Grant Babcock joins us this week to talk about an essay he wrote in defense of natural rights-based libertarianism.
John Gow harbored a deep resentment of the elite. Gow wanted to turn pirate from the start; he only awaited the right opportunity.
Christopher Freiman joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on utilitarianism. What’s the utilitarian argument for libertarianism?
By the 1720s, the Americas’ radicals existed adrift at sea; stateless people who turned their very existence into an act of rebellion.
Our producer, Tess Terrible, interviews Aaron and Trevor for Free Thoughts’s 200th episode. How did Free Thoughts get started, and what have we learned along the way?
Neil Howe joins us to talk cycles, generations, and the myth-making business of history.
John Glaser proposes a policy shift that would save money and make the United States safer: closing some or all of America’s 800 overseas military bases.
In the 18th century, many Europeans entered the colonies as indentured servants. Conditions were improving, but autonomy was a rare commodity.
Bill Emmott joins us to talk about his new book, The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea (2017).
In the late 1600s, Puritans saw Satan and his minions behind every tree; the world still abounded with spirits endless signs of Satan’s battle against God.
Sam Bowman joins us this week to talk about political trends in the United Kingdom and in Europe more broadly. What’s a neoliberal?
George H. Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.
The Pequot War was devastating. Puritan armies destroyed Indian villages and all but exterminated the Pequots and the colonists seized native lands.
William Irwin joins us for a discussion about the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and the movie it inspired. Are consumer choices authentic choices?
George H. Smith discusses what Bernard Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Francis Hutcheson criticized that theory.
Bacon’s Rebellion was a bizarre and violent event with few truly heroic figures on either side.
George H. Smith discusses Bernard Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
Emily Ekins has identified five different types of voters that elected Donald Trump as president. Do these groups represent a big shift in American politics?