Michael Malice joins us to give a primer on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. What’s North Korea like?
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
The New Orleans society we love so much today emerged out of separation, not peaceful coexistence.
Hans Noel joins us this week to share ten insights into how politics, campaigns, and political parties work.
Spanish America was part of an empire in name. Missionaries expanded the frontier zone, but they never really controlled it.