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.
We discuss 4 pathological policy regimes that are responsible for the slow growth & inequality that’s plagued the US economy.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.
Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?
George H. Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.
This First Patriot Coalition helped win the war, but the Second, a far more aristocratical, power-friendly coalition was already busy about its work.
Charles J. Sykes joins us this week for a discussion on the origins of the populist, pro-Trump Right.