Smith was not romantic about political authority.
Not only was Joe Exotic a lover of big cats, he also ran for president and for governor of Oklahoma. Netflix’s Tiger King gives us a glimpse into the world of big cat ownership.
The 19th-century reformer and self-taught classicist George Grote was responsible for the rehabilitation of democracy as a viable and virtuous form of government.
Milton argued that the state is not some quasi-divine entity ordained by God but is instead an organization legitimized by the consent of the governed.
Radu Uszkai joins the show today to talk about if the case against intellectual property can be strengthened by appealing to the work of F.A. Hayek.
What do cowpox pus, the radio, and coffee have in common? More than you might think.
In the wake of the Norman Conquest of England, new institutions arose that would lay the foundations for English, and eventually American, self-government.
Richard Nixon was one of the most problematic and controversial leaders in U.S. history.
Matt Ridley joins the show today to talk about his new book, How Innovation Works.
What happens to the state when the reasons for its existence no longer look quite so compelling?
In Marsilius’s mind, the main disturber of the peace of his day was the papacy.
The scientific research that informs regulations falls prey to perverse incentives when it’s funded by the government doing the regulating. Here’s a better alternative.
The printing press acted as a catalyst for cohesion by creating a standard language.
The Good Place argues, time and again, that the perpetual uncertainty about what happens next is part of what makes life so precious and magical.
We don’t need government to fund scientific research.
Drug prohibition has been catastrophic, with a tremendous human cost. Here’s what would happen if we ended it.
A more libertarian health care system would mean higher quality, lower prices, more innovation, and better access for all.
A boring government is the best kind of government, and cults of personality can’t do boring.