Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
One of the most well-known founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. The ideas of liberty he promoted continue to form the basis of the American cultural heritage today.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
Robert McDonald joins us for a discussion about the life of author, musician, inventor, architect, philosopher and statesman Thomas Jefferson.
Gene Burns speaks about generally about the nature of government and the attitude of Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers.
Rob McDonald discusses the conflict between individual liberty and slavery, at the time of the American Revolution.
George H. Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.
George H. Smith examines two instances of curious wording in the Declaration of Independence.
Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?
Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.
George H. Smith discusses a metaphor that was widely used by early libertarian writers who defended the natural equality of humankind.
Libertarianism—the philosophy of personal and economic freedom—has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and it’s growing stronger.
West, Hornberger and Richman discuss state education and the some of the historical arguments against it.