John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.
George H. Smith criticizes some features of Benedict Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.
Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.
George H. Smith explains the fundamentals of Benedict Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
The 1820s, 30s, and 40s were rough and tumble times. Life changed more quickly in those decades than ever before and practically everyone felt it.
David Kopel joins us again to discuss firearms, gun violence, mass shootings, and whether a gun-free America is possible or desirable.
George H. Smith continues his discussion of Benedict Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
Joel Mokyr argues that the elite stood on the shoulders of craftsmen to bring us into the age of Enlightenment.
George Selgin joins us again on Free Thoughts for a conversation about the origins and role of the Federal Reserve.
George H. Smith explains why Benedict Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
Historians call 1816-1824 the “Era of Good Feelings” because there were no real party organizations.
We talk about the freedom of speech in the internet era. How has the shift to digital communication changed interpretations of the 1st Amendment?
George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
There was a conspiracy to create Christmas. This is a fairly standard historical interpretation of the American Christmas celebration.
Michael Strong joins us this week to talk about the role that capitalism and social entrepreneurship play in alleviating global poverty.
George H. Smith explains Francis Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.