George H. Smith explains why Mandeville’s ideas about vice made him one of the most notorious writers of his time.
Kevin Vallier joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on the ethical system of John Rawls. Does Rawls have value for libertarians?
We shift from gold-hungry Virginia to pious Puritan New England, exploring the role of religious conflict in early colonial life.
Deirdre McCloskey has a few suggestions that she hopes will make libertarians more humane and empathetic. What sort of rhetorical tactics should libertarians use?
George H. Smith continues his discussion of Joseph Butler’s theory of moral psychology, and summarizes his ideas about conscience and rational self-interest.
An interview Peter Linebaugh, Ph.D on his latest book The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day.
Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski think that anything you’re allowed to do for free, you should be able to do for money. That means things like buying and selling kidneys, children, sex, grades; even waiting in line. Are they right?
George H. Smith discusses Joseph Butler’s influential theory of psychology and his ideas about self-interest and benevolence.
Nature dissolves all human social constructions and class boundaries.
Shon Hopwood joins us this week to tell about his journey from bank robber to federal prisoner to U.S. Supreme Court practitioner and Georgetown law professor.
George H. Smith discusses various objections to the claim that all actions are necessarily self-interested.
The costs of modernity tends to fall on those people who wield less physical and economic power.
Robert Luddy joins us this week to talk about his ventures as the founder of several successful private schools in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Could private education supplant public schooling?
George H. Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
An overview of the state of the world around 1400.
Jacob T. Levy says that the collapse of trust in institutional norms is responsible for a new era of Trump-style authoritarian, populist politics.
George H. Smith explains David Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
Only individuals have ever acted, and for every action there was someone—or several someones—responsible.