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?
Radical individualism reshaped minds across the Atlantic zone. More people than ever began to think, We don’t have to live this way.
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.